Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Timothy's Mother's Day Tea Invitation

The preschool that my oldest attended and that my little guy, Timothy, is currently attending has the most wonderful Mother's Day tea -- the children sing some songs and then there are wonderful desserts prepared by the lead teacher, and it is a wonderful time for everyone there to relax, chat, and enjoy.  Each year for the past several years, I have been honored to have been asked by the teacher to design a card for the kids to create to invite their moms and grandmas to the tea.  I think all of the invitations have gone out now, so I can show you what I designed.

I've been playing a lot lately with Fifth Avenue Floral, and decided that would be a wonderful set to use.  So, I heat embossed images on watercolor paper, which the children could then paint for their moms.  I've seen this technique done beautifully many times, but I believe the first place I saw it was on the incredibly talented Patty Bennett's blog -- you can see her excellent tutorial for this technique in this post.

Here is Timothy's painting on a finished invitation:

The images were watercolored using Pixie Pink, Marvelous Magenta (a color that retired sometime around 2005 or 2006), YoYo Yellow, and Green Galore ink refills.  I really love how the colors blended when Timothy painted -- he sends the colors all over in a much more relaxed and fluid way than I would do.  I really like the result, and think I have much to learn from his style!  In fact, I was able to observe some of Timothy's class mates doing their paintings, and it was very fun to see their different approaches to using the colors.  Some brushed on the color with wild abandon like Timothy, while others were much more cautious and intentional about where they put the brush.  Regardless, their work all turned out beautifully.

The focal images were mounted on Regal Rose Card Stock, and then I pulled out some Pink Pirouette Textured Card Stock for the larger layer (very excited that this past In Color is returning to be part of the new Subtles Color Collection!)  I printed the invitation details on the inside of the Whisper White card stock base, then used the Made with Love stamp from the Art by Design set on the back of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!


Jana Weaver said...

I love this!! Timothy is quite the artist!

Jane Matsumoto said...

I love this too! Gorgeous effect!

Anonymous said...

This is soooo beautiful, Michelle! I have wanted to do this tech. for so long now. Thanks for the inspiration Timothy! I cannot wait to try it!
Marlene Caravello