Monday, March 23, 2015

Paper craft project no. 339: Beautiful watercolor one layer card

Hello! I've got a watercolor one layer card to share today. It isn't something I normally make because one thing I cannot do is draw people/faces! Objects I can draw, no problem...but faces? I know I suck at it. However, I couldn't help but take up the challenge at Inkspirational, where it's to create She Art or use an image of a woman, especially when the last time I created She Art projects was more than a couple of years ago. Here's the first She Art project I made back in 2013:

Be True to Yourself She Art Mixed Media on 6x6 canvas panel. 1/26/2013

I did about half a dozen She Art projects after my first one and sold them through a local shop. As much as I was excited to create She Art, I soon discovered it wasn't really what I enjoyed making. I mostly ended up frustrated because I had a difficult time drawing people or doing faces. And so I stopped making She Art inspired projects after that.

Anyway, I thought I'd give She Art another go when I saw the current Inkspirational challenge. I'm woman enough to admit that I still suck at it LOL! But hey, this time around, I enjoyed the process and didn't get frustrated. I got to play with my watercolors and stamps and it helped me relax after a week of unscheduled doctor visits and stressful lab tests.

I kept things simple by doing a one layer card. I stamped the daises, roses, and butterfly in antique linen Distress ink on 140-lb  watercolor paper, masking as I stamped. Then I took my Prang watercolors and watercolored the images, layering the colors in between drying the layers with my heat tool. Took about 45 minutes to do this -- and it isn't something I'd normally do because I'm very impatient, but in this case, it was a welcome relief for me. After the watercolors dried, I stamped over the images again with peanut brittle Memento Luxe ink. I drew the face using Faber-Castell Big Brush pen. Does the girl's eye look closed to you? Yes? Maybe? Good enough for me! I originally wanted it to be open but again...I suck at drawing faces and drew the shape of the eye way too big. So I improvised and just added "lashes" at the bottom. I watercolored the face and then stamped the sentiment.

I'm quite happy with how the card turned out, but I gotta say, it will be a long time before I attempt another one like it. Thanks to the Inkspirational DT for the She Art challenge :o)

Anyway, my card also doubles as the inspiration project over at the STAMPlorations blog. Check out what the girls in the Inspiration DT made here. If you're inspired by my card or any of the cards by the Inspiration DT, I hope you'll come play with us at the Inspiration CASE Playground (open until April 5). We highlight the best CASEs and randomly draw one winner of a $15 gift certificate.

Also linking up my card to these fun challenges:
 SSS Pinterest challenge

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)



  1. You are amazing this flower card is awesome

  2. Every time I think you've pulled out all the stops you go on and pull out anoghter one. Holy frijoles, I am in love with this!! I just did my very first She Art project (which I'm posting tomorrow) but yours has mine beat - hands down!!! Love the proliferation of blooms. I totally think you should rethink your "not for a long time" stance!

  3. Well, Shery, I can't for the life of me draw faces either. I have done some sketches of faces, but I would never attempt to use them on a card. I adore this beautiful watercolor flower/face creation and hope you will continue to inspire us with your artwork. Looks great to me!!

  4. Love the bunch of w/c flowers Shery, I didn't notice the lady in the corner until I looked more closely, must visit the opticians! I suck at drawing people too, much prefer the flowers and landscapes.
    Thanks for sharing your artwork with us at ATSM.

  5. IN-CRED-I-BLE,, Shery! Stunning flowers and your image of the woman is fabulous! Love this!!

  6. FABULOUS! Looks like it should be mounted on a wall and not sent by mail!

  7. Well, I think this is just gorgeous! Love the brightly coloured flowers and your woman's face is great! You are better than you think. :-). So glad you joined in on the fun over at Inkspirational! :-)

  8. This is fabulous Shery, I love it. Carol x

  9. Gorgeous watercolor Shery! Love the colors - wow - I would hang that in my home anyday! And the face is fine girl - thank you for sharing your project & creativity with us at 613 Ave C!
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  10. I love how you've combined all these gorgeous bright colours and I think your lady's face is great! Give me a vase, flowers or fruit and I'm fine, add anything with legs (even if they aren't showing!) and I'm totally useless! Thanks for sharing at ATSM this week, Anita x

  11. both of these are beautiful! I especially love the mixed media piece :)

  12. Hi, Shery! Another AH-mazing piece of work! Love those flowers!

  13. Seriously expected this to be a canvas and not a OLC! I'm diggin the chica. Wonky is good. And I SOOOO need to try watercoloring images. I am SOOOO chicken.
    I am also SOOOO grateful to you for that stamp set. It got here to Germany in no time flat! Thanks so very much. You're too kind. Perhaps those blooms need to meet Antique Linen....

    1. Hey Shery. Had to come back and recommend Alisa Burke's blog to you in case you don't know it. Love that woman's art.

  14. WOW! Really gorgeous colors on your flowers!! Such a brilliant design! :) Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Addicted to Stamps & More! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*-DT member

  15. OMG Shery, I Love your work of art! Your watercolored background and daisies are so vibrant. Love your subtle she girl face. Her eye has a sexy winking look to me! TFS your Inspirational card my friend. Hugs, Nancy

  16. Awesome love the colours n your creation has inspired me ....TFS your Inspirational card

  17. Oh my, these are amazing!! The face among the flowers looks so artistic. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely work in the Fusion Challenge!!

  18. Amazing card! Wish I could do this! I could stare for days!

  19. Really GORGEOUS one layer card, Shery! I love the vibrant colors of the blooms and your layout is stunning! Love seeing your 'She Art' project, too!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at ATSM!

  20. hello Shery, WOW girl these are amazing...I luv all the color and distressed look...just FAB! so glad you played along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  21. Oh my goodness, Shery--you're so talented! This is gorgeous & I love the face with the eye closed!


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