I made this birthday card to wish a dear friend who I don't get the opportunity to meet often. (You know who you are girlie, expect this in your happy mail soon! ^__^)
I love stamps and I also love watercolors, so when I saw the challenge at Deepti's Challenge Blog - Catchy Challenges, I had to participate! The best of both worlds! :)
This is titled as watercolor frenzy because :
1. I almost forgot that the challenge ended today.
2. I realized that it was friday and I would have to mail the card tomorrow so that it reaches on time!
Phew... so glad that I managed to finish it and that too just in the nick of time!
So, the inspiration....
I was fascinated by the photograph put up as inspiration (See pic #2) for the challenge at Catchy Challenges, and the hostess Gayatri Murali had also created a beautiful card featuring purple flowers based on the inspiration picture. (See pic #3)
I initially decided that I will pick the bright sunny color scheme to work with but the little voice in my head said... "purple too Halak.. purple too..." lol...
So I did it! ^__^ Combined the Inspiration picture + Gayatri's Card and came up with my version of a watercolor effect card.
How did I make this?
Here are the steps :
1. Took my flower stamp by Hero Arts (it's a rubber cling from a set that I bought long back + discarded packing so I don't remember the name unfortunately... sorry!) and inked it up with pink, purple, blue and green distress inks.
2. Sprayed some water onto the flower stamp and pressed firmly onto a piece of white cardstock.
The spraying of water on stamp is what led to the colors blending to create this pretty effect. :)
Added bits of washi tape to two corners and then kept that piece aside to dry.
3. Took acetate and dabbed yellow, pink and green distress inks (pink and green are super faint).
4. Sprayed some water onto the acetate, took a piece of cardstock and smooshed it on acetate. This is what became my background for the card.
5. After the background dried, I took the following stencils by TCW :
and did a bit of stenciling.
6. Used sentiment stamps by Tim Holtz and the leaf trio + black flower next to it that you see are from Altenew Vintage Flowers set.
7. Adhered the cardstock on which I had stamped the flower, added a few sequins and matted the background onto another piece of white cardstock.
I thoroughly enjoyed making this and I hope you liked the card and that this has inspired you to get crafting too!
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