Our April Leading Lady, Rubeena Naz, is back for her sensational second performance! If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE. Ruby delivers bright and bold color today with her array of brilliant cards!
Ladies and gentlemen, Rubeena....
Good morning! I am back with my second post as Leading Lady for Winnie & Walter! Thanks so much for all your comments on my last post. If you missed it, you can find it here.
As usual, I'm excited to continue and share my creative process with you! Shay is offering my blog followers a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card as a giveaway. You can see the details of the giveaway at the end of this post.
In my debut post, I talked about how color can inspire projects. Before I start a project, I tend to think about what colors I will use. That helps me to decide whether the color will be added by a medium (markers, color pencils, watercolors, etc) or paper (color card stock or pattern paper). Lately, I have been having fun with watercolors so today's post will focus on that.
If you are new to watercolors or do not have a lot of practice with them, my post is for you! I show you different ways you can use your watercolors with stamps and how to make beautiful, bold cards.
For the first card, I used In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya. This set is very versatile and includes both solid and outline images for many different looks and techniques. I used the expressive floral stamps with Distress Inks to create a colorful background. The great thing about using Distress Inks is that it reacts to water even after it has dried. I stamped the three different size flowers in yellow, pink and red. I used a size 2 watercolor brush to spread the color around and finished it off with some splatters.
One fun way to add sentiments is using word dies. I die-cut the word 'hugs' from the colored panel using In a Word: Hugs Cutaway. I die-cut the word in black and white card stock twice each and then glued them all together with glossy accents for dimension. The black card stock adds a bit of contrast to the colored piece.
Finally, I stamped the sentiment 'sending you' from LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs. You can take various shape or image stamps and create your own watercolor background in a similar fashion. Playing around with different color combinations or even neutrals will give you different looks. The sentiment can be stamped with a darker ink or heat embossed over the background.
For the second card, I stamped several images from In Bloom: Addie's Garden in black waterproof ink and using masking tape. I created a sort of garden border.
I colored them with a size 0 watercolor brush and allowed it to dry. I fussy cut around it and then arranged it over a black card base. With the help of my MISTI, I was able to see where I would stamp my sentiment from Kindness with Evelin T Designs. Once I knew where I was going to stamp it, I set the image aside (since I haven't added any adhesive yet) and prepared my base with powder tool to prevent stray embossing powder. I stamped the sentiments with VersaMark and heat set with gold embossing powder. Then I added foam tape behind the garden border and matted it down on my card base. If you can't tell, I really love using black with color for a superb contrast!
When I stamp images from a set, I like to stamp a lot of them. This helps me to create multiple cards or save pieces for later projects. Since I had stamped extras, I created two more cards using In Bloom: Addie's Garden. For the next card, I prepared the background by stamping the stems with a light ink and colored with watercolors. I die-cut with the larger scallop border from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways. I stamped the sentiment from Wishing You with Evelin T Designs using black ink and my MISTI (for a crisp look) and then arranged some of the images I had colored and fussy cut over the grassy background. Finally, I matted it down over my white card base.
For the other one, I left it one-layered and stamped the sentiment from My Precious. I used one of the linear stamps from In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya to create a striped border on my card base and added a strip of gold glitter card stock and black scallop border.
If you're still reading, then you must be a big fan! ;) My last two cards feature watercolored backgrounds. I colored a background using various blue and blue-green watercolors. Once it dried, I die-cut it with the larger scallop border from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways. I stamped the birds from LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs, colored with the same watercolors and fussy cut them. Aren't they so adorable?!
I used only yellow and orange watercolors. I used the same colors to create a random large swatch, which I used to die-cut the word 'hello' from In a Word: Hello Cutaway. Before arranging the birds and the word, I sprayed white and shimmer sprays on the blue background. It's hard to see the shimmer in photos but it looks great up close! :)
And finally, my last card uses My Precious. I stamped various gems with VersaMark ink on watercolor paper and heat set with white embossing powder. I created a rainbow of watercolors. Once it dried, I sprayed some white and shimmer sprays on it. I stamped the words 'you' 'are' and 'precious from the same set on black card stock with VersaMark and heat set with white embossing powder. I fussy cut them and added them to the watercolor background with foam tape when it was dry.
Believe it or not, I created all these cards within a single day. Watercolors really inspire me so I like to do as much as I can with them. They become worth the investment! If I didn't have to work, I'd just craft all day and keep sharing my creative work with you :)
Thank you SO much for stopping by! I hope today's projects inspire you to pull out your watercolors and create some cards!
Winnie & Walter is generously offering a $30 gift card to my readers so be sure to visit me at A Rare Ruby to enter to win! :)