Sunday, November 13, 2016

Paint/Stamp a Plaid

Happy Sunday!
This is a re-post of my card over Virginia's View Challenge.
Hello friends!
We have just a few more days to enter the "Stripes & Plaid" challenge! 
Did I mention that we have 2 amazing prizes?
One winner will win a MISTI   
Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented of his/her choice (Original or Mini)
and another will win Concord and 9th Stripe Builder 
You can find all the details here.

I set out to create a DIY plaid pattern paper and decided to use watercoloring.
Why using watercolors, you may ask?
Imperfection is what I can easily strive for.

I rely on this stamp set "Basic Stripes" although you can totally freehand paint your own plaid/stripes.
With watercoloring, the stripes do not have to be perfectly lined up and the colors can be opaque and splotchy. It's a easy and fun way to try stamping a s plaid.

I started out with the soft colors (mainly the blue, yellow, green) and then I added the grey. That's when I thought that I "ruin" the project. It didn't look nice at all with the grey colors. However, I persevered and stamped the bright colors (red and navy blue). That completely changed the look! Now when you look at it, the grey color actually make all the colors stand out!
So, that's my little "finding".

With the gold-embossed deer image from "Comfort and Joy" (Winnie and Walter), I added a layer of vellum and strings. I really want to show off the homespun, retro feel of the plaid background.

from all of us

I strongly encourage you to try water-coloring stripes/plaid. I know you will have lots of fun like I did. Do make sure that you keep the watercolors somewhat dry, otherwise, when you stamp the next colors, it may become all muddled!

Please keep the entries coming. The deadline is Nov. 18th (11:55pm EST).
Thanks so much for stopping by!


~amy~ said...

Oh I love this!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Gorgeous plaid, Virginia - just love your combo of colors!!

Harriet said...

Very nice, colorful stripes. Excellent idea---make your own stripes.

alexandra s.m. said...

I want to try!
Thank you for the CONSTANT inspiration Virginia!
Your card is divine!

Rachel A. said...

I just love this card so much! I keep forgetting that you have a challenge blog! I've been meaning to check it out! Thank you for the inspiration. This card is so beautiful!

Dawn T said...

love the plaid you created Virginia. It is the perfect foil for the the gold embossing focal point.

jan metcalf said...

Adore your plaid! The colors are brilliant together!

Verna Angerhofer said...

What an inspiration you are. This is such a pretty plaid background you made. I really like it.

Karen B. said...

What an awesome masculine card.

Miriam Prantner said...

ooo, another great plaid! Love the colors and the vellum just sets the focal image apart perfectly!