Swirly Watercoloring

Wow is life exciting for me today! My sister, who lives in another country, has come to visit for just a few short days. We never know when we’ll have the opportunity to see her again, so these days are so precious.

Whenever she visits, we usually plan to chill. I don’t like doing a whole lot since she’s usually tired from her flight, anyway. Hanging out and chatting over tea is always fun. Such a treat to have her visiting! I have big smiles on my face as I’m writing this post.

Getting’ Wild with Watercoloring

For my card today, I was feeling a bit over-the-top. Must have been my excitement over my sister’s visit. I haven’t done Watercolor Washing lately, and I was ready to have a go at it!

Handmade Card using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Whenever you do this technique, you never know how it’ll look in the end, especially when trying new color combos. I always start with a hope and a prayer. LOL. But, the truth is that it’s just paper, so if the color combo doesn’t work, it’s really all good, right?

Color Combo

My color combination for this card is Emerald Envy…which you probably already guessed. But can you guess the second color? I did the other color first and then added the green Emerald Envy to it. (I told you this was scary! Who knows how it would work?!) But joy of joys, it worked great! The other color was Bermuda Bay.

And my secret was that when I had the idea to blend colors, I actually used scrap paper first. LOL. I tried some color combos that REALLY didn’t work. But the Bermuda Bay married nicely with the Emerald Envy.

Handmade Card using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

How to Make this Card

To make this card, I started out with Watercolor Paper. I cut the paper a little larger than what I wanted for the finished card so I could trim any stray edges.

  1. This step is optional – adhere Watercolor paper to a scrap paper with washi tape so that the paper doesn’t curl when it gets wet.
  2. Stamp the images from the Swirly Bird stamp set onto Watercolor paper with versamark. My card has swirls and also the random dot image placed throughout. Start with the biggest image first, then fill in with smaller swirls and random dots.
  3. Using clear embossing powder, heat set images.
  4. With your AquaPainter, paint the entire card stock with water. Next add Bermuda Bay Ink. When the Bermuda Bay dries (you can use your heat tool to speed this this up) add Emerald Envy over top of it. Let dry.
  5. If you adhered the watercolor paper to scrap paper, remove and trim edges of watercolor paper.
  6. Embellish as desired!

Have fun with stamping

To me, this type of stamping is so much fun. I had a ball making the card and putting together different colors. It does take a little longer to make than other cards, but it’s also more fun, isn’t it?

I’m off to enjoy more time with my sister! Thanks for stopping by.

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Swirly Bird Suite
Paper: Watercolor, Emerald Envy, Bermuda, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, AquaPainter, Hello You Thinlits, Metallic Sequins

Birthday Blooms is Stunning Watercolored

Do you have the same “problem” as me,  some stamp sets get used and used and yes, used again? Birthday Blooms is a stamp set I reach for again and again. Sometimes I use the large flowers, other times I use just the sentiments in the beautiful fonts. For the card below, I used both!

Later in this post, I’ll be discussing my vacation. But first I want to tell you about the card!

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up, Watercoloring and Emboss Resist

Watercoloring is one of my favorite techniques. I also love to emboss. When you put them together, you have a technique called “Emboss Resist” or “Watercolor Washing.”

Below is a video I made on how to do this technique. It’s striking, isn’t it?

I first embossed the image using versamark ink and white embossing powder. I embossed on Shimmery White cardstock (my favorite for watercoloring. It shimmers, after all! Gotta love it.) I then used my AquaPainter to color in the flower.

  • Crushed Curry for the the center of the flowers
  • Watermelon Wonder for the outer flowers
  • Wild Wasabi for the leaves
  • Soft Sky for the area around the flowers

Here is a close up:

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up, Watercoloring and Emboss Resist

Isn’t it a fun technique? I chose the yellow Crushed Curry ink for the center because I love the coral color that it turns into when it meets up with the red Watermelon Wonder ink.

The “For You” sentiment is embossed onto vellum with Copper embossing powder. I used vellum so it would have a soft effect and not detract from the flower. You can also see through it to the soft sky ribbon under it.

This effect is gorgeous and I hope you’ll give it a try!

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up, Watercoloring and Emboss Resist

My Vacation

Last week I went on vacation and unplugged. This was huge for me and it was something I really needed. I stayed in Upstate New York, in the mountains. It was beautiful!!! Here’s a view of the Hudson River. I took the train up from Maryland, and rode alongside the Hudson for two hours. It was a treat!

hudsen

While on vacation I did a lot of reading. I was lucky because the place where I stayed had a library. It was gorgeous and there were little cozy areas to read throughout the library, along with gorgeous views. I could not focus on my book, I kept gazing outside, at the beauty around me. Can you blame me?

librarywindowseat

This picture shows some flowers and just one of the gorgeous views.

scene

I did one thing that I’ve wanted to do for months now. Since reading Henna House by Nomi Eve with my book club, I’ve been obsessed with Henna. The book talks about the history of Henna, the meaning of it, and the beauty of it. There was a Henna artist at the spa, so of course I had to book an appointment. I asked her for a meaningful design with swirls. Here’s what she did.

henna

The Henna was the icing on the cake for me. I loved it and I was so thrilled to experience it. The artist explained that the design was for new beginnings, specifically used in India. Every time I glance down at my hand I smile and remember something wonderful about my vacation. It was a great trip and who knows, maybe I’ll make this an annual vacation?

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Paper: Shimmery White, Vellum, Soft Sky
Ink: Versmark, Soft Sky, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi
Other: Soft Sky Ribbon, Copper Embossing Powder

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Love,
Rina

Watercolor Washing – Card #1

If you are into stamping, I know you’ve seen the Watercolor Washing effect. It’s HOT right now. Lots of trendy cardmakers are using this technique, and I can see why.  It is incredibly beautiful. There’s something so perfect about it’s imperfect look. It’s grungy, yet pretty.

Below is one of my first cards that I made using this technique.  On Friday I’ll be posting a video on this technique.  The video discuss all aspects of the technique and is almost like taking a class. I know you’ll love it, so be sure to check back.

I posted the video this past Sunday for my Creative Challenge (to learn more about my monthly challenge, click here) and they are so excited and thrilled to try it.  Love those women 🙂

car

To make the card, I first adhered Shimmer White card stock to a clip board with washi tape. Doing this prevents the paper from warping as it dries. I then brushed water all over it. Using an aqua painter with Crumb Cake and Blushing bride ink, I randomly brushed color over the cardstock. I added drops of water (you can see them under the car) for added interest. And to be honest, just to play and see how it would look 🙂

carcu

The car is embossed on Shimmer White, too. (I am loving Shimmer White for watercoloring. It takes the ink and water very nicely.) I then fussy cut it out, added some silver thread, and put the car over top of the design with dimensionals.

I’ll be showing you more examples using this technique.  It is SOOOOOO much fun.  I hope you’ll give it a try.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Beautiful Ride
Paper: Whisper White and Shimmer White
Ink: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Smokey Slate
Accessories: Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat Tool, Aqua Painter, Silver Thread

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XOXOX,
Rina