Hi there stampers!  I have some very exciting news to share!  I was recently asked to join the amazingly talented designers over at TGIF Challenges to join their design team!  I am beyond humbled and extremely excited to be a part of this team and giggling with joy to share my first project on the design team with you today.  If you aren’t familiar with TGIF challenges, there is a new challenge posted every Friday on the blog and anyone can play along.  All you have to do is get out your crafty goodies and create a new project following the challenge theme for that week then post your project to the blog.  We pick a winner every week.  Check out the blog for more details and also play along with us this week! 

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This week’s theme is “Reflections” and I have to say this one challenged me beyond my comfort zone.  Nothing like diving right in and getting started with a tough one.  😉   The moment I saw the theme my mind immediately went to the Waterfront stamp set.  I fell in love with this stamp set in the Occasions Catalog and I am super happy to say it is carrying over to the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog!  YYYAASSS!!    

I decided to try using this stamp set to watercolor a scene and have the tree images reflecting in a body of water.  Sounds easy right?!?  Well, actually this card came together easier and quicker than I thought it would.  I started with a piece of watercolor paper and wet a large area with clean, clear water.  I smooshed onto a palette a lot of SU ink pads to make my watercolor palette.  I used the following inks:  Mossy Meadow, Balmy Blue, Early Espresso, Gray Granite, Smoky Slate, and Night of Navy.  I applied a very light wash of color first to the panel to give the background some color and to lay down the areas where I was going to stamp my images.  I would pick up color with my stamp from the ink pads, then stamp onto a scrap piece of paper, and then stamp onto the watercolor paper.  I softened the images with a aqua painter.  I kept working the stamped images until I got the softness I was going for with this watercolor piece.  

Once I stamped an image and painted over it with clean water, I would then bring in light washes of color here and there to blend the images together.  For the tree reflection in the water, I just turned the stamp the other way and stamped the images on the water.  A lot of reflection techniques require you to stamp your image onto an acrylic block or acetate sheet to transfer the image onto your project, but the trees did not have to be a perfect reflection for this look.  I worked on the reflected trees to break up the color to give the appearance of moving water.  

I really liked how this card turned out and might try some different scenes using this stamp set to give a watercolor look.  I look forward to sharing more projects for the TGIF Challenges with you and hope you will play along!