Watercolor Effects

By | February 5, 2016

For Technique Thursday this week, I thought I’d try something different with watercoloring.  Instead of watercoloring underneath my Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit die cut, I decided to watercolor right on top of it!  I thought this might be a pretty variation, and I love the way it turned out.

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My sister-in-law and I were working with this beautiful heart die cut earlier this week.  She came over to my house to make her Valentine’s Day cards.  After she got home, she called and asked if it was possible to cover the die cut with Versamark and try embossing it.  I thought, why not?  What a great idea.  That got me thinking of other ways to use it, and that’s when I came up with this idea.

In order to watercolor the heart die cut, I cut it out of Shimmery White paper.  This paper is a little heavier than Whisper White, and it tolerates watercoloring without curling.  I could have also used watercolor paper, but I liked the idea of having the pretty shimmer.

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The watercoloring part was easy; I just used an Aqua Painter and two colors of ink — Watermelon Wonder and Blushing Bride.  I simply painted a wash alternating with the two colors and then let the heart air dry.

Afterwards, I added Shimmery White flowers that I cut out and then curled with a bone folder.  To add a stark contrast and really make the watercoloring show up, I decided to place the lacy die cut against a dark background.

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To decorate the card, I used several elements from the Love Blossoms Embellishments Kit, including the pearl trim and enamel glitter dots.

For the little banner, I used a Bitty Banners Framelits die and a stamp from Bloomin’ Love.  These die cuts are great little accent pieces!

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On the side of my card, I used some gorgeous Watermelon Wonder 1″ Stitched Satin Ribbon.  This ribbon is so, so pretty in real life!  You might wonder how I got my bow to look so perfect?  My trick is to use glue dots to manipulate the ribbon into place and hold it.  It works like a champ!!!

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Supplies used on my card:

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Can you think of other ways to use this lacy heart?  I’d love to hear your ideas.

Tami Hewlett

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