Today's card is my October creation for the Mix It Up Challenge Blog where "anything goes", but we also have an optional theme of "Watercolors" this month and I used sketch #340 from Try Stampin' on Tuesday where the optional theme was "Petite Patterns".
This card is made on a top folded vertical white A2 card base and the pattern papers from my stash were chosen for their colors and because of the "Petite Patterns" they showcased -I think they came from SU. The metallic layer is a pretty platinum and I think it came from Creative Memories at one time. The stamp set is another oldie from Stampin' Up too. As you may be able to tell, I have had a hard time parting with these gorgeous holiday stamp sets over the years, lol. It's hard to make holiday cards when it is still so hot outside, but I know that if I don't start now, I will never get them all done!
Since the technique of the month at MIUCB is watercoloring, I tried out something that I've been wanting to do for quite a while now...I applied the Distress Ink colors directly from the inkpad onto the stamp, stamped it onto the watercolor paper and then blended the ink like watercolor paints using a waterbrush. I was really pleased with how nicely the ink moved on the watercolor paper and love how it turned out!
Then I re-stamped the image using Versamark ink and heat embossed it using Holographic powder to give it a gorgeous sparkle and shine. I then watercolored the sky and the shadows using Distress Inks.
I love how the inks watercolor blended so nicely, yet still maintained a good bit of the images stamped details!
To stamp the sentiment, I used a post-it note to mask off the bottom of the saying before I inked it up so that I could capture just the first line for the card front...trimmed it out and popped it up with mini foam dots. I wish the photo would capture the sparkle better, but you can catch a glimpse at the top of the largest pine in this picture.
Inside I masked the sentiment again -doing the reverse this time and masking the top part so that I could stamp only the bottom two lines and watercolor washed a little blue behind the dove. The embossing I did on the dove tells the story of why I now have ordered myself a Stamp-a-Majig after 15+ years of having resisted doing so, lol. The re-stamping with the versamark was much harder to line up than the card front because I didn't have the edges of the paper to use as my guide -hence it is waaay off, lol! Oh well, it just adds to the hand-made charm of the card and makes it look like the dove is in motion, right? - at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it, lol!
Until next time~