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".

Thursday, 16 May 2019

A Child and a Dog

Mid-month already and time to remind you to join in with the May CAS Watercolour Challenge!

I've gone with another Christmas / winter themed card.

I love this image.  I've lived with dogs my whole life and look back so fondly on those childhood dogs who were our constant companions and went out with us whenever we were out playing with our friends.  Life was a lot freer then and my friends, our dogs, and I would be off alone all day in the woods, in the ravine, or, in winter, at a deserted sand quarry where we tobogganed for hours on end - no adults in sight!

I stamped the image and watercoloured it with my Gansai Tambi paints.  I mixed some black with the iridescent white paint for the ground.  And then mixed the palest blue with a lot of the iridescent white to do a very light wash over the top area of the panel.

Then I added more blue to the iridescent white and painted it onto a scrap of watercolour paper.  When dry, I die cut to small snowflakes and the sentiment from it.

I popped the panel up on fun foam on a blue/grey card base.  In real life, it's much closer in colour to the snowflakes than it appears in the photo.

Here's a close-up of the focal panel to try to show you a bit of the shimmer in the background and snowflakes:

Looking forward to seeing your cards that would be suitable to give to a child.  Check out the other cards by the Design Team and our Guest Designer, Bobby (bits & pieces) over at CAS Watercolour.  You have until May 24th to link up.

Stamps - ? child and dog stamp
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, blue/grey cs
Size - 6.25x4.75"
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Tattered Lace sentiment die, Cheery Lynn small snowflakes die, fun foam


  1. What wonderful memories for you ....yes very different days x
    Great card Susan, love the image and the water colouring and your attention to detail....fabulous x

  2. What a FABULOUS image Susan...reminds me of Winter with our Brinkley (who sadly passed away in Dec.) who loved the snow more than anything!! Cute, CUTE image and just beautifully water colored too! :0)

  3. Gorgeous image Susan, I love that little girl and dog :)

  4. Adorable image Susan, and great memories of your childhood. It's always wonderful when an image takes you back in time. Wonderful watercolouring of your dog and little girl. The snowflakes are so pretty and sparkly. xx

  5. This one certainly did bring back memories, Susan. Love that vintage stamp you used and the great job you did watercoloring. The soft wash is so beautifully done too.

  6. Awesome coloring my friend! This is a work of art!

  7. Beautiful watercoloring, Susan! I love this image too. The shimmer from the iridescent white paint must be fabulous in real life. The dimension and the sparkle of the snowflakes and the sentiment look wonderful.
    Hideko xx

  8. what a lovely image...great card mf.
    xx Karen

  9. Wonderful card, Susan. Sweet image. Beautifully watercolored. xx


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