Calendar easel
Valentine chocolate box and card in one!

Stampin' Up! Countryside Pick-up

Happy Friday, Friends!

I am in the process of preparing for my February Stamp Camp with my ladies in Clermont/Orlando. It was suggested to me that we make more masculine cards that can be used for the special boys in our life.  Easier said than done.  I know I'm not the only one who struggles with it so I understand the need for it.  Today's card is one such attempt.

Countryside truck 
I'm not typically drawn to country or farm images, but the Stampin' Up! Countryside set is a really versatile set. The truck used on this card is easy to color and, in my humble opinion, can be for a masculine or feminine card.

I kept the card front simple and I intentionally left off a sentiment.  I let my class participants decide the occasion for the card so I bring  several different sentiments with me. I can think of a few different occasions this would work for.

The coloring of the truck was very simple.  Stampin' Up!'s watercolor paper makes creating beautiful images wicked easy!  I know it will seem I am biased towards SU!'s watercolor paper, but I will tell you sincerely that I have tried to match it with the watercolor paper in the stores and I have yet to find something that is as good or blends as beautifully.  You will not be disappointed with this paper.

Countryside close-up 
Back to the coloring...I started by embossing the image in black embossing powder.  I then used markers to add color.  I didn't color it in with markers, I simply added color along some of the edges.  Then, with the aqua painters, I was able to "pull" the color throughout the image. Watercolor paper is very forgiving and can withstand a great deal of moisture without causing the paper to pill.  In the image above, you will notice I was able to add traces of gray and brown to give the appearance of rust.  Removing ink is achieved just by adding more water to dilute the color.

I'll be back tomorrow to show you the adorable treat holder I am making for Valentines. Come back tomorrow to see it yourself.

Until then,



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