Happy Monday! I got a chance to do some watercoloring this weekend and am enjoying practicing and creating with watercolors. I signed up for the online watercolor classes through Kristina Werner quite a while ago. Only $25 and lifetime access to the lessons. It is a handy tool to have in your arsenal!
Today I am playing along with three challenges – I did not set out to do this – I made my project and then was scoping out some challenges and came across three that happened to work with this card. So I will be linking up with The Curtain Call (bouquet), The Paper Players (CAS watercolor) and SugarPea Designs (celebrate spring).
I will try to be better in the future to explain some of the techniques that I use when I make my cards. (Thanks Deb! And thank you for the stamp set!). I started off with the Stampin’ Up! (SU!) butterfly basics stamp set. I stamped the image on watercolor paper and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.
I taped the paper to a hard surface and then broke out my distress ink markers. Whether I use the markers or the ink pads, I color/smoosh them onto a clear block so that I can pick up the color with my paintbrush.
I liberally brushed clean water over the heat embossed image. (Something important to remember is wherever the water goes, so goes the color!) Then, using a small paintbrush (I pick the size according to the area I need to paint), I wet it and then dab in the ink on the acrylic block. After that I paint the area and repeat as necessary with either the same color or new colors. I add clean water to the paper as needed if it gets too dry. This is not a perfect science, and if you are like me, I like a nice clean image. But with watercolor I have learned to go with the flow! (pun intended!) And it’s OK to go outside the lines! In this case, because I used white embossing powder, I needed to go outside the lines to be able to see the image.
For the sentiment, I watercolored a large enough space to be able to stamp the sentiment. I used my heat tool to dry after I was done. You could let this dry naturally but I wanted to complete my project. After drying, I stamped the sentiment in memento black ink. I added a few small pearls and then layered everything.
Supplies: CS: SU! watercolor paper and tangelo twist. Papertrey Ink kraft. Stamps: SU! butterfly basics and herb expressions. Other: Distress inks, memento black, white embossing powder, and pearls.