I decided to branch out and give watercolor a try. I’ve always found it intimidating (mostly because I was afraid of making a HUGE mess). However, I’m happy to report that was not the case!
I started with the pigment sprinkles, an aqua painter and watercolor paper. It helps to put a few drops of water on the paper first, then tap on some sprinkles to add color. Make broad strokes across the page with the aqua painter. Just wipe the aqua painter on a paper towel a few times to clear the color from the brushes. Don’t be afraid to leave white patches or to let the colors blend together a little!
As hinted by the picture above, after the paper dried I used the punch from the floral essence bundle to create flowers. I found that the most vibrant and interesting looking flowers were created at the edges of the colors changes or where there were streaks of white.
The flowers were stamped with ink that matched the petals. The leaves behind the flowers are the same punch used on the green vellum from the perennial essence vellum cardstock. Glitter enamel dots were added to give the centers more depth.
I then cut strips of the perennial essence DSP and layered behind with gorgeous grape cardstock to create the finished look for the font of the card.
The ocean and bead theme continues… Today’s project was a shaker card with shells, coral, beads, and tiny fish. The key is to attach the acetate to your frame then use the foam strips to create a sealed box for all your fun shaker contents.
Putting this one together was definitely easier than stringing all the beads (See Seed Beads), and you can include lots of different shapes and sizes to create a dynamic card. The design can easily can be adjusted to accommodate just about any card theme.
So clearly I have gotten a little stuck on the octopus stamp from Sea of Textures and the sparkly sand dollars out of the June Paper Pumpkin. Today, I decided to create one of the seed bead cards.
Now, I must warn you… the beads are not as simple as I thought. I used a clear stretchy jewelry string that did not fit through any needles that I had, so getting the beads on the string was a little painful. I think with some tweaking, it could be a lot easier to assemble.
That being said….. I LOVE THIS CARD!! I think it’s so cute and full of personality.
The plan was to start pretty simple and then work my way up to more complicated layouts.
For these two, I created vanilla cards with early espresso rectangles to frame the images from June’s Paper Pumpkin. The first has a second frame with costal cabana cardstock embossed with the seaside textured embossing folder (retired).
The next one was fairly simple but involved more coloring. The seahorse is stamped in Pretty Peacock and then colored with the Pretty Peacock Stampin’ blends of the same color. I placed a pearl for his eye from the retired artisan collection. The brain coral was colored on the reverse with the Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ blends. The fishing net is from the Under the Seas Dies. It was cut from Early Espresso cardstock. Inner sand dollar was stamped in Costal Cabana.
The final creation for the day featured the octopus from the Sea of Textures bundle. The little fish are one of the dies in the bundle. The glittered starfish and sand dollar, coral, wood cutout, sentiment and string are all from the June Paper Pumpkin. The paper is retired DSP.