I have a gorgeous card I am making out of this painted panel. The stamp set is Persian Motifs from Altenew. The photograph was taken before I did any work on the background. Altenew has several sets of stamps that are line images for painting or coloring, so I have a few sets put on my wish list. They also have the coordinating dies which is really nice.
This morning I sat down to try a couple of techniques from Wednesday's class which use Watercolor Pencils and a Wink of Stella Brush Pen. This image was completed using Distress Markers in Spun Sugar for the cheek and ears with Pumice Stone for the Elephant's body. I also have a floral image that I colored with Distress Markers and Perfect Pearls Solution and I hope to get a card made in a day or two.
For class on Day #3, I used my watercolor crayons to create a soft, striped wash of color, so I wanted to use that with Miss Ellie here. That was a super quick way to create a background for a card and I'm pretty sure I will use it again and again. You simply color across the background in the color or colors of your choice and then apply water using a wide brush. Mine is a traditional paint brush that has a chisel tip and is 3/4 inch wide. There's a Tim Holtz Wide Water Brush available at Simon's or you can pick one up at a local arts and crafts store. It took much longer for that background to dry than it did to create it.
Once my image was dry, I cut it in a circle using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles Die. Next came a layer of pink cut with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares and then I cut the striped panel with the next size up Stitched Square. My top folding card base is made from SU! Pink Pirouette.
I want to show you this card with the background painted in on the oval panel. I used the same shade of pink and green that I used for the flower to do the soft background. I love that it uses the same colors in softer tones. This card is not quite finished as I need a greeting or sentiment on it. But the hardest part is done.
For me, heat embossing the images with clear embossing powder is a total winner. It helps you to "stay in the lines" to keep your image really clean. I love that I learned how to make these beautiful watercolor backgrounds.
I'll be doing more practice with the techniques I learned this week but I wanted to go ahead and wrap up this post before it gets any longer. *Wink*