Wednesday, January 29, 2014

January Stamp Club card #2

Whitewash Watercolor Technique

I loved everything about this card when I saw it! It is a CASE'd card - but I don't even know from whom anymore. Sorry!

I loved the colors, I loved the technique, I loved the paper, -  the whole shebang!   I'm happy, too, that both stamp clubs loved it as much as I did!

The card is made primarily of the colors Night of Navy and Gumball Green. (Reminder: If you are a fan of Gumball Green it will only be around until June! It is an "in color" from 2012 - 2013 and will be retired since it has been with us for two years. So, stock up now on ink pad refills, ribbon and card stock!)

The card measures 4 1/4 x 11, and we folded it in half at 5 1/2. We then opened the card up and cut the front flap in half at 2 3/4".

The Designer Series Paper is from a retired paper stack - that was glued on next. The Gumball Green stitched ribbon is wrapped all the way around the card and tacked down with adhesive.

We stamped a greeting from the stamp set Sassy Salutations onto Very Vanilla card stock. That was then layered onto a slightly larger piece of Gumball Green card stock. We also glued a Very Vanilla postcard on the inside of the card.

Doing the flowers was the fun part! We used the flowers and leaves from the Secret Garden stamp set. I have been wanting to try the technique called "whitewashing watercolor", and it works perfectly with this stamp set!

Here's what you do: (Son's video camera broken - so a picture tutorial will have to do!)

* Stamp image in VersaMark ink or white craft pad.  (We used Crumb Cake card stock) Sprinkle with white emboss powder and heat emboss.

* Drip white craft ink refill into pad lid or  other plastic container.

* Use aqua painter to "whitewash" (cover the whole image white). Do not squeeze your aqua painter! Don't worry about the image lines - just cover the whole thing white.

* When dry, apply lines of color with a marker -you do not have to color the whole image! Using your aqua painter, (Do not squeeze it !) blend the color from the lines.  As soon as the wet paintbrush hits the marker line, it spreads out! Instant artist! 

You can always go back and add more color and re-blend for more shading.

Don't worry about blending over the image lines. They are embossed, remember? Those lines are going to resist all of the ink application! 

Oh! PS: The middle of the flower was just colored in with Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight markers - nothing fancy -no blending.

The beauty of this technique is that putting the whitewash down first does two things:
a) It enables you to add color to even dark card stock!
b) Even after adding more color and blending with more water from aqua painter, the card stock does not "pill"! (Did you ever have that happen when you blended something with a blender pen too much and the paper gets too wet and little balls of paper form?)

** After applying the whitewash it must be dry before adding marker. You can speed up the process by using a heat gun, but be careful not to overheat, causing you to "deflate" your image lines.

Flowers and leaves were cut out using the matching Secret Garden framelits  for the Big Shot. (Thank goodness for the magnetic platform on this one!)

Glue them all on, popping up the center flower. Tie the card shut with ribbon, and you're good to go!

One of the videos I viewed said that you could also use a blender pen for this technique. I tried it but did not have good luck, so I stuck to my aqua painters. You don't need too much water - that is why keep repeating not to squeeze them!

You can find everything you need to make this card on my Stampin' Up! website!

And click "shop" at the top.

Any questions?
I'm happy to help you!

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