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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Miracles of Springtime



When you are sitting in a few inches of snow with daffodils blooming you do appreciate the miracles of springtime!  I created this for the Outside the Box blog. 

The background was created when I was playing with water, watercolor paper, twinkling H2O's and table salt.

I started with a sheet of watercolor paper and covered it with water by brushing on water until the entire surface was wet. The next step was to apply randomly Twinkling H2O's in a variety of colors in different areas. I finished it off with a layer of randomly sprinkled table salt. Let dry and brush off the table salt.

The table salt absorbs some of the color and I actually threw it on another sheet of cardstock and spritzed it until it got wet and it bled the colors back onto the paper so I had another beautiful background from the original sheet.

The rest was just stamping and coloring with watercolor pencils and white gel pen for highlights. The stamps are all Memory Box (Stand of Trees, Miracles of Springtime). The ground I created using some brown twinkling H2O's and a black watercolor pencil for shading.

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

13 comments:

  1. This sounds like fun! Beautiful result, Sue! Yep, spring is taking its time this year, isn't it?

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  2. Love the BG colors! Going to have to dust off my H20's and give this a try!

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  3. Fabulous background, really effective and great sentiment beautifully embellished with a stunning bow. I know what you mean about Spring, we have glorious weather at the moment, I love Spring. Tracy x

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  4. What a gorgeous background - lovely card Sue!

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  5. what a gorgeous colour palette Sue.

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  6. This is gorgeous Sue. The colours are beautiful and I love the highlighting on the trees.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  7. gorgeous watercolour effect, love the h2o's and your design! :)

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  8. What a wonderful effect.. I love it..

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  9. Oh my goodness, what wonderful details on how you created the background, love the trees!

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  10. A stunning background. I must try this. Twinking H2o's make such a great watercolour background

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  11. Love this card and the tips on using the salt, especialy once it had dried. I never thought of that doing that! I love Twinkling H20's and have been using them more lately, since the blog hop with Memory Box and Creative Imaginations!

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  12. amazing sky you created, Sue! so pretty!

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