Monday, 3 May 2021


I love the sky and when I saw that the code word at Addicted to CAS #196 was sky I knew I had to take part.

So I got out my watercolours and followed a process that I learnt from Sharone Stevens on skillshare to produce this lovely soft pink sky. Sharone is a really good teacher, her lessons are very calm, clear and easy to follow and I have been encouraged by my results from following along with her classes.

I used my gansai tambi watercolours and a size 6 brush with a wet on wet technique. The card base is hot pressed watercolour paper and I used masking tape to create my strip of sky.

I wanted to keep the design very minimal so I chose the sentiment stamp to reflect the expanse of sky and decided to just add a few birds. I really should have watercoloured them as well, but I decided not to tempt fate as I was sure I would mess it up and I thought this little flock of birds in the distance was perfect. I used grey ink so that it didn't detract too much from the soft pink sky or overwhelm it, which I thought black might do.

I live in the county of Suffolk which is well known in the UK for it's big skies. Here are a few pictures taken on my morning walks.

This one was taken at sunrise in December

The following 2 were taken on 1st May '21

I feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful place and to be able to visit this river every morning. It is about a 20 minute walk from my home. I do love the early mornings, I will almost always be out walking.

I am also sharing this at Perfect CAS #14 - wings. I hope my little flock of birds will qualify.

I hope you like my sky, it was very easy to do. Mind you I did do it 3 times before I got the look that I wanted!

cardstock: Hot pressed watercolour parer
Ink: Gansai Tambi watercolour 036 Rose Madder Deep and 020 Black
Stamps: Free from different editions of Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it. 


GerJanne said...

Hi Hilary,
you wrote: it was easy to make. But you still wasn't satisfied about the result the first and second time? I love the sky om your card. But the sky at your place is wonderful. So nice to read you are a 'morningwalker' too!
Especially in the summer, but when it's winter I walk at 7.00-7.30 a.m. Love it!

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful sky both on the card and in your neighborhood! Wow!

Christine Alexander said...

amazing pink sky Hillary and yes the UK is beautiful. Vancouver has it's beauty but I do miss Swansea and the Gower coast with it's big beaches ♥

Ashwini Rao said...

All your effort was definitely worth it, Hilary - the sky looks just beautiful! Love those soft tones of pink and purple! Hope to see more and more lovely watercolors like this from you! :)

crafty-stamper said...

WOW your CAS card with the pink sky and flock of birds is absolutely stunning and love your pics you live in a very beautiful place
Carol x

Vicky Hayes said...

Your sky has turned out so beautifully Hilary. I love the colours you chose and the little flock of birds is the perfect touch. Thank you for coming to play with us at Addicted to CAS :) I love all of East Anglia for its huge skies and rich wildlife and your photos are just beautiful. Vicky x

Ros Crawford said...

Beautiful card Hilary with such a soft and pretty sky. Yes you do live in a lovely part of the UK... Fabulous photos and somewhere I would love to walk!

Mac Mable said...

Your sky is so pretty, wispy and gentle and I love the play on the sentiment against it. A beautiful card Hilary x. WOW to your 'real' sky photos too Hilary x.

Bunny said...

Absolutely lovely. The pictures too! [Bunny]

brenda said...

Same here with the early mornings Hilary, in the days I was able to still swing a golf club I loved a round that time of day, same with a hack out on one of the boys.

It's amazing how stylish a card can be with a single sentiment and bird stamp, wonderfully executed.

B x

Loll said...

LOVE your beautiful sky card Hilary! AMAZING technique! I love that you've added just a few small stamps to complete your card ... the sky is the STAR! You live in a beautiful place, Hilary. LOVE the photos from your morning walks. xx

I Card Everyone said...

Your water-colored pink sky is gorgeous, Hilary! With such a gorgeous sky to inspire you, I'm not one bit surprised!
My husband would want to know if your big skies are dark, not light-polluted as they are in our area? Please say yes, I'd love to give him one more reason to join me when I come back to the UK!

Jeanne H said...

I too think your card is lovely. What wonderful colors. Thanks for the pictures...I so want to visit! It's on my bucket list.

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely card and fabulous colours, great designing as always. ♥

papierelle said...

Fantastically beautiful!!! And the result is really worth seeing !! I love your Heaven and the CAS look of the card.

Cat Craig said...

Beautifully created, Hillary. And your morning photos are lovely too.

aussie aNNie said...

Re my blog design, it's been like this for a while now, just went to white background as the black was too harsh, that's all.x

Jaydee said...

Hilary, your photographs are fabulous and you are right, you are lucky to live in such a beautiful place. I can see the inspiration from the skies in your fabulous card. I love the pink, white and grey colors and wonderful layout. So glad you joined us at ATCAS this week

Darlene said...

Your card is just beautiful Hilary! Love those photographs too ... thanks for sharing! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Perfectly CAS challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

Please stop in for a visit!

Helen said...

Beautiful CAS design.

Thanks for joining us at the Perfectly CAS Challenge.

Helen x