This particular friend had a ton of art classes and things as a child and enjoys paper crafting and scrapbooking. In fact, that is how we met several years ago. We are "scrappy" friends. Whenever I use that word, I am referring to a friend that I met through Scrapbooking or Paper Crafting. So when my friend relocated a few years ago, all of her paper crafting stuff went in to storage in their old hometown. Recently they added a building at their new home that will be a dedicated craft room. Electricity will be installed in the next couple of weeks and then she will be anxious to go and get her things out of storage. I can hardly wait for this to happen as we seem to feed off of each other's creativity.
Having had so many art lessons she especially enjoys it when I send her a watercolor card. I had noticed recently that a color that appeared to be a kind of brownish red is actually a very mauve-y color when you use it to watercolor with. I thought this color would make a beautiful flower, so I sat down to paint it last night after stamping the Mondo Magnolia by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, LLC and heat setting it with gold embossing powder.
I've gotten where I really like a certain kind of water brush when I watercolor images. It is made by Kuretake and comes in three sizes - Small/Fine Tip, Medium and Large. I have 1 of each, but the one I reach for over and over again is the Small/Fine Tip brush. Simon Says Stamp carries one like it HERE except that the handle is more compact and I like the longer length brush. My hands are large and capable so I'm more coordinated with the longer handle. If you need the longer handle, check Amazon.
You can also use a traditional brush (I have a #2, #4, and #8 Silver Black Velvet Round Brush), but for card making, I love the convenience of having the water in my brush. It's light, compact and I can take it on the go. When I was painting my Christmas Card fronts a couple of months ago, I had several of them stamped and heat embossed to take with me to a car show we attended in Kansas City. It was awesome and I was able to watercolor during all of the sitting around time. Then when we got home, all of my front panels were ready to finish to mail out. It was the perfect thing to do.
I have a small cutting board with a handle that I can tape my panels to for my work surface. I just use my masking tape over and over as I complete each one. This also works great if you are coloring more than one image at a time as you can set one aside to dry while you work on the other. If you have the stuff out, it's just as easy to make two cards. I often stamp and emboss 2 images in case I mess one up, but that rarely happens anymore.
I came into the studio this morning and cut the panel with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle in the largest size. I die cut the Mama Elephant "hello" from some DCWV Gold Foil Card Stock and then laid my die cut across that panel where I wanted it to go and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Embossing Mat instead of the Cutting Mat to impress the image into my panel rather than cutting it. That makes it easy to get your die cut greeting in exactly the right place. I adhered the front panel to a 110# Top Folding Card Base. A few faceted gold gems in a visual triangle finishes off this card.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed yet another watercolor card. In case you hadn't guessed it, Watercolor is my favorite technique! Please feel free to comment if you stop by and I'll see you again soon.