Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Acrylic Block Color Wash Nature Walk Card

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: A Step Away Can Save Your Day
I knew I would wax poetic one day :)  I was having a bit of an "off" day.  I was a few notches grouchier than Oscar the Grouch - yup, pretty grouchy.  I walked with Buddy, watched a stage of the Tour de France on tv, ate some chocolate, tried to think happy thoughts - nothing was working.  Finally I decided I needed to step away from the couch and from what I was trying to do and do something else.  (Maybe I should note that what I was working on was that darn Stampin' Up! order that seems to be haunting me - the struggle between wanting more and the strong desire to live with less and use what I have.  I feel bad that "darn" and "Stampin' Up!" are even in the same sentence since it usually provides me so much joy!).  I suggested a bike ride to Michael - I just needed to get outside and participate in an activity that I enjoy and that takes quite a bit of concentration.  And it was PERFECT!!!!!  The ride itself was incredibly enjoyable - cloudy skies, touring through a local park, admiring gardens in bloom.  By the time we got home my day was "saved!"  It's amazing how much a "step away" can really save your day.  If you're feeling like Oscar the Grouch, what "step away" can you take to change your day????
Today's card was made using the acrylic block color wash technique that I shared a few weeks ago.  I combined Wisteria Wonder, Marina Mist and Pretty In Pink on the acrylic block before spritzing it with water and pressing the Very Vanilla card stock against the ink.  I stamped the images from the Nature Walk stamp set using black ink and then added the sentiment from Loving Thoughts.  The panel edges were sponged with Crumb Cake ink and then I color spritzed the card and panel with Soft Suede and Crumb Cake ink.  I hope you like it!

1 comment:

Lorraine said...

Very pretty. Such a nice background for those images.