Hello happy Crafters, hope you are having a cooler day than I am while I was making this card. I live in Melbourne and it has been HOT out here lately. 38 degrees today!! I needed something blue and cool to look at. So I made a mostly blue card with a hit of copper using my favorite medium, water colours! I have hear many crafters talk about having difficulties finding inspiration for masculine cards and I thought I will steer the card in that direction today. Hope you love it.
To make a water colour card, you need suitable watercolour paper, I choose THE PAPER MILL 300gsm art journal watercolour paper as I knew I won't be using too much of water and I am not doing too much of layering. It is a good weight and has medium texture exactly what I needed for this card as it gives texture without me doing anything.
I used an embossing folder I got from CRAFTONLINE, unfortunately, there is no brand name on the embossing folder itself, so I have no clue who it belongs to. If you do, drop me a message in the comment section. I liked the hanging floral image and who says men don't like flowers. I used my SIZZIX Big Shot and a tan embossing mat to emboss the paper. I had to run it through a few times and remove an extra tab so the sandwich was not too tight which would have caused the paper to crack or tear.
After I was satisfied with the depth of the embossing, I used a SPELLBINDER's die to cut out a part of the embossed image. I also trimmed the whole embossed image down so that it would fit an 4 1/2 by 5 1/2 inch size white card base while leaving a medium size border. I positioned the die to the right and not in the middle to make it a little more interesting.
To watercolor the card, I use GANSAI TAMBI watercolours. I mainly used the blues, a little bit of black, some of the copper and some of the white to make splatters. I have a colour palette on the right which shows me what the colours look like after it has dried and how transparent they are.
While I was making splatters, I accidentally made a boo-boo on my card as seen on the left. so to mask it, i just made it look like a leaf. I used a water brush and used the same colours and added another leaf on top of it to make it look more intentional. We all make boo-boos, just learn to include them in your design. In the end, this is how the water colouring turned out to be. Any part of the flowers which were squashes in the processes where revived when I ran the whole piece through the embossing folder again after it had COMPLETELY dried. DO NOT emboss wet paper, it will tear and you will be sad!!! Speaking from experience.😢
I used MY FAVORITE THINGS Essential Sentiments on SIMON SAYS STAMP After Midnight cardstock. I clear embossed with RANGERS fine embossing powder. I preheat my heat gun before taking it to my paper to reduce warping of the paper. I was not sure which sentiment to use so I made 3 and there are photos of the card with each of the sentiment below.
The 2 other sentiments I use most from this set. A really good set to have, especially for beginners or if your are on a tight budget.
The embossed part on the white did not photograph well, but you can see it in the picture below the slideshow. To put it all together, I used double sided tape to adhere the water colour panel to the white card base, added some foam to raise the white embossed area and added the sentiment with some liquid glue from GINA K DESIGNS.
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