Watercolor Birthday

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.

Mel's Card Corner | Watercolor Birthday

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.

Mel's Card Corner | Watercolor Birthday

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:

Until next time …

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  1. Jeanne Jordan says:

    Hi Melissa. I think it looks great. Maybe in person it feels like more of a contrast between the background and the space around the flower. But the computer image I see – looks very pretty. Thanks for explaining what you did. I appreciate that from crafters, and I know it takes time.

  2. Ginger Pelfrey says:

    Melissa your watercolor card is gorgeous! I love how you highlighted around the flower! Thank you so much for joining us this week at Stamp Ink Ppaer 🙂

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks, Linda! Yes, I do follow Sandy already. I’ve even had the pleasure of taking one of her watercolor classes last year when she taught at my LSS. She’ll be back again in July for more classes and I’ve already signed up. 🙂

  3. Wilma van Zanten says:

    Great card, Mellisa. Beautiful colours and I love that flower. Thank you for joining us at CAS on Sunday. Luv, Wilma

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