I have been wanting to create a card with the Bella and Friends stamp set because the little dog images in this set are so stinking adorable. I needed to create a card for my neighbor who had to suddenly put his dog down and thought this stamp set would be perfect. I started with an A2 top folding card base made from thick whisper white and layered a smaller piece of smoky slate onto the front following along with the sketch design. For the designer series paper I wanted to pull in the marina mist color in the PPA challenge so I had to do some serious digging in my DSP stash to find paper that would work. I cut down that layer and added it to the card front as well.
I decided I wanted to watercolor the image from the stamp set so I got a piece of watercolor paper and stamped the image using Archival Basic Black ink. This ink gives a crisp stamped image and is waterproof so perfect for watercoloring. I also stamped the bird on a scrap piece of watercolor paper as I knew I would be fussy cutting him out and adhering him with dimensionals. I watercolored the image using marina mist, pink pirouette, and smoky slate. I used an aqua painter to lay down the color and then added a wash of marina mist around the entire image to give the appearance of sky. I cut down the watercolor piece leaving the ballon string and fussy cut the ballon out so it popped from the image. I stamped the balloon onto a scrap of pink pirouette and fussy cut the balloon out before adhering to the watercolor image with dimensionals.
I cut out two banners from marina mist and pink pirouette cardstock and embossed them both using the Happy Heart embossing folder. I stamped the sending hugs sentiment from Feather Together making sure to admit the 'and' part of the sentiment using Archival Basic Black ink onto a piece of vellum. I cut out the vellum piece to make a small banner. I adhered the watercolor piece and the banners to the front of the card and that finished it off.