When Shay of w&w said "delve into a topic... whatever makes you giddy" I decided I'd be delving into trends and techniques. They make me giddy! Hope you like what you see this month. I'll be posting a "Take" every Saturday. Today we'll talk WATERCOLOR.
Watercolor is not a new trend, but judging by the plethora of watercolor mediums on the market, it doesn't appear to be going out of style any time soon. What can you use to watercolor? Well, watercolors for one - the tube or pan kind. Or dye inks. Or water-based markers. Or, or, or.
On this card I've used turquoise and pink Dylusions spray inks spritzed with water for a smooshing with an acrylic block technique (a la Mayuri!) to create a watercolor background. I stitched that onto a card and added a Flawless Diamond cutaway cut from silver cardstock. I left a few pieces in for some extra brightness to go with my sentiment. It's from Wishing You.
Notice the background colors and their placement are similar to card #1, just softer (and vertical). That's because after smooshing card #1's background, I spritzed the leftover ink on the acrylic block and smooshed it onto a second piece of watercolor paper. Stamped a few tweeties from the delightful, recently released So Tweet and a sentiment as well as a snippet of stamped woodgrain from Into the Woods at the bottom too. What do you think - are the birdies falling from the sky or bouncing on a trampoline?
|Source: Adrienne Vita|
Modeled this card on an inspiration piece and stamped flora and fauna from In Bloom: Addie's Garden, Elsa's Flora and Anna's Flora in gray and then heat embossed My Precious gems. TIP: Stamp with black Versafine and heat emboss with clear powder to avoid stray black embossing powder bits all over your card.
I did some messy application of color to the stamp images. Distress Inks pressed onto an acrylic block as a palette were my watercolor medium. I applied some water and dropped in ink with a brush. Splattered the leftover ink and even used Wink of Stella on the gems to add some sparkle to this one-layer card.
And meet card #4. Watercoloring an image "rainbowed" seems popular lately. I've created an ultra-CAS wedding card using Sugar Rush and sentiments from The Big, The Bold Party and Extras. Gave it a huge portion of fun topping the cake using Distress Inks to watercolor.
Remember to leave a comment on my four Leading Lady posts (today I'd like to hear what your preferred watercolor medium is) to be in the running for the w&w gift card. I'll announce a lucky winner on April 6th.
In Take Two, we're gonna talk about the ILLUSTRATED trend...