How are you this Tuesday night/Wednesday morning? I happily spent a few hours playing with ways to watercolor thanks to the watercolor challenge on Nichole Heady's blog for Papertrey Ink.
My first card uses emboss resist which I have always loved and watercoloring using Tim Holtz Distress Markers, water and a paint brush:
I cut a panel from watercolor paper and embossed the largest image from Stitches & Swirls. As I mentioned I used Distress Markers, water and paint brushes to paint in the image. I scribbled onto my crafting mat and then picked up the color using my brush, adding water as needed. When I finished painting in the image, I was worried that it read as being outdated so I tried to be more edgy or trendy with the rest of the card. I stamped that lovely sentiment from Happy Trails. I added a little stitched tail after the sentiment with a black soot Distress Marker. You notice the little melon berry banner with the pearl? That was used to cover up a mess up on my part. I added the kraft photo corners for interest. I adhered the watercolor panel to a distressed piece of melon berry cardstock and then to a piece of smokey shadow cardstock at a slight angle. Everything was then placed on a kraft card base using dimensional adhesive. I am pretty happy with the finished card and I adore melon berry, smokey shadow and kraft together...how about you?
For my next two cards I wanted to do a different watercolor technique in really bold colors and images. I pulled out the Funky Florals stamp set and Tim Holtz Distress Inks and went to town:
There you have it. I had a blast (people still say that right?) playing with watercolor techniques and need to remember to revisit it to try even more.
Thank you so much for joining me and I hope you have a bright and happy day!
a note of thanks card
Stamps: Stitches & Swirls and Happy Trails, Papertrey Ink
Ink: VersaMark, Tsukineko; basic gray, Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: melon berry, smokey shadow & kraft, Papertrey Ink
Paper: cold press watercolor 400 series, Strathmore
Other: double-ended banner die, Papertrey Ink; Cuttlebug, Provo Craft; Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Ranger; opaque white embossing powder, JudiKins; dimensional adhesive; kraft photo corners; pearl; paint brush, water
bold and funky cards
Stamps: Funky Florals and Half & Half, Papertrey Ink
Ink: worn lipstick, picked raspberry, shabby shutters, mowed lawn, tumbled glass, salty ocean, Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger; VersaMark, Tsukineko
Cardstock: white, Georgia Pacific
Paper: cold press watercolor 400 series, Strathmore; vellum
Patterned paper: black from 2008 Bitty Dot Basics Patterned Paper 8x8, Papertrey Ink
Other: half & half die collection, Papertrey Ink; Cuttlebug, Provo Craft; detail black embossing powder, JudiKins; Lost & Found 3 Ruby enamel dots, My Mind's Eye; opaque gems, Studio Calico; dimensional adhesive, spray bottle, water