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Saturday, April 23, 2016


Wow!  I had no idea it had been so long since I posted on my blog.  I'll have to do a better job of keeping track of blog postings and Facebook page postings!  It's been a busy month, and May looks like it will be much the same.  But I'm excited to be working on guy cards for the May classes.  I love lighthouses, and that seemed like the perfect image to work with for a watercolor background.  Everyone seems to be doing watercolor these days, and I want to give the gals in the classes a chance to play with them.  I actually didn't even use traditional watercolors on this - just re-inkers with water.  I did, however, make use of some of CTMH's non-textured watercolor paper - it works so well, and when the background is dry, you can stamp right on top of it.  I love that!

I was inspired by this week's challenge over at Stamp Ink Paper, and the design at Tuesday Morning Sketches worked well for this card.  I didn't add any ribbon to the card, but the sentiment takes the place of the bow on the sketch.

In addition to the watercolors and stamping, there is a bit of paper piecing on this card.  The lighthouse image had some open areas where the colors of the background were showing through.  In order to make it look a bit more like a silhouette, I stamped the lighthouse again on the slate grey cardstock, cut it out and put it over the stamped image.  This also let it extend beyond the colored panel, adding dimension to the front of the card.

Here's a list of what I used on the card - everything is from CTMH:
Kraft, Sunset, Slate, Black, and Colonial White cardstock
Watercolor paper (Z3146)
Seaside Greetings (D1609) - lighthouse
Perfect Day (retired) - bird on fence
Holiday Tags (retired) - sentiment
Black ink pad
Sunset, Canary, Champagne, Cashmere, Whisper and Glacier re-inkers
Stripe Embossing Folder (Z1960)
Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
Circle punches

Here's another version of the card.  You never know what a watercolor background is going to look like, so I tried putting the lighthouse on the other side!

Be sure to check out the other cards at Tuesday Morning Sketches and Stamp Ink Paper Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!  And check back if you are interested in joining one of my May classes.  We'll have three other projects for the men in your life besides this one!


Dena Rekow said...

Gail, I love your beautiful Lighthouse card! The colors are really nice and and such a wonderful layout! Thanks so much for joining us for the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge!

Gingin said...

Beautiful card Gail!! You created such a gorgeous lighthouse scene! Thank you so much for joining us this week at Stamp Ink Paper :)

Debbie said...

Gorgeous cards!! CAS but so classy! I really like the lighthouse popping up off the panel!
Thanks for playing along this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!
Debbie (TMS DT)
Debbie's Dash of This and That

Carolyn Lindenmayer said...

Wow Gail, I really love this. Gorgeous how you've coloured the scene and have your lighthouse protruding into the skyline. Thanks for joining us this week at Stamp Ink Paper. Carolyn xx