One of the best classes in “Clean and Simple 3” was taught by Dawn from Wplus9 on the faux watercoloring technique. I’m still struggling a bit to get it right, but even practice is so much fun, I’ll be trying this again and again.
I masked off the center area of the card with a die cut from a masking sheet, then stamped the flower images from the More Fresh Cuts set with Hero Arts Shadow ink. The trick was to use a Copic blender pen to create the washed out water color look.
To add a little “oomph”to the card, I used my Martha Steward punch to give it a beautiful edge. The stripe of red paper on the inside of the card ties the project together and serves as a contrast for the delicate front edge.
A close up of the faux watercoloring effect. Please note that the darker areas on the flowers are a second stamp; the stamp set is one of those that builds up. But the main flowers wouldn’t look at interesting as they do with the special technique Dawn taught us.
I also used my Tim Holtz Distress tool for the first time – I though the masking needed some more defined edges, so I took a Copic and spritzed the borders lightly.
I’m entering this card into the following challenges: colourQ #233 because it inspired the color scheme; CAS(E) this sketch #69 because it inspired the layout of the card, and The Card Concept #6 “Create a birthday card” because the intricate flowers on the birthday cake inspired the theme of the card. Specifically, I like the clean one layer styles by Tracey McNeely and Deanna Dean – they went perfectly with my homework assignment from my online card class.
- Wplus 9 Embroidered Bouquet (sentiment)
- Wplus 9 More Fresh Cuts (flowers)
- Copic Blender
- Hero Arts Shadow Inks
- Pearl Maker (red)
- Dani Peuss white heavy card stock
- Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer