My element in common is the sunray stamp; it's from a My Monthly Hero kit which I hadn't used yet. On the retirement card I used it once, on the thanks card I flipped it to stamp a full circle - made into a flower.
The Squash It challenge is to emboss a nature item and watercolor. My starting point was the Tall Pines embossing folder embossed into watercolor paper. I sectioned off the two banks and then watercolored a lake, sunrise and sky, then carefully watercolored the trees - got a bit messy in spots, oh well... Next I stamped the sun and rays, then the duck and cattails, finally the sentiment. The card will go to a guy friend so I kept it manly. What do you think of my cloudy sky? I was quite happy with how it turned out just swiping & splotching some blue around. Here's a closer look:
Supplies: Paper - Ms Sparkle & Co A2 card;
Strathmore 140lb cold press
Watercolors - Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers
Stamps - Dec2020 My Monthly Hero kit &
July2019 My Monthly Hero kit (both sold out)
Paper Smooches All Year Cheer (NIB)
Ink - Taylored Expressions Oreo
Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz Tall Pines (retired)
For the thank you card, I started by stamping the rays twice on watercolor paper and then filled in the center with some Mustard Seed reinker. Then added a bit of Worn Lipstick. Then I hand drew a stem and leaves with Twisted Citron and Rustic Wilderness. Once dry I stamped the sentiment, die cut with a dot stitched rectangle, matted with black & added to the card. Popped a gem on the flower for some interest - done!
Additional supplies - Momenta and Doodlebug paper,
Honey bee gem; Hero Arts Say it All sentiment;
A Jillian Vance Design Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop