Hey everyone! Happy Friday!
I can’t believe I’ve already had my first week off work! Time has *flown* by! I’ve mostly napped and laid around whilst my body catches up with all the busy-ness of the year that’s been, but of course I have been creating as well! Tomorrow I plan to dedicate to mass producing all those Christmas cards! People will almost certainly get them a little late, but better late than never – I hope!
Anyway, back to today’s card! I’ve been watching this month’s CASE Study Challenges with great excitement and interest as they are featuring Cath Edvalson’s Moxie Fab World posts as inspiration! I just haven’t had time to join in as a week goes by too quickly and with too much tiredness when I’m working. 🙁 But as I said yesterday, that’s the beauty of holidays!!
Enough rambling from me. 😛 I do seem to be in a chatty mood today! Here’s the gorgeous inspiration we were given to challenge us this week:
Stunning, no? Here’s where my interpretation took me:
*Squeal* I *love* how this turned out!!!
So, obviously I wanted to keep with that beautiful bird, the different colours, the black images and the watercolour look. But as you can see I turned the whole CASE inside out – literally!
I started with some Distress Watercolour Cardstock. I wanted a silhouette of a bird but to use the positive as a mask. I drew my bird onto scratch paper then carefully trimmed him out. I knew I needed to actually mask my watercolour paper with something that would repel water and watercolour, so I used some Masking Fluid to fulfil that. You can get this stuff in art stores and it dries to a rubbery-like finish. I opted for the colourless fluid as it’s guaranteed non-staining, but you can get one that is lightly tinted if it’s important for you to see where you’ve applied it. Personally I could see the colourless one on the paper anyway. *wink*
I used the negative of my bird shape as a mask so I could then apply a couple of layers of the fluid, then removed the mask when the fluid had dried, leaving behind a positive mask of the bird (are you with me so far? lol). I then wetted my paper and used watercolour paints (the proper ones!) to add some layers and washes of colour, allowing them to bleed and blend in places. I loved the final effect!! I stamped a few of the stamps from Lil’ Inker Designs’ Modern Mehndi set using Archival Jet Black ink. I have a jumbo sized version of this inkpad to make it a breeze to ink up large stamps, it’s awesome!
When everything was dry I rubbed the masking fluid off leaving the bird behind. I did have to add a couple of extra layers of colour in a couple of places just to make the silhouette more defined, but essentially the fluid did its job!!
I finished up by stamping the sentiment from WPlus9’s Valentine Wishes set using Versafine Onyx Black ink, then mounted my panel onto a Pure White card base. When the focal point is this much of a scene-stealer you really don’t need any other accents. 🙂
Well, that’s it from chatty me for today – but I will be back as usual tomorrow with another post! I would love it if you left some love before you went on your way! Thanks so much for stopping by!
25 thoughts on “CASE Study Challenge #171”
This is LOVE!
You want love? You've got it girl. I love, love, love this. I'm partial to watercolor pictures and this is fabulous.
Congratulations on the CASESTUDY win!!
Your card is SMASHING!
Absolutely beautiful. Love how you turned it inside out, so so clever.
FABULOUS-NESS!! LOVE the negative space take on the challenge:)
So Awesome! Love that!
This is super cool. I love how you did the negative image of the bird!
Wow, Taheerah – simply marvelous – * shaking head in disbelief* 🙂
A true stunner Taheerah.
I love this~it's got my head all swimmy like! 😉
This is really beautiful, and I love the positioning of the black stamping on the soft watercolors, which blended so perfectly.
Happy Holidays, Taheerah!
Holy COW!!!! That is all. 😉
This is absolutely amazing! A definite stunner!
That is a WONDERFUL card, an I love the effect!
This is stunning! (and that masking fluid is such a cool find!)
what a stunner!
Oh I love this!
Holy gorgeous! The stamping, the watercolor, the masking, amazing!!!!
Beautiful masking and water coloring!! Love this!
oh my!!! this is so WOW! Can't take my eyes off of this beauty!!!
Stunning, my dear! Makes me want to bust out my masking fluid (mine's tinted, lol)