I’ve been enjoying embossing with dies recently, so when I was trying to think of one layer card ideas for my 10 cards 1 kit video with the Simon Says Stamp April card kit that was a technique that came to mind. I ended up not using it for that video as I decided to only use the stamp set for those cards, but as I’d had the idea I thought I’d go ahead and create it anyway. I combined the die embossing idea with watercolouring on dark card stock to create this very shiny card!
I started by working out how I wanted my card laid out. I then ran the brown card base through my Big Shot with the Rainboot Planter die from the kit. I used an embossing mat with the embossing sandwich to make sure I would get an impression rather than cutting through the card.
I then started on my colouring. I used Gansai Tambi Starry Colours for the colouring, as they are really pretty against dark card. (You can see another example of this on the floral card I created here.)
I started with White Gold, which I used to colour the boots themselves. I did the main portion of the front-most boot first, then the cuff of the back boot. This way I could avoid the colours running together. I put my colour most intensely on the left-hand side as the highlight area, and faded it out towards the areas I wanted the shadows to be.
For the flowers I chose to use the red gold, and then I used Blue Gold for the leaves and stems. I went with Light Gold for the soles of the boots, and finished my painting with a soft layer of Champagne Gold for my shadow beneath the boots.
Metallics really do look fantastic on dark card stock, don’t you think? Whilst I’m by no means an expert at watercolouring, and definitely still have a lot to learn, I think this is a really fun technique and I really enjoyed making this card. It’s not perfect, but it’s handmade so I guess it doesn’t have to be! I hope you enjoyed this technique and like the card. And I do still have one other video/blog post planned for the April card kit which I will hopefully have up sometime this week (I’m hoping tomorrow but I’m not sure that’s realistic) – I hope you’ll check back to see it!
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