Anyone love horses?
Every month (except when I'm too busy or overwhelmed) I'm involved in at least one swap.
I'm in two swaps this month and the first one uses anything from the Occasions catalog. I decided to use Let It Ride
I love to watercolor and thought this would be ideal for that. I started with a piece of watercolor paper cut to 3 x 4-1/4". I first stamped the mountains in basic gray using the Waterfront stamp set. I used a little ink from the cover of the stamp pad to move some of the mountain down so it would reach the trees.
Next, I moved to the trees from Let It Ride. I stamped some in Mossy Meadow and some in Old Olive. Let those sit awhile and dry well (I came back later to add a little Old Olive in between the trees to create more of a forest.
The horses came next. I stamped them in Soft Suede and let them dry well. I then colored them in with some Crumb Cake ink.
I went back to Old Olive to color in the grass and throughout the trees. It's important not to use a very wet paintbrush or it will all run. (if that happens in the trees, just let that dry and go back and stamp the trees again in Mossy Meadow to get more definition).
Last I added some sky using Balmy Blue.
LET DRY WELL!
You could use watercolor pencils or even Stampin' Blends for your coloring too--whatever works best for you.
I mounted the watercolor piece on a piece of Soft Suede cardstock cut to 4 x 5-1/4" using dimensionals. That piece was then added to the Very Vanilla Thick card base.
I cut a piece of Burlap ribbon at about 3-3/4" long and attached it to the bottom of the watercolor piece. I then took about 4 inches of Copper trim and spread the ends, attaching it to the Burlap ribbon.
I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock and cut it out with the squarish rectangle stitched die. I then added it to the top of the ribbon using a dimensional at the bottom and snail at the top (since the watercolor piece was raised on dimensionals, I needed the bottom of the sentiment to also be raised.)
Don't forget about the inside of your card! I stamped the "Live like someone left the gate open" sentiment on the inside and stamped one set of trees in the bottom right corner.
This would make a great birthday card (just change the sentiments) and a super masculine card.