Watercolor Thank You

Today I’m sharing a pretty little fall thank you card.  I have been playing around with the watercolor technique using acrylic blocks and this is my first card using that technique.  The colors are not traditional fall colors, but I really like them behind the copper foil leaf.

To make this card, I started with a piece of watercolor paper roughly 3.5″x3.5″.

Using the Island Indigo and Crushed Curry Ink Pads, I inked up acrylic block D.  It is best to start with the lighter color as you will overlap the two colors.

Next, I spritzed the block until it was completely wet.  This is the part that took me some practice to know how much water was needed.  I also found that I had better results when I held the spritzer about 6″ above the block.

Then I carefully turned the block over and pressed it onto the Watercolor Paper, letting it set for a few seconds for the paper to absorb the ink.  After carefully lifting the block off, I used the tip of a paper towel to soak up just a little bit of the ink in places that may have puddled up.

As it dries, the colors will blend together where they overlap, creating the pretty green.

When it was completely dry, I very lightly spritzed it again, let the drops set for a second or two and then blotted with a paper towel, leaving the fun water spots.

I used the largest square of the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut the background.  That was layered onto a scalloped square of Island Indigo.  I embossed the sentiment in copper on a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and added the watercolored square.  Using the Colorful Seasons stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits, I added the copper leaf and smaller Crushed Curry leaf.

I’ll be entering this in the The Paper Players Challenge #362 featuring a harvest theme.

Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets:  Colorful Seasons, Rose Wonder

Paper: Island Indigo and Very Vanilla cardstock, Watercolor Paper, Copper Foil Sheet

Ink: Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, VersaMark

Embellishments: Copper Embossing Powder

Tools:  Stampin’ Spritzer, Acrylic Block D, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits, Big Shot


Autumn Splendor – Give Thanks


It’s another beautiful day here in Nebraska and I realized I need to get some Thanksgiving cards made!  So, using the rich autumn color pallet from the Sunday Stamps challenge and the Vintage Leaves stamp set, this is the card I made.

I used the baby wipe technique to ink the leaves.  The baby wipe technique is where you randomly place drops from your reinkers onto a baby wipe & then use that as your ink pad.  The colors I used are Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, and Tangelo Twist.  The leaves are cut out using the Leaflets framelits and layered onto a strip of Tangelo Twist.  The background is Rich Razzleberry embossed using the Woodlands Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

In addition to the Sunday Stamps challenge, I also used the theme challenge over at The Paper Players.


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

  • Vintage Leaves, And Many More stamp sets
  • Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, and Tangelo Twist reinkers
  • Rich Razzleberry ink pad
  • Rich Razzleberry, Tangelo Twist, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Woodlands Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Leaflets Framelits