Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fluttering by with birthday wishes.

Good afternoon and how are you today?
It is dreich here today, looking more like April than June.  Not a very nice walk on the beach this morning, windswept and interesting would be the best way to describe it, on the upside, it looks like perfect surfing weather.

Today I wanted to start my card making with a card for my niece whose birthday is later this week.
Now she is a very grown up for her age, as girls tend to be so I decided on a very grown up card.
This is not a normal card for me but I'm sure she will like it.

I have used watercolour card and Distress inks Squeezed lemonade, Spiced marmalade and Picked raspberry.  The stamp is by SU and has been stamped twice, once direct to the card and then on acetate.  This is not my usual colour palette but I have gone for colours that my niece likes.

I'm not sure what I was wanting from this card.  I love looking at other crafters watercolour cards but feel I never quite get the "look".  The picture in my head is never the same as reality.
I guess practise is the key!
Do I use more water or less to make the ink more fluid?!  The balance is the key.
Mmmm, I not 100% happy but then I am always very critical of anything I do, expecting perfection all the time can sometimes be hard to live up to.

I have a couple more cards to make for friends today so after lunch is made I plan on another easy afternoon playing, sorry crafting.  Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, and stay warm and dry.


Patricia said...

Erika, I just LOVE this stunning card. You have made a wonderful job of the colour and whole concept.
I have the beautiful Butterfly stamp thanks to you. I used it lots to begin with but it seems to have slipped to the back of the box!!!
Your niece with adore her card.
Hazel and I usually go to Dalyan, Turkey where John and I used to lived. There was some unrest in a nearby town when we there
last year, we decided to try somewhere different ... but where is the big question.
Remember to still take things easy.
Patricia xxx

Lau W said...

I think it's a faaaab colouring, a faaaab card for you niece !
Wind here but no rain, yeah ! And a little bit of sunshine, oh it's good for the moral ! :-)

Marianne's Craftroom said...

I think it is beautiful. We have had a gorgeous sunny day today

Jenny L said...

Hi Erika,
what a very super design card.
I love everything you have done on this wonderful card.
The acetate on the butterfly was a great idea, and it looks so wonderful.
I too am very critical of my work, and do strive to be perfect also.
The weather here today in the South was so mixed at 7 am it was bright sunshine, and then by 9 am it was pouring down.
After 12pm it turned sunny again, and has stayed that way for the rest of the day.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

cuilliesocks said...

Well I think your card is gorgeous Erika. Your watercolouring is lovely, gives the image a soft look especialy with the acetate. I'm sur it will be loved.
Hope all is well with you and that your recovering from your op, take care, kate x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

I think it turned out beautifully but we are often our own worst critics aren't we? Hope you are feeling much better now.

Cara said...

A stunning card, I'm sure she'll love it. We are definitely our own worst critics, seeing every tiny imperfection that others wouldn't notice. Cara x