Have you ever stamped on watercolor paper and then spritzed it with water? I know that we can ink the stamp then spritz the stamp and apply it to damp watercolor paper. But I wanted fast and easy. Here is the Very Versailles Watercolor card that resulted from my little experiment.

 

MEASUREMENTS

  • Thick Very Vanilla cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
  • Fluid 100 Watercolor paper: 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″
  • Brass Foil: 3-3/4″ x 5″ plus 2 x 5″ for sentiment frame and die-cuts
  • Shimmery White cardstock: for sentiment
  • Vellum: 3″ x 3″ for die-cut

CREATING THE BACKGROUND

  • Stamp leaf branch from Very Versailles stamp set in Old Olive ink on watercolor paper.
  • Spritz stamped panel with water until you get the ‘flow’ you like. Set aside to dry.
  • When dry, stamp the script and frame using Soft Suede ink from Very Versailles stamp set.
  • Sponge distress the edges of the watercolor panel with Soft Suede or Early Espresso ink.
    • Oh my! I could just stop here and admire the Very Versailles watercolor background but I will carry on and create the card
Stamp images in a visual triangle.
See the slight purple color? Soft Suede ink has some purple undertones. And you can see some of the blue undertones on the Old Olive.

CREATING PIECES & PARTS

  • Die-cut Vellum leaf cluster from Forever Flourishing dies.
  • Stamp the sentiment from Positive Thoughts stamp set on Shimmery White with Early Espresso ink. Fussy cut.
  • Adhere the fussy cut sentiment to the Brass Foil with liquid glue and let dry a minute. TIP: Just a smear of glue. You don’t want glue on the Brass Foil.
  • Now, VERY SLOWLY fussy cut around the sentiment leaving a brass frame. HINT: Cut in the same direction as you did for the first fussy cutting to get a consistent curve.
  • Die-cut 4 leaf clusters and a small butterfly from the Brass Foil using the Nature’s Thoughts dies.
  • Grab the Scalloped Lace Trim and tie a bow.

ASSEMBLY

  • Layer as shown.
  • Use Dimensionals behind the sentiment.
  • Glue dots are great for attaching the other elements and the lace bow.
  • The NEW Stampin’ Seal+ is perfect for attaching the Fluid 100 Watercolor paper to the Brass Foil.
  • Add a Brass Foil leaf cluster to the envelope and the card insert to complete your project. TIP: Apply liquid glue with a sponge wedge for a light touch. The craft mat is a perfect work surface and it washes easily.

Could this get any easier? Try it with other colors, or stamp sets. And as always, when you are working with a watercolor keep in mind that the colors soften as they dry. What did you think of the Very Versailles Watercolor card?


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