The Iron Craft challenge this week is to create a Valentine's Day card.
I made mine for my daughter, who was having a really tough day today, so I gave it to here a bit early, like as soon as the glue had dried.
I started with an idea to do some pen and watercolor motifs. First the India ink pen
Then, the watercolor. I love using a thin black wash to add depth and texture to an image. I also love playing with shading and gradations using watercolors.
The card uses some fancy double-sided heavyweight scrapbooking paper that I picked up at Costco a year or 2 ago (you gotta jump on these things when they get them in and you see them, because there's no telling how long they will carry a particular product). I thought about attempting a pop-up card, but it was going to take more engineering and experimentation than I had time for today, so I opted for some fold-back "windows" instead. These were sketched with India ink pens, and are supposed to represent a window shade, a small door, a cabinet door and a claw-foot bureau.
I think this actually cheered my daughter up this evening!