Hello everyone! I just LOVE the card that I'm going to share with you today. This was a card that I shared with 30 other stampin' sisters in Robin Merriman's Go Diva's SWAP group. Yes, that's right ... I made 30 of these babies! But they were so much fun to do, I enjoyed making every one of them and hope those who received them enjoyed them as well!
I used the fabulous new stamp set Fabulous Florets (he, he) along with a sentiment from A Word for You. Other supplies include Watercolor Paper, Black Stazon Ink, Stampin' Write Markers, an Aqua Pen, 5/8" Satin Ribbon, the Big Shot, the Elegant Bouquet Impressions Folder, a White Gel Pen, Blender Pens, a small water spritzer bottle (available at any drug or discount store), rubbing alcohol and Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.
Okay, are you ready to see how I did this? The rest of the card is pretty straight-foward and simple so I'm going to focus primarily on a tutorial for the watercolor technique. Let's go ...
First of all, make sure you use good quality watercolor paper. It's now sold in larger 6x9" sheets in the new IDB&C so you can just cut it down to the size you want. I cut it at 2.5 x 3.75" for this card. Stamp your image with Black Stazon Ink (very important so that it won't bleed and smear). A line-art image works best for this technique so that you can color it in. Next, roughly fill in the color with Stampin' Write markers -- I used Melon Mambo on the inside of the flowers and outlined the edges with Pumpkin Pie. You don't have to be careful at this stage of the game, just get some color in there. It will spread out and blend in the next steps of the process. Click on the photo to view it larger.
The next step is to use a Blender Pen to smooth out the ink just a bit and begin to blend the colors together. Again, it will continue to blend in the later steps so don't expect perfect at this point. Just blend the colors together as best as you can with the Blender Pen. I usually work in a circular motion to pull the colors into each other and out to the edges of the stamped outline.
Next, I used Old Olive to fill in the stark white background. For this step, I used a few drops of re-inker and an Aqua Pen filled with water. Make sure the tip is wet and then dip it in the ink. You may want to dilute the ink just a bit. Then just paint the background color around the stamped flowers in a sweeping diagonal pattern. I wanted to leave some hints of white showing through so I was careful to not completely saturate the background with color. Now, here comes the really fun part. Make some Shimmer Spray by mixing several drops of the Shimmer Paint into the rubbing alcohol in your misting bottle. Shake vigorously before and during use. Hold the watercolor paper up (you may want to use a Color Catcher or cardboard box behind your card to avoid the back spray saturating everything on your workspace) and spray away. You also want to make sure you are doing this in a ventilated room so that you are not overcome with the rubbing alcohol fumes. Remember to keep shaking the spray bottle as you work. The Shimmer Paint adds the most beautiful light dusting of sparkle on your watercolor masterpiece. Use your own discretion as to how much to spray these but I really saturated mine because I wanted them to definitely shimmer and glimmer. This step also helps the colors to blend together even more, adding to the watercolor effect. Set the entire piece aside to dry. I spread all 30 of mine out and let them dry overnight before I came back to finish the card.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my little watercolor tutorial today! I'm so happy to share it with you. I do hope you'll back soon for more ideas and inspiration!
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