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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Waterlily for Retro Rubber #36.....

Hello dear friends: Well, it's time for another challenge from the fabulous Retro Rubber Challenge , this week the theme is "It's Raining" use water in your creations.....rain, rivers, ponds, lakes, the ocean, etc. so, I hope you guys give this fun challenge a try, we can't wait to see your beautiful creations in the gallery


This beautiful Waterlily is from a retired Flourishes stamp set called "Waterlily" and so are the Koi fish swimming happily around it. I stamped the images of the flower, lily pads and fish onto Canson water color paper with Versafine Onix Black ink and colored it with SU markers and the aqua painter, I added some shading and texture to the petals with Prismacolor pencils.  I did a bit of masking to place the Lily pads to look like they are under the flower, then I fussy cut all of the images to start building my little "pond". 
I used the retired SU Labels Collection dies to cut the blue card stock and also a piece of thin Vellum to make it look like water, I adhered the fish with a glue dot and put the Vellum on top with double sided tape, then I placed the flower, this hopefully gives the illusion of water with the fish "swimming" around. I added some Wink of Stella to the petals, I sure hope you can see it.
Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.


I didn't put any sentiment on the front of the card, I really didn't want to clutter my little water scene so, I put it inside, all of this images are from the same set.

And here is a picture of the stamp set I used to create my card. This set dates back to 2012!!


Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you join us at Retro Rubber and check out the awesome inspiration from the rest of the Designer Team. Remember to use stamps that are at least one year old and write the age of your stamp on your post. Also, please limit the number of challenges you enter to 10, including ours.
Happy Stamping, hugs from Maria.




16 comments:

  1. Oh so pretty! I love the pink flower against this pretty blue water it's so delicate! It's raining here and I'm sure many friends will be inspired to play along!

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  2. Thank you Patti, I saw all the rain hovering over you my friend but I bet the flowers in your garden are smiling.

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  3. Raining here in N.C. too ! Your Koi are too cute ! Love them swimming around your beautiful Water Lilly
    Pretty card .

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    1. Thank you Sonny, the original thought for this card was to put acetate for water but it was nearly impossible to take a good picture so I opted for the Vellum.
      I know you guys are getting a lot of rain, this is the system that dumped about 1" of snow up here.

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  4. Soooo lovely ! I first saw the kois when you mentioned them - I was so focussed on the waterlily , and in love :). Hugs, Anita

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    1. Thank you Anita, I love those kinds of fish, they are so colorful, there is a Japanese restaurant here that has a gorgeous pond inside with lots of this lovely fish.

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  5. Nice twist Maria using a waterlily, I love it, your colouring is stunning! I loved the story you told me about your Daughter, sounds like me splashing in the rain..it's like I'm 5!! Cx

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    1. Thank you Claire, I really love this flowers, never seen one in the real, only in pictures and documentaries, they are beautiful.

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  6. Oh, Maria, aren't you the creative one, using that stunning waterlily and, the best touch of all, the koi fish! Your coloring is amazing (as always!) and love the use of the vellum. Simply gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Debbie, those little fish are so sweet, I was afraid that they were not going to show through the Vellum, so glad they do.

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  7. Maria, such a clever interpretation of the water challenge theme this challenge! I adore all the details that you have provided this stamp set to make it look real. Well done, teammate (and love your reminder of the verbiage... wink, wink)

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    1. Thank you Katy, it was fun to make this card and I'm so glad the wording of the gentle reminder came out ok, wink, wink back to you, teammate.

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  8. Beautiful Maria! Your cards are such a feast for my eyes - your artistry and care that you take on your cards - just fantastic!

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    1. Thank you Jane, I truly enjoy creating my cards, it's soothing and exciting at the same time.

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  9. What a beautiful water lily. Love how you colored it. Thanks so much for having me as a Guest Designer for your fun challenge.

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  10. Thank you Joyce, it was a pleasure and an honor having you as our guest. Hope to see your beautiful cards in our gallery again soon.

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