For today’s card, I decided I wanted to soften things up a bit. I haven’t done any watercoloring in a while, so that’s the route I decided to go with for the focal image on this card.
I started by creating an A2 top-folding card base using Wisteria Wonder cardstock from Stampin’ Up. Next, I took a scrap of water color paper and applied a generous amount of water to it. I applied Distress Inks in a rainbow of colors in very thing vertical bands to ensure I could fit all seven colors on the final die cut. The colors I used were Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, and Wilted Violet. With the exception of Mustard Seed, they’re all from the line of new colors released in 2015.
Once the watercolor piece was dry, I used the Painted Hello die from Simon Says Stamp to cut out the hello sentiment for my card. I cut it out three more times using some scrap white cardstock as well as a fourth time in the white cardstock layer I would be using on my card. I adhered the four white pieces together then adhered the watercolor piece on top. I used Multi Medium Matte to glue them all together. To finish off the sentiment, I covered the top watercolor layer with a generous coat of Spectrum Noir clear Sparkle pen.
Before adhering the white cardstock layer to my card base, I used several images from the Timeless Textures stamp set from Stampin’ Up to create a border along the left hand side of the layer using Wisteria Wonder ink. To help keep the look soft (in keeping with my watercolor piece), I stamped off each image once before applying the image to my layer. After stamped several different layers of images (four or five), I was happy with how it looked. I applied the layer to my card base then adhered the stacked hello piece in the negative space created earlier. To finish off the card, I added several crystal sequins from Darice in both the 5mm and 8mm sizes.
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
- StampNation – this card is for Day 6 of Inspiration Nation (membership required).
- Less is More – the current theme is pastels.
Until next time …