Recently, I had some fun watercoloring with my Stampin’ Up! inkpads. I had so much fun that June is now officially Watercolor Month here at Jacksoki. All month long, I’ll be bringing you watercolored cards. Starting with a pair of his and hers cards featuring one of my favorite Paper Smooches images.
Let’s start with the Hers card. To get that soft “watercolored” look, go slowly. Wash color over an image, let it dry, and then add another layer of color where you want to add shading. Letting it dry between layers creates those pretty lines in the color. For this card, I went “clean and simple” letting the image stand out against a white background, and embellishing it with just a strip of grid paper inside the card and a single stamped flower. A bit of Glossy Accents on the headlight adds a bit of cool shine.
Just Because Card recipe: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White; Patterned paper: American Crafts Amy Tangerine Yes Please; Stamps: Paper Smooches Spiffy Scooters and Word Up sets, and Stampin' Up! Raining Flowers set; Dye ink: Stampin' Up! Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, and Regal Rose; Solvent ink: Jet Black StazOn; Other: Glossy Accents and watercolor paper.
Side note: I love Stampin’ Up! inkpads for watercoloring. Yeah, I may be a little biased, but the flip-back top is ideal for creating little pools of ink in the inkpad’s lid. Just press the pad and the lid together before opening the inkpad, and then don’t lock the lid under. Voila! A nice, neatly contained watercolor palette. I like to use an Aqua brush for watercoloring, but you can also easily use a regular brush and a little cup of water. I tend to spill… so the water reservoir in the Aqua brush is a good idea for klutzy Kim.
And now for the His card. Here, I went with an eclectic look, pulling in a wood accent, some enamel dots, a die cut, and a sticker to embellish the card. But, more importantly, this is a good example of how monochromatic watercoloring can make this technique work well for a masculine card. Watercoloring definitely leans more toward the girly side, since it’s such a soft look. I used three different shades of blue on the scooter and I think this card would be a fun one for a guy. (Especially with the strip of “cork” paper inside the card. It’s a little hard to see in this photo.)
Hey! Card recipe: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White; Patterned paper: Studio Calico Spencer's card kit; Stamp: Paper Smooches Spiffy Scooters; Dye ink: Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, and Pool Party; Solvent ink: Jet Black StazOn; Sticker: BasicGrey Hey You; Digital die-cutting files: Studio Calico April Flower Bits; Enamel dots: BasicGrey Basics; Wood veneer accent: Studio Calico Front Row scrapbooking kit; Washi: MT; Corner rounder: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.
Thanks for visiting! I hope you’ll pop by next week for another watercolored card. And, if you like the idea of focusing on one technique/idea per month, let me know.