Thursday, May 11, 2017

Watercoloring with Dye Ink

05/16/2017 Update: Emerald Award winner at Color Dare Challenge #242.

Mother's Day is almost here... I wanted to make one more card - for my sister-in-law, Kathy - and use it in a challenge. Kathy, the mother of my two grown nephews, Dave and Dan, likes cards with lots of layers and shine so I think she'll enjoy the card.
The flowers were all stamped with Versamark and heat embossed using pearl embossing powder. Using an Aquapen and dye ink pads, the flowers were painted. Metallic gold paint was also watercolored onto the flowers. The smaller plants were fussy cut, backed with foam tape and adhered to the large watercolored flowers. The card was very lightly spattered with metallic gold paint.

The paper is warped, which is not uncommon with watercoloring. An iron can be applied to flatten it, however, the iron will often transfer the embossing powder onto the surface (i.e., ironing board). The embossing powder is part of the design in this case and I would not want to remove it. If time permitted, I would store the card overnight under a book, but I had to mail it right away. Once the card goes through the mail, the warped paper will flatten:
The main element of the card was backed with black cardstock leaving a very thin mat, then adhered to the card base. The sentiment was die cut and a few translucent dots were added around the sentiment. Because my own mother passed away a number of years ago, I have never purchased any stamps to celebrate the day. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and a stamped flower.
The pearl embossing powder and the gold paint visibly shine in this photo:

This card is being submitted to:

1. Color My Heart Color Dare #242

2. The Crafter's Café #172

3. Crafting from the Heart #158

4. Aud Sentiments #179

Techniques: Watercoloring, stamping, fussy cutting, die cutting, heat embossing
Size: A2

Stamp sets: Stampin' Up! Fabulous Flora & Helping Me Grow
     CTMH Desert Sand (background)
     CTMH Canary (substitute for CTMH Lemon)
     CTMH Pear (substitute for CTMH Willow)
     SU! Sweet Sugarplum (substitute for CTMH Blossom)
     SU! Peach Parfait {retired} (substitute for CTMH Tangerine)
     Finetec Pearl Watercolor Set (Fine Gold)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Sweet Sugarplum
Paper: Stampin' Up! Watercolor
Die: Penny Black "Just for You"
Misc.: Kool-tac clear foam tape, Stampin' Up! Aquapen, Nuvo Jewel Drops (lime green), WOW embossing powder (Pearl)


  1. Great use of utilizing your CTMH inks and good choices for the closest to some of the newer inks you don't have. Beautiful card, love all the heat embossing and coloring and oh my love all the layering. Thanks for joining us again this week at Color Dare, always look forward to your inspiration.

    1. I know you will love this next week's color challenge, hope to see you again.

  2. What a gorgeous card - the watercolouring is stunning. All the layers add so much depth to this card and the touches of gold actually give it a soft look as opposed to being "in your face" as gold can often do. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful creation with us at Colour Dare. BTW - I have heard (but haven't tried it myself) that you can iron watercolour paper to flatten it after it has been painted... perhaps something to consider for next time?

    1. Thank you, Alyson. I always enjoy your comments and suggestion. I have been told that ironing the watercolor paper will flatten it without damaging the watercolor artwork, but ironing will remove the melted embossing powder from the card, transferring it onto the surface, i.e., ironing board.

  3. So pretty Melanie! I love the colors that you used...and you are so right, watercoloring often curls the paper. But it will flatten again in the mail. :) She'll love it!

  4. Very pretty, love the inside too. Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge. Elaine

  5. Lovely flowers on this pretty card, Melanie!

  6. Beautiful Beautiful flowers! Love this! Love the colors and design!

  7. Gorgeous card, Melanie! So glad you were able to share it with us at the Color Dare challenge blog. Thanks for taking so many pictures from different angles too. Looking forward to seeing your next Color Dare creation.
    :) Marie

  8. Sorry for being late commenting but have been on a week's holiday interstate. Love your colourful card. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting from the Heart Challenges.
    Hugs, Sandy DT