Sunday Funday| Watercolor Card

Watercoloring on regular cardstock!

If you have tried this, you know it can be a very tricky process, as the too much water and your paper warps, tears or your color washes out. If you don't add enough water it's like painting with mud, at least in my experience.  Join me and my crafty friend Michelle as we share our watercolor cards for this Sunday Funday post. 

I decided to use my water-based dye inks and waterbrush to create my watercolor background. How this works is by simply smooshing the ink from the pad into a non-absorbing surface. I used my All-purpose mat, which is a non-stick mat that easily wipes clean for use with most of my messy projects! [The all purpose mat allows for plenty of work area as it measures 20" × 15". A few perks are its non-slip underside and that it is heat resistant up to 240° F (115° C)] 

There are a few waterbrush styles to choose from, small, medium, in a round tip, or a flat medium tip, I prefer to use the medium round tip waterbrush.  Once the brush is filled with water, I squeeze the brush to push the water through the tip of the brush and drop into my ink. 

For this card I used Lagoon ink, and black ink, which Close To My Heart Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads are made with pH-neutral dye-based ink with an in-lid pad that ensures ink is always close to the surface. This pad also features a convenient magnetic closure so you can open your stamp pad with ease. Bonus you can refresh your stamp pad using Exclusive Inks™ re-inkers for continual vibrant stamping!!!! 

Now it is time to add the paint to the cardstock, the cardstock I used is White daisy and is NOT made to handle water well. That being said, there is a wide variety of high-quality 12" x 12" papers for all your crafting needs available. The colored cardstock has a white-core, is two-toned comes in 42 exclusive colors, kicker there are a variety of specialty papers, including glitter paper, kraft paper, and watercolor paper! What works for me when using regular cardstock to watercolor on is to work quickly , do not wet the paper first, and add watercolor in small batches and with my heat tool quickly move and dry it at the same time. 

For this card, I splattered darker shades of the Lagoon ink and Black ink once the watercoloring was dry. Once completely dry, the white daisy was cut to 4" by 5 1/2", and added foam tape to the back before adhering to my card base. 

Let's talk about the the stamping...The sentiments "it's your day" and " happy for you" come from the celebrate today cardmaking workshop kit. This kit includes all the materials and easy-to-follow instructions to create 16 standard size cards, 4 each of 4 designs. One of the best features of this kit is the Stamp + thincut set that is included. 
So this sentiment is embossed using - wait for it - Lagoon water-based dye ink on velum specialty paper.  Super easy first step is to ink your stamp in VersaMark™ Ink Pad, then into your water-based dye ink color, for me it was VersaMark ink then Lagoon water-based dye ink. Coat this in a CLEAR embossing powder and you have a beautifully embossed image in any color you want. 
How is this even possible? Because  the versamark is an archival watermark ink pad for heat embossing, it clings to your stamp and does not transfer to water-based dye ink pad...instead it picks up the ink from the pad, and when stamped on your project it lays on top of the colored ink, allowing the embossing powder to cling and be heat embossed! Make sure you are grabbing the VersaMark watermark inkpad and clear embossing powder, otherwise this will not work. 

Finishing touches, adhere some glue dots behind the sentiment on the velum paper, there I attached the silver embellishing thread.  This is a Metallic thread that come in 10 yards increments, its very fine to work with and while doable isn't the friendliest when it comes to creating bows, as it slips through its self, hence the mini glue dots!
A thin strip of patterned paper cut at 5 1/2" by 1/4" from the celebrate today packet, is found next to my watercolor piece. This paper collection is fun and comes with 6 sheets, 2 each of 3 double-sided designs; 12" × 12" plus ½" zip strip!!! 

At the bottom of the vellum circle, you can see a strip of Soft Pink Shimmer Trim, which is a favorite of my because it is adhesive-backed glitter trim; and comes in 5 yards, ⅜" wide. No card is complete without some Silver Glitter Gems.  

Thank you for stopping by, don't forget to head on over to Michelle's blog and see her watercolor card creation! 

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