As September wanes we sadly bid ado to our sensational September Leading Lady Carson Riutta. The last four weeks with Carson have been bursting with color, vibrancy and excellent design. Carson's abilities for eye-catching, inspiring and astounding projects along with her clear instructions are exceptional. I am so grateful for Carson sharing her amazing talents and skills with us this month!
Today's post is so bittersweet for me. I'm excited to share my last project as your Leading Lady for the month, but I'm also a little sad to be saying goodbye to all my new card making friends. Your comments have been so lovely and I've really enjoyed spending time with you all, here on the blog. I just hope that if you've enjoyed my posts you'll head over to my Instagram, pineandplum and follow me there so that we can keep in touch over our shared love of papercrafts.
For my last project, I went a little crazy and made quite a few cards and tags. I started with yet another watercolor technique using my beloved Distress Stains. I did grab a glass of water this time and spent a good half hour laying down some vibrant and punchy colors onto watercolor card stock. For each of the papers you see above, I used three colors of stain and simply layered them willy nilly onto the paper until I was happy with the outcome. When I was finished with them all, I laid them out over my work space and began flicking water on them. The water pulls up some of the color and you get that ghosting of water droplets, that you can see in the photo above. I think this final step adds so much interest and depth to the colors. It really elevates the background from a sloppy watercolor to a very interesting little piece of art.
I then spent some serious time creating those beautiful little mosaic tags using the fabulous Multifaceted and Flawless Cutaways. These die sets are a perfect example of a product that is so "stand alone" good that you can create for hours simply doing what is was intended for. The mosaic shapes are so fun and have so much possibility that you don't have to think outside the box with these. They are well designed and simply stunning.
The warm watercolor background looked so good with the gold paper that I decided to leave some of the gold shapes intact when creating my mosaic. I love the way the different textures play off of one another, how the soft glow of the watercolor and the sharp glitter of the paper contrast so nicely.
I'm not gonna lie here, I did have to run to the craft store to pick up some suitable ribbon to finish this project off, but I'm so glad I did, because now I own that gorgeous gold ribbon and can make the most stunning little gifts with these golden tags!
And finally I turned my last mosaic diamond into another card. This time I played around with some Glossy Accents to give the diamond some literal shine and popped it off the card front from some extra dramatic flair.
Thank you so much for all your time and attention this past month. I've had such a wonderful time playing with the Winnie & Walter products and reading all your lovely comments. Don't forget to head over to my blog and leave a comment to enter our end of the month drawing for a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card.
Take care and happy crafting friends!