Hi friends! Lately I've been feeling a bit stuck when it comes to making cards. Do you ever feel that way? Some days the creativity flows more easily than others. Other days I make a card and think, "oh, that's crap!" Yes, it really does happen! I have been making cards for years and while I love it, some days I just don't like it. I have been thinking that I need to "play" around a little bit more and break out of my comfort zone. Essentially, I need to experiment. There are so many things I have yet to learn when it comes to the art of papercraft. I need to dust off my distress oxides and alcohol inks and get over my fear of them being too messy. Art IS messy. But, more importantly art is beautiful. I'd like to take some coloring classes using both alcohol ink markers and colored pencils. I want to watch more tutorials about how to create certain fancy folds.
There is a lot that I could learn to do, and the thing is, I know that I CAN do it.
I just need to take a leap of faith.
For the first time in a long time, I spent the past weekend doing a lot of crafty experimenting.
Today's card is one of those experiments with watercoloring. Watercoloring is something that I have not been comfortable with.
Yet I see so many beautiful heat embossed images that are watercolored and the results are stunning. With a little bit of time and a whole lot of patience I learned that watercoloring is really not all that hard!
P.S. - Yes, you are only seeing the final result here and not the gazillion other unacceptable roses I threw in the rubbish!
*Full supply list at end of post.
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Crumb Cake cardstock. Using the Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Nesting Rectangles I cut the largest rectangle out of Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in the lower left corner using Lovely Lipstick ink and adhered this mat to the card base. On watercolor cardstock I stamped the two roses and leaves in Versamark ink and heat embossed all the images in gold embossing powder. Once cooled, I die cut the images. I began to watercolor the roses in an ombre pattern (from light to dark) in Grapefruit Grove, Flirty Flamingo and Lovely Lipstick ink. I watercolored the leaves in Old Olive ink. I adhered all the images to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals and added a coat of clear Wink of Stella to the roses and leaves for added sparkle.
The beautiful sentiments used on today's card were from the "Choose Joy" stamp set from Papertrey Ink:
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!
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