Hello everyone! I can’t quite believe that it’s nearly half way through September, so I wanted to share with you a card I made that is bright and cheerful, bringing some of the summertime back! It was a really quick card to make, I decided to use my Kuretake Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens on this card as they are a fab water-based marker, ideal for this watercolour embossed technique. Everytime I mention Zig that Spice Girls song ‘Wannabe’ comes into my head, Zig a Zig ah…..lol!!!
First I trimmed down my watercolour paper to 17.2cm x 12cm and to prep for heat embossing I gave the paper a good rub with my Stampin’ Up Embossing Buddy. Next I decided on the stamp I was going to use, I chose a beautiful dandelion stamp from Woodware Mini Flowers and using my Versamark Ink I randomly stamped the flower several times over the watercolour paper then sprinkled over my white embossing powder. Taking my heat tool I heat embossed the flowers, its quite hard to see the flowers at this stage, but its a great technique with watercolour as it stops the markers/paint bleeding out too much. This is the exciting part, adding colour! Using my Zigs (there goes that song again!!) I added colour to the middle of the flower then using my Pental Aqua brush pen (its a clear brush pen that you put water into the barrel – can be used instead of paintbrush and water) I brushed the colour out towards the edge of each flower. Wait until it dries then go back in with more colour in the middle to add a bit of depth to flower. The colours I used here were Cobalt Blue (031), Yellow (050), Light Carmine (021), Light Green (041), Turquoise Green (042) and Light Violet (081). I would highly recommend these Zig brush pens, the colours are so vibrant and so easy to use, you can colour without using water if you wanted.
To finish off I added a touch of Kuretake Wink of Stella to each flower to give a bit of sparkle and I popped some coloured stickers onto some of flowers. Now it was time to add the sentiment, I took a strip of vellum and wrapped around card and stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up Happy Scenes onto a piece of the yellow card that I was using for the card base. Next I adhered my watercolour piece onto a 5 x 7 card base with some foam tape. I thought yellow was the perfect colour and there you have it, I did say it was bright and cheery! Hope its brightened up your day!
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