Friday, July 24, 2015

Fairy in Watercolor

Hello everyone,

For today I have a card that is bursting with color, whimsy, and maybe a little bit of magic. Here is my card for today featuring this amazing fairy image! I usually wouldn't post so many photos but I wanted to show all her detail and color. I hope you enjoy it..
Fairy is center stage and colored using watercolor
pencils then blending it out with an aqua pen.
The vellum softens the background to let our
fairy pop off the card. Plus, the vellum also serves as
another layer for the flourish and sentiment.
Our fairy is sitting on a silver embossed flourish.
This gives her a sense of place.
The watercolor pencils and the aqua pen seem to be
the perfect tools for the job.
Sentiment stamped on vellum is bold but
doesn't overwhelm the focal point nor it gets lost
into the background.
After painstakingly fussy cutting around her I felt she needed
more dimension so I popped her up with some dimensional adhesive.
 It also is the start of another challenge from the Brown Sugar Challenge Blog with the theme 'Anything Goes'! 

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Isn't she just fantastic! This fairy needed to take center stage for this design. She is  gently sitting on a silver flourish which was stamped and embossed on a piece vellum. The vellum acts to soften the the vibrant background but it also gives it a dreamy mystical quality that suits our fairy very well. The vellum also allows the fairy to become the dominate figure; otherwise she would visually disappear into the backdrop.

When I got the idea for this card I knew the exact sentiment I was going to use; 'Some things have to be believed to be seen'.  My nine year old daughter completely agreed with that sentiment saying: 'Mom, kids see fairies all the time because we believe they are there.'... Well I guess that answers that question and she is right! Adults are so jaded and our silly 'important' experiences get in the way of the magic of life.

How to:
  1. Stenciled the background using teal, hot pink, yellow then traced each element with a gel pen. (this was actually for The Paper Players challenge but it didn't sit right with me, so I set it aside and thought it would be perfect for this card!)
  2. Printed the fairy image on watercolor paper. (had to print on lower gauge paper due to the printer feed)
  3. Colored the fairy using PrismaColor and Faber Castell watercolor pencils. 
  4. Fussy cut (without swearing) around the fairy image. set aside
  5. Cut vellum panel to cover the stenciled base.
  6. Stamped flourish with VersaMark Ink and heat set using Rangers 'silver' embossing powder.. FANTASTIC results!!
  7. Added dimensional tape to the fairy and adhered it to the vellum.
  8. Stamped sentiment
  9. Placed the vellum panel on the stenciled panel.
  10. Added the design to an A2 CS card base.
Well I hope you enjoyed your stay! I really do appreciate taking time out of your busy day to visit TheGrandStampede.  Take care and we will see in a couple of days!! All comments good or otherwise are always appreciated. So please, don't be shy!

All the best,


Monika Reeck said...

Using water color pencil???and looks so wonderfull
wooohooo Shawna
you are soo great at coloring with all medium and this is fantabulous coloring too...
honestly I am so bad at coloring with water color pencil better water color and using aqua pen..its better for me
and put vellum is a great idea to softeness the background I will remember your idea
this is a sweet cute and beautiful card together Shawna
yesterday my big son is 11 Years old also I was busy went to supermarkt with him the day before thats why no card on my blog no visiting friends blog too hehehe..
I will posting his birthday photo later old are yours.....(boy or girl Shawna?) reply me per mail ok dear...

Dawn Turley said...

Stunning Shawna. So much work.

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Hello Shawna,
you have the unique skill of taking me to the fairy tale world! And it did not oppose, because I love those moments. Thank you for the wonderful experiences, when I relax in your wonderful world. Wonderful card.

Petra Swart said...

WOW, your fairy looks great, Shawna!!! The bg is fantastic with the vellum overlay and the fairy has been coloured brilliantly!!! Love the silver flourish she is sitting on!!! I'm not really someone for fairies, but I have to say I LOVE this card!!! Beautiful!!!!
Have a great Friday and enjoy the weekend!!!

Tracey said...

This is beautiful Shawna, I love the colours :o) I love fairies & you've really got a dreamy, fairy like feel to your card.

Darnell J Knauss said...

I sometimes see fairies, too, and believe you have captured the essence of their magic completely with this card, Shawna! I love the way you used the vellum, too! The whole thing is really magnificent!! Enjoy your day!! Hugs, Darnell

Veerle said...

Gorgeous card Shawna.
Thank you so much for your kind compliments on my green triple embossing card and for becomming my newest follower. I have become yours too.
Hugs, Veerle

Judy McKay said...

Shawna - your fairy is very beautiful especially done with the watercolours. Thank you for the instructions to complete the card. Judy

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