Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #21--Watercolor Ombre

 Goodbye... summer!
The weather has definitely changed up here in Canada, and Day-light Savings Time takes effect this coming weekend! Yikes!
*RELAX* My hubby checked on the DST thing and he got it wrong! not until November...
Time to hunker down in the scrap-room...

Michelle and Darla at Atlantic Hearts have another great sketch challenge for us:
Love that ombre panel and the skeleton-butterfly.
I chose to interpret the ombre-look with water-color pencils, rendering a little scene of  summer colors at the cottage/PEI coast. The sand/soil really is that colour...such a contrast with the blue sky and vivid green foliage.

I used a panel of water-color paper, spritzing it first, to allow greater absorption and spreading of the colors. I overlapped my pencil scribbles for more color-blending, then smoothed it some more with a damp paint brush.
Kind of a nostalgic greeting. I personally hate saying goodbye to summer, but this would make a nice "farewell" card. 
The skeleton leaf is a new die from Paper Wishes. I cut it out twice in two shades of brown (Cocoa and Saddle) and overlapped them slightly for a shadowed look.
Here's the inside:
completing the farewell message. The big ampersand is a Paper Smooches stamp. A retired CTMH sentiment stamp set provided the Goodbye and Good Luck.

How will you interpret this pretty sketch?
Head on over to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog. A new sketch is posted every Monday; Design Team creations are shared on Wednesday, and you have until Sunday night to link up your work. Join us for some creative and challenging fun!

Happy crafting,

Water color pencils by Derwent
Card stock in Colonial White, Cocoa and Saddle (CTMH)
Dye ink in Saddle and Sky (CTMH)
Water-color paper from Simon Says Stamp
Corner-rounder (CTMH)


  1. I love your side panel and after reading your story its kinda sad...fall is beautiful but there is just nothing like summer by the sea!!!

  2. That panel is really gorgeous, wonderful card!

  3. That panel is beautiful! I love the intermingling of the colors. Keeping the rest of your card CAS really let's your watercolor work shine.

  4. Love the ombre effect you did. It really is a beautiful card.

  5. Beautiful watercolouring, Caroline! I love that layered leaf and, of course, the ampersand on the inside.

  6. This is gorgeous!! I love the leaf embellie and it's edge dangling over the watercolor strip. Beautiful!

  7. It is gorgeous and was such a nice surprise to find tucked in my bag when I arrived in Columbus. Thanks Cee!

    xox, Muggie


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