torsdag 15. mars 2018

Guest Design for Basteltraum #63: Frohe Ostern!

I was lucky enough to win the Gold Award in Basteltraum's challenge #60, yay! They asked me to do a guest design post for challenge #63: Spring/ Easter.

I'm hooked on the fabulous stamps from Cats on Appletrees these days. Each animal has so much expression and personality! I wanted to make a fun Easter card with soft watercolours.

First I stamped the scrabble letters in dark green pigment ink and embossed with clear powder before I masked them off and stamped the flowers in moss green pigment ink. The flowers are not embossed, as that wouldn't work with the animals I was planning to stamp over them.

The animals were stamped in black pigment ink and embossed with clear powder to make them stand out. The watercolour paper is fancy Arches lb140, which is great quality. It's not cheap, but it's easier to paint on this kind of paper and the result looks much better. In the end I fixed them with a black marker and a white gel pen where the flowers got in the way.

I chose Kuretake Gansai Tambi for the watercolouring part. I didn't want to use too many different colours, as that could overwhelm the main characters. I added some extra grass in between the flowers. The ground is supposed to look like dirty snow, just the way it looks here in early spring when the first flowers start popping up.

Hope you like the card and feel inspired to make lots of Easter cards!
Thank you so much to Ute and Basteltraum for inviting me.

Stamps: animal stamps - Cats on Appletrees, Game Tile Letters - Simon Says Stamp, Crocus Flowers - Lesia Zgharda Stamps

Happy Easter!
Lillian :)

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