I’m so excited about today’s post as the card I’m about to share is special for many reasons.
MFT hosts a contest every year called ‘Card Design Superstar‘. I missed the challenge last year as my daughter was just born and I was still healing from a C-Section. This time, I wanted to make not only something special but also something new to me.
I have been watercolouring for almost an year and for the past few months I have been using only watercolours as my medium of colouring. So, the choice of media was easy enough. I also have been trying to build easy scenes around my stamped images. For this card, I did the same except I had to spend a few hours over the last weekend to learn about ‘One point perspective drawing’. It is a vast subject and there is SO much to learn. But I just learnt to sketch a basic room design for my stamped images. I wanted the scene to look 3D.
More about the process in a bit. Here is the card…
And here is the surprise when you open the card
As soon as the challenge was announced, I started thinking about the theme around which I would create a card. It wasn’t a tough decision to make. I chose this cute Birdie Brown set called ‘Unicorns and glitter‘. I absolutely adore the images in the set. I decided to make a birthday party scene.
I watched YouTube tutorials that explained how to draw a basic room outline using One Point Perspective. I sketched the room and the wooden floor boards on two watercolor cardstock panels exactly the same. Then stamped the images.
I stretched/ modified a couple of images from two different stamp sets.
If you saw the Unicorns and glitter stamp set, you would know that the girl’s dress is three layered. I added more layers so that i could colour the dress in rainbow colours.
The table is from ‘sweet shop‘ stamp set from stacey Yacula line. I masked off most of the portion and stamped only the part I needed.
The cake is from ‘Birthday Buds‘ set.
When the images on the card front were done, I coloured the remaining room. The walls, ceiling, floor boards. It took me a lot of time to paint the woodgrain pattern but it was worth it.
I used the ‘English brick wall’ stencil and used a paint brush to apply watercolour. Before doing this, I masked off a small rectangle and coloured it in rainbow colours. I stamped the sentiment after the colours dried.
For the sentiment on the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Birthday Buds stamp set partially to fit in the rectangle.
Some more pictures of the inside of the card.
I spent several hours over the past week planning and executing this card which is very unlike me. I always start making the card first and then think along the way. It has always worked out for me this way. But this card required planning. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and loved every moment I spent on it. Also, this card is 5″×7″. I mostly make cards that measure 4.25″×5″. Recently I started making slimline cards. This time it was good working on a bigger panel.
One more thing that I did what I usually don’t often do is the black hair. I find it difficult to work with black but I tried aftrt working on it in layers so the image looks like she has black hair with highlights and like her hair was greying. 🙂
Other supplies used- Arches cold pressed watercolor paper- 140lb, Daniel Smith watercolors, Silver velvet brushes 4, 6.
I hope you like the card… Thanks for visiting me today.