Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Watercolor Greeting

5/08/2017 Update: Diamond Award at Color Dare Challenge #241

Decided to try a bit of water coloring today...
Using Distress Inks, the ink pads were stamped onto an acrylic block, which served as a pallet. Water was applied to the watercolor paper, then the color was applied with a brush. Trying to keep the colors from running together was the challenge. Who wants muddy results! Once dry, some color was spattered onto the design and allowed to dry. Then some clean water drops were added and daubed with a paper towel to achieve different results.
The word, hi, was die cut from the design and backed in black cardstock. Craft foam was used for dimension when adhered to the white card base. A few sequins were added for shimmer. The inside of the card was decorated with the die cut from the watercolor design.
Inside of Card

The card is being entered into:

1. Brown Sugar Challenge #248
    (No image, just a sentiment)

2. Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #241

3. Crafting from the Heart Challenge #157
    (Anything Goes)

Techniques: Wet Paper Watercoloring, die cutting
Size: A2

Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Picked Raspberries, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black
Paper: Stampin' Up! Watercolor Paper
Die: Winnie & Walter "Hi" Cutaway
Misc.: Craft foam, sequins from stash


  1. Wow, I've seen tutorials on this technique but have not tried it yet...your background turned out beautiful and you have inspired me to do the same for a future color challenge. And don't forget we have a Challenge with Live Beautifully for the month of May, along with another new colorful challenge on Friday...and Sneak Peeks so you can plan ahead. Click on our side bars for easy access. You know you can always beg, borrow and steal from my stash as you so generously for me too.

  2. Pretty background, Melanie. Smart to use the cut out on the inside!

  3. That turned out awesome Melanie! Love the colors that you used and your technique looks perfect! Great card!! :)

  4. Wow, Mel - this is great! Watercolouring with a wet background and not having it turn into a muddy mess is though (been there, done that!) You created a fabulous background while keeping the colours intact! This is gorgeous and the sentiment is so striking on the colourful background. LOVE IT!

  5. Love your watercoloring! I love the way you used the positive and negative on your card. Thank you for joining us this week on Color My Heart.

  6. I love both cards!!! Thanks for playing at the Color My Heart Color Dare.

  7. Lovely cards, Melanie! You did a fabulous job of watercoloring without "muddiness" with the Color Dare challenge colors. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us this week!
    :) Marie

  8. Oh well... this is very cool! and Beautiful!! So bright and pretty! LOVE!