Monday, October 9, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams Watercolor Sunburst Background

Wow, it’s Monday again Peaches! It’s been such a busy week(end). I went with my extended family to our traditional trip to Apple Hill. Apple Hill, if you’ve never been, is a place in Northern California that is made up of numerous farms that produce everything from apples to pumpkins to Christmas trees. We make a point to go each year as a family because as I mentioned earlier it’s our tradition that we we’ve had since we (my siblings and I) were children. We meet up at one of the farms and enjoy apple donuts, apple milkshakes, pie, caramel apples, apple beer, and every other kind of tasty treat you can imagine. Even upon arrival you’ll be greeted with the most delicious smell of fresh apple pies being baked. We are so happy to continue the tradition and to be able to share it with our little ones. What sort of fall traditions do you enjoy?

Well on to today’s card. While our on our trip through one of the beautiful farms in Apple Hill I was taken a back by all the natural beauty of my surroundings. One of these stunning sights was this magical looking dragonfly flitting about the sunflowers and small ponds that sat quietly at the base of the farm. I just loved how the rays of the sun made their translucent wings sparkle. Of course I was inspired by this to create some fraction of its beauty.

I started with the sun rays. I took a piece of watercolor paper (because I knew I would be adding water later) and a scrap paper. Next I took that scrap paper and angled it onto my watercolor paper so that only the top corner was visible. Then I took my sponge dobber and, first with my Daffodil Delight Ink, I blotted on ink just along the angled line. I moved the paper down (still at an angle) and added another line of Daffodil Delight ink. After repeating this until I reached the bottom, began the same process with my Bermuda Bay ink. However, I only inked parts of the rays that were created with my scratch paper (see photo below).

Next, after removing my scrap paper, I took my Aqua Painter and went over each of rays, creating softer lines. I wanted a more watercolor-y look so I took a piece of acetate, dabbed it into Daffodil Delight, then spritzed it softly with water and used the “ink smooshing” technique. I repeated this with my Bermuda Bay ink. When I was happy with the results I put it aside to try while I assembled the rest of my card.

For the rest of the card I used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and dies. I die cut the dragonfly out of Whisper White cardstock. Did you happen to notice the details of the “sparkling wings”? To achieve this, I took a piece of vellum, stamped the large dragonfly stamp in Versamark ink, and added a mixture of Clear Embossing Powder and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and heat set it (see picture below). It makes the perfect magical wings. Well, that’s my card for today! Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you next post!

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