Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Just Keep Swimming....

Hello Friends! Today, I'm sharing another card featuring a watercolor technique. I am sooo in love with watercoloring! I hope I'm not boring you with my posts. I just love it so much.

For this card, I tried a simple technique and it really is something that anyone can do. It's quick and easy, and you don't even need to use a paint brush. Take a look at the card and then let's talk about it...click on the images to enlarge them.

I had been wanting to create an 'under the sea' themed card, using this specific watercolor technique. So, I did a Google search for a free digital fish image and lots of images popped up. I selected an image I found HERE from The Alley Way Stamps. There are lots of freebies on this page, just scroll down for the fish. I started browsing around the site, and I had to chuckle, because one of the design team members had already created a card using the same technique and a similar fish! Plus she had a video to go along with it. You can see that card HERE, created by the EXTREMELY talented Vicky Papaioannou. If you've never visited Vicky's blog, you must. You will be amazed at her skills. Not only is she a fabulous card maker, she is also THE QUEEN of art journaling! My daughters and I are so inspired by her art form, that we have decided that this summer we will start art journals of our own.

Okay...back to the card!

TECHNIQUE TALK: To create this SUPER easy background, I pressed a Distress ink pad onto a craft sheet, sprayed the ink with water and then laid my water color paper on top. I lifted it, dried it with my heat tool and dabbed it back in the leftover ink. Simple. As. That. Try it! You will get a different result every time. Remember, there are no right or wrong ways to do this. Just have fun with it.

I printed the fish, in varying sizes onto watercolor paper and I used Distress markers and water to color them. After they were dry, I fussy cut them out and adhered them to my background piece with dimensional adhesive. To finish them off, I added some sparkle with a Wink of Stella glitter brush and then gave them some personality with the addition of a googly eye. The sentiment is also a FREEBIE and I just printed that onto white card stock and die cut it with a Lawn Fawn die. Of course I had to add a few sequins, I'm obsessed with those right now, as well. I used some from Lawn Fawn and Pretty Pink Posh. Lots and lots of sparkle on this one! Yay!

The size of this card is 4.25 x 4.25, so I had to create an envelope for it using my envelope punch board. That was really fast and easy. I didn't want an envelope punch board when they first came out, now I'm so glad I have it. I can make my own coordinating envelopes in a flash and that helps use up some of my HOARD of patterned papers. I am starting to believe that one can have TOO MUCH paper! Oh my word! I have drawers and drawers of it. I purchased my punch board from Hobby Lobby and I used a 40% off coupon. It was under $12. Good buy!

This was such a fun project and I really want all of you to try this water color technique. Here's the thing...you don't need Distress ink pads or even water colors for this. If you've got water-based ink pads, that's really all you need. That and some water color paper and a non porous, water proof surface. I've included Vicky's video, so you can see just how easy this technique is. Enjoy!

That's all I have to share today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate the visit.


digital stamp: Fish and sentiment(The Alley Way Stamps)
card stock: 110lb white(Georgia Pacific)
specialty paper: 140lb watercolor paper(Strathmore)
patterned paper: 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack(Stampin' Up!)
ink: Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, Spiced Marmalade(Ranger)
dies: Stitched Journaling Set(Lawn Fawn)
bling: shimmer spray(Blessed Designs by B)  Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)  Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)  Peace, Joy, Love sequins(Lawn Fawn)
other:  Rusty Hinge Distress Marker(Ranger)  googly eyes from my stash


Jeanne said...

Thank you, Barb, for this fabulous post! I will be checking out the video. You've made it sound so super simple that maybe I wouldn't mess it up(I am SO watercolor challenged). I'm saving this post and hope to try it very soon. Tired of your posts? Absolutely never, my friend!! *Ü*

Sheila H said...

Barb, this card is super cute. I love the fish! Your background is perfect. It's so cool that you made an envelope to match :)

loyaz said...

Love this card - thanks for all the info on the technique