Friday, May 24, 2013

Color Dare Meets OWH

This week we are doing something special at Color My Heart with our Creme Brulee and Juniper color dare.  We are getting ready to support Operation Write Home with their Memorial Day Blog Hop.  The design team decided to use an OWH sketch of our choice to promote our participation with the hop tomorrow.

I am using Sketch 160

The stamp is so old I thought I should include it in the picture to prove to you that it really is a CTMH (well...DOTS) stamp.  It didn't have the copyright date on it, and I think the company started doing that in 1990, so it's older than that.  It's one of my all-time favorites.  I stamped it in Memento Rich Cocoa because I wanted to watercolor over it.  I squeezed the lids of Creme Brulee and Juniper to pick up excess ink, then used my watercolor brush to paint.  I added more water or less water to get the shade variation.  One of the coloring tricks I have picked up over the years is to shade the background, particularly when you have flowers with white petals.  It makes them stand out against the background and look "whiter."  I really watered down the Creme Brulee ink to get it that soft, buttery shade.

The patterned paper behind the daisies is from a retired paper pack called Key to my Heart.  It has the multi-colored pattern on one side and monocromatic identical pattern on the other. 

I hope you will come back tomorrow and, if you've never heard of OWH, that you choose to support them in some way.  As both the wife and mother of soldiers, I can tell you that the cards they have sent back to me from their deployments were worth more than gold.

Until next time,


  1. What a beautiful card, Becca. I can see why you like that stamp so much. It looks great with these colors. You are right about shading the background so that your petals look whiter. You did a really good job with it. I also especially like your stitching and your lace! Great job!

  2. I agree wholeheartedly with Sarah--what a beautiful card! Thank you for describing how you watercolored it--I especially liked the tip about coloring around the white flowers!. Your stitching, ribbon and lace accents really enhance this sketch. I love the old wooden stamp too. Great job, my friend!

    :) Marie

  3. Beautiful seems to be the consensus on this card! The watercolouring works so well for that image, and looks so good with this week's challenge colours. Love the touch of lace along with the ribbon and stitching--perfect complements.

  4. This is such a sweet card! I love the softness of your watercolor work and the stitching.


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