Technique Tuesday-Water Color Lifting

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Hello everyone!  Thank you for joining me for the first in my watercolor series.  There are so many water coloring techniques and more are being introduced every day, so this series is just the tip of the iceberg!  Here’s the first card I shared in our July Technique Blog Hop using the watercolor lifting technique.

Water Color Lifting

Water Color Technique Series-Color Lifting

To create the background on this card, I followed a Jennifer McGuire video on watercolor lifting, my go-to blog for all sorts of crafty goodness.  I use Strathmore Cold Press 140 lb watercolor paper for projects.  As an aside, I use a lighter weight 90 lb watercolor paper when working with digital images as my printer has a hard time feeding the heavier paper.  I cut the sheets larger than the finished size I’ll need as I tape it on all four sides with Scotch Painters Masking Tape to a thin cutting board to keep it from warping when wet and trim it down to the proper size after it has dried

As instructed in the video, I colored the entire background using Kuretaki Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set with three shades of green.  Being the impatient sort, I used my heat gun to dry the panel thoroughly.  I prepped the panel using the EK Tools Powder Tool, stamped an overall leaf pattern from the Secret Garden stamp set (now retired) with VersaMark Ink and embossed using Stampin’ Up’s Clear Embossing Powder.  When I was finished, I was unhappy with the amount of open space, so I embossed once again using a Stamps by Judith & Heather stick stamp, Dots.  This was just the right thing to fill in those voids.  I should mention I also water colored on a scrap of watercolor paper and embossed the leaf stamp several time which I die cut later using the Secret Garden Framelits (also retired).

With the panel still attached to the cutting board, I spritzed it several times with water and wiped the piece with Kirkland Handy Wipes (any brand will work, of course, this is just my preference), removing some of the color on all un-embossed areas.  You’re left with a very pretty, soft background.

Next, I stamped the rose from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set on the same watercolor paper with VersaMark and Stampin’ Up’s White Embossing Powder.  I water colored using Gansai Tambi again with three colors in the yellow/orange family.  After it dried, I went back and added more orange and see I put too much in some spots and not enough in others.  I mentioned in my blog hop post, this was a difficult technique for me to embrace as you never know what the final outcome will be.  I fussy cut around the rose, removing the bits of leaves I didn’t want to include.

Yellow Rose wm 2

I found Bazzill card stock which matched the rose perfectly, so I attached the panel to that with double-sided tape.  I don’t feel SNAIL adhesive is strong enough to hold that watercolor paper which may have warped despite efforts to keep it as flat as possible.  I attached the rose with Dimensionals from Stampin’ Up.  I have used many different kinds of pop dots and always come back to these as I think they’re the best available.  I also attached the leaves with Dimensionals, tucking them under the rose in a placement pleasing to the eye.  One final touch was to spritz the top with Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Spritz about six times from a distance of about two feet for an overall shimmer.  Here’s a final close-up of that:

Yellow Rose wm 3

I didn’t add a greeting or sentiment to this card as I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it.  I did discover National Friendship Day is August 7th and, since the yellow rose is the symbol of friendship, it seems like it was meant to be used for that.

National Friendship Day

I didn’t include pictures of the actual process as I provided the link to Jennifer McGuire’s video.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth ten thousand; especially hers.  I’ll see you next week with the second in the watercolor series.


5 Responses to “Technique Tuesday-Water Color Lifting”

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  1. Jeanette says:

    WOW!!! This is gorgeous! Great technique!

  2. Lynn McAuley says:

    This fabulous yellow rose (of Texas) was my absolute favorite from your watercolor cards, Kim!! That sensational background has it just popping off the page!!

  3. Shelly Schmidt says:

    Another look at this gorgeous card! I have a rose like that in a drawer- I love the idea of the stamping and 3-D leaves in the BG, and I love a bit of shimmer as well.

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