Thursday, January 16, 2014

January 2014 Technique - Watercolor Wash

What a beautiful background we created with an Aqua Painter, Re-inkers  Watercolor Paper.  By blending the inks, a professional look was born!!

Our first card I called Happy Watercolor!  This card is so versatile, you could use it for a Birthday or Just Thinking of You or even as a Thank You card. I featured some of the new stamp sets and Designer Series paper from the Occasions Catalog that just came out!  You will also noticee "Sneak Peeks" from the Up Coming Sale-A-Bration catalog coming out January 28, 2014.

Happy Watercolor
Stamp Sets:  Happy Watercolor (Occasions Catalog Page 22), See Ya Later (Sale-A-Bration sneak peak)
Ink:  Black, Soft Sky, Calypso Coral; Re-inkers: Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe
Paper: Daffodil Delight Base 4 ¼ x 8 ½, Watercolor Wonder DS 3 x 5 (Occasions Catalog Page 23) Watercolor paper 2 x 4 ¾, Coastal Cabana 2 ¼ x 4 ¾
Whisper White inside 2 ½ x 5
Accessories: Brights Candy Dots, Retro Fresh This/That Washi Tape (Occasions Catalog Page 19), Dimensions.


Here is our second card, how cute this would be for a Birthday Card for a little outdoors boy!
Watercolor Birthday

Stamp Sets:  Live in the Forest (Occasions Catalog page 21)

Ink:  Wild Walbasi, Marina Mist;

ReInkers:  Daffodil Delight, Baked Brown Sugar, Marina Mist

Paper:  Marina Mist 4 ¼ x 8 ½, Gumball Green 3 ¼ x 4, Watercolor CS 3 x 3 3/4, DS Watercolor Wonder 4 x 5 ¼, (Occasions Catalog Page 19)  Whisper White (Inside) 2 ½ x 3

Accessories:  Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape, (Occasions Catalog Page 19) Dimensions, Oval Framit (Inside), Saying is Sale A Bration Sneak Peek

And last, our Fancy Fold Card which is titled Fancy Flap!  How pretty this will be for a different looking Valentine card, no reds to be found but I just love this color combination.  You could also use this for a Wedding Card also, just change the inside sentiment.
 Here is another view when you open the flap, a new look to be sure!

 Fancy Flap Card

Stamp Sets: Hearts a Flutter

Ink:  Pool Party, Smokey Slate

Paper:  Pool Party Base 5 ½ x 8 ½, Baked Brown Sugar 5 ½ x 5, Fresh Prints DS 4 x 5 ¼ (Occasions Catalog page 33)

Accessories:  Arrow Embossing Folder (Occasions Catalog page 26), Dimensions, Sticky Tape, Retro Fresh This & That Designer Washi Tape (Occasions Catalog page 19
Like these cards?  Would you like a step by step tutorial of the Watercolor Wash Technique?  Well here it is:
Technique – Watercolor Wash
Month: January, 2014
Step 1:  Add a drop of re-inker of each color that you want to use to your palette.
Step 2:  Add water to the re-inker, adding mo9re water depending on the type of wash that is desired.
Step 3:  Spray watercolor paper with a water misting bottle to dampen the paper. This will help the colors spread and blend. Regular cardstock can be used but with watercolor paper, it will absorb some of the liquid and give you that professional look, the paper will also not bubble up from the moisture.
Step 4:  Using an Aqua Painter, Blender Pen or even a regular paint brush, wet your brush.
Step 5:  Apply ink wash from one side of the watercolor paper to the other with a single stroke. You can also go back and forth, depending on what type of design that you want. You want it to look smooth, like you’re an actual painter!!
Step 6: Clean off your brush, using paper towel and dip brush in re-inker solution and add a second stroke underneath the first.  Making sure that the brush strokes overlap.
Step 7:  Repeat until the entire watercolor paper is covered. Let dry.  It won’t take long for the paper to dry, you will also notice that the colors will lighten.
Step 8:  Stamp your main image, you will notice that the “outline type” stamps will work really well for this technique.
Thanks for stopping by, in February the technique will be Plastic Wrap Smoosh!
Take care,

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