Cheery Chirps with Easy Watercolor
This card features Cheery Chirps stamps and easy-peasy watercolor techniques to make a fun card for Christmas… or any time!
Is Cheery Chirps really a Christmas stamp set? I think the foliage they are sitting on or holding might be holly, but I’m not sure. I think that these birds could be used year-round for all kinds of cheerful occasions!
This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #106!
Somehow all these pieces seemed to fit better together when I turned the sketch sideways, so that’s what I did for this particular card!
First, you emboss your stamped image. You can use VersaMark ink and use colored or white embossing powder OR use any color of ink and add clear embossing powder. Embossing an image creates little water-proof raised walls that keeps water in the different areas from mixing together.
Next, add color with Stampin’ Write Markers. These markers have the same water-soluble ink in them that the ink pads and ink refills have. This ink is great for watercoloring!
Finally, use a slightly damp watercolor paintbrush to add just a hint of water to each of the areas to move the ink around. This adds some color variation, some light and dark areas and makes it look like it was painted instead of colored.
It’s almost like cheating.
- First, cut and score a Whisper White card base.
- Next, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3/4″ (0.9 cm) smaller than the card base.
- Emboss the smaller white panel using the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. This embossing folder is extra thick, so use the regular base plate and only one cutting pad. Also make sure that the embossing folder goes through the rollers spine-first or spine-sideways; otherwise you could put extra pressure on the spine and cause it to crack.
- Adhere the textured panel to the card base. Liquid glue works best with highly textured papers, since snail doesn’t have as much surface area to stick to.
- Cut a piece of Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper 2″ by 4″ (5 x 10 cm), then adhere it to the card base using liquid glue.
- On a piece of watercolor paper, stamp the image from Cheery Chirps in VersaMark ink. Sprinkle on gold embossing powder, tap off any excess, and heat with a heat tool until the powder is melted.
- Color the feathers of the bird and the leaves in the wreath using Stampin’ Write Markers. Then use a damp paintbrush to add a little water to each area to give it a watercolor look. The colors I used were: Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Calypso Coral, Rose Red, and Powder Pink for the feathers and Lemon Lime Twist and Garden Green for the leaves.
- When the watercolor has dried, fussy cut out the bird and wreath.
- Find a circle die (or punch) that matches the size of the wreath, then cut a circle of Red Glimmer Paper. The glitter is tough on dies, so place the glitter paper face down while you are cutting with the sharp part of the die against the smooth backing paper.
- Adhere the bird and wreath to the glimmer paper circle using dimensionals.
- Cut a piece of Lemon Lime Ombre Ribbon with slanted ends (this helps prevent fraying). attach it to the back of the glimmer paper circle using dimensioanls.
- Add additional dimensionals to the back of the glimmer paper circle and adhere it in place.
Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: Watercolor paper, Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Cheery Chirps (c) Stampin’ Up!
Markers: Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Calypso Coral, Rose Red, Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, Garden Green Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!
Dies: Layering Circles Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Aqua Painter or paintbrush, Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon, Real Red Glimmer Paper, Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (c) Stampin’ Up!
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