I’m definitely no expert when it comes to watercolor techniques. I’m trying though! It’s something I really want to get better at which, of course, requires practicing.
I started this card by stamping the flower image from Birthday Blooms by Stampin’ Up!® using VersaMark ink on a piece of watercolor paper. I heat embossed it using Sterling embossing powder from Brutus Monroe. Once it cooled down, I added a light wash of Soft Sky ink over the entire card (other than inside the embossed flower).
To highlight the flower and help it stand out, I first added a shadow around the card using Night of Navy ink then softened it out by adding a layer of Bermuda Bay around it blending it out as I went along. When everything was dry, I added the sentiment using Night of Navy ink.
I wanted to dress up the flower a bit, so I added two coats of clear Wink of Stella to all of it, including the stem and leaves. I added watered down a big of the Night of Navy and Bermuda Bay inks and added some flicks to my card using a small round brush. To finish the card, I adhered it to an A2 top-folding card base made from Bermuda Bay cardstock using foam tape.
I’m not sure how much I actually like the finished card. I do like how my background wash turned out, but I would definitely do the outline around my flower differently next time. I think the colors needed to be watered down a bit more so they wouldn’t be so harsh against the soft background. Oh well, that’s the benefit of practicing. It helps one learn what works well and what doesn’t.
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
- Stamp, Ink, Paper – the current theme is a color challenge (Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay, and Night of Navy).
- Seize the Birthday – the current theme is anything goes with the optional topping of florals.
- CAS on Sunday – the current theme is flowers.
Until next time …