Country Livin’ – Masculine Monday

Welcome to week 3 of my Masculine Monday blog post series.

This weeks card features the lovely pickup truck image from the Country Livin’ stamp set by Stampin’ Up!. Now I have to admit that I’ve had this set for a while & have made quite a few cards using the guitar stamp, but none using the beautiful old truck. Seeing as I like to get the most out of all my stamp sets I felt it was time I inked this one up & had some fun with it.

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Because I knew that I wanted to watercolour this image, I chose to use the Stampin’ Up! Archival ink in Basic Black to stamp the outline of the truck.

Top Tip: Archival ink is alcohol based so it won’t run, blur or smudge when it comes into contact with water. Archival ink can take a little longer to dry when you first stamp it, so make sure you keep your fingers well away from the image for about 30 secs, otherwise you might end up smudging it by accident (trust me I know from experience).

Using a photo that I found on Pinterest as a guide, I started by filling in the body of the truck with colour. I used my pencils just as you would do, if you were colouring in a page from colouring in book.

Once I was happy with base colours on the body of the truck, I added colour to the tyres & grass. At this point I picked up my Aqua Painter brush & started to gently apply a little bit of water to the coloured sections. By going slowly & gently I was able to blend the colours into each other, without making a big muddy mess.2017.08.10 August Country Livin' Truck Masculine Card 08

I left the image dry for a few minutes while I made a cup of tea. I find it always helps to step away from longer projects for a few minutes. That way you can come back with “fresh eyes” which makes it much easier to see/workout if you need to add or subtract anything from the overall project.

In my case I could clearly see that I needed to add in a background & some more colour to make it more vibrant. To do that I coloured directly onto the paper with the water colour pencils in the areas that I felt need it the most & then gently blended them into the existing colours using my Aqua Painter brush. While it was still a little damp I picked my pencils again & added in shadows by again colouring directly onto the paper. Doing this while the paper is damp (not wet) will allow the shadows to remain in place but allows them to soften & blend on their own just a little.

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From there it was simply a matter of mounting the watercolour paper to a piece of Basic Grey cardstock. The card base is a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock that I embossed & “stained”, using the new Pinewood 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I just love how the ink got into the lines & depressions, creating a fantastic weathered look for my background.

Now I can’t tell a lie, this card was a bit time consuming. All the colouring in & blending can take a while. If however, you’re like me & enjoy colouring in, you’ll have a ball recreating this card for your favourite fella.

I hope I’ve given you some more inspiration & ideas to help you celebrate Father’s Day in a couple of weeks.

I’d love to know what you think, so please leave me a comment, it makes my day hearing from you.

Much Love, K xo

PS. Don’t forget to come back again next Monday, for week 4, of my Masculine Monday blog posts.

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