The watercolor card background on this project is so gorgeous and you will not believe how easy it is to make!
We love a pretty watercolor card background – the way the colors blend, the lovely movement watercolors offer. Well, THIS card takes that to an entirely new level and when you see how easy it is, we suspect we will be spending a LOT of time in the Color Burst section of our warehouse! Read on to learn Melinda’s magical method and prepare yourselves to want to do nothing but stamp!
Melinda started by stamping our Fall Twig Background stamp onto watercolor paper with Versamark and then heat embossed it with a mixture of gold and clear embossing powder. Melinda says that you can use any embossing powder or mixture and this technique will be every bit as magnificent.
Melinda then wet her entire panel – you can use a watercolor brush or mister.
She then sprinkled her Color Burst powders randomly using purple, yellow, orange, red and dark blue. She sprayed the surface wherever she felt the pigments weren’t “blooming” or moving enough and tipped her paper here and there to get the colors to move as she envisioned. When she loved what she saw, Melinda set this aside to dry completely.
While it was drying she made her mini slimline card base from a piece of white card stock and cut another piece of white card stock with the 2.88″ X 5.38″ die from our Mini Slimline Nested with Stitch die set. She then used our Thanks Word With Shadow die set to cut the shadow portion from a scrap of gold metallic card stock and the script twice from scraps of black, adhering all three together with liquid glue.
When her watercolor card background piece was completely dry – remember, damp paper cuts with “fringe” and dry cuts crisply – she cut it with our MSLI Rectangle Stitch die.
She adhered her three rectangles to her stitched die cut piece with some dimensional adhesive. PRO TIP: Melinda says she found it easier to adhere the center piece first and then the two on either side. She also says to use some liquid glue on the sticky part of your foam tape to give you a little time to nudge everything into perfect alignment.
Melinda adhered her assembly to her card base with her tape runner and after popping the sentiment die cut to span two of the watercolored elements, no doubt did a little happy dance when she saw the spectacular card she’d just created!
We are pretty sure that once you make this watercolor card background once you will return to this gorgeous technique over and over! Melinda mentioned to use that she is planning to use the basic layout with some of the designs in our Rubbernecker Paper Pads, too – what a GREAT idea!!