Feb 22, 2015

"Goodbye to Summer...."

'Goodbye to Summer...'
things are heating up in this part of the world as Summer draws to an end, so I have made a card that shows what Summer is to me.

But before we get onto that, some challenge details for FSC...
The theme at FSC this fortnight is to colour an image in your favourite way.
OMG...there are sooo many choices.  I love scraping a little DI onto a craft sheet, spraying with a little water and picking it up with a water brush and colouring it onto an image.  
You can make the colour bolder or tone it down, or mix it with other colours...
I use this colouring technique a lot - so that is what I have done for this challenge.

But there are so many other choices you could make
~ alcohol ink markers, re-inkers, DI stains...
Pretty much anything that has tones can be used to colour with.

It has been a mild summer down here by the sea
but there have still been plenty of balmy days...and typical seaside weather.
I made this card as a farewell to Summer, 
and as an excuse to use some new stamps that I have bought.

The pelican I love because we have pelicans down by the water.
The blues because the sea here in Summer is sooo blue...and I have spent a lot of time on the water with my whale-boat training.
(ps: we won the Australian Whaleboat championships last weekend, so all that training paid off)

The background was made first by stamping a Kaszazz word stamp with picket fence distress paint so that it would act as a resist.  
Then it was inked up, water- flicked and some extra DI "painted" on with a water brush 
around some of the words
- to give them more depth and ground the letters.
It kind of has an embossed look when in reality it is flat.
The pelican on a post, and shells, were coloured with DI's too.

And I couldn't resist a little bleach splattered on the front panel.

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on the theme this time.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors this fortnight and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.

Remember, stamping must be the focal point of your creation...and then just follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!

I thought that I would share a couple of pictures of our team at the Championships last weekend...that's me standing up!

Moments after winning the championships
That's me yelling at the team, or should I say 'gently coaxing' them???.lol



Irene Chillman said...

Congratulations Dot on your Whaleboat win, great to see some pics. Stunning card as usual.
Irene xx

Brenda said...

First congrats on your win! How exciting!!! Next, I LOVE your card. It is so beautifully designed an executed. I live not far from the ocean and this card makes me think of it. Thanks for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge. Brenda :)

Meggymay said...

Congratulations on the boat win, the photos look great. Its a fantastic card as well, love the blue shades.
Yvonne xx

Coco said...

I adore this card, wonderful!! Coco x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Such a lovely layered card.
greetings, Alie

danisart said...

oh i love your card!!!! Looks so great and i feel a little bit summer!!!!

ElizabethR said...

Dot that is just fabulous and a beautiful summery colour, yummy! Thanks for joining in with us at the Frosted Designs Challenge and well done on your rowing win!! Elizabeth xxx

ionabunny said...

This is fantastic. I'm not sure if I totally understand how you made that fabulous background. It does look embossed. may have to play around and see what happens. Love the pelcan. Hugz

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is gorgeous!! Thanks for playing along with Frosted Designs!!!

Raechelle Bellus said...

Congrats on your win! This is such a beautiful card! I love the colors and overall feel. Thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs!

Kat W said...

Wow, you have used those rubber stamps so creatively and your card has such fantastic texture and detailing - I love it :-)
Thanks for sharing with us at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge!
Hugs, Kat x

Heather Jacob said...

rich and beautiful, created with love x

Heather Jacob said...

I forgot to say congratulations . well done and so well deserved x

Mrs.B said...

Hi Dot, just catching up - Love this card and I really did think the background was embossed.
Congrats on the whaleboat race win,
great potos.
Avril xx

Shirley Chillman said...

Your makes are so clever Dotty this really looks like a 'Goodbye to Summer'. Mr Pelican stands so proud on his stump and the background for everything is the bees knees.

Congrats on another fantastic win x x

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

butterfly said...

I absolutely love the sunwashed look of your background - just beautiful with the Picket Fence resist and those ocean blues and fantastic dimension created with the extra shading - so clever. Delicious card!
Alison xx