Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Patriotic Collage


Today I'm sharing a little nod to my wonderful Homeland, what do you think?  

I was kindly asked by a few weeks back if I'd like to participate in a Canada Day card challenge and try out a few of their Red and White papers while creating it.  I eagerly said yes and began rolling ideas through my head before finally deciding that it had to be a collage because we are more than just a Maple Leaf!

I wanted to incorporate as many symbols of what Canada means to me as I could; the Lighthouse representing the East, the wheat stalks representing the West, the easily recognizable Moose, the feathers for our Native heritage, and of course our glorious Maple Leaf.  I'll admit I had to pull out a few retired items to complete this card but I just could not resist...I mean what's a Canada Day collage without a Moose I ask you?!  (I'm still boo-hooing that one was retired)

I also had to use a few techniques to bring this card to life.  The Lighthouse and Moose were stamped with Staz-On ink on watercolor paper before I masked them to create the sponged sunset.  After I removed the masks the remainder of the elements were watercolored using my Aqua Painter and ink pads.

I'm thinking about doing another masking/sponging tutorial series...anyone interested?

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The papers I used from were: Stardream Jupiter Metallic, Curious Metallics Ice Silver, and Aura Scarlet Linen.

I have submitted my card into the challenge and I would LOVE if you would cast a vote in my direction!  Click HERE to vote and to check out all the other wonderful submissions!  The voting closing date is on July 1st :)

That's all for today!  I'm baking a few goodies today before hopefully crafting with the boys!  Only One. More. Day of school for my eldest then we're all on SUMMER VACAY!

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Stampinkspired said...

Beautiful card Melissa! You managed to capture all the parts of our wonderful country - well done! I love it. My vote has been cast. Good luck!

Deborah Smart said...

You've captured so much of Canada - love your card, Melissa! I've just voted for you - best of luck!

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Totally amazing card Miss Melissa. In case I don't remember on the day...Happy Canada Day...a wee bit early. Bring on the tutorial...always a wonderful addition to your blog and a help to so many of us who are a tad less talented individual. :D

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Oops...forgot to say... I voted for you. As Deb of luck.

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

What an outstanding card. So colourful and bright. Love how Canadian it looks. I'm off to vote for you.

Kate said...

WOW! This is fabulous! You've done an AMAZING job incorporating all those images into one fantastic card! And your colouring is incredible!!

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Tracy said...

Beautiful card.
I love the stamps you used and how your background.

I'm a Little Teapot said...

Awesome card, Melissa! What a wonderful scene!

Beverly's Stamping Beehive said...

HI - what a terrific job on your creation, and since I the Qu'Appelle valley was my stomping grounds about 35 years ago - I will double my wish that you had a great day today, cheers :)

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