I’m back with another Design Team card for the latest Cupcake Inspirations Challenge. It took me a while to work out what I wanted to do for this prompt. I went back and forth on a couple of ideas, but then I came up with this one and knew it was what I needed to do! I’m glad I chose it because I love how it turned out. It’s simple but striking nonetheless.
This week’s challenge is sponsored by Lawn Fawn who are providing a $25 gift certificate to a lucky randomly chosen winner. I used a Lawn Fawn stamp from my stash for the sentiment of this card.
I started by quartering a piece of Tim Holtz 8.5×11 Distress Watercolour Paper. I got this paper in a card kit several months ago, and chose to use it as it is much whiter than the other watercolour papers I have.
With my watercolour panel prepared I added a wash of water across it, leaving a slight boundary around the edges. I added it fairly roughly at the edges as I wanted the line to be somewhat natural looking. I then started adding in colour using my Gansai Tambi watercolour paints. I began with a wash of 64 Blue – the lightest blue I was using. I then dropped in 66 Menthol Violet and 67 Deep Blue to build depth in the colour. I then set the panel aside to dry.
Once it was almost completely dry I added another layer of colour. This time I added it in as random segments of each colour, allowing them to merge at the edges. Again I added the three blues until I was happy with the depth of colour, then set it aside to dry. This time I let it dry completely, and in fact left it until the following day.
I then wanted to add-on my stars to complete the night sky look. I made a thin mix of 10 White with water, put some on my acrylic block, then flicked it all over the panel with a paintbrush. I then repeated the process with 95 Silver.
Whilst I let my splattered sky dry I moved on to creating my sentiment. I trimmed down a piece of vellum to a 2.5cm tall strip, leaving it long enough to wrap around the back of my card base. I then stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder.
I used the lines on my grid mat to help me line up the sentiment strip on my panel, folded the ends of the vellum around the back, and used double-sided tape to stick it in place. I then adhered the watercolour panel to a side fold card base.
Like I said at the beginning of this post, I really love how this card turned out. The watercolouring went so much better than I’d imagined! Asides from the difficulty I had with adhering the watercolour panel to the card base this card was a lot of fun to make. I can see myself doing more of these. It’s a sweet, simple Christmas card. I actually have an idea for a different sentiment to do for it, but I would need to build it myself with letter stamps and I didn’t have the patience for that this time. Maybe one day!
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Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)