I love seahorses. There is something about them that is graceful, calm, and quiet.
This card was made using a technique demonstrated by Betsy Veldman on the Papertrey Ink blog’s Make It Monday feature. Her technique enables you to make quick and easy water-colored backgrounds.
I adapted her technique by dragging the water color all the way down to the opposite edge of the watercolor cardstock using a wet flat brush. Her technique drags the wet brush about two-thirds of the way down the paper and then ends. I wanted to create an entire front panel of color which is lighter on the top, just like the light in the ocean as you get nearer to the surface of the water. I used Betsy’s technique as I mentioned above and then flipped the card front 180° so the lighter end was on top. I also worked the ink a little more than she suggested.
Nevertheless, her technique produces beautiful results! I love Betsy Veldman’s demonstrations of techniques. She is such an artist. Thanks Betsy for the inspiration!
How I made this project:
View Betsy Veldman’s technique here: Papertrey’s Make it Monday #327 – Ombre Watercolor Backgrounds for the technique I used (modified a bit) to make the card front.
Supplies used in making this project:
- Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Salt Air: Flora stamp set; Papertrey Ink: Salt Air: Fauna stamp set; Papertrey Ink: Salt Air sentiments.
- Inks: Papertrey Inks (darkest to lightest): Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores; Aqua Mist; Versamark ink for stamping the sentiment (later heat embossed).
- Cardstock: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor cardstock (for card front); Neenah Solar White 110# (for card base).
- Other: Hero Arts: white embossing powder, foam ink blending tool.
Hope you like this project and seas the day!
This card represents some of my favorite go-to techniques. I made this card for the SSS Flickr Challenge #71 which requires you to make a project using your favorite technique(s).
I’m not really a heavy user of a lot of different tehnqiues. I love what others can do with the latest techniques, but I’m usually slow to adapt to the latest cardmaking trends. Some of these trends such as watercoloring take a lot of time to master and do effectively. I love watercolor techniques, but I’m still trying to develop my eye for watercoloring.
Several of the techniques I rely on often are represented in the card above. I love the emboss resist technique and die-cuts!
Details of this project:
- My Favorite Things (MFT) Bundles of Blossoms Background stamp
- Simon Says Stamp (SSS) Birthday Bits stamp set (sentiment)
• MFT Die-namics: Stitched Flowers
• PTI Limitless Layers 2.5” Circle Die Collection
• Versamark Ink
• SSS Rose Apple Dye Ink
• Neenah Solar White 110# card base
• Rose/Coral cardstock (from stash) for mat
• Papertrey Ink (PTI): Rustic Cream cardstock (die-cut flowers)
• Ranger 8.5×11 Mixed Media Cardstock (card front)
• Bazzill 40lb Vellum cardstock
• Hero Arts white embossing powder
• WOW Embossing Powder in Gold Rich Pale
• Pretty Pink Posh: Metallic Gold Sequins (4mm and 6mm)
How I Made this Project:
1. Using an A2 sized piece of Ranger Mixed Media cardstock, I stamped the card with MFT’s Bundles of Blossoms background stamp with Versamark ink and then heat embossed the image with Hero Arts white embossing powser.
2. I then used the embossed-resist technique to color the background using SSS Rose Apple dye ink. The ink was applied lightly to the center of the background, and then more heavily moving outward to the edges.
3. Using a die from the PTI Limitless Layers Circle die collection, I die-cut the circle piece from vellum and heat embossed the sentiment onto it using WOW gold embossing powder
4. Three dies from the MFT Die-namics Stitched Flower die set were used to cut out flowers from PTI Rustic Cream cardstock. These flowers were adhered onto the vellum sentiment circle using micro glue dots.
5. For assembly of the final card:
• I cut down the A2 embossed-resist card panel to around ¼ inch on all sides.
• Matted this to full A2-sized card panel in a rose-coral piece of cardstock from my stash.
• The center sentiment piece was adhered to the card front using micro glue dots placed behind the small die-cut flowers.
• Gold sequins were adhered to the centers of the die-cut flowers.
• The entire finished card front was adhered to a top-folding, portrait-oriented card base.
Simon Says Stamp’s Flickr challenge #25 is a tricky one. The challenge is to make a card using a white on white style. The guidelines are to use as little color as possible on your project. I discovered that to make a white on white card interesting, you need some kind of texture or dimension.
So, I used an embossing folder to create raised stripes for the background of the front of the card. I die cut each of the flowers three times and glued them together to create a thicker flower for additional dimension. The hello sentiment was die-cut three times as well and glued together for the same reason. The stitched label was die-cut from 60# vellum and used as a base for the sentiment for additional textural interest. The flowers were all die-cut from linen textured cardstock, though the photograph does not pick up this detail as I would have liked.
My only color is the addition of silver sequins which only adds to the tone-on-tone look.
Hope you like the card.
Supplies used in making this project:
Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Hello (from Painted Words die set); Simon Says Stamp: Calliope Flourish die; Paper Smooches: Frame 1 die; Paper Smooches Wise Dies: Flowers 2.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base; Linen-textured cardstock from my stash; Bazzill 40# vellum.
Other: Lifestyle Crafts: Stripes embossing folder; Pretty Pink Posh: silver sequins.