Thursday, March 3, 2016

Springtime Hello in Watercolor

After reading about the Can You Case It Color Challenge #109, I decided to make another spring card. The colors are a lovely combination. When I use a landscape orientation, I like the card to open from the side rather than at the bottom. If the recipient wants to stand the card, it provides more stability.

A panel of watercolor paper was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with aqua embossing powder. The panel was then water colored, dried, cut to size and edge sponged. Then it was adhered to a panel of white and a card base of Tempting Turquoise cardstock. Making a paste with water and white craft ink, a brush was used to splatter a very small amount of white on the card. Also on the watercolor paper, an area of stripes were painted and another area of flowers, which were cut away from the adhered panel. The stripes were die cut into a tag and adhered to two additional layers of tags. The tag was decorated with a smaller tag, the die cut greeting, a gem and the ribbon. It was then backed with foam and adhered to the front of the card. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with the spare watercolored flowers after they were fussy cut.

Close up of embossed flowers:

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Techniques: Watercoloring, die cutting, fussy cutting, heat embossing, embossing resist
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials:
Cardstock: Watercolor, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, White Craft
Misc.: Dimensionals foam

Other Materials:
Stamps: Lil' Inker Designs "Inky Flowers"
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs "Dotted Tags" & Paper Smooches "Hello Words"
Misc.: Recollections embossing powder (aqua), Studio G gem, ribbon from stash


  1. This is awesome! I love the technique you used - will have to try that at some point because the effect is spectacular. Colour scheme is gorgeous and the card is one that any recipient would be proud to say, "Look what I received!" Beautiful work, my creative friend.

  2. Total awesomeness! Love the combo of stripes, dots and flowers! Thanks for joining CYCI :) Eva

  3. I absolutely LOVE this Melanie! Your watercoloring is just beautiful, your background and flowers are perfect! The die cut on your tag is so pretty too. :)

  4. Awe, such a lovely watercolored background. Beautiful work! Thanks for joining us for this Can You Case It? Color Challenge! --Elizabeth Jeanne (Happy Stamper)

  5. Awesome card! Love the watercolour and embossed background! Thanks for joining at CYCI this week!! :) - Mandy

  6. Stunning...and to think I'm afraid of watercoloring too. Maybe we should get together for both the watercoloring and the mixed media. Beautiful card. I read your blog, but I want to see the techniques. Clear your dining room table I'm going over this week.