Tropical Thank You

Two interesting challenges:  My Inque Spot Studio Weekend Challenge to keep you stamping is a Technique – Tissue Watercolor Background(s) and the current Fusion Challenge which includes three (3) suggestions – Colorful Tropical Birds, the Colors and a Sketch.

From the Fusion Challenge, I chose five (5) of the Colors: Soft Suede, Merry Merlot, Mango Melody and Misty Moonlight, the Sketch and the Tropical motif for the overlapping shapes.

Here is the result:



  • Technique:
  • On a non-porous plastic craft mat, I added Merry Merlot, Mango Melody and Misty Moonlight inks direct from pad.
  • I misted the inks with water and used a small spoon to blend the colors in to each other.
  • A piece of white tissue paper (5” x 6”) was laid on top so that the colors could be absorbed. 
  • I also re-misted the tissue and moved the craft mat about to further blend the colors.
  • I laid a piece of paper towel over the tissue paper to soak up the excess water.
  • I took the colored tissue/craft mat outdoors to dry in the sun.  I could have used a heat tool to speed up the process.
  • Once dry, I crinkled up the tissue paper, smoothed it out slightly and patted it with Versamark ink.
  • I added Gold Embossing Powder over the crinkled tissue, shook off the excess powder and then heat set it.
  • I added Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Glue to a piece of Basic White cardstock (3¾” x 5”) with a brush and then pressed the colored tissue into the glue.
  • I then wrapped the excess tissue paper around the panel and secured the edges with tape.
  • Card:
  • Card Base: (8½” x 5½” scored at 4¼”) Misty Moonlight cardstock.
  • Background Panel: (3¾” x 5”) As created above.
  • Overlapping Corner Shapes – Tropical Leaves: (2½” x 3”) Mango Melody cardstock scrap and (2¼” x 4”) Soft Suede cardstock scrap.
    • The large Leaf, from the Artfully Layered stamp set was stamped with Soft Suede ink.
    • Both the Leaf and the Frond were die-cut with coordinating dies from the Tropical Layers Dies set.
    • Difficult to see, but both Leaves were liberally painted with Wink of Stella Glitter.
  • Sentiment: (2⅛” x ¾”) Misty Moonlight cardstock scrap.  The sentiment, Thank you, from the Artfully Layered stamp set was stamped with Versamark ink and heat-set with White Embossing Powder.

All of the elements were adhered to the card base to match the suggested sketch.  I think the Tissue Watercolor Background Technique adds an interesting effect to the card echoing the colors of the tropical birds in the inspiration photograph.

Hope you give this technique a try. As I created my own background, I am entering this card to the Crafter’s Cafe Challenge (#282).

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today.   Cheers,  Jolanda!

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Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

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