I have a special treat for you today! I have my youngest (and first) guest designer! If you follow me here on Instagram, you may have seen my little Eli watercoloring with me last week. We were attempting to make bubble stationary with soap, water and food coloring. It was an epic fail - certainly didn't work out like I remember as a child. So we decided to get some reinkers out with watercolor paper and do something different! Eli had fun and I was so amazed by the job he did!
So this weekend I sat down and made a card with the paper. I received the From Land to Sea stamp set in the mail on Friday and wanted to try it out. I was really pleased with the card and was planning to blog about it today when I saw the new challenge at Global Design Project was "nature"... PERFECT! Btw, I'm so honored that I was chosen as GDP29's pick! Thank you everyone! <3
(Click on the image below to go to the site and see all of the other nature inspired cards)
I love the marlin in the stamp set. When we went on the KLove Cruise with my inlaws in January, we stopped at a Guy Harvey restaurant and store in the Cayman Islands. I had never heard of the guy "Guy" but his artwork is amazing. Marlins are one of the things he paints. So I was inspired to use the blue and purple from the paper Eli made and used the Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss for the marlin too.
I used corrugated paper to make it look like the fish was mounted on wood. I thought the texture would look better than stamping the hardwood stamp in brown. I colored the fins using the clear Wink of Stella and found the perfect sentiment from Settin' Sail. (It's a current photopolymer set with SU!)
Because I stamped the image on Coaster Board, when I colored it using an Aqua Painter, the paper curled. I wasn't at all upset about it - made it look like a real fish that was mounted!
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope that you are inspired to make your own background paper! Be sure to head on over to Global Design Project's blog and see some more!