I have a new obsession, Mica watercolor! I was watching one of Kristina Warner‘s youtube lives and she was using the most beautiful handmade mica watercolors. So of course I went right over to Etsy and purchased a set, Iuile Watercolor by Jeanie. Now, you should know, I have been pondering the Mica watercolors for several years now. Always at Christmas time. In years past I have been able to talk myself out of them. But, this year I just couldn’t resist anymore!
These watercolors are definitely an investment. Just like any quality watercolor. But, let me tell you they are well worth it!! First of all, the mica colors are just fun to use. Secondly, the colors are rich and vibrant. And, finally who doesn’t love shimmer and shine!!!
As you can see. The pigments show up well on creamy watercolor paper or black watercolor paper. I was looking for bold color. So, I went with black watercolor paper. The paper I used is Van Gogh Black Watercolor Paper.
After deciding which paper to use. The Next step was to pick an image and heat emboss it onto the watercolor paper. I decided on the winter floral mix background stamp by Simon Says Stamp. The embossing powder I used is my favorite! Hero Arts brass embossing powder. I use this embossing powder all the time!!!
Now it was time to watercolor my background! Iuile Watercolor was just super fun to use and surprisingly easy to work with. One key thing to know is you really have to give the water and pigment time to mix before you start painting. Encouraging the two with your brush helps.
When I was done watercoloring. I made two different cards!!! I really don’t want to waste one bit of the watercolor background!
- This card was heavily inspired by a card design from Online Card Classes, Day 2 of the Holiday Card Workshop 2021.
- The background is stamped with a poinsettia from Unity Stamps in Cranberry ink (Concord and 9th) on School House Red (Simon Says Stamp).
- The pearls are Exotic Onyx (Studio Katia) and Matte Gold (Pinkfresh Studio).
- The sentiment is one I have had a while, Birch Press Sugar Script. It is die-cut from leftover black watercolor paper and I added Star mica watercolor on top.
Here’s a up-close of the shimmer and the background stamping. I love how the settle stamping adds elegance to the card!
The second card just might be my favorite card I’ve made in a very long time!
- This card uses a classic design that I go back to over and over.
- The Spruce Paper is embossed using a Diagonal Stripes hot foil plate (Pinkfresh Studio)
- The Gold and Spruce Paper is from The Paper Source.
- And that adorable foil sentiment is from Picket Fence Studio, unfortunately, it is long retired.
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Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you have a few minutes to feed your creative soul!