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Exploring the Secret of a Using a Watercolor Background for a Dramatic Card

Today we'll be Exploring the Secret of Using a Watercolor Background for a Dramatic Card.

If you missed Tuesday's Watercoloring Background post...check it out here....

Today we're creating a very dramatic look with that same technique--using the Water Painters and the coordinating dies for the Hand-Drawn stamp set...


This card uses the circular application of the ink giving a softer look and the black die overlay making that image pop! With simple changes to the colors used for the background you can quickly create a multitude of glorious cards.

Remember the secrets to good watercolor backgrounds & avoiding "pilling"  of the paper:

    *work quickly

    *don't apply too much water

    *don't go over the same area many times

I'm going to give you step by step directions followed by the Supply list so you can purchase your supplies today.

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1. Cut So Saffron 4 1/4 X 11, score long side at 5 1/2 (card base).

2. Cut Coastal Cabana cardstock 3 7/8 X 5 1/8; adhere to card front with liquid glue.

3. Cut Water Color paper 3 3/4 X 5

    *Place a couple of drops of reinker in the lid of the corresponding ink pad (or other flat container) : Coastal Cabana, Melody Mango, and Granny Apple Green

Ink pads + reinkers

    *Assure water is loaded in broad flat brush, swish through ink blending in a bit of water and "paint" on the area of the cardstock targeted (see photos). Blend over the edge of the colors so they flow together.

    *When paper dries adhere to Cabana layer with liquid glue.

   4. Die cut the flower bouquet image from Basic Black cardstock (Banner Blooms dies)

        *Stamp "Wishing You ..." in White Craft ink in banner section, sprinkle with White embossing powder, heat with heat tool until shiny white.

        *Adhere die cut to card front with dots of liquid glue

        *Adhere 2 large & 1 medium rhinestones to flower centers.

Your card is ready for sending!

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