Today’s card was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #311!
These colors reminded me of a foggy sunrise over the ocean. This is what I was picturing in my head, though I only just went to find the picture after I had already made the card:
Photo credit: Lumion Footage
Naturally I turned to watercolors! I’ve been painting with watercolors far longer than I have been making cards, so it is always nice to incorporate it into cardmaking!
- When doing watercolor washes, use washi tape to hold your paper flat until it dries!
- Cover the area you want to paint with clear water first.
- Squeeze Stampin’ Up! ink pads while they are closed to deposit ink onto the lid. Use that ink on a paintbrush or aquapainter to add to the water already on the card.
- Experiment! No two cards turn out the same when watercolors are involved! Have fun seeing what you can create!
To add to my soft nautical colors, I added striped paper from A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up! These stripes reminded me of a the stripes that are a common pattern painted on lighthouses. I wanted the stripes to be perfectly symmetrical, which took two tries. On the bright side, I have a piece of striped paper cut and ready for the next card!
This just had to be a lighthouse card. The only lighthouse stamp I own is retired, though. If you don’t happen to have this stamp from the Setting Sail stamp set, I would recommend substituting the lighthouse from the stamp set From Land To Sea, also by Stampin’ Up!
Watercolor paper is more bumpy or “toothy” than cardstock, which makes it great at gripping onto water and pigment, but at the same time makes it more difficult to stamp. The top of those bumps or “teeth” pick up ink from stamps, but the valleys do not. This leaves stamped images looking broken. If you have a Misti tool, you can use it to ink and stamp the same image over and over, which darkens the image until it looks solid. I don’t have one, so I stamp on nice smooth vellum and adhere it right on top. Vellum is somewhat transparent, which is a nice effect with watercolor.
Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!
Confession time: I substituted Blushing Bride for Pink Pirouette because it was a little darker. Watercolors sometimes lighten the colors you are using, and I wanted to make sure this pink was visible!
Cardstock: Smokey Slate (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: watercolor paper, A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Staz-On Black, Blushing Bride, Smokey Slate, Marina Mist (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Setting Sail stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up! (retired)
Other: paintbrush, vellum