Happy Friday, friends! Today I have another fun-to-create beautiful background card to share with you, using some fabulous new stamps and dies from Concord & 9th:
To create this background, I used my favorite new'ish toy, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set. I've had the small 12-set of these professional watercolors for a while ... I wanted to test them out to see how I liked them. Well, to say I loved them is a huge understatement, so this sweet 36-set showed up at my door this week! I've also been enjoying creating stamped watercolor a lot lately, so I thought I would see if it could be done with these watercolors. Test results are in . . . it works great!
Using a waterbrush, I used only a small amount of water to pick up some color from the dark pink color "cake" in the palette. Then I painted it onto the heart from Concord & 9th's Give Thanks stamp set, and stamped onto watercolor paper. If you are not pleased with the results, just add a little more water to the stamped image and move it around a bit -- that will soften the color. I had enough color left on the heart stamp to simply spritz it with water and get a second and third generation stamping.
Next, I mixed a little orange with the bright yellow, to create a warmer golden color, and painted that onto the solid feather stamp from the same Give Thanks stamp set and stamped it onto the watercolor paper:
Next, I heat embossed the feather vein stamp over the yellow feather base, using Stampendous Frantage rose gold embossing powder. The sentiment words were added using Jet Black Archival ink. To balance the black of the words, I splattered some black watercolor onto the background.
To finish the card, rose gold sequins were scattered over the background. My favorite glue to use with small embellishments and die cuts is X-Press It's Glue Marker. It has a very strong hold and dries clear. X-Press It's Glue Pens come in three different nib styles (Fine, Medium, and Wide), making it easy to find the perfect size for your papercrafting needs. Here, I am using the medium nib glue marker. Depending on how you apply it, the bond can either be permanent or temporary -- pretty cool!
Finally, I die cut this pretty Thanks Card Die from 100 Lb. Neenah Solar White cardstock, pressed the words onto a Versamark ink pad, then heat embossed it with more rose gold embossing powder. It was popped up with X-Press It Foam Tape: