Watercolor Hugs

AAA Cards Game #184 Sketch

When is a challenge a real challenge? When it requires a clean and simple card design and watercolor. The easiest part should have been the sketch but oh my what a challenge this has been. Following along with the sketch for AAA Cards

provided had me thinking what’s next??? I found a Gina K Designs Brancing Out stamp set (that I believe had a misspelling of the word Branching) that was illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger should have been my first clue that I had trouble ahead. I stamped the image with the branches in VersaFine Clair nocturne ink and heat embossed in clear embossing powder. I chose 4 Gina K Design colors and smooched them on my surface using a water brush started “painting”. The ink colors used were Dusty Rose, Faded Brick, Sweet Mango and Wild Dandelion my portion of the rainbow. Since this is a clean and simple card challenge as well as sketch with watercolor option, I did my best from adding any extra layers by die cutting the image with Waffle Flowers A2 Lacy Layers Die and the Hugs dies from Poppystamps Hugs Heart die.

This was a third attempt to create this card. The first one was put off and on so many card bases that it has extra extra layers for dimension. The second one I tried using text vellum paper and when I taped it to the card base it crinkled…in the trash so since it’s the beginning of spring training and baseball season I didn’t want to be three strikes and you are out so I will be using this card for the AAA Cards Game #184 Sketch challenge + watercolor option.

WOW! February 28th today! Let those March winds blow and bring us some spring weather.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek!

22 thoughts on “Watercolor Hugs

  1. You got this one in the bag. I saw a tutorial the other day where she was using rice paper and she said to embrace the wrinkles. I found it especially calming given the age my face shows.

      1. LOL…wrinkles! I’m a MaryKay girl trying my best to keep those wrinkles away 🙂

    1. Thanks Bonnie, trying to stretch myself and was determined to accomplish something for this challenge. LOL..no wrinkles on you, my friend.

    1. Thanks, Lisa, I just watched Cathy Z and she said she tries to stick with 4 colors at a time using rainbow order.

  2. Gayle, it may have taken a few tries, but it is well worth it. Love that beautiful sunrise/sunset you created behind your branches.

  3. Stunning! Adore the colours and your little details just magic! Thanks for playing at AAA Cards, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

  4. I always enjoy reading your process Gayle and chuckled a bit at this one. You are so hard on yourself at times. That said you met the challenge in spades, its a great card and I like the background you created using watercolours.

    1. Thanks Johanna. It’s that stepping out of my box and doing something I’m not that familiar with that makes me more critical. Appreciate you support.

  5. This is so pretty, love the choice of colors and how beautifully you managed to design inside the sketch. Great take on the sketch. Thank you for joining us at AAA cards, hugs ~ Ishani.

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