Time well spent watercolouring...

I didn't have any specific stampin' plans today, particularly since it's school holidays here but during the first of my usual series of daily phone calls to mum (*waving* Nanny!!) she mentioned some beautiful watercolouring she had seen during a blog surfing session (I have heard this called "blurfing" recently - how funny!  Sounds rude almost....) and thankfully, unlike myself on many a blurfing occasion, she actually was able to recall where she'd seen it!  And I'm SO glad she did!  Amy Wegener is absolutely BRILLIANT with an Aquapainter and ink! I have actually seen Amy's blog before in my cyber travels and CASE'd a funky Christmas tree card of hers last year, but oh my goodness, her watercolouring is something else!  So still in my jammies, but all inspired to get cracking with my Aquapainters, I went in search of some outline stamps that would be suitable for the job.  I decided to use my long neglected Time Well Spent level 3 hostess set and set to work on this....

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The flowers are all stamped in StazOn onto watercolour paper and coloured using a variety of inks with the Aquapainter.  The colour is quite a lot deeper in real life, but you can kind of see the different shades blending together here, although I have a bit of a way to go before my images are literally jumping off the card like Amy's!!  Mine are helped along in the jumping off with some dimensionals ;)  Here's a slightly different and closer angle....

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I spent aaaages poring over the colouring and thoroughly enjoyed myself, until such time as I emerged from my stampin' hibernation to find every dress-up outfit my children own strewn about the loungeroom, along with a large variety of everything else they own!  So my Time Well Spent stampin' was swiftly followed by Time Not So Well Spent Tidying Up After Cyclones Hannah and Sophie!

This card will shortly be on its way to a very dear friend of mine who has been going through a tough time of late, hence the greeting stamp (taken from Loads of Love).  Hopefully the bright flowers leaping off the page will bring a bit of a smile :)

"Time Well Spent Watercolouring" Stamps: Time Well Spent, Loads of Love (greeting) Paper: Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Basic Black, Watercolour paper Ink: StazOn Black, So Saffron, More Mustard, Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Old Olive Accessories: Aquapainter, White Gel Pen, Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrain, Stampin' Dimensionals