I feel like I’ve stepped back into the 60s!!! Think tie die shirts, Beatles (the band and the car), peace and groovy love … man.
Seriously, I was looking at Pinterest the other day and saw a card with a tie die background that totally inspired me. It’s such a perfect background to go with the Beautiful Ride stamp set! I just had to play around and figure out how to do it. I had a couple mishaps / disasters, but then I discovered this technique and I absolutely love the way it turned out.
To create the background, I used Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, and Pacific Point inks. These are all in the brights collection, which is usually not my style at all. But, I googled tie die images, and they were all it super bright colors, so I had to step out of my comfort zone.
I started out with an over sized piece of watercolor paper and taped it down to my work surface with old washi tape. This is a great way to hold watercolor paper flat, and the washi tape will not damage the paper when removed. Next, I covered the entire paper with clear water. Then, starting out with the lightest color, I used an Aqua Painter to paint a spiral design. After adding all the colors, I cleaned out my Aqua Painter and starting from the center, I painted lines outward towards the edges. This effectively blended the colors and gave the paper a tie die look. I had to stop and clean out my brush a few times, but I just kept painting those outward lines until I was satisfied.
Tip: Use colors that will blend well. On my first attempt, I used Tangerine Tango, and since orange is on the opposite side of the color wheel from blue, it turned into an ugly mess:(
Next, I used Basic Black Archival ink to stamp the VW bug, surfboard, luggage and flower on Shimmery White Paper. Since this stamp set is photopolymer, it’s very easy to line up all the stamps. I used Shimmery White Paper for this part, because that paper is much smoother than watercolor paper making it a lot easier to stamp a clean image. Plus, Shimmery White Paper will withstand watercoloring, unlike Whisper White cardstock.
Tip: When watercoloring, start with a light wash and then add more saturated color to emphasize shadows. You want to be able to see through watercoloring to the white paper when done right. Because Melon Mambo is a really bright pink, I messed up my first attempt, because I painted it far too dark. For this one, I started out a lot lighter, and it came out much, much better. Also, have a paper towel nearby so you can remove excess water from the brush tip. Too much water may cause the color to bleed where you don’t want it.
For the banner, I stamped the sentiment with Basic Black Archival ink on Shimmery White Paper, then trimmed it down to form a banner. I like to use the Banner Punch to make Vs on my small banners. To accomplish that, I feed the strip of paper into the back of the punch (just the V part). That way, I can form any sized banner I want.
I made this card for my daughter. She is anxiously awaiting news from four of the five colleges she applied to. (She already got an early acceptance from San Diego State. Yeah!!!) All the colleges she applied to are in Southern California, so no matter what she’ll be moving next Fall. This will be a congratulations for her when she hears back and makes her decision. (It will be a very exciting month … fingers crossed!)
Supplies used on my card: