Monday, December 15, 2014

Beauty of the Season

Good Morning.

It's our last Merry Monday challenge of 2014.

The lovely and talented Karren is our hostess this week.
And this is what she chose.

I recently took a short watercolor class at our local senior center.
We used masking fluid which is something that had been sitting on my shelf 
as a NBUS for at least 2 years.

So I set out to try it on a card.

I definitely need some more practice with that stuff.

The first few attempts ended up with masking everywhere
 but on the watercolor paper.

I've since learned to use a box to do my splattering.

After stamping and coloring the stamped image from
Beauty of the season with my Koi watercolors,
I did a watercolor wash using
Soft Sky, Marina Mist and Blushing Bride re-inkers and my Aqua Painter.

Can you tell that my first attempt at stamping the sentiment went wrong?

I did some damage control using a snippet of watercolor paper
and colored it to match the background.
So I'm taking this over to 
(This snippet actually came out of the trash basket!)

I used Kylie's sketch
from Happy Little Stampers for my layout.

Even if you've sent all your Christmas cards, I hope you'll
create a winter scene on a Christmas card and join us at

I'm so glad you could stop by during this busy time.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Beauty of the Season, Winter Memories (retired)
Ink: Black Archival, SU Markers (Basic Black, Real Red) 
Paper:  Watercolor (Strathmore), Solar White (Neena)
Other:  Masking Fluid, Koi Watercolors, Re-inkers (Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Blushing Bride), Aqua Painter

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted


Unknown said...

Your card is gorgeous!

Bobby said...

This I LOVE, Bonnie. I don't know how you did the background so beautifully AFTER the bird, but it's fabulous, even down to matching the boo boo covering paper.

Mrs A. said...

I love your painted cardinal and what a snippet of a save you have done. No one would have been any the wiser. Hugs Mrs A.

Notes by Nina said...

Stunning card Bonnie, I love your beautiful watercolour card.

Karren said...

I love, love, love your card, Bonnie! That background is gorgeous and I'm so glad you got to use your NBUS :) Have a great Christmas!

laurie said...

I think your class paid off...great job water coloring! It's a gorgeous card!

Katie Melhus said...

Your watercoloring is fantastic Bonnie, this is such a gorgeous card! Have a Merry Christmas!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Sparkly Sparkly card, it's beautiful - I can't see any error! LOL.

jimlynn said...

Bonnie, this is definitely a WOW card! So beautiful and I do love the splatters. The watercoloring is gorgeous.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous card, I love the watercolour background. The red of the Cardinal pops against the blue. I wouldn't have noticed that you attached the sentiment over a spot where 'it went wrong'. It is frustrating however when that happens. I hope you are doing well, Shirleyxx

Liz said...

Lovely card. I love how you've done the background. xx

Darnell said...

This is so pretty, Bonnie! There is a different card up on FB to advertise the new MM challenge. It's gorgeous, too. Maybe it's an older one, but I love it, too! Happy Holiday Hugs! Darnell

Cynthia said...

Ohhh, this is so adorable! And I LIKE the way you've got the sentiment on there! Beautiful job on the watercoloring too. So serene!

Di said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Bonnie!


Di xx

Kristie Goulet said...

So beautiful, Bonnie! Have a great week!

Benzi said...

Wow! An outstanding creation, Bonnie. I absolutely love every inch of this beauty.

Susan said...

I had to laugh at your comment about learning to do your splattering in a box - I learned that the hard way too! Your masking fluid snowflakes look great to me - I think it's a fabulous technique and I think you'll come to really like it. A beautiful card for the Merry Monday challenge!

Loll said...

Wow ... amazing watercolouring Bonnie!! I love the look of your falling snow from the masking fluid. I also have a bottle sitting on my shelf, not even opened ... it's probably dried up! :) I LOVE this cardinal image sitting on the branch ... gorgeous all on it's own. But add in the watercoloured background and you really have a work of art. So happy you joined us at Happy Little Stampers! Loll xx

scrappymo! said...

Your watercolouring looks wonderful. Beautiful card...I so love cardinals!

Brenda said...

Oh my Bonnie, this card is simply gorgeous! I love your watercolored background, it is stunning!! Your cardinal looks like it has been watercolored too and no I didn't realize you messed up your sentiment. lol Not until you pointed it out and then I had to go back and look again. This card is still very stunning! Hugs, Brenda

Kylie said...

Bonnie, this is really beautiful! Your cardinal is so pretty and the background amazing. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers! xx

Sarn said...

Tee hee . . . there's always a way to cover up stamping that went wrong!

LOVE your pretty Red Cardinal card Bonnie.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Deepti said...

Oh my goodness! The water coloring here is incredible :) love love love this beauty

Lori Turner said...

Wow, Bonnie - this watercoloring is GORGEOUS! You did great! So pretty...Have a very Merry Christmas and all the best to you and yours in 2015!

Unknown said...

So soo pretty!! Love your coloring!! Very stunning card.

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

This is so pretty Bonnie!!!

Deanne :)

Debbie Henderson Debbie's Designs said...

Awesome coloring Bonnie. The watercolored look looks fabulous! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Marybeth said...

Beautiful first attempt! Wow, I love this ! Are we old enough for senior centers,when did that happen!
Loved the way you fold a card for sending in the mail,I did that with quite a few ,great idea!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Bonnie, your cardinal is sensational!! Love the soft, watercolor look! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Greta said...

Oh wow, Bonnie--this should be framed! What a beautiful card!

MaryH said...

Totally Gorgeous! Love that cardinal, and your washed background is just beautiful. The masking fluid looks as though it worked wonderfully for you. Great save - turned out to be a good design detail!!! Love it! TFS & Hugs