Beautiful You Watercolor

On January 4, Stampin’ Up will launch their new Spring/Summer Occasions catalog. I was able to pre-order a few goodies from the new catalog and thought I would share a couple of my favorites today. Since most of the products in my design today aren’t available to the general public yet, I won’t be creating a supply list at the end of this post.

The new stamp set I’m showcasing today is called Beautiful You which will be available in red rubber in both wood mount and clear (cling) mount. It features three different images of women as well as eight sentiments and two swooshy paint stroke type images.

I will also be showcasing a set of new watercolor pencils. Since I’m a colorer at heart, you know I was excited about a new coloring medium! This set features 13 pencils in the following Stampin’ Up colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, and Whisper White. They can be used with Aqua Painters, a Blender Pen, or even just used on their own as a colored pencil.

Now, on to today’s card made using these products …

Mel's Card Corner | Beautiful You Watercolor

For this card, I started by stamping the image of the woman in Basic Gray archival ink on a piece of watercolor paper. I used the new watercolor pencils to add color to my image. For the hat and dress, I used a clear Wink of Stella pen to move the color and fill in the image. For the skin, sky, and ground, I used an Aqua Painter. Here are the colors I used:

  • Skin: Calypso Coral (apply a VERY thin line of the color then spread it with the Aqua Painter)
  • Hat: Rich Razzleberry
  • Dress: Melon Mambo
  • Ground: Old Olive
  • Sky: Pacific Point (closest to the body) and Bermuda Bay

Mel's Card Corner | Beautiful You Watercolor

When applying the Wink of Stella or Aqua Painter, be sure to let each section dry before moving on to the section next to it. If you don’t, the colors could bleed and run together. If you don’t want to wait for it to dry naturally, you can speed up the process by drying it with a heat tool.

After I finished my watercoloring, I stamped the sentiment using Basic Gray ink. I quickly added some clear embossing powder and heat set it. This gave my sentiment a nice shine and some dimension.

To assemble my card, I matted my watercolor panel on a piece of Basic Gray cardstock using some Tear and Tape. I used the Tear & Tape because it’s super strong and my watercolor paper was a little warped. This helped ensure my watercolor panel would stay flat. I then adhered the matted panel to an A2 top-folding card base made from a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock and that finished the card.

Until next time …

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