Saturday, October 28, 2017

Empty Without You

Hi everyone.  Today I am so pleased to share with you a little card I created that really touched me as I was putting it together.  The irony of it all is how you can take elements from other "happier" sets and find something quietly emotional, or even sadly evocative in them when paired in a different way.    That is how this  card came together.  I made 2 versions of the card to share and I will tell a little story about my husband's perception of them.

The stamp sets used to create these cards are from Birthday Delivery (item #143660) and Jar of Love (item #141587).  I did some watercoloring on the image of the girl, using the layering technique of the same color (Marina Mist) on her dress by allowing it to dry all the way in between layers.

Sky technique Tip:  
To create the night sky or rainy day effect, I layered ink on with a sponge in Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Island Indigo and Night of Navy.  When I had the shading effect I wanted, I spritzed some water drops onto the paper and let is dry naturally.  You can layer any colors you like and as the water spreads out on the paper, it creates the interesting effect that can look like the Milky Way or even a rainy sky.  I need to try the technique with shades of gray, I think it would like awesome.

I showed these 2 cards to my husband and asked him which one he liked the best.  He told me that in this one it feels so lonely.  There is no boundary on a window looking out but rather someone looking out onto the universe.  Perhaps into the night sky and  missing a loved one that is now gone.

He preferred this card because with the girl looking outside of a window on a rainy day and missing someone that will be home soon.  He preferred this card.   I preferred the first one.  It makes me think of my mother and how badly I miss her since she passed away.

To construct the card, I made the background on watercolor paper.  (item #122959).  The first card has a window cut from a top layer using the Layering Squares Framelits (item #141708) and with the 2nd card I used the Hearth and Home Thinlits (item #139666) to cut a window from the new Wood Textures designer series paper.

I think this is one of my favorite cards this year.  I bought the Birthday Delivery stamp set just for this particular image and it didn't disappoint.

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