Hello friends! This is Yana and I hope you are having a fabulous week!
With Spring being just around the corner I find myself often reaching for floral stamps and watercolors. Today I'd like to invite you to join me and create several quick watercolor cards for any occasion.
I am using the Beautiful Bouquet: Ranunculus stamp set for my floral image today. This is a beautiful floral cluster that works great for many different occasions. I mentioned I will be watercoloring my cards, so I am using Arches Hot Press watercolor paper - it is smooth and is perfect for stamping when you plan to watercolor.
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For my watercolor paints I am using Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors - Sampler Color Chart. The one I have features 238 colors, each color is added as a little dot onto the paper. There's not a ton of paint in each dot, but there's definitely enough to try the color out and see whether you like it or not. And there's also enough to do simple, little coloring. I've had this chart for about a year now, I can't say I use it very often, but I do reach for it almost every time I want to watercolor something as I just happen to love the quality of these watercolors. What's great about this chart is you can test out the colors, pick those that you like and later buy them in tubes so that they will last you much longer.
But please don't feel like you have to use these watercolors, there are many great watercolor products out there, a lot of inks can also be used as watercolors, so use what you have on hand.
To create my cards I first heat emboss ranunculus bouquet onto watercolor panel using gold embossing powder. I created 3 projects to show different placement options for one image (similar to what I shared here) and I heat embossed partial images for each card.
If you've never done watercoloring before I have one advice for you - don't be afraid to try. And don't try to make it perfect. To me watercolor is all about having little imperfections, all about having a few missed spots or colors bleeding one into another. It's a way of relaxing and enjoying the process, so don't stress, simply color.
I used only 4 colors - Quinacridone Rose, Imperial Purple, Sap Green and Phthalo Turquoise. The last one, turquoise, was used to add a bit of color to the background. You can also try using peach and light gray to watercolor the background of your project.
After my coloring was done I added sentiments. I mentioned the ranunculus floral cluster works for many different occasion cards, so I stamped several - all with different messages. I used A Birthday Hello from the Hand Lettered Hello set, Thanks for the Gift from the Hand Lettered Thanks and Happy Mother's Day from the Strictly Sentiments 4.
I also did some subtle stamping on my card bases - I continued the floral design onto the card base using Fairy Dust ink. It's hard to see in photographs as the ink color is so light, but it adds a nice touch.
I’d like to encourage you to pull out your outline floral stamp and watercolors and do some watercoloring today. Have fun, play a bit and relax!
Have fun stamping!
For your convenience, here is a list of featured supplies (or equivalents) used on today's project(s), along with links to purchase. Please note: this list does contain some affiliate links.
|Wplus9 Beautiful Bouquet Ranunculus Stamp Set Shop at: WP9||Wplus9 Strictly Sentiments 4 Stamps Shop at: WP9||Wplus9 Hand Lettered Thanks Stamps Shop at: WP9||Wplus9 Hand Lettered Hello Stamps Shop at: WP9||WPlus9 Fairy Dust Dye Ink Shop at: WP9|
|WPlus9 Silver Lining Dye Ink Shop at: WP9||Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor 238-Dot Color Chart Shop at: AZ||Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors Quinacridone Rose Shop at: AZ||Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors Imperial Purple Shop at: AZ||Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors Sap Green Shop at: AZ|
|Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors Phthalo Turquoise Shop at: SC | AZ||Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor Pad 9x12" Shop at: SSS | AZ||Zig Watercolor BrusH2O Detailer Shop at: SSS | AZ||Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200 Shop at: SSS | SC | HA | AZ||Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad Shop at: SSS | HA | AZ|
|EK Success Powder Tool Applicator Shop at: SSS | SC | AZ||Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder PW100 Shop at: SSS | SC | HA | AZ||Mini Misti Stamping Tool Shop at: SSS | SC | AZ||White Fun Foam 12 Pack 9 x 12 Shop at: SSS | AZ|