Happy Tuesday! Today I had a ton of fun experimenting with watercolors, pigment ink and a new Mama Elephant "Up and Away" stamp and die set (well, new to me that is). I created two cards. Yes, two!! I had so much fun making the first one... so I decided to make a second card since all my supplies were out. These would make great baby cards. I have several friends who are expecting babies in the next few months. Some know the gender and others are keeping it a surprise.
I really wanted to make a watercolor background and I've been intrigued by the Bokeh effect that I've seen on Instagram and in YouTube videos. This was so much easier to do than I expected!
- Kraft Card Stock: 4.25"W x 11"H, scored at 5.5" mark
- Pink and Blue Card Stock: 4"W x 5.25"H
- White Card Stock: 3.75"W x 5"H
- Watercolor Paper: 4"W x 5"H, then trim down to 3.5"W x 4.75"H
- Mama Elephant Up and Away Stamp and Die Sets
- Yellow Baker's Twine
- Spellbinders Back to Basics Tag Die
- Homemade Circle Stencil
- Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink and Soft Granite Shadow Ink
- Ranger Distress Inks:
- For the Pink Card: Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade
- For the Blue Card: Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade
- Start with all the watercoloring... this way you can let your watercolor background dry naturally.
- Tape the watercolor paper to a hard surface using painter's tape or washi tape. I used an art board (similar to the back of a clipboard). The water tends to warp the paper, so having it taped down helps keep the paint in place. Apply a clear coat of water using a clean brush over the entire surface.
- Spread the distress inks on an acrylic block. Using a paintbursh, gradually add each of the colors to the wet watercolor paper. I like to start with the lighter color and go darker. Since I was using three different colors... I went in rainbow order. Just because :-)
- Here's a picture... sorry the lighting isn't that good
- Once the background has dried, use the pigment ink and a circle stencil to apply the Bokeh effect. I didn't have a stencil, so I made my own using a sheet of plastic and various sized circle dies from Sizzix.
- Use different degrees of pressure when applying the dots. I like the small ones to be the most visible so I used more pressure there. Here's what it looks like. Once it dries, the pigment ink lightens up a little, so don't be afraid to push hard.
- While all that was drying, I colored the rabbit from the stamp set using copic markers. I used C00, N0 and N2 on the main body and accented it with R20 in the ears, cheeks and feet. I used R20 and R22 for the pink flower and Y000 and Y21 for the yellow flower.
- Die cut the rabbit and fussy cut the flower.
- Stamp the sentiment on a white tag (I used a Spellbinders die to cut out this tag).
- Tie some twine on the end of the tag
- Cut all the paper down to size and adhere each layer. Add the sentiment, rabbit and flower to the front using foam adhesive.
Here are the two cards:
Enjoy and have a GREAT day!