Sunday, 5 February 2012

Card a Day Blog Hop! Grab your paints!

The designers at Card a Day Blog are joining together to do a blog hop this weekend! The theme is Masculine cards!Let's not let the guys have all the fun on Super Bowl Sunday....let's get a little of our own fun in!
To join in....visit all the participating designers by visiting their sites, some are having prize give make sure you pop in! Make sure you comment on all the blogs too, because at the end of the weekend, they are going to send a list of all who commented on their blog, and we are going to do a grand prize drawing of all comments on each blog! Blog Hop Prize
So JOIN IN TODAY....comment on the main blog page, and visit the other hop pages and comment there too!
I’m so excited that you have returned to see what I have designed for the second day of our blog hop!
One of the men in our family loves to sail.  I wanted to do a project that would have a sailboat in it, and use an alternate method to using markers. Watercolors! (hey, sailing and water go together right!)
I hope you enjoy this card’s journey:
First of all, a pattern to color. One of the crafts I have done in the past is stained glass. I wanted a stained glass like pattern for my project and found this one with a Google search:
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You can get the pattern here at (left)  The pattern was a full sized letter, so I simply resized it and added the sun and some rays (right).
I printed two copies out with my laser printer, so I would not have problems with lines “bleeding” when I painted the picture. I believe that you could do this with a photocopy as well.  I used semi-gloss paper. Straight cardstock works too, but you really have to watch how wet your brush was when using the plain paper.
Now, which watercolors to use?! I wanted to try some water color pencils I had received at Christmas, and some plain ol’ Crayola watercolors I’ve had for eons. Both work well, although I think the pencils created more of a glass like mixture of color than regular water colors… what do you think?

The rest of the card is simply finalizing which colored cardstock to use as a background, and figuring out what to put in the inside.  Most of my cards are blank inside as I usually don’t make for specific occasions. It’s a big birthday for the person who will get this, so I will probably make an insert that says….
Now that you’ve reached (I’ll keep that figure private LOL) - it will be all smooth sailing!!!

Now as promised yesterday… I am having a random draw for some blog candy this weekend! Leave a comment on February 4th or 5th’s blog posts, and be entered for a chance to win two packages of red sable brushes, perfect for fine painting of cards or what have you! I will contact the winner on Monday evening, February 6th.
Remember to visit the rest of the blog hop participants as well! Every comment you leave will be combined for a chance to win a great prize at the Card a Day Blog! How’s that for having some great fun on Superbowl Weekend!?!
Thanks so much for visiting! Hope to see you again soon!


  1. Very Nice!! I will be trying this technique! Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. I have some water color pencils, I have never thought to use them on a card. I'll have to try it out. Looks great!

  3. Wow! Nice card and thanks for the tutorial on this. I will be trying this technique too!

  4. Great technique Shelley and the card turned out beautifully. Thanks for the very generous Blog Candy prize too!

  5. Your card beautiful. Love the watering coloring.

  6. very pretty. love the stained glass effect.

  7. Wow, love the stained glass look!
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  8. I love the Stain Glass look. I will be trying this soon.
    Love your card

  9. i have a sailing dude in the family too. great solution. love the card.

  10. gorgeous card! colors are striking. my dad is 90 in march and loved to sail his little 2 man sail boat. this idea would make a great card for him.

  11. My DH does real stained glass--so I like to make him cards that look like that--I love your card, great job!

  12. I like the stained glass technique - thanks for sharing! neldacnm at yahoo

  13. You did a great job with the coloring.

  14. Great card! I like the stained glass effect!

  15. Thanks for the side by side comparison. Interesting results.

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  16. Love this card...and thanks for the tut that you did :)

    PS...I love the crayon one :)

  17. Fabulous card! I like the look of both watercolor samples, but I think the pencils are my favorite.

  18. Oooh love the stained glass look! May have to try this out.