What I especially liked about Jean's challenge is that she indicated that similar colours could be used. Well, with that wonderful new brown tone in the brand new 2015-16 Annual Catalogue, how could I resist using Tip Top Taupe? The other colours were perfect and needed no substitutions.
I used the thick, new Whisper White for my base and then added a layer of Tip Top Taupe. First, however, I stamped the Tip Top Taupe with the reeds image from the Wetlands set using the same colour ink. I had already cut a Whisper White oval and held it in place so that part of the reeds image would be stamped on it. Then I embossed the Tip Top Taupe layer using the Woodgrain embossing folder. Since my card is in the landscape mode rather than the portrait, the woodgrain looks a lot like ripples on the water and so is perfect for the images I've used.
The Wetlands stamp set remains one of my favourite sets. There are so many ways to use it. This time I used a circle mask to first create the setting sun by sponging Daffodil Delight inside the punched out area of my paper and then used the circle die-cut to cover the sponged sun so that I could stamp the Marina Mist grid over it. The grid image is from the new You've Got This stamp set. After that it was easy to stamp the images of the sandpipers across the sun and water so that they appear like silhouettes. You can see that I used the retired feather stamp and matching framelit to create my feather out of vellum. It's the perfect spot for my sentiment, isn't it?
For more cards using this colour theme, check out the Watercooler Challenge.
I've also entered this card in the Friday Mashup Challenge which is all about Dad.