|Happy January! hahaha...|
"Even overweight cats instinctively know the cardinal rule: when fat, arrange yourself in slim poses."
Ugh...I've been on the sick and injured list all this week. I came down with the bug on Monday and have been so sick all week....ugh.. Then that same day I took a nasty fall.....just stumbled on a chair leg like a clumsy old cow....and messed up my knee.....which was already injured from a fall a few weeks ago! (What is wrong with me???) I was in bed the rest of the day with my knee elevated and iced. That helped a lot!! I never thought I would want a joint iced, but it hurt so bad and swelled so alarmingly large....Eeek! After the first few minutes it was blissfully numb, and I was very happy to have ice on it. It is a lot better now...and quite colorful. (Only crafters can appreciate the color palette of bruises, right? Ha!!!) I am so very grateful I didn't have to go to the doctor.
Today, for the first time, the bug I caught finally allowed me to be out of bed and actually doing something at my craft table...in between naps! I knew I wanted to make a Unity Friends with Flair card and I had several ideas and techniques swirling in mind to try out for my card. It didn't turn out exactly as I had planned, but it is a start. To be truthful, I was so craft-starved that I wasn't going to be too picky about how things came together! I just wanted to be at my craft table!!! So, thanks to Unity, I dragged myself out of bed to make a card! :)
I hardly ever pull out my gesso, but I knew I wanted to stamp on a gessoed surface. I wanted the snowy look, but discovered an advantage of gessoing the cardstock was that my watercoloring didn't soak through at all. Nice!!
I gessoed my cardstock and stamped the image (Unity - I Tweeted) in Memento - London Fog. I painted the image with my waterbrush and Gelatos that matched the palette colors.
Another thing I wanted to try was painting with Perfect Pearls. So I went back over some of the areas with some new colors of Perfect Pearls by dipping my moist waterbrush in a coordinating powder and brushing over the area for some additional sheen. This is the first time I had done this. I love the effect!! I will be experimenting with this technique more in the future. I have LOTS of new colors of Perfect Pearls, since they are my latest obsession!! :)
You can see the shimmer and shine from the Perfect Pearls in the angled photo below.....and the sparkle of glittery snow I added.
I pulled out my Unity - Hip Hip Hooray stamp and stamped it on vellum three times and heat embossed in white. (Don't you usually say it three times???) Beacon 3-in-1 seems to work well with vellum without much show-through. That's what I have been using for attaching vellum lately.
Hope you like my card. I have two new followers that will be introduced in my next post. I just can't muster up the energy to do adequate intros right now....so I will sign off for now.....and try to get well. Ugh...
[UPDATE: Most of this post was written Thursday night. Friday morning I am feeling quite a bit better!! Yay...Light at the end of the tunnel!!]
Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Unity Friends with Flair Link Up
2. Word Art Wednesday Challenge #165 - Anything Goes
3. Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge Jan 2015 - Anything Goes
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Something New
5. The Paper Girls Challenge #71 - Let's Sparkle and Shine