Yesterday I showed you the results of my play time with new watercolors, new watercolor paper, and a new stamp. I really wanted to turned the beautiful watercolored stamped images into card, but wasn’t sure how I wanted to proceed. Then as it would happen, I watched a video by Amy Rysavy. I thought her cards were so beautiful and I wanted my images to have a pretty layout like hers. Along with the front of the card, I decorated the inside of the card and the envelope I made for each card.
I’ve been playing!! I got a new stamp set, samples of watercolor paper, and a Daniel Smith watercolor dot sampler. I stamped the images on the watercolor paper, heat embossed them and watercolored with the Daniel Smith colors on the sampler. I had a lot of fun trying out all these new supplies!! Now I just have to fussy cut all the images out and make them into cards.
I also wanted to try out the Daniel Smith watercolors on Arches cold press watercolor paper. I’ve included a picture of that too. And then I had a piece of scrap Bristol smooth surface paper so I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color the stamp set images. I’ve identified the paper type in the caption for each picture.
Legion Stonhenge Aqua Cold Press Watercolor Paper – Samples
This was a fun technique. I stamped and embossed the images on Neenah Desert Storm card stock. Then I watercolored the images with white pigment ink. Finally I watercolored the images with Distress Inks. I love the pretty pastel result.
I saw an art print in a shop recently and wondered if I could make something similar in card form. I used Old Paper Distress Ink to blend the background. Then my background stamp was embossed with gold embossing powder. The butterflies were watercolored with Distress Ink. I also made a border around the card base with gold embossing powder to match the embossing on the card.
I recently purchased a new set of waterbased brush pens called MozArt Brush Pens. I watched a few video reviews prior to making the purchase. I was looking for something similar to the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers only not as costly. The thing about these pens that really interested me is the fact that there are refills available.
I tried my new pens out on this card. The colors are really vibrant, in fact maybe too vibrant for my liking. Strong primary colors seem to be what the 20-pen set is made up of. I’m not 100% sure that I’m happy with the pens, but I will keep using them and hope to learn to like them.
I made these cute little tags for my granddaughter to sell in order to make money for an upcoming graduation trip she was planning. I used a variety of my critter and cute stamps to stamp on the tags and then watercolored the images with Distress Ink.
Strathmore 300 Series 140-pound cold press (for the tags)
I love to decorate the envelopes that go with my handmade cards!! Sometimes I design the envelopes to match the card and other times I just add a cute little image for the card receiver to enjoy. I just thought this little ‘just for you’ sign was so cute!!
When I create a card, I always make an envelope and generally decorate the envelope while I have all my card supplies out and ready to use.