It’s that time of the month again – it’s our Happy Little Stampers watercolor challenge!! How fast did August go people??!! It zoomed by. As I write this, the US is grappling with Hurricane Harvey over in Texas and Louisiana. My heart goes out to the people struggling there. If you aren’t local, there is a lot you can still do – Sandy Allnock has some great ideas, including what we can do with our cards, over on her blog if you are looking. I’ll certainly be sending out cards as she suggests.
Onto this month’s challenge – this month as usual, Anything Goes, but our optional twist is ‘Spritz’. There is $20 up for grabs for the winner to spend in the Happy Little Stampers store. For my card this month, I grabbed my Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Mist. I bought it a while ago and this is the first time I’ve really had a play with it and WOW. So many cool effects you can achieve.
What do you think?? For this card I trimmed out some Canson XL watercolor paper and just spritzed away with the mist. It comes out quite thick so you don’t get such a diffuse spatter effect that you would get with an ink or water based spray.
I found I had to move my hand back and forth a little to make sure I didn’t just get a big puddle. It takes a little practice. (And to avoid spraying it all over your desk!!)
I allowed the mist to dry naturally which can take a while if you got some big glops like I did. When it’s shiny and no longer tacky you can foil it. I chose for my first card Decofoil in Iridescent and WOW look at it. Depending on where the light hits it, it can look flat silver, blue green water, or burning firey liquid. It reminds me a little of mercury. The great thing about the foil is that it also resists water, so you can watercolor straight over it and you get the effect I have here.
For my second card i did the exact same thing and instead this time used rose gold Decofoil. The watercolors I used were Mijello Mission Gold and I used shades of pink/purple on the first and blues in the second. I first spritzed the card with water and then used a large brush to blend stripes of colour across the piece, allowing it to blend for a softer look. I then let it dry naturally.
The foil in a couple of spots just needed a light dab with a paintbrush with clean clear water on it to gently move off any dried paint spots. To finish the cards, I adhered the panels to a 100lb Neenah Solar White card base with double sided tape. The sentiments I used are both dies from My Favorite Things which I cut out 5 times each from black cardstock and adhered them together, then adhered them to the front of the card with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.
For the first card I heat embossed in Ranger Superfine silver the sentiment which is from a very cool set by The Ton Stamps, and popped it up on a foam tape strip. For the second card, I used my Dymo Labelmaker to create the word ‘Happy’ and popped it up on a foam strip too. The picture above shows the foil catching the light – you can really see the spritz effect on that one as I started to get the hang of it! I cannot recommend this stuff enough! I can’t wait to play with it more – stencils next!
Please make sure to head over to the blog and join in the challenge – we are excited to see what you come up with!