This card started out well, became a real puzzle midway through, and then wound up teaching me a few things . . .
The hang-up was with the background: I had it placed so that the lighter part was at the top and the darker at the bottom. It didn't work and sat on my worktable for 5 days until it occurred to me to switch the orientation. Such a little change and yet it made all the difference.
As for the herringbone pattern, that technique was a wonderful discovery I first saw on Splitcoast Stampers. The original demo artist used Distress inks for this technique, but artist Dina Kowal used Gelatos instead. I decided to do the same: I scribbled with the Gelatos on the back of my stencil, misted with water, and laid down my watercolor cardstock on top. Rather than blot up the excess, I heat-dried in order to preserve the lovely variations in color. So simple, and so beautiful!
Cardstock: Bazzill Raven, Neenah Solar White, Strathmore #90
Stamps: Stampin’ Up In the Wild set: Giraffe
Inks: Encore Gold, Distress Black Soot, ColorBox Frost White
Emb Powder: Stampendous Ivory Pearl, Bear Rubber Thick Gold,
Cloisonné Smoky Obsidian
Dies: Spellbinders Diamond Effects, Simon Says Stamp Sketchy
Banner Greetings: “Just wanted to say”
Watercolors: Gelatos Black, Gold
Stencil: The Crafters Workshop Mini Herringbone
Doo Dads: Zutter Distrezz-it-All, Stampin’ Around Gold Dust glitter,
Tulip nail heads Gold