Over at Use Your Stuff (#452), the Mood Board had lots of elements. I gravitated to the Watercolor and the Flower images and those influenced my choice to use a few watercolor techniques and select the Pretty Medallion stamp set.
Here is the result:
- Card Base: (8½” x 5½” scored at 4¼”) Coastal Cabana cardstock.
- Side Panel: (3” x 5½”) Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper.
- Water-coloring Process
- I started with a full sheet (5” x 7”) and wet both sides of the paper with a water-filled Stampin’ Spritzer to minimize paper curling on a water-resistance craft mat.
- I added Coastal Cabana, Highland Heather and Orchid Oasis inks direct from pad to the Stampin’ Up! Clear Block “I”.
- The Block was lightly spritzed with water and pressed into the wet watercolor paper for a wet-on-wet technique. To cover the surface, I did this twice.
- The inks were allowed to blend creating the dreamy coloring.
- You can leave your paper to dry naturally or you can speed up the process by using a Heat Tool, which I did.
- Once dry, I used my craft Toothbrush and flicked water over the painted surface to get a slight splatter effect.
- Stamping Process
- As the Pretty Medallion stamp is large, I chose to use the Stamparatus Positioning Tool.
- The water-colored paper was placed in the Stamparatus and secured with low tack tape in addition to the magnets.
- The paper surface was patted down with the Embossing Buddy to remove any static.
- Versamark ink was added to the stamp and then the stamp was pressed to the watercolor paper.
- The watercolor paper was carefully detached and then heat-set with White Embossing Powder.
- The stamped watercolor panel was then trimmed to (3” x 5½”).
- Accent Strip: (⅝” x 5½”) Orchid Oasis cardstock off-cut added to the right of the watercolor panel.
- Sentiment Label Accent Mat: (2⅝” x ⅞”) Basic White cardstock scrap.
- Sentiment Label: (2½” x ¾”) Highland Heather cardstock scrap.
- The sentiment, Just Because, from the True Beauty stamp set was stamped with Versamark ink and also heat set with White Embossing Powder.
- The Label and the Mat were adhered together, and a bit of White Baker’s Twine was wrapped around the bottom edge.
All of the elements were arranged to resemble the sketch and the sentiment was popped up with Dimensionals.
A little bit of ink and some water can be used to create some really pretty background papers. My tri-color background turned out very nice and looks so nice behind the Medallion.
When creating a simple stamped card using just ink, paper and stamps, the possibilities are endless. Using techniques like watercolor and a bit of heat embossing are just a few tricks that can easily be used to create a WOW card.
To that effect, I am entering this card to both the Happy Little Stampers July Watercolor Challenge and the Stampin’ Up! #SimpleStamping July Challenge.
Thanks for spending some of your time with me. Cheers, Jolanda.
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