Today, I have another watercolor wash background technique to share that’s simple and beautiful.
I’ve shown this technique before on my blog, but it bears repeating because watercoloring is so popular right now. For this card, I used the Watercolor Words stamp set and Shimmery White paper.
There are really only two types of paper that can withstand watercoloring well: 1) Watercolor paper and 2) Shimmery White paper. All the others types of paper pill, so unless you’re only adding one quick stroke, don’t even consider them.
From my perspective, the only differences between the two choices are that Watercolor paper has a texture, while Shimmery White does not; and Watercolor paper is vanilla in color, while Shimmery White is white. So, use the paper that coordinates with other elements of your card, such as designer series paper. Also, I tend to prefer the Shimmery White paper because it’s easier to get a crisp stamped image on the smoother surface.
For this card, I stamped and embossed the two flower images in white randomly all over the background.
To prepare for the watercoloring, I selected three colors of ink including Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, and Rich Razzleberry. I squeezed my ink pads to pool ink in the lids. You can also add a drop of re-inker to the lids or on an acrylic block for more concentrated color. Next, I used an Aqua Painter to brush clear water over the entire surface of the Shimmery White paper. Then, I painted horizontal brush strokes fading into each color.
I also stamped and embossed three additional flowers on scrap pieces of Shimmery White paper. I watercolored each one in a circlular motion and then added more concentrated color in the center. After they dried, I cut them out with scissors.
To create the label, I stamped the greeting with Rich Razzleberry ink on Shimmery White paper. Then, I used a Curvy Corner Trio Punch on all four corners.
Before I attached the label, I separated some Calypso Coral Thick Baker’s Twine into three sections. I looped two of the strands and secured them with glue dots, and then adhered the label over the strands with dimensionals. Finally, I adhered the three individual flowers with more dimensionals.
Voila, simple and beautiful!
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