I started by stamping the large floral image from the Floral Bliss stamp set which came in Simon Says Stamp’s Blissful card kit. I lined it up in my MISTI and stamped it in the top right corner of the watercolour panel which I had cut down to fit my card front. I then heat embossed it with black embossing powder before returning the panel to my MISTI and stamping the flowers again in the opposite corner.
I then began painting the images using the Daniel Smith watercolour paints that came with the card kit. I started with a simple wash of colour in each area, then once those dried I went back in and added more colour to build up the layers and give dimension to the images. I’m definitely not an expert at watercolouring, but I kept going until I was happy with it.
Next I got started on my sentiment. I took some snippets of the same Canson Watercolour Paper that I had used for my panel, and backed them with double sided adhesive. I then cut the “forever” die from Carta Bella’s Forever die set four times as well as the “you”, “&”, and “me” dies from the Sizzix Friendship Expressions thinlits three times. I stacked the die cuts together to create a dimensional sentiment. I then removed the backing paper from the bottom layers and adhered the die cut words onto the main panel.
I mixed up some gold acrylic paint with a lot of water and splattered it over the card panel for a bit of extra interest. I repeated the splatter effect with some black though I guess I didn’t clean my brush too well as there was a lot of gold in with the black. I also added a very light wash of gold across the words for a bit of extra shimmer. Finally with the panel complete I took some double sided tape and adhered it flush onto my card base.
Initially I felt like I’d ruined the card by adding the splatter. It didn’t look how I’d wanted it to. But actually I don’t think it is so bad after all. Overall I am very pleased with the card, and especially with how the watercolouring turned out. It’s a very pretty card, if only I had an occasion to use it for! (My husband probably wouldn’t be too interested in a floral anniversary card.)
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