Jar of Love and Rainbows
Have you ever had a creative idea come to you in a dream? The idea to combine the Jar of Love with rainbow paint spilling out was one such idea.
Once the idea got into my head, I just had to try it out and see. I couldn’t stop thinking about it until I actually made it.
I’m not sure if this card turned out as dreamy as it was in my head, surrounded by all the idealism and other stuff of dreams. The balance seems a little off to me, but with the jar sticking up and the paint dripping down, I’m not sure how else to arrange it to balance out.
It’s maybe not perfect, but it is kind of fun, so I thought I would share it with you all anyway. Sometimes creating isn’t about making something perfect and is just about making something.
- First, cut a Basic Gray card base.
- Next, cut a piece of A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base. Adhere this to the card base.
- Then, cut a piece of Watercolor paper the same size, 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
- In black ink, stamp a medium sized jar from the Jar of Love stamp set onto a scrap of watercolor paper. Fussy cut it out and use a Basic Black marker to color the edges so the white doesn’t show.
- On the watercolor paper, position the jar like it will be on the finished card. Right where the bottom, pouring corner of the jar sits, put a mark with a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker. Remove the jar.
- From the Real Red dot, draw a thick line down about 1″ (2.5 cm).
- About halfway to the edge of the paper, draw a thick Cucumber Crush line parallel to the Real Red one.
- Use these two lines as a guide for spacing to add the other colors in the rainbow. Thicken the lines as needed until you have a solid rectangle of rainbow colors.
- Tilt the watercolor paper slightly so the top of the paper is raised and the colors can run downhill.
- Use an Aquapainter or watercolor paintbrush to add water to each color, with just enough water so the extra starts to drip down to the bottom of the page. I recommend getting wiping the brush between each color so they don’t get muddy.
- If the colors aren’t bright enough (mine got a little washed out looking at first) you can wait until the paint is dry, refresh the colors using the Stampin’ Write Markers, then add water again. This second coat adds a lot of vibrancy!
- Use a little of the extra Real Red and Rich Razzleberry watercolor to add a little color to the right side of the jar shape.
- When the colors are dry, trim off the top of the watercolor paper, so the top of the paper lines up with the top of the rainbow colors in a nice straight line.
- Make sure the paper is completely dry, then stamp the sentiment “God wanted to brighten the world…” from Flourishing Phrases onto the rainbow with VersaMark ink. Sprinkle on white embossing powder, tap off any excess, then heat with a heat tool until the powder is melted.
- Adhere the watercolor paper to the card base.
- Use dimensionals to attach the jar to the front of the card.
- Stamp the rest of the sentiment from Flourishing Phrases, “So he made you,” inside the card.
Rainbow Color Combination
There are quite a few ways to make a rainbow with the plethora of Stampin’ Up! colors available. You can go with subtle colors or regal jewel tones, but in this case, I chose the middle of the rainbow road. These bright colors harken back to the days of using Crayola markers in elementary school.
Cardstock: Basic Gray (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: watercolor paper, A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
Stamps: Jar of Love, Flourishing Phrases (c) Stampin’ Up!
Markers: Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: dimensionals, paintbrush or Aquapainter, white embossing powder, heat tool
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