Enchanted Garden Watercolor

I’m taking a break from holiday cards today to answer one of the most common questions I’ve seen about the new line of inks available from Catherine Pooler Designs. Many crafters have asked whether or not they can be used for watercoloring. The answer is a resounding YES! Here’s a card I created using her inks exclusively not only for all the stamping, but also for the watercoloring and even for creating my own coordinating cardstock.

Mel's Card Corner | Enchanted Garden Watercolor

I started by stamping images from the Enchanted Garden stamp set from SugarPea Designs for on a piece of watercolor paper using Midnight ink. I quickly applied some clear embossing powder and heat set everything. I used Catherine’s inks and a water brush to watercolor the panel.

Mel's Card Corner | Enchanted Garden Watercolor

I used Fiesta Blue for the background, Grass Skirt for the leaves, Rockin’ Red for the flower petals, and Orange Twist for the flower centers. Isn’t it amazing how vibrant these inks stay even when watercoloring?!! Of course, if you want a softer look, you could just water the inks down more than I did for my card. These inks are currently available exclusively in the Foundations Box. They will be back in stock and start shipping again next week, just in time for Christmas, so be sure to grab one for yourself or a favorite crafter in your life.

Mel's Card Corner | Enchanted Garden Watercolor

Once the watercolor panel was dry, I sponged around the edges a bit with some Fiesta Blue ink then matted it on a black panel I created using a direct to paper technique using the Midnight ink. Of course, using this technique will use up the ink in the pad faster than if you are just stamping, but the good news is Catherine will have reinkers for these ink pads in her online store VERY soon! Even better? There will also be more colors coming to her ink line in 2017. Woo Hoo!! I’m completely in love with these inks and can’t wait to get my hands on even more colors.

Mel's Card Corner | Enchanted Garden Watercolor

Ok, back to the card, I created an A2 top-folding card base from some heavyweight white cardstock. I stamped the sentiment, also from Enchanted Garden, in Midnight ink. Once again, I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to give it a little shine and help it match the images on my watercolor panel. I adhered the matted watercolor panel next to the sentiment and that finished my card.

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Until next time …

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