Falling for Fall Cards!

IMG_5401We got our first taste of Fall in Mississippi last  week and I fell hard!!!  There’s nothing like that cool crisp air on a beautiful Fall day!  I couldn’t wait to try my first watercolor so I could use the gorgeous Happy Scenes stamp set. It has images for each season so can be used year round.   I stamped the fall image on watercolor paper with the new Black Archival Ink – it won’t run when used for water coloring and it really works.  The Aqua Painter made it easy to water color – I just dipped the brush into the ink on the ink lid and painted, using fall colors.  I did so many things wrong but I still liked the final effect.  I don’t think you can mess it up!  I hope you’ll give it a try.  The window was cut from the Happy Scenes Framelit die.  Since the window was turned sideways, I trimmed off the top and bottom sill to make it fit the card.  I cut a thin strip of Stampin’ Dimensionals from the edge of the sheet to attach the window to the watercolor painting.  That made the window pop out from the background.  At Scrap Club, several ladies added a clear plastic under the window frame and it really looked like a glass window!  The sentiment was stamped in black and adhered to coordinating cardstock rectangles.  The card was covered in the gold patterned paper from The Market Designer Series Paper to look like wallpaper.  I daubed a little Soft Suede Ink around the edges to give it a distressed look.   A strand of gold baker’s twine was tied in a bow around the window sill to compete the design.  And of course, it’s just too special to give away so I’ve got to make more!!!

I must warn you – water coloring can be addictive and you won’t believe what you can do!  It was so fun I’m planning how to use it for Christmas cards!  Let me know what you think!  I’ve listed the main supplies I used below.  If you need anything, just click the item and it will link you to my online store! I can’t wait to see what you make!

 Happy Scenes Stamp and Framelit Bundle

Aqua Painters

Water Color Paper

Black Archival Ink

Stampin’ Dimensionals

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