Monday, April 2, 2012

Watercolor Floral Background Tutorial

Hi everyone! Samantha here, filling in for today.  I have a quick watercolor floral background tutorial to share with you. This project happens to be Mother's Day themed, because Mother's Day will be here before you know it :) I just LOVE the For Every Woman stamp set so I wanted to show it off today.

Here goes. . .

You will need the following supplies:
For Every Woman Stamp Set  by SP and Company
VersaMark or another embossing ink (clear)
Heating tool
Clear embossing powder
pink (I used a light and a dark) and orange inks
water brush
white cardstock
pink ribbon
orange cardstock
black ink

1. Using VersaMark, stamp large flower from the For Every Woman stamp set repeatedly onto your card base & emboss with clear embossing powder. My card base is a standard sized card base, but it opens up (cut an 8.5X11inch cardstock in half which ever way you prefer and fold).

TIP: When stamping my flowers, I stamped one at a time, then covered it with the clear embossing poweder, and then heat set the flower immediately. The ink may dry by the time you finish stamping the whole background so I tend to work in small sections.

This is what the paper looked like once I had my flowers embossed:

2. Next, get your ink ready for your watercoloring. I just pressed my inks onto a clear block (use any plastic, non porous surface). 
3. Using a damp watercolor brush, start creating your watercolored background. I found that if I got my brush too wet that the ink was way too light, so I tended to use more ink and less water. It left me with this background (pictured below). Notice that the flowers show through the ink because they are embossed!

4.  Next add a bow.

5. Finish off your card with one of the sentiments from the stamp set. I chose "Thank you for being my mommy" sentiment.
 My card was still a bit damp when I was taking the photos so you can tell that the card seems all warped. I recommend you let the card dry flat :)

So that's all for today everyone! I hope you enjoyed it!

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