Hi, Sparkle Lovers! Donna Ellis, here, with the sweetest of friendship cards appropriate for little girls ages 1 through 101!
This card might look difficult, but I promise, it was easy!
Most of my cards ARE easy because of my fumble fingers, but they sometimes take a little patience. On this fairy sweet card, it didn't matter if any mistakes were made - everything all fit together just fine no matter what!
I have used three types of watercolor techniques in this project because it was fun. I'm sure you have lots of watercolor products in your stash, and wonder why you needed them all - but I have discovered that each product has different features that make them indispensable!
(how's that for justifying the purchase of our art supplies!)
- I started with watercolor paper and sprayed it with water, lightly saturating the paper. Then I softly "seasoned" the moist paper with Atlantis Burst Watercolor Shimmer Powder. Wish you could see this in person. If you enjoy playing with mediums, this is a must have for your stash! It's truly shimmery! After applying the powder, I spritzed a bit more water, moving some of the color with my heat tool, and allowing the rest to dry on its own.
- Then I inked up Stampendous 6x6 Blossom Scroll rubber stamp with Versafine Clair Pinecone ink and dredged with Gold Tinsel opaque embossing powder. I love the glittery sparkle! While you cannot see the defined outline of the stamp itself, I knew it would make a lovely mosaic of "uneven", sparkly color in the background:
Watercoloring the image:
- The darling fairies were stamped with VersaMark and heat set NOT with white embossing powder, but with Sparkle Semi Transparent embossing powder. Instead of being a plain white medium, the outline now has sparkle to it!
- The watercolor resist technique was employed using Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon Distress inks applied as watercolor.
- With Tombow Markers I scribbled a little pink and flesh colors onto an acrylic block and applied to the fairies with a water brush.
- They were then die cut. I also used the silhouette as a halo on the left side (but isn't the silhouette adorable all on its own?)
Note: I ran the fairies through my xyron machine, but any adhesive would have worked:
And that Gold Tinsel opaque EP is amazing!
Wish you could see it in real life.
The Turquoise vellum was torn down one side and distressed with VersaMark ink before being heat set with the Gold Tinsel EP
Even the sentiment is sparkly. It was stamped with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair, dredged with Mediterranean Star opaque EP, and heat set.
The Tuscany Star line's formulation is great for fine detail images, distressing, or bold image coverage. They are my favorite EPs in my stash:
I had fun using the vellum and punchinella in overlapping layers (is that a redundant statement?) giggle.
Finished card is 6x6 at flat for mailing:
- Sentiment: Happy Flowers 840 rubber stamp set (also available digitally with matching digital papers)
- Background Stamp: Stampendous 6x6 Blossom Scroll
- Tonic Fairy Reflections Fay and May Huggable Fairies Stamp, and 2-part silhouette die set
- See all the Tonic Fairy Reflection characters here
- Glitter: Starfire semi transparent ultrafine glitter
- Embossing Powders: Melon Twist Semi Transparent (brads), Gold Tinsel opaque, Sparkle Semi Transparent (fairies watercolor resist), Mediterranean Star opaque (sentiment)
- Watercolors: Atlantis Burst Watercolor Shimmer Powder, Color Burst Watercolor Powder, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon Distress inks applied as watercolor on the fairy image
- Cardstock: Punchinella strip, Turquoise vellum, Aqua Coordinations, Watercolor, Neenah Solar White
- Other Dies: Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish
If you would like to see larger photos, please visit my personal blog and click on the photos.