Be a Dreamer: Whimsical Card

It’s the first day of September and I can feel a nip in the air. Fall is officially here and while I’m hoping for rain to put out the raging fires in Northern California, there’s none in sight. Given that’s what’s on my mind, it won’t come as a surprise that I reached for the BB Puddle Jumper stamp set from MFT Stamps.

I used Gina K’s Warm Glow Amalgam Ink to stamp the image on to watercolor paper. I like that the ink is barely visible when stamped and completely disappears upon watercoloring. When I started painting the boy, I didn’t really have a plan. 

All I was focusing on was getting my light and dark areas right, having enough variations of color (because boys tend to be shown as very boringly monochromatic) and making sure I got the rainbow in there without him look like one. Lol. 

Once I had his skin tone just right (yes, continuing to be intentional about representing diversity!) and the shading on his clothes, shoes and the umbrella complete, I thought I’d start working on a puddle. But the puddle would need to have a reflection and I had already spent close to two hours perfecting this image. The thought of painting a “duplicate” image didn’t feel appealing at all!

So, instead of going the conventional route and painting an elaborate puddle for this cutie to jump into, I decided to take a more fantastical approach: creating a story book illustration feel with oversized fall leaves, a thicket of woods in the background and some warm autumn colors. 

For the leaves, I used Tim Holtz’s alcohol inks on Yupo Paper and Duralar for varying degrees of translucency again using fall colors. I then used Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Collection 3D Impresslits Embossing Folder to cut and emboss maple leaves. I absolutely love the texture it added to my paintings!

I decided to make this a slimline card to give me more real estate to create this fun scene. As I placed the various elements on the card base, playing around with the placement of the leaves, I realized I needed some kind of interesting background.

I used Speckled Egg to color the entire card panel, added some trees using brown paper and affixed all the leaves first before placing the boy atop. 

The last thing I did was add an appropriate sentiment from Simon Says Stamp — also notice that I used a die cut heart to stamp the “Be” on — some sparkly accents and some iridescent dots on the insides of the umbrella. 

I am so in love with this mixed media card and I hope you like my interpretation of it as well!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read. I’ll see y’all next time!


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Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

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