10 October 2016

Autumn Dreams

An Autumn fairy in the moonlight, a dream of the cooling temperatures. This project is a single layer card watercolour painted with Distress Inks.


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Halloween Picture Inspiration (colours and leaves)
Your Next Stamp: Colours and Sketch
Less is More: Dreams and Single Layer
Fab 'n' Funky: "Happy"
Try It On Tuesday: Sun, Moon, and Stars


Putting It Together

Single layer cards bring out their own techniques and require a different kind of planning. For this project I chose to use a Fairy in leaves and paint her in Autumn colours. 

Since I was going to be watercolouring the image, I cut an A2 card from a heavy watercolour card stock. I also created a mask of the image by stamping the image on typing paper and fussy cutting it. A bit of removable adhesive on the back and it works wonderfully. I save the masks I make with the stamp so I can use them again.

To colour with Distress ink, I smush the mini pads on my work surface (a plastic sheet) and then use a waterbrush to pick up the colour and lay it down on the image. For this project I chose to use the "no lines" technique. I stamped with Memento Desert Sand. The ink fades into the painting.

The painted image. I decided to give her a bit of background.

I put the mask over the painted image so I could stamp background elements.

Using Versamark and Wow White Pearl embossing powder I added a moon and sprinkling of stars behind the fairy.

A wash of Chipped Sapphire with a touch of Worn Lipstick for the night sky. The embossing resists the watercolour and floats the pearly moon and stars in the night sky.

When doing a wash, occasionally you get stay bits (or at least I do). I found this one on the inside of my card. So.. to cover it, I added some leaves to the inside, strategically placed.


  1. How beautiful! Your watercolouring is stunning. It's great to see your step-by-step process as well. I love the image and sentiment... perfect for our "dreams" challenge at Less is More. Thanks so much for playing along with us :)

  2. Thank you for sharing your beautiful card with us at TioT's this time.

  3. This card is wonderful. Thank you for joining us at TioT.

  4. Gorgeous card Rijacki, the fairy is beautiful and I love how you did the background! the whole design is absolutely fabulous :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  5. Wow, what detail. Lovely card, thanks for sharing at Less is More!

  6. What a perfect post and card of course. Love your detailed explanation of the card making process, gorgeous water-colouring and a great take on our dreamy challenge. Thanks for playing along with us at Less is More this week. Sarah x

  7. Very pretty watercoloured card! Great job! Thanks for joining us at Your Next Stamp!

  8. A lovely tutorial and wonderful work with your Distress Inks. I love those warm colours.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More

  9. Thanks for dropping by the Fab 'n' Funky challenge with your sweet card. LOVE the sentiment and your lovely image. Hugs, Wends xoxo F'n'F DT

  10. Granny duties have put me hopelessly behind this week!
    I'm sorry I'm so late in visiting!
    This is super, it's great that you left a little white space too!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"


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