April Showers Specimen Art + Free Cut File

April 4, 2014 in Home Decor, Silhouette by Lisa

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You know the saying–“April showers bring May flowers.” And now that it’s April, it’s time to welcome the rain and hopefully bring on lots of beautiful blooms!

A lot of you have probably seen this decor available at Target –I know it’s been popular.

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I love how fresh it is and the ombre look. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to create something inspired by it. At first, I was going to do hearts and a red background for Valentine’s Day–didn’t happen. Then I thought I’d do shamrocks, but who am I kidding–I don’t decorate for St. Patrick’s Day. Then one day I was driving, and I noticed how the blue sky did this same thing–darker at the horizon and lighter the further up I looked. There were a few fluffy clouds in the sky, and I knew I’d found the perfect mix of inspiration–April Showers.

April Showers Watercolor Decor | Mabey She Made It #ombre #watercolor #spring #aprilshowers

Let’s make one!

First, I created a cute little fluffy cloud using my Silhouette and repeated it on an 8″ x 10″ piece of white card stock. You can download the file to use with your Silhouette here.

I decided I wanted some raindrops, so I took a silver paint marker, and added a little detail to a few clouds and added a  silver lining to a few others…cute!

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Next, take some watercolor paper and paint (or ink) and wash the entire piece starting dark at the bottom, and working the color all the way up for a nice ombre look. Keep working the color until it looks how you want it. Then let it dry.

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I originally created an 8″ x 10″ print, but once I got it into the frame, I didn’t like the look (it was the frame I didn’t like) so I cut it down to an 8″ x 8″ mat with a 9″ x 9″ watercolored background for a different frame–much better! And I really like the 1/2″ of color around the clouds.

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To get the shadow box look, stack dimensional tape around the edges of the watercolor paper, then adhered the cloud cutout page on top. Then just pop it into a glassless frame (or shadow box) and hang it up!

It’s simple, yet trendy and it’s something fun enough I’d display it year round, which I love! Now come on little April showers, do your thing!

April Showers Watercolor Decor | Mabey She Made It #ombre #watercolor #spring #aprilshowers