Thursday, August 31, 2017

Color Burst trials

Today, I'm playing with making backgrounds for cards with Color Burst powder.  In this first one, I used 2 colors of the powder onto wet watercolor paper.  I allowed this to air dry overnight.  I think too much water muted the colors and they blended more than I desired.

In the second sample, I added only one color of the powder to dry watercolor paper, then lightly sprayed it with water.  There were some bare spots, so I added more powder and sprayed it again.  After this, I partially dried it with my heat tool.
It looks a bit like there's some blue in the finished background, but I only added the Burnt Orange powder.  Now, to try to make some fall cards from these backgrounds.  Stay tuned for results.

Watercolor rose

I'm still playing with the watercolor backgrounds that I made earlier.  This card also uses some new dies to cut out layers.
The rose and leaves were made with a set of layered flowers by Papertrey Ink.  I placed the rose on oval dies by Die-namics from My Favorite Things.  The outer rectangles are cut with Sizzix dies.  I tried really hard to get all the little dots punched out around the edges.  The Hello is a die from a set by Impression Obsessions.  I finished off the rose with some clear Wink of Stella pen for some sparkle.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Watercolor anniversary card

I've been working on creating cards with the watercolor backgrounds that I created earlier.  This background was a little dark and busy and many designs didn't work well with it.  I thought that gold embossing would show up, but didn't.  I filled in the heart, flowers and leaves with pearlescent watercolors.  It took several layers to make them show.  I even added some clear Wink of Stella pen to the heart for some sparkle.  The sentiment was completely lost in the background, so I stamped it on white cardstock and added a red frame to cover the stamped sentiment.  I also added a gold ribbon to anchor the sentiment.

I used Sizzix rectangle dies to cut out the layers.  I didn't notice until card was assembled that the pierced holes didn't punch all the way through.  I'll have to pay more attention the next time I use these dies.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Warm wishes

I'm continuing to make cards with the watercolor backgrounds that I created earlier.  This card is for a male relative who has a birthday soon.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Dragonfly watercolor

We've been in monsoon season here in the desert, with wind, thunder, lightning and rain.  This has interfered with my card making.  I have managed to create a new card with the background I made earlier with watercolor.
I managed to make a trip to a nearby city and went to a craft store.  I bought some new Memory Box dies to make this card.  The grass and 2 dragonflies are on one die and the 3 smaller dragonflies are in another set.  I already had ordered the sentiment dies that contain the Hello.  This card is completely flat, with looks like it may have some depth.  I have some other new toys that I'll try to use later.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Salted & wrapped watercolor

I decided to use some old, but never used stamps.  This set is by Papertrey and is called The Sweet Life.  It's made up of clear stamps and dies to make roses and leaves with 3 part stamps.  This has been a learning progress for me.  First, I made some backgrounds, using the salted & wrapped watercolors.  He's one in progress:

The top photo shows the wet watercolor with salt and plastic wrap added.  The lower photo shows the finished product.  I cut these backgrounds down to card size and looked for solid color cardstock to add a frame.  Then I started stamping and cutting out the roses and leaves in various colors.  Here's my results so far.

My next step will be to turn these into assembled cards.  I did complete one for a birthday card, but forget to take a photo before mailing it.

It's now afternoon and I managed to assemble one card to show you.