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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Happy Watercolor

I LOVE the look of watercolor! I was so excited when I saw Stampin' Up!'s new watercolor suite in the new Occasions Mini catalog. I snatched up the Happy Watercolor stamp set, and the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper, right away!

 I started this card by stamping the poppy (I'm assuming it's a poppy!) image with StazOn ink onto Shimmery White card stock.

*Side note: Thanks to some SUDSOL members, I found out that water coloring works nicely on Shimmery White card stock! The card stock doesn't peel and it's smooth, unlike watercolor paper (which is sometimes hard to get a crisp stamped image with). It was so easy to work with!

I used my Aquapainter and did a very light layer of Real Red ink, starting at the base of each petal (the center) and working toward the outside. This creates a darker center and lighter edges. Then I repeated the process with Tangerine Tango, right on top of the red. I love the depth it created!

I colored the flower centers with Pear Pizzazz, and then used a white chalk pen to add dots for highlights around the center of the flowers. Then I cut the flowers out.

I placed the flowers where I wanted them, on top of a piece of Watercolor Wonder DSP. I masked off a line, where I wanted my stems to end, with a Post-it Note, and then stamped the stems using StazOn ink and my Stamp-a-ma-jig. I colored them stems with a Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker.

Using my paper trimmer (you could also use a craft knife and ruler), I made a slit at the edge of the stems, 3/4" from each side. I made another slit 1" below that. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to add the sentiment right in the middle of the cut out area. I turned the layer over and added Stampin' Dimensionals, doubling stacking the middle and a single one on each side, and left the backs on them so they would not stick to the card base. Adhering this is a little tricky, in fact I didn't get mine completely straight. I used Tombo Liquid adhesive around the perimeter and above and below the sentiment area. I was buckling on me a little, but I managed to smooth it down.

I added the flowers last, with a little liquid Tombo.

  • Stamps: Happy Watercolor
  • Paper:
    • Tangerine Tango card stock - 5 1/2" X 8 1/2"
    • Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper - 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Shimmery White card stock
  • Ink:
    • StazOn, Jet Black
    • Real Red, Tangerine Tango, and Pear Pizzazz ink pads
    • Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write marker
    • White Stampin Chalk Marker
  • Tools:
    • Aquapainter

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