Hello, Crafty Friends! I usually stay away from watercoloring as traditionally I am not good with shading and adding details with traditional watercolors. However there is so much more to watercoloring and many of the watercolor techniques I am loving. I decided to take the Exploring Watercolor Mediums class for one of my Level 3 classes of the AECP. I took this class to challenge me and I loved the ideas given by Jen Rzasa and Ashlea Cornell.
For this card I used:
- Lush Garden Craft Your Life Project Kit – Altenew
- A2 Watercolor Paper Pack – Altenew
- Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cubes (Rouge, Coral Bliss, Pink Diamond, Puffy Heart, Rubellite, Honey Drizzle, Parrot) – Altenew
- Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder – Altenew
- Winter Wonderland Watercolor Brush Marker Set (Jet Black) – Altenew
- Spring Garden Watercolor Brush Marker Set (Sea Brush, Dusk) – Altenew
- Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Marker Set (Desert Night) – Altenew
- Heartfelt Sentiments Stamp Set – Altenew
- Versamark Ink
- Boiled Sugar Baubles – Trinity Stamps
I used a couple different techniques from the class for this card. For my florals I used watercolor stamping. So fun and easy to add a little movement to your stamped images. For the background I did some loose painting with watercolor brush markers.
- I began by creating my background. I used a piece of A2 Watercolor Paper and grabbed 3 blue markers from different watercolor brush marker sets. I started by going direct to paper with Sea Breeze my lightest maker then Dusk and finishing with Desert Night to create an ombre effect. Then I sprayed the background with water to get the pigment moving. I dried it with a heat tool then added more pigment and spritzed with more water.
- After the panel dried for the second time I dropped large water droplets on the panel then used a paper towel to soak up the extra water to leave water droplet spots on the background.
- While this panel was set aside to completely dry, I created my florals and sentiment strip. Using another piece of the watercolor paper I stamped a couple of the floral images and leaves using the detail stamps from the Lush Garden Stamp Set with a Versamark ink pad. Make sure to use an anti static tool so your embossing powder doesn’t leave any stray pieces of embossing powder on your images. After I stamped the images I sprinkled Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder over the images, then heat set.
- Then I used my Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cubes to do my watercoloring stamping. I inked up my most solid parts of the florals with my lightest colors (Rouge & Pink Diamond). Then I spritzed the ink with water before stamping onto watercolor cardstock. I then used the the next layer stamp for each flower and inked those with Coral Bliss and Puffy Heart. Again I spritzed with water before stamping. I used a third layer for one flower and used Rubellite to ink it up then spritzed with water before stamping. For the leave I did the same thing but only used one stamp layer and stamped it in Parrot. I also used Honey Drizzle for the flower centers.
- The more water you use the more movement you get when you stamp your image. I only did 2 spritzes per image as I wanted to keep some of the details in the stamped images.
- I used the coordinating dies to cut the images out.
- I also heat embossed a sentiment from Heartfelt Sentiments with Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder. Then cut it down into a sentiment strip.
- I cut down my background panel and added it to a top folding card base with foam tape. Then carefully arranged the florals in the bottom right corner of the panel. I adhered the leaves and one flower directly to the background panel. I popped up one flower with foam tape.
- I also used foam tape to adhere the sentiment strip.
- I added a little bling with just a few Boiled Sugar Baubles adhered with liquid glue.
I really enjoyed playing with some fun watercoloring techniques. I also love using the Watercolor Brush Markers so really enjoyed learning more ways to use them. I am going to need to order refills soon. As you can see in the photo of my dried background, it is not perfect. But this is a background and I knew I had images to go onto this background so those imperfections did not bother me. I loved the end result and will be making more backgrounds with this technique. Also it would be great to use with word die cuts. A great way to add some fun color and movement.
Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you are inspired to go create something beautiful today.