Wednesday, May 20, 2009

H2O with the Dirty Dozen Girls

Here is is the 20th of the month again... This is the day when the Dirty Dozen Girls & Alumni from SCS work on a challenge together. This month Jami let me be the I picked the theme H2O and here's what I challenged the girls with:

A dip in the Lake....the waves on the Ocean, that little Creek down the ravine, the warm rain gently falling, a cold glass of water on a hot day...nothing says Spring and Summer like water.

Challenge Focus: Create a project that has something to do with water, it can be in your stamps, paper, or embellishments. But lets celebrate the happiness of warm weather and refreshing water. Let us know the story behind it too!

Required Element: Watercoloring! If we're doing a water themed project there needs to be some element of watercoloring on your creation.

Restricted Element: If it's H2O that means the two in the equation restricts you to only two embellishments. For example, ribbon and piercing, primas and brads. Focal image shapes like nesties or sizzix die cuts don't count.

Here's my card:

Now I have to tell you the story...seeing as this was my month to pick the theme, you'd think I would remember the rules wouldn't you? I finished the card on Monday and put it up on my desk to look at a while. I often do this to make sure it's not missing something...everything looks like it belongs etc. And as I'm looking at it - BAM it hits me! I didn't do the challenge right at all! I knew I wanted to use this stamp set, and I thought...hey why not use Copics...give it some fun vivid color. Not till it was completely done did I realize "IT'S H2O!!!" I said there had to be WATERCOLOR! DUH! Sheesh. I was so mad at myself. And I loved how the colors came out with the copics too.

Then I realized I could save it....I'd re-stamp the image, and just watercolor the little boy (who reminds me so much of my little boys when they play at the beach), and then pop him up. In the end it looks better than before because of the dimension. See his suntanned boys look so much like that when they're out in the sun.

I added some vellum waves lapping at his feet, sponged sky and sentiment, and gave it some weathering. My two types of embellishments are the Corduroy Brads and the Linen Thread, the rest is all paper :)

Here's what it looked like before, just colored with copics:

If you want to see what all the other uberly talented DD/DDA girls made with the theme search this keyword on Splitcoaststampers: DCH2O0509 please note this is H 2 and O as in the capital letter, zero five zero nine.
Recipe: Stamps: Summer by the Sea, Sanded; Ink: Palette Noir, Basic Brown, Baja Breeze; Paper: Kraft, Soft Sky, Baja Breeze Patterns DSP, Kraft Prints DSP, Copic Paper, Watercolor Paper, Cardstock Vellum; Accessories: Big Shot, Nestabilities (Large Pinking Circles), Copics, Reinkers, SW Markers, Aqua Painter, Corduroy Brads, Linen Thread, Piercer, Sponge, Dimensionals.


Denise (peanutbee) said...

What an AWESOME card! Fantastic coloring (as always) and I love the natural string tied around the small nestie like that. PERFECTION!

Rose Ann said...

Wow...your coloring is amazing with both mediums, Christine!! Your card is so sweet, and I love everything from the vellum waves, to your created seashell!! Awesome!!

Julie Koerber said...

This is just too fun! I love your coloring (of course) and all the layering and extras make this card sing!

Renée said...

you are awesome with watercolouring, Christine! Fabulous card and colours!!

Katie Ann Brooks said...

So sweet. :) I need to get myself some nestabilities and perhaps some of those nasturshums (spelling??) below!

PS- I left you an award on my blog.

leenda said...

Brilliant save!! I would have started all over. Your card is fabulous! Love all your details.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Christine this is wonderful! oh your coloring h20 and not is awesome. I love this little image too.

broni (waterchild12) said...

You know's gorgeous either way! But it's too funny that YOU forgot to watercolor!! I personally love the little boy popped up!

LeAnne said...

Love this---I love watercoloring and this one is a beauty! So sweet with the embellishments you've chosen!

Susan (rainy) said...

This may be the most beautiful coloring I've ever seen with this wonderful image. Gorgeous card!