Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Party time!! In case you didn't know it's St.Patrick's Day today!! We've a long weekend here in Ireland because St.Patrick's Day is on a Saturday this year, so we have Monday off!! Ok, the official theme is St.Patrick's Day/Irish/Green! If you're not into St.Patrick's Day it's perfectly ok just to make something green. You can check the posting times for your direct links in this blog post. Just add the link to your project using the Inlinkz tool that will be available to you on the Waltzingmouse Makes Blog (Claire's blog!). Ok, on to my card!
I used the little cottage scene from Irish Blessings Stamp Set from Waltzingmouse Stamps, I extended the lines a little bit to make the scene a little bigger and I added a few little sheep. The Irish landscape is not complete without a few sheep! : )
I just looked at a few photos of sheep in the landscape and penciled them in first, making them the right size was the hardest bit! Once they looked ok I outlined them using some brown watercolor paint and a fine brush. They're just little blobs with heads really!
I colored the whole little Irish scene using watercolor paints, the pan palette type. I love the effects you can get with watercolors, especially the wet-in-wet technique. I stamped the scene using Coffee archival ink instead of black for a softer look.
I really wanted to keep the scene the focal point of the card so I kept the rest of the card pretty simple. I rounded the corners of the painted scene and green card (just by drawing around a button, seriously I don't have a corner rounder!) The background I embossed using a herringbone embossing folder. The sentiment is from the Celtic Heritage Stamp Set from Waltzingmouse Stamps.
The inside of the card I stamped using one of the sayings from the Irish Blessings Stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps, I love those little shamrock stamps!
That's it, I hope you're enjoying the blog party and have a chance to make something! We're heading to my hometown today to see the parade, we never miss it, hopefully it won't be too chilly, we'll go prepared though, wrapped in layers of... green!! : ) Happy St.Patrick's Day wherever you are in the world! Thanks for dropping by.