Watercolor Valentines

I promised some watercolor Valentine cards and wanted to share what I’ve been working on over the last week or so…

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These Valentines feature products from A Muse Studio, including the From the Heart stamp set and Scallop Heart dies out of the January Collection. These items are only available through January 31, 2016, but you can still get them HERE while there’s time.

So lets have a look at each card and I’ll describe how I created the watercolor background for each, using my Peerless Watercolors, which I talked about in more depth earlier this week in THIS post.

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For this Valentine, I started with a panel of watercolor paper & a mask. I cut a panel of regular copier paper the same size as my panel and cut the smaller heart from the Scallop Heart die set out of the center of the copier paper panel and taped it down over the watercolor panel. I then applied a layer of rubber cement over the heart shape in order to mask off the heart-shaped area. I removed the copier paper and once the heart-shaped rubber cemented area was dry I proceeded with the watercolor wash.

I took a square-ended brush and wet the area that I wanted to watercolor, then dipped my brush into some paint colors I’d arranged on my paint palette. I brushed these colors over the rubber cemented heart and let them blend naturally, starting with pink and using warmer tones as I moved toward the bottom. I like the free-hand, organic edge to the background created by wetting the area without a taped edge.

Once the background was dry, I rubbed off the rubber cement with my finger and used an archival black ink stamp pad to stamp the sentiment which is from the From the Heart stamp set. For the word “you” I just took the “You Make My Heart Happy” sentiment and only inked up the “you” before stamping it onto my project. I used some twinkle stickers and sequins to add a little bling.

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For this Valentine, I cut a small panel of watercolor paper and using Versamark ink + a background stamp image from the A Muse Studio Mod Backgrounds 2 stamp set I stamped the background and heat embossed it in clear embossing powder. I then taped the panel to a clip board (so I can move it around, instead of taping it to the desktop where I can’t move it) and washed over it with a paintbrush and some clean water. I then added some various blue watercolors to the wet area and the heat embossed design actually resists the color and shines through the background.

Once the panel was dry I cut some hearts using the Scallop Hearts dies, cut a sentiment strip and arranged these pieces on the panel. The button and twine + a few tiny sequins finish off the card.

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This last background was really fun to make!  I taped a panel of watercolor paper that was larger than an A2 card front (so that I could cut it down later for my card panel) to my clip board and wet the entire piece with my brush. I then dabbed on blue and pink paints, allowing the color to blend and puddle on the paper. Once I decided the panel had enough wet color, I placed a stencil I had from Hero Arts, on top of the wet watercolor and taped down the edges of the stencil to the clip board to hold it down. I allowed this to dry and when I came back to it a little later I pulled off the stencil and this background was the result. I love how it sort of fades to nothing toward the bottom.

To finish the card, I used that scallop heart die again to cut a white heart and the same stamp set, From the Heart, for the sentiment, stamping it in Ranger Archival black ink. I made a little nest of gold string I had in my craft stash and stuck that down on my project with a dab of adhesive and then using foam tape, attached that white heart over top. I finished it off with a few tiny sequins and twinkle stickers.

All of the cards in this series were created with neutral colored card bases to help the watercolor panels pop! I’m having fun exploring this watercolor medium and particularly love the Peerless watercolors. I have a few birthday cards coming up that showcase more watercolor, and another technique, which I will feature in a future post!

If you have any questions about how these cards were made or have comments on the cards please let me know in the comments! Would you like to see more? What about a card video? I’m thinking about creating videos of my card-making process and if this is something you’d like to see please let me know.

Until next time…

Clean and Simple Sunday No. 121

So many beautiful stamp sets retiring this year, it’s hard to know what to showcase! I chose Sunny Side of Life for this week’s Clean and Simple Sunday card…

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I started with a panel of cold press 140 lb. watercolor card stock and our gorgeous Peerless Watercolors. Once the watercolor background was created and completely dry, I used our Ranger Archival black ink to stamp the silhouette images and sentiment. I could have glued the solid panel to the Slate base card but I thought slicing it into horizontal panels added some interest, along with a few Bermuda sequins to give it some shine.

I hope you’re enjoying the Progressive Sale on the retiring stamp sets!  Please share any questions in the comments!