Today is the first of a fun three day hop, the theme of which is Under The Sea. I thought I’d have another play with pigment powders and stencils (did you see my recent post showing Four Ways To Use Pigment Powders With Stencils?) to create an easy watercolour background for my first project for the hop. This is a hashtag driven hop and you can find more entries on Instagram and YouTube by using the hashtag #ThursdayUnderTheSea.
I started my card with a panel of watercolour paper for creating my background. I coated it with water, then sprinkled over Sea Green Brusho powder. The powder wasn’t moving quite as much as I would have liked so I spritzed it with some more water, then also used a paint brush to help get the paint moving.
I used the cooler setting of my Wow Dual Speed Heat Tool to dry the paper, then smoothed it into the colour remaining on my craft mat, which added more texture and interest to the panel.
In order to create a wave look on the background I laid the Rainbow Pattern stencil from Skull and Cross Buns onto the background and spritzed water over the stencil. I then removed the stencil and used a piece of kitchen towel to sop up the water, which also lifted some of the colour creating a tone on tone pattern to the background.
I dried the panel again, then trimmed it down in my Fiskars Paper Trimmer and cut it in half diagonally. I only wanted one of the triangle halves, so I set the other half aside into my scraps pile to possibly use on a future project.
Next I die cut a circle of vellum and stamped around the edges with the shoal of fish from Lawn Fawn’s Mermaid For You stamp set. I stamped with embossing ink, then heat embossed with Glassy Ocean embossing powder, from the Dockside Trio set, this time using the hotter setting on my heat tool.
I stamped the narwhal from the same stamp set onto a snippet of white card with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink then coloured it with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers before fussy cutting it out. I then used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the narwhal onto the vellum circle and set that to one side.
I used the same Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to attach the watercolour triangle panel to a white card base, then used the line of the panel as a guide for stamping my sentiment. I repeatedly stamped the waving hello sentiment from Mermaid For You with embossing ink, then heat embossed with the Glassy Ocean embossing powder that I had used for the fish.
With all the elements ready all that was left to do was adding my narwhal and vellum circle to the card. I put foam adhesive behind the narwhal so that I could pop the circle up without the adhesive showing through the vellum.
This card was so fun to make, and though it did take a while to make it was comparatively quick as watercolour backgrounds go. I also really like the colours on the card. The embossing powder I used is new to me, and I think it is really pretty.
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