It's a beautiful weekend after a difficult week in the trenches. Sometimes life is like that. I had hoped to get this post finished and posted during the week, but it just didn't happen. So, to get back on track, this post is a follow up to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Rose Wonder stamp set and coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits for the Big Shot. To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the blog hop, click here. To begin the hop, click here.
Watercoloring is one of those techniques that tends to make folks want to run and hide. I'll admit that I'm one of them. However, over the years I've found that there are some ways to make the process a little less stressful. This card uses a process that helps to contain the color to keep it from spreading into places you may not want it to spread by using Heat Embossing for the image to be watercolored.
This card begins with a piece of Watercolor Paper. The Embossing Buddy was swiped over the paper, the large rose image, from the Rose Wonder stamp set, was stamped onto the Watercolor Paper using Versamark ink, the stamped image covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss powder with the excess tapped back into the container, and the powdered image melted with the Heat Tool.
Now the watercoloring begins.
- Spritz water over the stamped and embossed image to get the paper wet
- Using the Aquapainter with a damp but not wet brush tip, pick up Daffodil Delight ink from the lid of the ink pad to cover the rose petals of the flower image (Tip: with the ink pad closed, squish the ink pad together (top and bottom) to get ink on the inside of the ink pad lid. Open the ink pad to expose the ink on the inside of the ink pad lid)
- Clean the brush in clear water and then pick up Crushed Curry ink from the lid of the ink pad and apply along the embossed edges inside the rose area (Tip: it is always best to begin with a little color and add color if you need a little more color in a specific area. Tip: if you find that you have too much color or too much water in an area, use the tip of a paper towel to absorb the excess water or press with the paper towel to blot up the color). Add a second bit of Crushed Curry to the center of the rose to create a little more depth of color
- Clean the brush in clear water and then pick up Tangerine Tango ink from the lid of the ink pad and apply along the outside edges of each rose petal to give the impression that the petals are rolling out and down. Add some Tangerine Tango to the flower center, too
- Clean the brush and with clear water gently blend the colors on the petals leaving the centers of the outer petals lighter than the outer and inner edges
- Clean the brush and apply Pear Pizzazz ink from the lid of the ink pad and cover the leaves above and below the rose image
- Clean the brush and pick up Old Olive ink from the lid of the ink pad and apply along the veins of the leaves
- Clean the brush and with clear water, gently blend the colors on the leaves leaving the centers of each section lighter than the areas near the veins
- Clean the brush and pick up Smoky Slate ink from the lid of the ink pad and apply along the outside edges of the rose and leaves to create a shadow
- Clean the brush and with clear water gently work the color away from the embossed edge to soften the color as it moves away from the rose
- Allow the watercolor paper to dry before adhering to another layer of paper (Tip: you can speed up the drying time by using the Heat Tool on a low setting)
Adhere Watercolor Paper to a Copper Foil Sheet to create a copper border along the right and left edges of the Watercolor Paper. Adhere the Copper Foil at the center of the card front. Cut a banner tail at the left edge of a piece of 5/8" Burlap ribbon. Fold the right edge under and adhere to the card front with the top edge of the ribbon approximately 1-1/4" from the top edge of the Watercolor Paper using Mini Glue Dots.
Using Crushed Curry ink, stamp the frame image on Whisper White cardstock. Using Old Olive ink, stamp the "What A Beautiful Blessing You Are To Me." greeting inside the frame image. Using the corresponding framelit from the Rose Garden Thinlits, die cut the greeting with the Big Shot along with a piece of Old Olive cardstock. Using Paper Snips, trim the Whisper White frame close to the stamped frame image and adhere at the center of the Old Olive frame. Adhere the greeting to the Burlap ribbon near the right side (folded part) of the ribbon using Mini Glue Dots.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock matted with a piece of Copper Foil Sheets to create a border of copper foil along the right and left edges of the Whisper White cardstock. Before matting the Whisper White cardstock, the "Somehow God Knew I'd Need A Friend Just Like You." sentiment was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Crushed Curry ink. The open leaf image was stamped above and below the sentiment from the right side of the liner using Old Olive ink.
A scrap piece of copy paper was placed under the envelope flap of a Medium Whisper White Envelope. The open leaf image was stamped along the lower edge and right side of the envelope flap using Old Olive ink. The "Thank You" greeting was stamped at the center of the envelope flap using Crushed Curry ink.
I mentioned before that the greetings and sentiments included with the Rose Wonder stamp set are perfect for so many occasions and situations. After seeing all the great ideas featuring during the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop for this truly lovely stamp set, I hope you're encouraged to give this stamp set a try. I think you'll find it's a whole lot more versatile than it may have seemed at first glance.
Card Measurements --
Old Olive: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 2" x 3"; Watercolor Paper: 3-3/4" x 5-1/4"; Copper Foil Sheets: 2 @ 4" x 5-1/4"; Whisper White: 2" x 3", 3-3/4" x 5-1/4"; 5/8" Burlap ribbon: 5"
Supplies I used for this card --
Stamps: Rose Wonder; Inks: Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Tangerine Tango, Versamark; Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper, Copper Foil Sheets; Embellishments: 5/8" Burlap ribbon; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Aquapainter, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Rose Garden Thinlits; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope