Well, I am ready to get some spring flowers and plants planted, especially in our front yard flowerbed. Several of our bushes died when we had the brick planter disaster last spring and had to take them out and replant them after tearing our the shoddy brickwork of the landscaper. That was quite the fiasco, but our yard did survive, and we created new parameters around our trees that look better than before; it just needs a little sprucing up! I'll have to post some before and after pics once we get that all going. Our house needs some color! Anyway, I had all that on my mind when I started messing around with a piece of watercolor paper and transformed it "mixed media" style into this sweet little art decoration.
After I painted the card all up with some Tim Holtz Distress Paint Daubers, did a little line work around the edges and painted a white splotch in the middle, I started adding my details using some perfect stamps and dies from VERVE. I started by stamping some more textured details from the BETTER TOGETHER set--the tiny dots and chevrons. That created a great space to stamp the sentiment and flowers from the DOODLED OCCASIONS set. Then I just watercolored them with some metallic paints. I left some room on the left side to make a crunched up paper flower. To do this, I used the SCALLOPED FLOWERS die set, and cut about 6 of them in a couple different sizes, wet the paper, crumpled it up, and let dry (you can hurry this along with a heat tool). Then I just uncrumpled (that's a word) them a bit and layered and glued their centers. They remain very stiff once completely dry!
I added some paint to some burlap leaves that I just hand-cut, and then glued them, some twine bows and the flower onto my painted piece with hot glue. I layered another piece of burlap (with linework also) under my artwork and attached it all to this cute little clipboard easel I found at Michael's. I was missing something in the lower right corner, and found this awesome arrow clip that my friend, Joscelyne Cutchens had given me (bossy Joscie). It was the perfect little addition!