Friday, February 26, 2016

Altenew February Challenge



I thought I would play along with this month's Altenew challenge.  I've got some new sets that I wanted to ink up and I really liked the inspiration photo this month.



I was really drawn to the sections of the door that are kind of weathered, where you can see the wood beneath, so that was my starting point for this card.

I use my Kuretake Gansai watercolors to paint the panel, starting with the wood colors as a base coat.  Once that dried, I added the blues.  It took a few layers since watercolors can be quite translucent, but I really like the end result.

To mimic the scrollwork that in the windows, I used one of the accent stamps from the Lacy Scrolls set on Primitive Cream cardstock.

The focal image is from the Succulents stamp as is the sentiment which was embossed with copper embossing powder.



I added a few extra mats than I normally would to echo the lintels of the door frame.

Just a fun card to put together.  It was how I thought it would turn out, but it's one of those instances where I just kind of followed where the creative trail led me.

Thanks for stopping by, happy Friday!

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14 comments:

  1. wow this card is outstanding.. love what you did with that background..

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  2. Great take on the inspiration and the dimension of the card is fantastic. I also really like the copper embossing - it's perfect with the colors!

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  3. Beautiful card. Love the card design as well as all the colors you used.

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  4. Gorgeous card!!Love all the dimension and the frames!!

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  5. Great card! I love that weathered blue background.

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  6. Well done, Mariam! I love how you captured the essence of the inspiration photo and made it your own. The copper embossing is awesome in this!

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  7. Phew--this is definitely a work of art! I'm intrigued that you let the watercolor dry and then layered up! I love the results. I try hard to do this, then lose patience. So you've inspired me to try it again! :)

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  8. I can't believe you got such an intense color from watercolors! Way to go with those layers!

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  9. Beautiful take on the inspiration photo, Miriam! That bold blue is so striking, and I adore the lack of color from your cactus! A perfect balance!

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  10. Oh, this is so striking and cool!

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  11. Love how you were inspired by that graphic, Miriam! The lush, artsy background looks wonderful behind the succulent, and the scroll work on your card is a perfect accent! Well done!

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  12. Just love the pretty royal blue colored background and all the black! It is so eye catching! Awesome succulent image, too!

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  13. I am in love with the succulent over that beautiful background you created. Such a striking card!!

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  14. Beautiful & creative take on the inspiration, Miriam!

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