Wednesday, 12 March 2014

OLS3, LIM162 - Spring Flowers and Water


I admit it, I'm afraid of water! Not swimming, but water on my cards. I have held out this long for OLS3 (Add Water) because I really don't like using water. It's wet, messy and unpredictable! Karen, the host of this challenge, uses it all the time, and achieves stunning results and I've looked through the OLS3 gallery, over and over, seeing lots more beautiful cards, working my way up to making this card.

It was this week's challenge at Less Is More that finally made me move. The challenge is one-layer spring flowers, so I saw a chance to use one of my old favourites, Both Way Blossoms and combine these two challenges.

I inked the stamp with green and the bud colour, misted it with water and stamped it. The house did not fall down and in fact, I really liked the slightly softer edges. Then (figuring I may as well dive in with both feet) I took a waterbrush and added some ink to colour in the buds and the leaves. I even used different shades on each tulip bud, to add more dimension to my shading.

And now I'm thinking, why the big fuss?

25 comments:

Sunny said...

What a great card, Ardyth! I really like it. Tulips have always been my favourite flowers....

Have a great day,

Sandra

Sunny said...

What a great card, Ardyth! I really like it. Tulips have always been my favourite flowers....

Have a great day,

Sandra

Meg said...

This is gorgeous - the softer edges are evident and yet you still achieve beautiful bright clean design. I love it!

Lynn Mangan said...

I'm right there with you on the water. I love, love, love the end result. Way to take the plunge!

Marion said...

With fabulous results like this Ardyth, you should use water more often! This is fabulous :)

Mrs Harry said...

This is a lovely result Ardyth. The flowers are a fab splash of colour.

Sheila H said...

This is a beautiful card, Ardyth. The flowers are vibrant, with that lovely water color touch. I can't imagine your being afraid of the technique - LOL!

Deepti said...

Beautiful tulips :) I love to see floral cards from u in between those graphic cards!!

Jen W. said...

Yes! Why all the fuss? This is gorgeous and still fabulously Ardyth in style! :D

Geri said...

Definitely worth a bit of fretting! Beautiful soft edges - perfect for the tulip images! Love the vibrant inks and your design layout...especially the red tulip snuggled up against the sentiment.

Kelly Griglione said...

Hahaha, funny post, Ardyth!! So glad your house is indeed still standing. Now I think you need to watercolor on some patterned paper!! Those flower buds turned out amazingly well. So tiny, but large impact!

Tracey McNeely said...

...and with such gorgeous results. You are truly my bravest friend now! :)

Nonni said...

Really beautiful! I could never have thought you are afraid of water by the look of this! :) Great card.

Joyce said...

Good for you for being brave. You ended up with a stunning card, and I hope you will be brave again. It looks good on you!

OH Babs said...

The card is gorgeous, just think of all the beauties yourself making.

Gabby said...

So pretty! :)

kateri said...

Very stunning card. I think it's my favorite of all the cards I've seen you make (not that I've seen ALL of them). I'm curious as to where you got your sentiment stamp. It's so beautiful. I love the font.

Joan B said...

love this! those flowers are gorgeous

Marie said...

Such a lovely spring card, Ardyth. Great shading on those tulips.

Darnell J Knauss said...

And now I'm thinking (hoping) that we'll be seeing this again from you, Ardy, because you're a natural waterinkist!! I am simply in love with the design, too. That's THE perfect layout for that bold sediment. Just overall stunning! Hugs, Darnell

Anita in France said...

'Come on in, the water's lovely' came to mind as I was having a chuckle at your description, Ardyth ... especially when your card is so stunning and gorgeous (and not at all messy like water is!!) Love the layout! Anita:)

cm said...

Yes, put those fears to rest; your water-coloured flowers are gorgeous, and are the perfect complement for the bold statement! Stunning card!
c

Anne said...

Ardyth what a wonderful watery card, so stylish!
Thanks for taking part in the one layer challenge at LIM this week
Anne (Guest LIM commenter)

cards said...

It's beautiful, what a brave girl you were!
Heather

Kim Heggins said...

Tulips are my favorite flowers and your card is just gorgeous using them. And your sentiment is so perfect.