Watercolor Birthday Reimagined

I decided to create a second version of the watercolor card I created last week. As you may remember, I wasn’t sure if I really liked how my watercoloring turned out on that card, but I loved the overall concept of my design. This time, I decided to keep the same basic design of the card, but this time did a one-layer version with some ink blending instead.

Mel's Card Corner | Ink Blended Thinking of You

I started this version of the card by stamping the image and sentiment (both from Stampin’ Up) with VersaMark then heat embossing it in gold. I masked off the flower then created an ombre ink blended background using Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Blueprint Sketch. I then splattered with background with some water then dabbed it off after about 30 seconds to add some texture. I also added some gold splatters using Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray. I finished off the card by adding a generous layer of clear Wink of Stella over the entire flower.

Mel's Card Corner | Ink Blended Thinking of You

I’m much happier with the finished card this time. Not only do I like the ink blended background better, but I think the gold embossing powder adds a bit of much needed “pop” over the silver embossing I did on the watercolor version. In the future, I’ll reserve my silver powders for cards when I’m doing a much darker background.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Until next time …

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  1. Jill V says:

    The white image against the bright background is so striking – and that touch of gold embossing just completes the design perfectly! Thanks so much for playing along with us at AAA Cards! Jill

  2. Tammy Gill says:

    Beautiful card Melissa! I love the watercolouring combined with the embossing. The white flower and the white ‘rain drops’ really stand out against the background. I also love the colours. Thank you for joining us at Stampin’ Celebration Challenge!

  3. Wendi says:

    What a beautiful card! I love the background, it is really stunning! The gold does pop on the card, so great outcome! Thanks for playing along with Stampin’ Celebration!

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