wcmc9 #18: watercolor

Hello friends! Today I have a card (actually, two) to share with you for the latest Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge. It’s all about watercolor, baby! My favorite!
I really love the look of pearlized watercolors, especially on black cardstock, and I thought the new Wonderful Florals set would be so fun to paint with its big bold flowers and text block. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to use colors or stick with white, so…I did both! I still can’t decide which I like better, actually!
For each card, I stamped the main large image from the set onto a black piece of cardstock trimmed to A2 (later trimmed to 4×5.25″) using VersaMark ink and embossed with clear powder.  For this particular card, I used the coordinating “wonderful” die to cut out the letters. Then I used the white gold paint from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors set.


These pearlized solid watercolors are great for using on regular cardstock because you don’t need very much water to activate them and they look better with a thicker application. So the paper doesn’t warp (as much).  Still, I started out with a lighter application so that I could build layers of highlights. I adhered the panel onto a piece of Pool cardstock (A2 flat card from the Paper Bar at Papersource) with some foam tape and then fixed it to a top-folding A2 sized card base. I embossed the “you’re so” on some scrap cardstock and trimmed it down into a small flag. I added some coordinating embroidery floss for some extra interest.


For the second card I used the Metallic Accents set from Prima Marketing. Like the white gold, I started with a light application. These colors layer really nicely and actually blend fairly well too, so it’s easy to build color. I used the white in the set to add a background “wash” – which of course resulted in some warping. Nothing that a bit of strong adhesive couldn’t fix.


For the letters, I used the striped stamp from the same set and individually stamped the letters that I had cut out of scrap white cardstock with the “wonderful” die. There is likely an easier way to do this, but heck if I could figure it out! What can I say, it’s been a long month for me. Sometimes my brain just doesn’t work.

Anyway, after all of that, I think the white floral card is my favorite. Or is it the colorful florals? Ack! No. The white. Definitely the white.

I think.


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