Welcome back to my blog and Magenta Super Saturday. There’s an old saying that “April showers
bring May flowers.” The inspiration for this card comes from a card Kristina
Werner posted on her blog which you can see here.
You can also see my card on the Magenta Blog
here. I started my version of the card by taping a piece of
watercolor paper to a solid surface (in my case it’s an old cutting board) to
prevent the paper from curling. I used
my Elizabeth Craft watercolor paints and applied them in a rainbow order. I started with Sap Green, moved to Deep
Green, Viridian, Turquoise Blue, Prussian Blue and finished with Mauve. I set it aside to dry thoroughly before
adding a second layer of paint. You can
also dry the paper with a heat tool. For
the second layer I used my Iuile watercolors which are available on Etsy. There are multiple sizes of watercolors available but the dot cards have a lot of paint on them! They are so sparkly but they look their best on dark cardstock. However, applying the colors over a base
color created a soft, shimmery background.
I chose colors from the Rainbow Dot Card and the Christmas Series Dot
card that were similar to the colors I used in the first layer. Also, it’s important to use a very small
amount of water so the base color isn’t reactivated. It’s hard to capture the shimmer effect but
in real life there’s a beautiful glow on the cardstock. After the second layer of color was dry, I removed
the tape and cut the piece to 4” x 5 ¼”.
I placed it in my stamp positioner and stamped the large floral image
from the “English Garden” stamp set using light green ink. I colored the image with colored pencils then
returned the piece to my stamp positioner.
I stamped the image again using VersaMark and then embossed with white
embossing powder. I repositioned the
stamp, stamped again with green ink, then colored and embossed. I stamped and embossed the “Happy Birthday
sentiment then stamped, colored and embossed the floral image one more time. I also stamped the small leaf the comes with
the “English Garden” stamp set in the lower right corner. The last step was to adhere the image to an
A2 card made from Kraft cardstock. One
last tip, when I’m planning to stamp an image multiple times, I make a sample. I cut a piece of scrap paper the same size as
my cardstock and then use it to test my layout or in the case of this card,
repositioning the stamp several times to determine the best layout.
Thanks for visiting my blog today.
Magenta Products Used:
Other Products Used:
Elizabeth Craft Watercolors
Iuile Watercolors (Available on Etsy) Rainbow Dot, Christmas Series Dot