It’s time for a new watercolor challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. This month it is Anything Goes, with an optional twist of using a mask. There is $20 up for grabs from the HLS store for the winner. Also check out the beautiful inspiration from the Design Team this week – wow!! We are lucky to be joined this week by Tanja, who has created an utterly stunning card. Please join us in leaving her some love on the comments!
For my card this week I wanted to try out a new background stamp by Serendipity Stamps. It has the look of masked flowers which goes with the theme, except far less effort on my part :). But I did show willing – I stamped the image using Versamark and heat embossed, but I added a circle of masking paper first so that the image didn’t transfer. I created two cards, both very similar but with different colour schemes.
For both cards I used a card panel of Slate Simon Says Stamp cardstock – something nice and dark. I stamped the background using my MISTI in Versamark ink and then on the card below I used Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder and heat embossed. On the card above I used Ranger Superfine Silver.
I painted the image using my Finetecc paintsets. I have the five original sets from John Neal Books however I am not sure you can get these anymore. The sets I used were Under the Sea, Pastel Garden and Stormy Night. I have linked at the bottom to the similar set Simon Says Stamp sells. They are GORGEOUS paints. The photos don’t do them justice. They are thick and creamy, and if you use them with minimal water, you can paint onto non-watercolor paper as I did here. The trick for the full shimmer effect is to spray on a few drops of water, leave them for 5 minutes or so, spray again and then mix up a little.
While the paints were drying, I diecut the Winnie and Walter Multi-faceted circle from Neenah Solar White 110lb card stock (my circle that I diecut the masking paper from was the base for this set so they matched perfectly). I then smushed versamark all over them and heat embossed with the co-ordinating embossing powder used previously. I did this three times to get a metal-effect. I then adhered over my masked circle image with liquid glue.
For the sentiment I die cut the Simon Says Stamp You die from fun foam and Fog cardstock and adhered with liquid glue over the top. I then heat embossed sentiments from Simon’s Watts Up stamp set on a scrap of black cardstock in the co-ordinating powder, and adhered over the top.
That’s it – I was really excited to finally play with these paints. If you are able to find them I highly recommend them. They are so pretty in real life. Looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!
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