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!

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.

 
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! :)
 

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  1. I love it! Did you add color to the paste or sponge the blue over it-it looks so neat! I have not used any EP yet, but hope to get my hands on some soon. TFS

  2. Lovely background. I really love the combo of soft colored water color background and the embossing paste on top.

  3. Paste and stencils to the rescue…..love the watercolor flower. Would’ve been a shame to toss it out.

  4. I’m so glad that you did not scrap this card, it is gorgeous! I love that you masked around the flower and leaves to add the embossing paste with the stencil, great idea!

  5. I love that the background is textured but it doesn’t feel busy at all!Nice color combo!Beautifully done!Thank you for sharing.

  6. Kelly’s card is sensational. The sunflower looks completely different from stamping it in black ink or by embossing it. Great way to stretch a stamp set!

  7. I love how you put the sunflower in the corner then did the stencil with embossing paste around it. Very smart!! The sunflower is just beautiful! The card is so pretty and I love that you matched the “thanks” to the colors in the sunflower :) . Thanks for sharing!

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