In between getting ready for a big workshop, I have been investing in some new toys. You may not know, but I actually have a degree in art, namely watercolor, but I haven't painted in, well, years. I've been admiring some things that other bloggers are doing with watercolor and getting the bug to at least incorporate some watercolor techniques in my card making.
One of the bloggers I follow is Kristina Werner, and when she posted this technique on her blog, I was intrigued. She used Peerless Watercolors, which amazingly enough I already have, bought on a trip to Stampin' Bella in Toronto a number of years ago. I used them a few times,and since then they have been tucked away in one of my organizers, unused, so I pulled them out for this technique.
I had ordered some crafty goodies from Dick Blick, one of which was a pad of Fabriano watercolor postcards. I also pulled out the Hearts & Stars decorative masks from Stampin' Up! and the set Holly Jolly Greetings with the coordinating Christmas Greetings thinlit dies. I got busy.
My first effort I didn't tape the paper down, didn't dry it thoroughly, and the paper ended up pilling up when I was using the baby wipe. So I girded my loins and did it right this time. I have a nice Masonite clip board that I could use to tape down my paper and some Artist Tape that is good for such things. My second attempt was more successful.I was using home-made stamp wipes with Stampin' Mist, and I think a baby wipe would probably work a little better. Some of the colors were easier to remove than others, but I still think it turned out just GOJUS!
GOJUS!! (YILM!) I loved Kristina's card, so I pretty much cased the layout and elements, just changing up things a bit since I don't have a script with matching dies.
Instead, I grabbed the old silver Glimmer paper (which I find to be prettier than what we currently have. It's still nice, but I like the soft glow and more vintage feel that the old one has). I cut about 3 out with the thick Whisper white and one with the glimmer paper, and I used our 2-Way Glue Pen to adhere all the layers together. I used the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen to adhere the greeting down.
I punched out the tiny star with the Confetti Star Border punch. I used the borders of Dimensionals sheets to pop the whole watercolor piece on top of the Whisper White thick base (which is an excellent way to use up the borders!
You can buy almost everything I used to make this card, just by clicking on the links below (substituting a couple things for what I used):
You can find Peerless Watercolors here.