Sunday, February 10, 2019

CAS Watercolour February Challenge

Hi all - welcome! Just a quick blog post to show the details of my card entry for the CAS (Clean and Simple) Watercolor Challenge for this month: 
The theme was to highlight reds and pinks using watercolor in some way. I choose a simple design which could be for Valentines, birthday, new baby or just a general "sending homemade kindness" card:
Using Stampin' Up!'s watercolor paper on the rough side, I tape down a one-half sheet onto an acrylic board. Wetting the paper first with a large brush - I then dropped in re-inkers colors of Real Red, Flirty Flamingo and Powder Pink with the darkest in the bottom right and fading to the top left with a wet watercolor brush. I let dry for several days before removing from the board.
Once totally dry, I rubbed the embossing buddy over the color. Next, using Versamark Ink and the Stamparatus, I stamp the sentiment, which is the focal point of the card, several times to be sure there was a good coat of this sticky ink on the rough watercolor paper. Sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set. I did the same, but using a Clear Block, with the surrounding stars.

To finish, I cut the design out using, what else, but the Rectangle Stitched Framelit. Since the paper had warped slightly I used tear and tape adhesive generously on the back to adhere to a thick Whisper White card base. I'll store it under some wooden backgound blocks to keep it flat until I use it.

Hope you enjoy this card! You can definitely mass produce these type of backgrounds - watercolor a full sheet, just be mindful of your finish design and how you want the color to flow.

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  1. What a beautiful watercolor background, Anita! I love the intensity of your colors and the blending from red to pink! The white embossed stars and sentiment are such a pretty contrast! Love that sentiment! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

  2. Absolutely beautiful Anita!! Your background with the deep red graduating to the light pink is SOOO pretty and I love the embossed stars and lovely sentiment too! Thanks so much for sharing this beauty with us at CAS Watercolour!! :0)

  3. AMAZING design Anita! LOVE your ombre watercolouring that goes from bold red to soft pink. So very pretty! That the white embossed sentiment is fantastic. As you said, you could use this card for so many reasons. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

  4. Wow, Anita, your red and pink flowing galaxy of stars is sensational! In my mind there's a universe just like this in space! Love the sentiment, too! Hugs, Darnell CASWC GD

  5. Thank you for your great comment, Darnell♥️

  6. Wonderful effect of the red fading into pink in your background! Beautiful stars and sentiment!



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