I’m CASEing (Copy And Share Everying) today. I saw a post on Connie Collin’s blog that so inspired me that I just had to try it for myself. She’s one of my favorite Artisan Designers from this year’s group. She loves watercoloring and has been doing some amazing projects lately.
I changed up the color and orientation of my card, but I really adored the watercolored flowers that Connie had on her card, so I kept those almost the same.
I love combining bright bold colors with black and white. It’s so dramatic and makes the colors pop.
To create my card, I used the Hello stamp set, which is one of the limited edition Sale-A-Bration stamp sets that you can qualify to earn for free when you order $50. But, remember that this great stamp set is only available until February 15th!
I started out with a piece of watercolor paper measuring 5-1/4″ x 4″ and I carefully cut out a Lots of Labels Framelit die from the center. Then, I used a pencil to very lightly draw stripes 3/8″ wide across the entire paper. Afterwards, I hand painted the stripes with Bermuda Bay ink and an Aqua Painter. When the paper was completely dry, I used an artist eraser to erase the pencil lines.
Tip: When you paint the lines, paint fairly quickly to keep an even tone. Also, try not to get too much water near the edges. You can see that my stripes ran in a few places where I used too much water.
For the flowers, leaves and centers, I cut them all out from watercolor paper using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies. For each one, I covered the entire piece with water first, then added color. For the flowers, I added color from the centers and worked out and for the leaves, I added color from the tip and one side. For the centers, I added color from the points.
I painted my flowers Real Red, Tangerine Tango, and Melon Mambo. The centers are Crushed Curry, and the leaves are Old Olive.
I embossed the “hello” in black. Be sure to use an Embossing Buddy on your paper before embossing with black to ensure you don’t get any little specks on the rest of the paper. Same thing when embossing the “My Friend” in white on Basic Black cardstock.
I added lots of sequins to this card. I had originally planned to add bright colored sequins, but when I went to add them it just didn’t look right. Instead, I opted to add the sequins from the Love Blossom Embellishment Kit. I liked the subtle shades and touch of pink.
Believe it or not, this was a fairly easy card to create. While the stripes look difficult to paint, they really weren’t. Even though there are some imperfections, I love the way it turned out and think that just adds character to the card.
Supplies used on my card:
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I encourage you to try hand watercoloring a background on your next card. It’s such a beautiful look.