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!

Karen

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

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Vintage Leaves

Vintage Leaves with DoilyHappy Wednesday!  Today I’m sharing another card made with the beautiful Vintage Leaves stamp set and coordinating Leaflets Framelits.  My inspiration for this card came from a card presented at the Stampin’ Up! convention this summer which used the Lighthearted Leaves in the 2015 Holiday Catalog.  Did you know that both the traditional Vintage Leaves & the whimsical Lighthearted Leaves stamp sets coordinate with the Leaflets Framelits?

For this card, I started with a Very Vanilla card base and added a small border from a piece of Happy Haunting DSP.  I used Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, and Mossy Meadow for the leaves and the sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede.  SInce I love gold accents with the leaves, I added a small strip of Gold Glimmer Paper, a Gold Metallic Foil Doily, a few Gold Sequins, and a bow made from the Metallic Gold Baker’s Twine.

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You Made My Day

March CC CardThis is one of the cards made in my Coffee & Cards group this month.  It demonstrates a couple of techniques that add  “Wow!” factor.

The first technique is another use of an embossing folder.  By inking the raised side of the Honeycomb Embossing Folder in Sahara Sand, placing a piece of Whisper White cardstock over the inked surface and lightly rubbing around the cardstock, a subtle honeycomb background is created.

To create the layered sun image, position the oval with the sentiment onto the background and secure with a post-it note.  Then stamp the sun image from Kinda Eclectic onto both layers.  Remove the oval, adhere it to a larger Rose Red oval and pop up the sentiment layer using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

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