Are you ready for the February Fun & Crafty Blog Hop? We’re watercoloring this month and I decided to use my new Stampin’ Up Watercolor pencils. They are so fun and easy to use and give great results. For this card I started with a top folding cardbase of Rich Razzleberry cardstock that I layered with a piece of watercolor paper that I drew straight lines on with Watercolor pencils in a plaid pattern. I then used a waterbrush to add water to the pencil doing all the horizontal striped and when they were dry I painted water on the vertical stripes giving it a soft watercolor plaid.
To give it some extra interest and texture I used something I discovered by accident. Have you ever try to lift the color directly from a watercolor pencil with your brush and looked down at your paper to realize it now had specks of watercolor on it? I remembered doing this and grabbed my Early Espresso pencil and did this on purpose to my plaid watercolor background. I then stamped the Beatnik chick from the Hey, Chick sale-a-bration stamp set on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and colored it with the watercolor pencils. When I added the water this time I was very sparing because cardstock will warp and pill if you use too much water. I cut out the chick with the new Stitched Shapes Dies and a Rich Razzleberry mat from the Layered Ovals Dies. I stamped the Hey Chick sentiment with Archival Basic Black directly on the background paper and added some die cut butterflies from the Affectionately Your Designer Paper using the Timeless Tags Thinlits dies as accents ( I added some gold wink of stella to the butterflies to give them some shimmer)
For the inside of the card I added the egg from the Hey Chick set and a sentiment from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set. To finish off the inside I added a little watercolor detail.I got my idea for this from a leftover scrap from when I trimmed down the plaid background. See what I mean? My scrap was only a few inches tall but I could achieve the same effect on my inside piece of Whisper White. Now my card was ready for a personal note before sending a sick friend. Forget to hop on to the next stop below.
‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!