First, a warm welcome to Sharon, who is a fellow blog hopper at A Piece of (my) Heart, dfaraci, Vicki D and Sarah; my most recent followers. I’m so happy you’ve joined us!
Welcome to the third in my watercoloring series. Today we’re taking a closer look at:
Watercolored Die Cuts
I love the look of inlaid die cuts and have ever since I participated in the blog hop featuring that technique. Watercoloring, on the other hand… Well, lets just say I’m warming up to it, but I’m still on the cool side. I have to say when I combined the two, I liked it a lot better. I mentioned in the hop I got my inspiration from a Jennifer McGuire video, so I thought I’d share the link again here.
Here’s the first card I made using the Memory Box Die, Prim Poppy. I’ve had this die for a long time and was happy to finally pull it out and dust it off.
I started with a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of Strathmore Cold Press 140# watercolor paper. I knew I would be cutting it down in size, but not sure how or where; so I cut it large to give me wiggle room later.
I then taped the panel down with Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape on a cutting board. This is the cutting board I use. (As I mentioned before, taping it to a cutting board is a great way to hold your panel in place and to help prevent warping. Also, a handle on the cutting board makes it easy to use a heat gun to dry the panel and not burn your hand.) I spritzed the panel generously with water and ran Tumbled Glass Distress Ink over it several times and brushed it out with a wet wide, flat brush similar to this, adding more water as necessary to achieve the background I wanted.
To digress a bit, have you tried Tim Holtz Distress Inks yet? If you’re thinking of watercoloring, these inks blend beautifully. I did have the storage space or the extra cash to buy all the colors I wanted in the large pads, so I opted for the mini sets. This is a great way to try out the colors before making an investment in the larger pads or, if you want to stick with the small pads, you can just buy the reinkers to refill them.
Back to my panel, which I’ve allowed to dry fully. I then die cut the poppy, being careful to keep that piece between the stems to use later. I’m sure I could have watercolored over that die cut, but I used scrap watercolor paper and cut another. To color it, I placed Distress Ink colors on my large Acrylic Block and applied it with an Aqua Painter. These are the colors I used:
I cut the panel to 3 3/4″ wide and left the length at 5 1/2″ and attached it really well with Snail Adhesive. To add the poppy (which I allowed to dry fully), I used Ranger Multi-Medium Glue in Matte finish. I placed a precision top on it to help with those tiny spaces where I need to apply glue. Once I placed my poppy, I inserted that piece between the stems. While I had the glue out, I also added some under the corners of the panel as I was pulling away slightly. Even though I taped the panel down, there was still slight warping and this glue will give the extra hold necessary.
Once my poppy was in place, I highlighted it with Wink of Stella. Here’s a picture, though I’m not sure you can appreciate how pretty that Wink of Stella is from this.
I finished the card off by placing a strip of 1/8″ satin ribbon purchased long ago at A. C. Moore. I wasn’t sure what greeting I wanted to use, so I opted for a simple “Hello” Stamp & Cuts by Hero Arts. I coated it with Ranger Glossy Accents to make it pop a bit.
See you next week with the final in this watercolor series. I’ve barely skimmed the surface of this technique, so I may share a few more project with you in the future…is there anything in particular you’d like to see?