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Monday, July 28, 2014

Flower Patch Watercolor Card

Happy Monday to you! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was great, but too short, as usual! I had lots going on, but it was a wonderful, fulfilling time! I even had creative time, which is few & far between these days. I need to really work on that. Maybe set aside a designated weekday evening every week to create. Sounds like a fabulous plan too me! I am greatly looking forward to this weekend. I'm planning a weekend away to simply create, no agenda, no rushing, just creating! I say that, but I'm certain I will end up with a to do list. :) Oh well, that way I'll feel like I've accomplished more.
Anyhow, enough chit chat, I know you came here for a fabulous project, and I promise not to disappoint! I have a really darling card to share with you today that features a fun watercolor technique. I'm sure somewhere out there, there is a technical name for it, but I'm going to call it watercolor stamping. I used stamps, ink, watercolor paper, & my Aqua Painter to stamp this project. There is a little tutorial you can see below.


I was excited to finally put the new Flower Patch Photopolymer set to ink & paper. I just love that this set is photopolymer, my new favorite stamp type (so glad there is more of a variety of these in the big catalog, and guess what!? There are more to come in the Holiday Catalog!), and even better that they have coordinating framelits! Anyhow, my background is made with this set along with my fun watercolor technique.


 This look is so easy to achieve, and will be super handy for you to remember with the tutorial graphic above. So, as you can see, you ink your stamp THEN paint the stamp with the Aqua Painter. You can add more or less water by varying the pressure of your "squeeze. If you release too much water, all you need to do is dry your brush with a paper towel. Once your stamp is inked and painted, simply stamp directly onto the watercolor paper. You'll immediately be able to tell the difference in stamping with & without the Aqua Painter. I love the softer look!


 I layered my watercolor background on Pistachio Pudding cardstock, then all of that onto a Smoky Slate card base. On top of that, I layered Gold Baker's Twine, and a piece of Gold Foil Paper embossed in the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder. I added a couple of pieces of ribbon, one cut with the Large Scallop Edgelit. I also created a large embellishment with the Flower Patch stamp set again, as well as the framelits. I used Pistachio Pudding & Strawberry Slush, with leaves cut from the Typeset DSP. 


I topped off my card with a sentiment and small little border accent punched from the Scallop Border Punch. My sentiment is from the Num-Num set, stamped on Vellum with Black Stazon. I love how this card turned out, and really love the balance of soft & bold colors. I'd had this color combo jotted down for awhile, so I'm glad that I finally got to use it. Do you jot down color combos or ideas as you think of them? I have to or they will slip away just as fast as they come to me. 
I hope you enjoyed today's project & tutorial. Be sure to check back Wednesday for a playful & simple scrapbook layout. See ya then!
 
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