Saturday, February 25, 2012

happily ever after... in your new home (watercolor paper)

Here's another peek into my creative process.  Have these things laying around.  Recognize this item?

It's what's left of the sheet that peel-off postal stamps come on.  And of course I've saved a few thinking "I could do something with this."

Enter this photo in my Living & More magazine:

And my brain thinks "Hey, I could go with that for this week's Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab."

I needed a Congrats on your New Home card for my cousin.  Normally I would jump all over the polka dots in this trigger photo.  BTW, Retro Mama who made this piece has a fabby blog.  Great inspiration.  But I chose to take items of the trigger and go with an artistic card.

I had such fun with this card. How did I use the trigger?
green, blue sky, red roses, curtains like fabric, polka dots on the curtains, woodgrain table, twiggy tree like the delicate fence and an overall home-y feel

Used watercolor paper.  Marked off the area where my "window frame" would go and then painted the landscape with Distress Inks as watercolors.  Stamped the tree.  Applied the window frame.  Stamped, dry embossed and stitched on the vellum.  Scored some wainscoting and swiped some Antique Linen Distress Ink across the panel.

Since I have no furniture stamps (how perfect would one of those chair stamps I've seen in blogland have been) I had to build something.  My table was an hourglass stamp in its previous life.  Fussy cut it and added a tabletop.  Stamped and pencil  colored the roses but had to freehand my vase.  Painted it too with Broken China Distress Ink.  LOVE that color.

Decided to use this wedding sentiment.  Thought it was appropriate since my cousin found this beautiful, old house they will probably stay in for many years.  Thank goodness for the quality of Hero Arts stamps - they stamp beautifully.  Which is a darn good thing cuz you don't want to ruin your entire card with a half-stamped sentiment.  I'm good at that.

TIP:  I've cut clear stamp sentiments apart to be able to use the words more freely.  But another good idea is to put a piece of cellophane tape over the area you don't want to use, ink it up, remove the piece of tape and then stamp.

Thanks for visiting.

Supplies:  happily ever after
Paper: watercolor paper, CS Coredinations, vellum recycled envelope 
Stamps: brocade Prima, branch Inkadinkado, roses/sentiment Hero Arts, hourglass Limited Edition
Ink: Distress Inks, black Versafine
Tools:   sewing machine, scissors, scoreboard Martha Stewart
Other: embossing folder Cuttlebug


  1. Hey Maria! Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

  2. Wow, die Karte ist super geworden - der Vorhang links ist extra-süß :-)

  3. Ilovecreating scenes on cards, you have done this perfectly, beautiful and very clever

  4. This is so beautiful! I adore your window 'scene' and that curtain is the BEST! Love it!

  5. Very creative! I love the window scene you came up with. ;)

  6. What a fun take on the Trigger - congrats on your shout out there!!

  7. What a fun project! So brilliant to use the stamp scraps as a frame! Congrats on being a TT!

  8. Super fun project. Congrats on your win.

  9. I am in AWE! This is amazing, such an adorable little piece of art.

  10. LOVE the cute house/design!! CONGRATS on being TT this week!! YIPPEE!! =)
    Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  11. What a wonderful scene you have created here Maria! Congrats on being a TT!

  12. Beautiful card and so creative! Thanks for the tip on cutting/taping the stamps. =)

  13. LOL! That's fabulous that you saved the stamp "trash"!

  14. What a beautiful & creative card! Love the postal sheet frame for the window. ; such a great idea!! Congrats on your Moxie Fab shout out!

  15. What a beautiful & creative card! Love the postal sheet frame for the window. ; such a great idea!! Congrats on your Moxie Fab shout out!

  16. Wow, love your resourcefulness. What a cute card!


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