Howdy, crafters! Today I have a card for you that I made with a special friend in mind: she surprised me last year with a box of goodies and just before 2015 came to an end, the mailman rang and delivered another huge box of crafty goodies to me that she had sent to me as a surprise. I don’t even have words to express my thanks to her, but I thought I’d create a happy card to cheer her up since she’s going through some rough health issues at this time.
The card itself was inspired by two cards I saw online: first of all, Francine Vuilleme created this amazing card with a water colored elephant and then I saw Debra James create a similar card with a water colored bear. Now, I have tried to create water colored rainbow cards in the past and I failed miserably. I ended up with an unattractive mess of brown patches and a high frustration level. This time, I put my brain to use before I started and dragged up the old color theory I was taught in school. You know what the trick is? Follow the color wheel!
Even though I used two different types of watercolor markers in the video, you can easily just use one type of watercolor medium. I am totally afraid of using wet or fluid colors (like picking up color with my brush from the Gansai Tambi color pans) so using markers is my preferred way of working with watercolor. You could also use your Distress Markers or your ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers. As long as you follow the colors in the color wheel as I explained in the video, you will achieve the same effect.
Before I created this card, I actually spend an entire afternoon practicing this technique. So don’t feel bad if it doesn’t work out immediately, it’s a little bit tricky but the results are so worth it. If you have any kind of masking fluid, I strongly recommend using it for this technique. I tried it on different kinds of watercolor paper and on each of them the colors started to feather beyond those stamped lines.
Thanks to the masking fluid, you can prevent the color to seep beyond the stamped lines and get nice and crisp results. This was especially important to me since I knew that I would have my Brother Scan ’n Cut cut the elephant out for me. If the lines would’ve been fuzzy, then the machine would have cut the shape out fuzzy as well.
After I had mounted the elephant on my card base, I used a Mini Mister filled with water into which I had mixed Perfect Pearls to add a lot of sparkle and shine to the elephant. It really looks gorgeous in real life. I could have done it before I had mounted it to the card, but of course I didn’t think of it then 🙂 Just one word of caution: since you are using watercolor, be careful when you spray your colored image. The water in the mist will reactivate your watercolors and maybe make them run.
This sentiment is of course from the wonderful stamp set designed by Jennifer McGuire and is just perfect for the person that I’m sending it to.
I hope you got inspired and you will give the rainbow water coloring a try. It’s definitely not an easy technique, but I think a little bit of practice will let you master it quickly and you will get breathtaking results.
Catch you again soon and have a wonderful weekend!
This card is going off to Addicted To Stamps and More “Make Your Mark”.