For Technique Thursday this week, I’ll tell you how to create this pretty underwater watercolor scene. I created my card using the From Land to Sea and By the Tide stamp sets. These two sets work beautifully together. I was immediately drawn to this turtle stamp and wanted to play with a new watercoloring technique I’d recently learned.
To start out, I cut out my labels with the new Lots of Labels Framelits dies. (I love these great layering dies!!!) I cut the inside layer out of Whisper White card stock and the outside layer with Gold Foil paper. Now normally, I would never consider watercoloring on Whisper White card stock because it pills, but I recently learned that I could fill my Aqua Painter with 91% alcohol and watercolor on Whisper White card stock to my heart’s content! So, I not only watercolored the turtle, but I also watercolored the entire background of the center layer!!!
I embossed my turtle in gold to start out. Embossing makes it really easy to watercolor, because it allows me to use a lot of liquid without bleeding outside the lines. I filled my Aqua Painter with 91% alcohol and squeezed my ink pads to pool the ink in the lids. One thing I noticed when using alcohol in my Aqua Painters is that the tip of the brush doesn’t seem to want to stay in a nice point. To resolve this, I squeezed the Aqua Painter and used my fingers to twirl the bristles back into a point.
For the turtle, I used Wild Wasabi and Soft Suede inks. I started out with a light wash, and then went back to add darker highlights.
For the background of my label, I used Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo inks. I started with Pool Party, and tried to paint in streaks to make it look like the sun was shining through from above. I just added a little color at a time, painting in small circles, similar to how I use to use my alcohol markers. Then, I went back and added more and more color until I was happy with the results. I didn’t seem to matter how many times I went over the same spots, the paper never pilled.
For the rest of the card, I embossed the coral stamp in gold on my Bermuda Bay card base. Then I sponged Island Indigo ink around the sides. I also added a layer of Pool Party card stock to the top and sponged it with Pool Party ink.
Finally, I wrapped my card with Burlap Ribbon and frayed one end. Then, I layered a few Gold Basic Metal Buttons over some Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim and tied them with some Linen Thread.
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