Monday, May 19, 2014

HOC Inspiration Photo "Kindness"

Spring has finally arrived and with it the sweet sound of the birds chirping in the morning.  I am finally able to sleep with my windows open and just love hearing the sound in the mornings.  Then I take my coffee and spend a relaxing "ME" time in my hot tub outside for 20-30 minutes before my day becomes too hectic.  Between you and me the hot tub also manages to get those old bones moving as well.  So when I saw the "Inspiration Photo" for our House of Cards I could hear the little bird just calling to me while I was having my morning coffee.
There has been a lot of watercolour put forth lately and I thought that I would give it a try with this sketch.  
I started by fussy cutting out two feathers, at least I hope they look like feathers, onto watercolour paper.  Then using various shades of the purple (although it came out pink) I washed the side of the feather and then did the same with the yellow on the opposite side.  In order to give the feather a little more character I used the finest brush I had and gave it a vein down the centre with black.

I used the ink splotches from French Foliage and again my black ink and lightly accented the background.  
I wanted to keep the background light and airy so that the feathers would be the centre of attention.

Although this card may appear a little girly I plan on giving it to my husband "just because" he has been killing me with "kindness" these past few weeks with everything that we have been trying to accomplish between looking after my Dad, both of our kids moving within a few weeks of each other and the multitude of other things we have been trying to accomplish.  His words are always so encouraging and kind and I cherish each and every word.  

I hope you like what I have come up with.  What do you see, hear, think of this great inspiration photo.  Show us your stuff and don't forget to join in on the fun over at House of Cards.

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  1. Beautifully done CAS card. Love those feathers.

  2. Love this card Nancy! Those feathers are gorgeous! Have a great week!

  3. Great card Nancy hun love it hugs Judith GDT x

  4. Gorgeous card Nancy! Hope things settle down a little in your life. Glad your DH is a great help! Have a great day!

  5. IN. LOVE. This is SO amazing, Nancy!!! The feathers are so beautiful and I adore the stamped texture! I hope things can settle down for you a bit, friend! HUGS and enjoy the rest of your week! :) Mynn xx

  6. Great job, with the watercoloring Nance! Dontcha just love watercoloring! You will become obsessed!

  7. Hi teamie - love your card - those feathers are just exquisite!

  8. Nancy, that's amazing - you've done a brilliant job making those feathers! This is a really special card! By the way, SO jealous of your hot tub! ; )
    Hope things calm down for you soon! Ruth x