Well, we made it to Friday! I still look forward to the weekends even though I’m retired now (pinch me, I’m dreaming). It’s a mindset 30 years in the making. I’ll be staying home, most likely, and I hope you’ll be doing something that makes you feel happy and relaxed. Somehow watercoloring has always been relaxing for me. I’d hoped to make today’s card more painterly, but I’d stamped the image in such a light ink that it required me to work some of the details back into it. A little more time invested than I’d planned, but there was no need to hurry, anyway. I’ve used Power Poppy’s Geraniums Take Two with a verse from the Olive & Oak Expanded set. This card fulfills a special request for this particular verse.
My geraniums were stamped with Ranger Distress Tea Dye ink and colored with Ranger Distress Persimmon. Details were added in with SU! Poppy Parade. Leaves are Adirondack Pesto. I used Pesto for the leaf details, as well. A little shadowing and color was added around the image with SU! Perfect Plum and So Saffron.
The verse was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, nice and crisp on the watercolor paper. I always use my old faithful Stamp-a-Ma-Jig stamp positioner for placement of sentiments. After the first stamping I keep the positioner in place, and if a second stamping is necessary I can simply ink up and stamp again directly over the first.
Now, about those orange geraniums… I’d never seen orange geraniums before, honestly. Have you? Maybe they’re nothing new, but they stopped me in my tracks when I was out flower shopping this year. I brought home two of them and put them together in a large pot, hoping they’ll come back bigger and even more beautiful next year.
I’m still coloring a little everyday per the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I started some orange tulips at the same time, but then got a wild notion to clean and tidy my stamp room. About four hours worth of cleaning and tidying, but it’s so pleasant in there now. I might even finish those orange tulips. Have a good day!
Stamps: Geraniums Take Two, Olive & Oak Expanded (sentiment), retired SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds (speckles) Paper: Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor paper, Mellow Moss, Bazzill ivory Ink: Ranger Distress Tea Dye and Persimmon, Adirondack Pesto, SU Poppy Parade, Perfect Plum, and So Saffron, Versafine Onyx Black Accessories: None