The Global Design Project is celebrating there 100th challenge! I remember how excited I was when this challenge started! I was even more excited to participate in that very first challenge. Now, 100 challenges later we are all celebrating the designers.
Each designer designed a card. Those of us playing along, are picking a designer to case. What fun! For today’s card I picked my friend, Brian King! His clean line card is amazing. I love the pop of gold he used!!!
I love the clean lines with the marbled background! And the bold focal point is awesome!
I knew that I wanted to use a metallic as part of my focal point. So, while thinking about what stamped I wanted to use I also thought about what would look awesome in metallic. I decided on a new stamp bundle in the upcoming Holiday Catalog (available September 1) Pick a Pumpkin bundle is beautiful and has a pumpkin in the dies I know I wanted to guild! Perfect!
I wanted a basic background that would allow the pumpkins and gourd to shine. I went to my default background technique, and ,adequate a watercolor background! I sed the ink refill for the watercolor. Initially, I was just going to use two colors and make a soft background. But, the watercolor had something else in mind. I love how the unexpected addition of Tempting Turquoise is to this Pool Party and Tranquil Tide background.
I have several pictures to share with you today . They will show you the process I used in making my watercolor background.
The first step is to gather the supplies up that our will need! You will need watercolor paper, ink refills o your choice, a aqua painter, versamark ink, a heat tool, and embossing powder. I also used a clip board and some painters tape.
Let’s talk just a second about watercolor paper. Watercolor paper comes in three forms normally. hot press, cold press, and rough. Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper is cold press paper. For this particular project I wanted a paper that had more tooth. So, I pulled out some rough paper. I am addicted to watercolor paper and use all three types. Hot press is awesome for stamping because it has a smother surface than the other two. You could make this card with Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper without any problem
The first thing I did was to tape off a border on the watercolor paper. I used my grid paper to help lign it up straight. I did not really press down my tape to the grid paper because, I transferred the whole thing over to a clip board.
The next step was to use my aqua painter to add water to the paper.
The next step, is to start adding color! I started off with Pool Party. I added a few drops of ink and water to a flat dish. Using a aqua painter, I added the color. I started with up and down strokes. Then dropped in color in a few spots
At this point, I used my heat tool to dry the paper. After each addition of color the paper was dried with a heat tool. This added some harsh lines between layers of color
The second layer of color was Pool Party and Tranquil Tide. The color was added in the same fashion. By starting with up and down strokes, them dropping in color.
Again, I heat set the panel adding definition between layers of color.
The final watercolor step was to add Tempting Turquoise ink and Pool Party ink. This layer was added with almost a dry brush. Again, using an up and down motion with the Tempting Turquoise. Then I added a little more water to my brush and added Pool Party ink.
Watercolor always looks it’s worst right before it looks good. So keep going and practice. Practice is key in learning how watercolor works. The final step is to heat set the watercolor one last time. Carefully, remove the tape.
After the watercolor panel is dry, it is time to add the copper embossing. To do this you will need embossing power, versamark ink, and a heat tool
I used the edge of the versamark ink pad to add inkto the paper. Then added the embossing powder.
At this point my embossing looked quite messy. So, I used a paint brush to swipe away any unwanted embossing powder. Then used my heat tool to set the embossing.
I love the final results! The copper really adds a fun fall feel to the background. It also brings in the copper guiding flakes used on the pumpkin.
I love to watercolor and don’t get the chance to use the rough paper very often. I love the results of the inks on this paper. The difference in color between this panel and the one on the card is that this one turned out darker. That’s because, I used less water in my ink dishes. Also, no two watercolor panels will ever come out exactly the same.
- The images were stamped and die cut out. The small pumpkin in Peakaboo Peach. The gourd in Bermuda bay. The fun leafy flower thing in Tranquil Tide on Pool Party paper. The large leaf stem is die cut with Tranquil Tide paper. The small curly q is die cut with soft suede paper
- The large pumpkin is die cut out and has gilding added to it. I used mostly copper. But, there is a little silver and gold also. I used whisper white paper and added the new adhesive sheets to both sides. Then cut out the die. And added the leafing to one side. The same process was used for the large curly q
- The card base is Soft Suede with a copper layer on top
- The final steps was to decorate the envelope!
Thank you for sticking with me through so many pictures! I know it was a lot, but I really wanted to share with you my process. Hugs to you who stuck around!!!
Below os a list of products used. If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up!, products used, or today’s card feel free to contact me via email at [email protected]
I have a new class registration open. We will be using the Coffee Cafe’ and Merry Cafe’ stamp sets! The class is August 26th from 1-3 at Westside Coffee Place & Café
The Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1st!! If you would like a copy just let me know via email. I will be happy to send you one! The Pick a Pumpkin bundle will no doubt be popular for fall crafting. And because it’s a bundle, you save 10% YEPPIE.
The Carols of Christmas Early Release is now available for you to purchase. You are going to love this set so much. It is my must have from the Holiday Catalog. It is amazing!!! So very easy to use and just simply perfect!!! It will remind you of why you love stamping in the first place. The stamp set pairs with the Card front builder dies! These dies rock!!!! They will make every Holiday Card sing in glory!!!!
There is a Paper Pumpkin sale going on and it is pretty sweet! This is definitely the time to join!!!
Won’t you join me in celebrating Global Design Project 100th challenge!!!! I hop hope each of you have an awesome day! Let’s all be creative every day and share it with those around us! And just incase you are wondering who won the very first Global Design Project Challenge, you can check it out here!