Hello from gorgeous, sunny, Alabama!……wait, wait, WAIT!!!!!!! Actually, we are drowning here. It has rained and rained and colder weather is expected to come in next week. There is a creek in our backyard and I can’t help but think of the saying “Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise”. Well, the creek has in fact risen!!!
This month, our theme is April Showers. One of my favorite quotes of all time is- “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”- Vivian Greene. The stamp set Friendly Conversation has a sentiment that echoes this quote. I decided to use it for my card. And since everything is so wet around here, I pulled out my Aquapainter and started to watercolor!
I began with a piece of our Watercolor paper and a big drop of our Balmy Blue ink. With my Aquapainter very wet, I colored in the background, going back over it to get the desired effect. When this was dry, I used my Aquapainter again to drop big drops of water and let them dry. This gave the water spots in the background as well. Made me feel like rain. The Stamparatus was so helpful with stamping the sentiment in Night of Navy ink. I had to stamp it twice to get it dark enough and complete on the rough texture of the watercolor paper. (I even used my Night of Navy marker to fill in around the word ALWAYS where needed) This piece was layered on Night of Navy cardstock and then popped up with dimensionals on a Balmy Blue card base. A few Frosted Epoxy Droplets added the finishing touch.
While I had out watercolor paper, I reached for my Brusho powders. The Prussian Blue and Moss Green combined to give me the gloomy rainy feel I was after. I spritzed the Watercolor paper first, sprinkled the powder, then used the Aquapainter to spread color to any areas that needed it. After it dried completely, I inked my sentiment stamp with Versamark then Night of Navy ink and stamped. I poured clear embossing powder on it immediately and used the heat tool to set it. Gave me more of the wet look. I layered this piece onto Balmy Blue and then a Night of Navy card base. I added some of the navy epoxy pieces from the Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots (OC 25) for the finishing touch.
I was thrilled with how these cards turned out, and loved the chance to play with my Brusho again. The words on these cards express such love to me….the willingness to join your friend in the storms of life. We can’t stop them, but we can join our loved one for a walk….and perhaps maybe a DANCE.
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