Hello friends. This cute little elf card was created using Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set. It features cute elf hats and legs and feet. The sentiments were meant to be the body of the elf as in this card. I used a quick watercolored background with a heat embossed sentiment.
While that dried, I watercolored the background onto the card panel and also added some splatters wih the same color. I made sure not to add too much water to my watercolors since I was working on Neenah Cardstock and not watercolor paper. While that dried, I diecut the elf parts with the coordinating Nice List Dies. Once the background was dry, I stamped the sentiment from Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set with Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. I adhered the panel to the card base and the hat and shoes with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished it off by adding some clear sequins.
Today’s topic is watercolor backgrounds. Whenever I want a quick and easy background for a card, I go with a watercolor background. You don’t need to know how to watercolor like a pro, you just need some good watercolor paper. The paper makes the difference in the results you get. I used Canson XL Series Watercolor Paper Pad (140 Pound, 9 x 12 Inch). The great thing is, that this technique can be achieved with dye inks, stains, sprays, or watercolors (high end or inexpensive). I used Distress Ink Stains for my backgrounds. I originally pulled out my Distress Ink Pads but then decided that my Distress Ink Stains haven’t been getting enough love so I decided to use those instead. These can be dabbed on or sprayed. These now are sold in spray bottles but if you’re like me and have the original bottles, Ranger sells a spray bottle lid. I used mine straight out of the bottle like watercolor though.
Ok, so let’s get started. First, I taped down my watercolor paper piece (4 1/4 x 5 1/2″) with some ScotchBlue Painters Tape to a hard surface. Protect your surface before you begin because this will be messy. With a clean brush, add some water to your surface, covering the whole area. Then dispense some of ink onto a clear block, craft mat, etc. (I used my glass mat) and then dab/pounce it your paper. If the surface is too dry, add some more water. You can add more ink to certain areas to get darker areas. Alternatively, you can add more water and blot certain areas to subtract color. Stick to one color if you are not comfortable mixing multiple colors together. Keep playing with adding color until you are satisfied.
Let your piece dry in between layers. This will yield a better result, in the end. You can let it air dry or use a heat tool (if you are not patient like me. :)) Once the piece was almost dry I added some splashes using the same ink color for each. I usually do this inside a box since I don’t want my desk and surrounding areas to stained. Let it dry completely before moving onto the next step. And if you want to stop here, you totally can; they look great as is. I wanted to enhance mine by adding another level of texture.