Is it just me or is the current state of today feel like you are living in a Bill Murray’s “Groundhog Day”? I have had a few people say the exact same thing to me lately. Weekdays blend into weekends and its simply hard to keep the week straight. The only pillar of time I have currently is my Sunday Design Classes on FaceBook Live. I have evolved these classes into starting a beginner’s class and then combining the two as I am struggling to keep pace with my 3-4 jobs I have at the moment.
If you are interested in the classes, they will be on my FaceBook Page (The Scientist’s Art) on Sundays at 3pm CST. The class is now called “Basics to Wow” as I forget how simplicity is also beautiful as well and you do not need to spend an hour making one card. The videos will stay up on my page and will eventually be integrated into my YouTube channel.
Can you believe this was my first attempt at a bridge card? I have been meaning to make one of these cards for a while now but needed to find the right design. For this design it is part of my May Kit and I showcased this card and technique on one of my Facebook Live videos. In the video I water colored with Stampin’ Up Inks, but in this picture, I used watercolor paints, either option gives you a beautiful look.
The Story of the Pig in Boots
For my doctorate studies, I researched sow lameness and longevity. I had the pleasure (lets keep it at that) of measuring hundreds of sow feet and evaluating them for different lesions that could impact their gait or ability to walk freely. Their feet are cloven hooves (split in two toes), which is the most common, but there is a breed called the “Mulefoot” that has a single hoof similar to a horse or mule. But the hoof is made up of similar components to our fingernails and their phalanges (our fingers) are bones in their hoof and the metacarpals (our wrist bones) are further up into their ankles. Thus, I have always loved the picture of a pig in boots or this figurine I have, as its my passion to create nutritional and management strategies to reduce lameness in my beloved sows.
- Cardstocks and Inks: Balmy Blue, DSP, and Silver Foil Cardstock.
- Stampin’ Up: Sailing Home Bundle and High Tide Stamp Set.
- Alternative Sentiment Stamps.
- Adhesives: liquid glue, tape runner, and dimensionals.
- Assorted red, blue, yellow and grey markers and inks (and/or watercolor paints).
- Aqua Brush
- Card base (Balmy Blue): 4.25” x 8”. Long side: Score at 1 ¼”, 2.5”, 5.5”, and 6 ¾”.
- Bridge: 5.5” x 1 ¼”. (Balmy Blue) – See Below for further directions.
- DSP: 1” x 4” (x2) for side panels. Bridge would be 5.25”x1” (I used silver embossed in hammered metal).
- Layering Bridge: 4” x 1”; score at ½” on each end for tabs. Adhere to Balmy Blue Panels to maintain card shape.
- Water Scene: watercolor paper or white paper to stamp scene on. 2 7/8” x 4 1/8”.
- Stamp 2 small and 1 large sailboat, 1 light house in black momento ink on white cardstock. Color as desired. Cut out. Use a ½” wide strip of Balmy Blue to stamp desired sentiment and dimensionals to adhere to bridge.
- Water Scene: use paint brushes, water, ink (or watercolor pencils or paints, etc). Stamp with waves or use markers to add distress (watch May 10th class video for inspiration and tips). Adhere panel to center of card.
- Adhere DSP pieces to coordinating panels.
- Adhere Bridge across front and connect on 2 outside panels only. Notice the card will fold back up to go into an envelope.
- Use Dimensionals and adhesive to add boats to your water layer and layering bridge.
Hope you enjoy making this card as much as I did and can’t wait to get up to Michigan again soon and visit Lake Michigan again to visit the place that inspired this card for me.