The Limited Supply Challenge on SCS was to create designer paper by hand. We could use stamps, markers, or just about anything we wanted.  I wanted to do a fun card using one of my new Whipper Snapper Desgins- Anna Wight images, Bo-Vina but wanted my designer paper background to be more of the main focus so I decided to create just a small scene image.  How long has it been since you used your plaid makers. They have been retired from Stampin’ Up! for quite a while.  I thought it would be fun to use them to create a rustic brown and red plaid to go with my cute cow.  How now brown cow!!!!! 

I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Brilliance black and heat set. I watercolored the image with Distress Vintage Photo and cut out and set aside.  I created just a little green scene image to place behind the cow with Distress Peeled Paint and my mini fern image as well as cut a little strip to put cut grass in front of her feet. I distressed a small red layering image for behind the cow by sponging on Distress Fired Brick and then roughing up the edges with my paper tool.   I used a sponge to apply Vintage Photo to a piece of Naturals Vanilla cardstock for a wood looking background layer behind the main image.  I added eyelets to the corners for additional dimension.  I sponged the Vintage Photo lightly on red and white gingham to tone down the white and to match the creamy vanilla of the designer paper. I took a pair of pliers and smashed a gold brad to appear like a bell around the cows neck.  This was a fun project.


I have had several people ask what kind of watercolor paper I use.  You need to know that if you are trying to watercolor with cheap paper you will not get great results. I love to use Stampin’ Up!’s watercolor paper for small projects.  It is wonderful quality paper and if you make a boo boo you can turn it over and start again.  For larger projects I use Arches Cold Pressed Grain Fin 140 lbs and purchase it in pads of 10" x 14" so I can cut to size.

Stamps:  Whipper Snapper Designs, Anna Wight- Bo-Vina, Watercolor Minis, Itty Bitty Background

Paper:  Naturals Vanilla, Watercolor, Red

Ink:  Brilliance Black, Distress Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick Ink and Reinkers

Accessories:  Eyelets, Snips, Brad, Watercolor Brushes, Gingham, Sponges, Mounting Tape, Plaidmaker, Distressing Tool

I haven’t been taking photo’s of my supplies this week as time has been an issue but will get back to it…I promise.