A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Chickadee by the Light of the Moon

Audrie (aka girlgeek101) over on SCS chose a beautiful website for her Inspiration Challenge.  It features art by Rachelle Levingston.  I was inspired by this lovely watercolour:

I chose the chickadee stamp from the SU Beautiful Season set and created this card:

I like to keep practicing my watercolour wash backgrounds (still not really happy with them but I'll keep trying).

I stamped and watercoloured the chickadee image, then masked over it for the moon. I did the watercolour wash background, trying to get it like the inspiration. I added some salt to the right hand side but I think my paint was too dry as I didn't get much effect from it.

When the background was dry, I stamped the sentiment and splattered a bit of orange paint like the inspiration image.

I debated between a white cardbase and a red one and went with the red for more contrast. The watercoloured panel is popped up on fun foam. As a final touch, I added a bit of white gel pen to the berries and then coated them with glossy accents.

I'll keep working on my watercolouring - they do say practice makes perfect, though I'm not aiming for perfection!

Stamps - SU Beautiful Season, Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, red cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, white gel pen, Glossy Accents, fun foam, kosher salt


  1. beautiful watercolouring, love the bird by the moon light

  2. Beautifully watercolored CASE Susan. I agree, watercolor washes are difficult, but yours looks so artsy and wonderful. TFS my friend. Hugs, Nancy

  3. This is beautiful, Susan! I'd say you are well on your way to perfection! But that's what I like about watercolor, it looks better if it isn't perfect! Love your chickadee and the background is lovely! Love the dark background too!

  4. Oh wow, this creation is beautiful, love how awesome you made the background for this impressive sprig and bird. Wonderful card!
    Joyce Ann


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