"New" Craft Stash Hop, Day Two - Painted Desert Watercolor

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Good Morning!

Happy Tuesday!

I have a special post this morning.  

I'm hopping with some crafty friends this week in a "New" Crafty Stash Blog Hop, all just for the fun of it (and to use some of our NBUS stash)!  

For 3 Days --- Monday - Wednesday, we are hopping and sharing what we have created using some new stuff and hopefully providing you some inspiration to use your new stuff too!

Go ahead, admit it with us --- we ALL have those new stamps, dies, ink, stencils, etc, that we just HAD to buy and had SOOO many plans for, but then time went by and they have sat in our craft rooms lonely, untouched, unused and yet to "feel the love".  (As you read this, I have several more "new" packages expected at my door soon). The struggle is real.  LOL

As I stated above, I have new crafty stuff.  I've had new crafty stuff.  I am getting more new crafty stuff soon.  Do you see a pattern here?  Do you emulate said pattern?  Do we need help?  Maybe.  Do we care? Probably not.  Just hop along and give those impulse bought stamps some love!

One of my newest stamp sets is the "Layered Landscapes" by Neat and Tangled
 

It's a great set for masculine and nature cards, both of which I lack.  My youngest son (age 24) has fallen in love with nature, hiking, and camping.  A big change from when he was a child as he never wanted to go hiking or camping. When I saw this set, I also thought about the recent cross country trip he and I took from NC to CA.  We stopped at a few National Parks.  We also went hiking and camping (Yurt)! I've been wanting to create something for him as a memento and this set was perfect in helping.  It was a very memorable and life altering trip for all of us, as the main reason for it was him moving to California. Hopefully it will also serve as inspiration as he begins his new life, new job, new adventures. 

Here's one of the photos I took of the Painted Desert ---
Here is my card ---

I decided to do a watercolor with distress inks and watercolor brush.  I first made some masks of each of the mountain stamps so I could mask off sections because I only used bits of each stamp here and there to get the effect I wanted.  

Using my Misti, I inked the stamp, then spritzed it with water before stamping.  Afterwards, I took a water brush and moved some of the ink around to imitate the texture and look in the photo.  A few times I inked the stamp and then rubbed it around on the stamp with the water brush.  

Once I got the mounds looking how I wanted, I took a regular thin paint brush with some of the darker ink and outlined areas for more definition and perspective.  After it was dry, I went back with a very dry brush and lightly stippled some brown into some of the red rock areas for more definition. I did use an old weed stamp for the brush in the foreground. Ok, so I went a little rogue and used something old. Does it count that I haven't used it for about 8 years? Isn't there a some kind of statute for old becoming new again?  

Anyway, for final touches on the painting, I lightly painted the sky with a waterbrush and stamped the three flying birds (also in the set). I didn't want to defile part of the scene so I stamped the sentiment (part of the set too) on separate white cardstock and centered it below the image.  I was originally going to just mat a back to it and then frame it, but I went ahead and made a 5-1/2" square card.  My "desert" has a few higher peaks than the photo, but I really love how it turned out!  I can't wait to send it to my son.  There may just be a small album of pics going with it too. ;) 

So, I hope you enjoyed your stop here and was inspired by my watercolor attempt. If watercolor is daunting for you, remember it's a very forgiving medium and a little at a time is key.  If you mess up, all you have to do is add a little water and dab it off. Plus, all art is subjectively interpretive that comes from within. There are no real mistakes.

Now on to the rest of our hop...

 What is a FUN Blog Hop without PRIZES?????

We have several generous sponsors offering up prizes!

Prizes:
Stampscapes - 2 prizes - Choice of Nature Sheet ($26.50 ea)
Cas-ual Fridays - $25 GC
Catherine Pooler - $25 GC
Stamplorations - $20 GC
Right At Home - $20 GC

We also have several individual bloggers offering up a few prizes as well:

Ingrid - Prize Pack
Allison - $25 Power Poppy E-Gift Card
Ilina - Prize Pack
Tracie - $25 Catherine Pooler GC

COMMENT TO WIN!!
To be eligible for prizes all you have to do is comment on all the blogs from all three days.  That's it!  Easy Peasy!  There are different crafters on each day, so be sure and hop each day not only to possibly win a prize but to see everyone's fabulous projects!  

Day Two Hop List:


Nance Salkeld (You are HERE)

*Starting Link for Monday, July 9th* 
Wednesday's Starting Link:
 Ingrid 

Card Supplies:
STAMPS: Layered Landscapes (Neat & Tangled). Weeds(Inkadinkadoo, don't quote me).
PAPER: White cardstock (Neenah 110lb Solar Crest). Masking Paper (Inkadinkadoo). Watercolor Paper (Strathmore). Brown cardstock (from stash). 
INK: Spun Sugar, Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Barn Door, Scattered Twigs Distress Inks (Tim Holtz Ranger). Sentiment Ink: Icing on the Cake (Catherine Pooler Ink).
EXTRAS: Waterbrush (Tim Holtz). Other paint brushes (My Stash). Misti Stamp Tool (My Sweet Petunia). Double-sided tape (Scotch 3M). Paper Trimmer (Fiskars). Acrylic blocks (Catherine Pooler Designs). Scissors (Fiskars).
NBUS Craft Stash Hop Blessings!
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46 comments :

Ingrid said...

Nance, I was crying laughing reading your post. It's not a sickness - just the daily life of us crafters...lol! Shop, Shop, Hoard, repeat...lol. Such a cool card. I LOVE that you used one of your own recent photos as inspiration!! It's gorgeous BTW! Such a fun card - I know your son will treasure it. :)

Ebrown said...

Beautiful! I love scenic cards but have never been able to accomplish a finished product. Will keep trying - thanks for sharing and explaining your technique.

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Awesome card!!! Your colouring technique is really stunning!!!

Michele K. Henderson said...

I just LOVE your gorgeous painted desert card! It looks amazing! Love the gorgeous tones or red and orange, and it certainly does remind me of your great desert photos too!
Take Care!
Michele

Melody said...

Lovely card!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Pretty card! Very cool indeed!

Karen K. Creates said...

This turned out beautifully!

Anne-Marie said...

This is such a creative card- well done. I’m so glad that there are others out there like me..... my stash is just getting bigger and bigger!

Betty Keefe said...

just such a wonderful card for your son - beautifully colored!

Cathy said...

Fantastic card, perfect for the occasion. Love how you've recreated your photo, Cathy x

Phyllis Sinclair said...

Awesome card. Love the sentiment on the card.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card front with a perfect sentiment for the backstory! Best wishes to your son.

Diana Soling said...

Simply stunning. Any male would love to receive this card. Your water coloring is amazing.

Christine Alexander said...

I just couldn't stop laughing at your post, I have so many gotta have unused stamps in my stash. I love this mountain scene, so cool :)

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome card! Love the stamp set you used and the colors! Pretty scene!

Anila Dk said...

I can completely relate to what you said... I have many untouched supplies waiting for their turn...
Beautiful card

Amy Lemmon said...

Nance,
Lovely card.

I am guilty of gathering and not using like you wrote in your Blog. It would take me months to use all that i have but haven't used yet. I guess I will look at it as I have tons of fun ahead of me.

All in perspective.
Amy

Kathy Doyle said...

Beautiful landscape! Great colors!

Lisa Harrolle said...

Absolutely stunning Nance. You are one talented lady Wow!

Denise Mlady said...

The landscape is great and looks a lot like the inspiration picture. What a wonderful memory for you and your son.

Karenladd said...

Argh...I have so many stamps and dies that I haven't used yet, but now I'm feeling inspired to pull them out and ink them up! Your landscape project is just lovely and I like the unexpected color combo!

Susan Powell said...

Nance, this is such a beautiful scene! And I love that sentiment!

Suman Pandit said...

stunning card...love the sentiment too !!

Sharon Perehudoff said...

Beautiful card, love the watering colouring technique. Thanks for being apart of this awesome Blog Hop.

Margaret said...

It is so nice to know that I am not the only one who has lots of new product they have not used and has more on the way, LOL. I love your card and your inspiration picture. Beautifully done! And I think I am going to have o get that stamp but don't tell my husband.

Pennie Glasser said...

Very pretty card!

Bonnie said...

I think you need to frame this one, my friend! What a lovely reminder of your trip with Ben. Definitely needs to be framed!

Jean said...

What a gorgeous card!

Debra Rumpza said...

I love your post. I'm so glad I'm not alone. Every time there is a release, my itchy "buy" finger gets tingly! LOL. I've currently been resisting the new Ellen Hutson Inner Mermaid. I want it so baaaad!!!!I love your mountainous card... so great for a masculine card!

Loll said...

Beautiful watercolour painting Nance. And a wonderful keepsake for your son to remember your special trip together. xx

Jeanne Beam said...

Beautiful card and gorgeous background.
Thanks for sharing...

Jill D. said...

Love this card and the memory behind it. A great way to give your son a keepsake of your trip.

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Love the effect. I do have quite a number of new stamps too. and So many stamps ... not enough time.

Jennifer Archambault said...

So lovey Nance! What great inspiration to pull from! Thank you for sharing and inspiring us!

Dee Earnshaw said...

love this arty effect:)

Tinstar said...

Wowsers, what a stunning card. Love the scene you've created.

jean said...

your card is gorgeous!!! you did a great job from the picyure whichitself is stunning!!! I wish your son luck in his new job !!!! I know you will truly miss him!!!

Nanette said...

Very pretty!

Cindy Holmes said...

GORGEOUS card! The landscape is so AMAZING! And the sentiment that you used wow that really makes the card even more special!!

Elizabeth Roberts said...

BEAUTIFUL!

Tracey McNeely said...

Nance your watercoloured scene is just gorgeous! Great to hop along with you!

Amy Seigler said...

Beautiful card! It's wonderful that you recreated the scene for your son. I'm sure he will treasure it just as much as he treasures the experience he had with you.

Dana M said...

Gorgeous representation of the painted desert! What a fabulous card and great tribute to your trip.

Papercrafts by Cindyellen said...

how pretty!! i grew up in CA, so it looks familiar - good job capturing the photo. i hope your son enjoys his life in CA and that you don't miss him too much. our children all live far away and may i recommend Google Hangouts - cheaper than Skype and better quality.

Sue D said...

Love your painted desert card.

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

That’s a wonderful card, even more once we know the story behind it. I’m sure your son loved it a lot, didn’t he ?
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