Watercolor Thank You Card

Hi Friends! Please join me in a big welcome back to Kelly Rasmussen as a especial guest on our blog today! Be sure to read on to learn more about this fun card and enjoy!

Watercolor Thank You Card

Hello, crafters! I’m so happy to be back as a guest on the Simon Says Stamp blog! Today I’ve got a card to share that use lots of Simon Says Stamp and Hero Arts goodies! I didn’t have a plan in mind when starting this card, so I wasn’t sure exactly where it was going, but in the end everything fell into place. :)

I started out with a piece of watercolor paper that I taped to a solid surface. One of my favorite watercolor papers is the Canson Montval — it seems to work so well with any watercolor mediums! I stamped the sunflower image from the Simon Says Stamp Summer Flowers set using Antique Linen Distress ink.  Then I used various colors of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color in the image. To avoid any colors bleeding together on the petals, I jumped around and colored petals that weren’t touching. Then once a petal was dry, I could go in a color the next petal. Once the flower was done, I created a mask of the flower using Inkadinkadoo Stamping Mask Paper, placed it over the flower and then stamped and colored my green leaves.

Watercolor Thank You Card
After the flower was all done, I decided to add a light wash of blue to the background using the Light Blue Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker and lots of water. I dried the background using my heat gun, but the whole piece just felt a little flat. I almost scrapped it at this point, but decided to take chance and see if a stenciled background would help it out. With my watercolor paper still taped to a hard surface I placed a mask over the flower and leaves and then used the Hero Arts Crossing Waves Stencil and Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste to create a textured background. I thought it might end up being too busy, but once I pulled off the stencil I loved it!
Watercolor Thank You Card
Once the embossing paste was dry, I adhered the panel to a Hero Arts Pool Notecard. Then I diecut the Simon Says Stamp Thanks Die from Simon Says Stamp Sunshine Cardstock three times and adhered all three pieces together using Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue. When I have a diecut sentiment I love to pair a smaller message along with it, so I reached for the Hero Arts Thanks Stamp + Cut set for the rest of my sentiment. The smaller message was stamped with Hero Arts Cup O’ Joe Mid-Tone Shadow Ink. I adhered the sentiments to the card and for a finishing touch I added some Glossy Accents to the “thanks” word die.

This card showed me that I don’t always have to have a plan in mind before starting a card, just grab one product to start and then go from there! :)


Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Kelly for being our guest!
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  1. Love your card! The flower motif is so great for summer and the watercoloring is beautiful! The stenciled background is just the right touch! Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. I love this! I thought you had used an embossing folder but then saw that it was a stencil. I was so excited to see the difference that a stencil and embossing paste can make on a card. I have never used that technique before. I sure hope I can remember it. I love the stencil.

  3. Your cards make me want to try a little watercolor. Mostly I just admire others work because my attempts are so messy. This sunflower card is so cheerful. I love what you did with the embossing paste and the stencil – it makes everything else on the card POP!

  4. Beautiful watercolor card! I have just begun to dabble in watercolors! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win blog candy!

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