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As a follow-up to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop, World of Watercolors, I’m sharing the details of my first card using the no-line water coloring technique.
Using the Birthday Blooms Set from Stampin’ Up, I stamped the large flower in Smoky Slate on Strathmore Water Color Paper. The image is sufficiently dark enough to be visible, but light enough so you won’t see it after water coloring. The flower was colored with Marina Mist, Mint Macaron and So Saffron with just a bit of Pacific Point, Cucumber Crush and Crushed Curry to accent. I colored one petal at a time; jumping around, being careful not to paint next to a wet petal. Here’s a closer look at the flower:
To finish off the panel, I stamped the greeting from the same set in Pacific Point with and the Stamps by Judith & Heather Dots in So Saffron. This is one of their dowel mounted stamps. I use this stamp quite a bit and keep it handy. Next, I distressed the edges of the panel, dragged the edge across the Marina Mist Ink Pad and softened it with water.
Added a dragonfly cut with the Small Dragonfly die from Elizabeth Crafts (apparently no longer available) in Marina Mist,Mint Macaron and White Vellum. The final touch was a combination of sequins and small dots of Glossy Accents.
I matted the focal panel on a mat of Mint Macaron 1/4″ larger and distressed the edges of it. It was offset on a panel of Marina Mist, embossed with the Spring Leaves embossing folder and another panel of water-color paper, also distressed. And…finally…on a card base of Marina Mist.
Inside, another panel of water-color paper with the sentiment and small flower from the same set. The sentiment was stamped in Pacific Point and the flowers were water colored (with a lot less care than on the front. I distressed and matted it in the same fashion as the front. On the base, I stamped the large flower for a monochromatic look. I actually intended that for the front but didn’t like the look once I stamped it.
I hope to have the opportunity to share additional posts on the other cards I made for the hop.