Saturday, July 18, 2015

Watercolored Inlay

The card was inspired by the sketch at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #116. I enjoy doing the inlay technique and felt in the mood to make something colorful. The card is also eligible for two additional challenges so has also been entered in Aud Sentiments Challenge #136 and Can You Case It? #79.

Using watercolor paper and refill inkers I created the colorful design and ensured it was dry. An eyelet circle was die cut from black cardstock then a circle was cut from the watercolor design. The colored circle was adhered to the black circle, then the flourish was die cut from that double layer. Another flourish was cut from the glitter paper. Another circle was die cut from black cardstock, covered with tape and the glitter flourish and pieces of circle adhered, ensuring everything fit together.

The scallops were die cut and adhered to blue cardstock.  A strip of purple
cardstock was added and then a strip of the watercolor design. In keeping with the sketch requirements, a sentiment was added. The circle design was backed in craft foam and adhered to the blue panel.

A panel of purple cardstock was adhered to a black card base and the finished card front was adhered. The inside of the card was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with the flourish that was cut out of the watercolor paper.

I also oriented the card to open from the side. I enjoy standing my cards when I receive them and landscape cards that are oriented this way seem to stand better than those that open at the bottom edge.

To view creative cards, check out the challenges at Atlantic Hearts, Aud Sentiments and CYCI for challenge fun!

Techniques: Watercoloring, die cutting, cardstock inlay
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Inks: Refills in a variety of bright colors
Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, purple from stash, Strathmore watercolor paper
Dies: Spellbinders Eyelet and Classic Circles, Taylored Expressions "thanks," Lil' Inker Design "Fanfare Scallops," MFT "Leafy Flourish"
Misc.: Craft foam


  1. WOW love the colorfulness of it and the cut out, and how you used the colored cut out for the inside. Thanks for sharing.

  2. The flourish/flair you used on the outside and incorporating it into the inside is very the vibrant colors of this card. Another brave technique for you.

  3. This is beautiful Melanie!! The watercoloring turned out perfectly and your die cuts are so pretty! Love the sparkly scallops. :)

  4. Beautiful, deep, rich colours! Exquisite card. Thanks for playing along at AHSC.

  5. Love the effect and colors you created... very pretty... and I'm a sucker for the glitter! Thanks for playing with us at AHSC!

  6. Such a pretty watercolor effect. Thanks for playing at AHSC!

  7. WOW, wonderful work with that inlay technique, Melanie! Gorgeous color combo. Thank you for playing along in our "Anything Goes" challenge at Aud Sentiments this fortnight. Good luck and come play again soon.
    NanaConnie DT

  8. Fabulous project. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Aud Sentiments and good luck in the coming draw. Annie xxx

  9. Love the watercolor technique! Very pretty. Thanks for playing with us @ Can You Case It!