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Perfect Pear for Paper Players #313

HI Everyone.

Happy Sunday.  It's the fabulous Laurie's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a theme challenge for us.

Being a Brit by birth, pumpkin pie isn't the first thing that comes to mind for me.  When I think of fall foods, I think of comfort foods.   Pies, crumbles, cobblers and lots of warm custard.  So, when I saw this challenge, I immediately thought of the pear stamp I have from Penny Black.
I wanted a soft watercolor feel to the card, but still wanted a fairly intense color, so looked to my Zig brush markers.   I inked up the stamp with my markers, spritzed some water and got the first layer down onto some Canson Hot Pressed watercolor paper.   I love the hot press for this, as it has a much smoother finish than the cold press.
When my first layer was down, I took a watercolor brush and some water and added more texture, depth and color to the original stamped image.  I finished for with a light layer of blue around the image and then spritzed some water over the stamped image, held the card up vertically to let some of the color drip down the page.   When the image was dry, I added a few droplets of color and stamped the sentiment.
Here's my card:
Pearfriend (1 of 1)-2
I hope you will join us and play along with Laurie's challenge this week.  If you are looking for some inspiration, you have to look no further than our fabulous design team.

On a personal note:

Before I get to a couple of photos - Teri asked me where I got the shaped rectangle stitched die from last night's card.  Teri, you will be glad to here that it is from your neck of the woods :-)  Studio Katia is the source of the rectangles and, just as Kelly said,  the shape has a nice modern twist to it.

The garden is ridiculously quiet without all of our summer visitors.   Our regular birds seem to have settled back into their normal routine; the wonderful  goldfinches have lost their bright summer breeding colors and are difficult to distinguish among the yellowing leaves.  The wetland and woodland have taken on a distinctly autumnal feel and there are some cool breezes coming from the north.

Even after almost 5 years, this little guy hasn't given up trying to get to the feeders and even though we have had the racoon baffle up since the very beginning, the squirrels will still regularly try to see if it has mysteriously disappeared.

Iwantit (1 of 1)

I love this photo of the dove and the female grosbeak waiting their turn at the feeder.  Even though the squirrel can't get to it - they certainly can:-)

Friends (1 of 1)

I'm still amazed by how many flowers we got this year.  Here's a photo of the last of the summer flowers.  Almost all of the flowers have turned to seed and the goldfinches and sparrows are loving having such an expansive source of food.

Lastofthesummerflowers (1 of 1)

I'll back with with another card on Tuesday.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight, including my dearest Tinkerbell.



Card recipe:

  • Cardstock:  Woodgrain brown - Altenew.  Canson hot pressed water color paper    
  • Stamp:  Perfect Pear - Penny Black
  • Sentiment:  Thinking of you - Altenew
  • Inks:  Zig watercolor markers