Wednesday 17 January 2018

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #153 - Gail's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Gail is hosting our challenge this week and it's all about the men in our lives, young or old or in-between.  That's right, it's a Masculine "Anything Goes" challenge and it's right on time for a birthday that's coming up in my family.

Stampin' Up! is beginning to offer quite a few stamp sets which are great for a more masculine looking card.  One of the latest offerings in the new Occasions Catalogue is the very different Waterfront set.  What makes it different?  Well, the finished stamped images look as if one has taken a brush and done a bit of watercolouring.  There seems to be no end to the scenes one can create using this set.  All it takes is a bit of imagination and practise.

I'm making this for my nephew and the scene is similar to a look down Christina Lake at sunrise.  I know he always enjoyed going to the lake when he lived in British Columbia and will enjoy the card now.  I've used a number of different mediums to complete the scene.  First I mixed some Brusho crystals with water and set my scene.  I painted in the sky and water using the Prussian Blue and then painted in the Yellow where I knew the sun and the reflection would be.  I also added some Gamboge to the reflection.  After that I began stamping with my inks:  Smoky Slate, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow (retired), Crushed Curry and Peekaboo Peach.

Once I had added the mountains, the trees, the reflection and the sun, I knew that the scene needed a bit more.  So I added the birds (the three smallest from the High Tide set).  Then I took my Stampin' Blends and used the Crumb Cake to add some brown to the mountains and also between the trees to give the impression of cliffs.

The sentiment is also from the High Tide set and is stamped using Soft Suede.  I didn't ink up the "shine" because I wanted to add a die-cut instead.  I took the "sunshine" from the Sunshine Wishes thinlits, cut the word out of a piece of copper foil, and then simply cut away the "sun".  I think it's perfect for the card, don't you?

I hope you'll check out the wonderful creations by the rest of the Watercooler Artists over at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

I've added my card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is all about adding a sentiment. 


  1. Heidi your waterfront card is truly a work of art. I love how you've developed your scene initially using the Brushos and then adding all the details including the word shine. Great combination of stamps and colours. This is very inspiring and I'm sure will be CASed. Thanks so much for sharing your creativeness. Your nephew will love it!

  2. this is stunning, Heidi! changing the shine to copper foil die cut instead of the stamped version was brilliant, perfect for the card!

  3. Stunning! Absolutely the best card with Waterfront that I have seen. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Beautifully done and definitely a card with the sentiment playing center stage.

  5. Beautiful! I haven't attempted anything yet with this set, but your card is so inspiring. I have spent many camping holidays at Christina Lake - a beautiful spot.

  6. Gorgeous card Heidi! It's so elegant and such a beautiful scene.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx


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