Good morning and welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! I’m using the beautiful Stampin’ Up! Apple Harvest stamp set for today’s card, and I pulled out my Watercolor Pencils and Water Painter to color the image – it was so fun! You can find the currently available supplies I used along with card stock cuts at the bottom of my post.
We have a theme challenge this week – our projects relate to Harvest! When my kids were growing up, we always went apple picking in the fall, so in our family, fall harvest means apples!
I adhered a Mossy Meadow panel of Rustic Harvest designer series paper to the front of a Mossy Meadow card base and adhered another strip of Crushed Curry DSP across the card front. I wrapped a length of linen thread around the card front and made a bow on the side.
I stamped the apple branch from the Stampin’ Up! Apple Harvest cling stamp set in Sahara Sand ink on a watercolor paper panel. I colored the apples with my watercolor pencils, Cherry Cobbler around the outside, Real Red on the inside with spots of Daffodil Delight. I used the small water painter to blend the colors in each apple, one at a time. I colored each leaf one at a time using the Old Olive pencil, concentrating the color on the leaf veins and using the water painter to spread the color throughout the leaf. I colored the branches using Soft Suede ink and the small water painter, keeping it light and adding dark edges on one side. I finished watercoloring by coloring the sky with the Balmy Blue pencil in a back and forth motion and following up with the water painter in a back and forth motion.
After the watercolor dried, I adhered it to a Sahara sand mat and adhered it to the card front with dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Apple Harvest stamp set in Early Espresso on Sahara Sand card stock. I cut it out with the long label die from the floral Gallery dies and adhered it to the card front with glue dots. I finished the label with a red rhinestone.
For the inside of the card, I stamped portions of the apple branch from the Stampin’ Up! Apple Harvest stamp set in the corners of a Basic White panel. I colored the apples in Real Red and Daffodil Delight watercolor pencils and blended them with the small water painter. I colored the branches in Soft Suede ink using the water painter. I used the water painter very gently on the inside panel, being careful not to get it very wet or push it too hard because card stock is more fragile with water than watercolor paper. After it dried, I adhered the panel to the inside of the card with Stampin’ Seal.
Ben Franklin is supposed to have said “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” so apples are a good theme for a get well card. And the Rustic Harvest DSP is sure to bring a smile to anyone under the weather in the Fall.
If you get lost along the way, here are the participants for the hop:
- Amy Koenders
- Mary Deatherage
- Kristi Gray
- Sue Prather
- Karen Finkle
- Akiko Sudano <– You Are Here
- Karen Ksenzakovic
- Tara Carpenter
- Terry Lynn Bright
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Cardstock Cuts for this project:
- Mossy Meadow – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″
- Sahara Sand – 3-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (mat), 1″ x 3″ (label)
- Fluid 100 Watercolor paper – 3-1/4″ x 4″ (apples)
- Basic White – 4″ x 5-1/5″ (inside panel)
- Rustic Harvest DSP – 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (Mossy Meadow front background), 1″ x 4-1/4″ (Crushed Curry stripe)