Given that Lawn Fawn is one of my favourite stamp companies I have disturbingly few of their stamp sets. I really need to fix that. And of those that I do have most of them are not even their adorable little images – I have a couple of alphabet sets and a Christmas sentiment set. I do have one set with some very sweet farm animals, and then I have Lovable Legends which is the first set of theirs I ever got. And I still love it! Which is why I decided to have a play with it today.
I knew I wanted to make a simple scene for my card, and I started with a snippet of watercolour paper about the size of a card front. I used some masking tape to mask of sections at a time and blended over with yellow pigment ink to give the look of sunbeams. I let the beams fade off as they got further from the point of origination, but purposefully continued them below where I knew my sea would eventually be. I then went back and added a partial circle of yellow into the corner to be the sun itself.
Next I worked on my sea. I took a post-it note and used that to cover the top portion of my card. I then blended over the whole exposed area with my lightest pigment ink. I went in with three further shades of blue, concentrating the darkest at the very bottom and blending to the lightest at the top. Actually looking at it now I think I could have gone even darker with my darkest colour, but never mind.
My kraken was actually already prepared. I had coloured several a few months ago (possibly longer than that, even!) as colouring practice, and had them stored in a little snippets box. I decided to use the red one on today’s card. I then stamped the boat from the stamp set onto a snippet of white card stock. I coloured the hull and masts with brown watercolour pencils. I decided to use red for the sails to match the kraken. I used my Wink of Stella to blend out the pencil and add some shimmer in the process. I fussy cut the boat, then went around the outside with my black sharpie to cover the white core of the paper.
I laid the kraken and boat on the background panel so I could work out how I wanted everything positioned. Then I added my sentiment, which comes from the same set. Initially I was planning on stacking the sentiment so I masked off one side and stamped just the second half of the sentiment. I then moved the cleaned stamp so that the “what’s” would be above the stamped portion. However I decided I didn’t actually like how that looked, so I lined the stamp back up where I had had it, masked off the second half of the sentiment just in case, then stamped the first part.
I used my glue pen to adhere the boat and kraken into place on the ink blended panel. I then adhered that to a yellow card base with some foam tape. At this point I realised I wasn’t entirely happy with the kraken. As it wasn’t made specifically for this card I hadn’t coloured it with a particular light source in mind, but of course this card has a very obvious light source! I tried to paint over the kraken to adjust the shadows to be more accurate but it just wasn’t working so I carefully pressed a tissue over it to lift the painted colour back off. Not carefully enough though, as in doing so I managed to smudge some of the red onto my sea… Oops!
Thankfully it wasn’t too much trouble to fix, or at least hide, the smudge. I took some sequins from Simon Says Stamp’s Sunshine Mix, which I received in a card kit, and added those to the card. I used some yellow sequins amongst the sun beams, and clear in the water. A large clear sequin covered a the red smudge in the sea, and a smaller one disguised a smudge of yellow. I placed the other sequins based solely on where I thought they looked good. I used my Glossy Accents to adhere them in place.
I’m really pleased with how this card turned out, despite the problems I had with it. Colouring the kraken with the light source specifically in mind would have been better, but I don’t think it looks too terrible as it is. I really like the look of the sunbeams going into the water and disappearing as they get closer to the depths of the sea. I was worried they would turn very green when I added the blue over the yellow, but I feel like they are still noticeably yellow. Whilst I hadn’t initially planned to include sequins they do add a nice finishing touch to the card.
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