As an art major in college, my favorite classes always involved watercolor painting. Watercoloring can be challenging due to its variability and translucence, but I want to share with you how easy it is to add this WOW element to a card.
I took Stampin’ Up!’s 140 lb. Watercolor Paper and cut it to size for my card. Then I cut the word “love” using the Big Shot and the Expressions Thinlits Die. (I ran it through the Big Shot a couple of times because the paper is quite thick.) Then I carefully removed ALL of the pieces from the die and put them back into place—as you would with a puzzle. Easy!
The rest was a snap. I compressed the ink pad (US/CA) to get a small pool of ink into the lid, filled my Aqua Painter with water, picked up some ink with it, and added color directly to the paper. Then I gently squeezed the Aqua Painter to add more water to my paper, and—moving in a side-to-side motion—filled in the area. After that, I cleaned my Aqua Painter using a paper towel and picked up another color. Working quickly, I blended the edges of each color into the other, then let it dry completely before finishing my card.
I used the negative piece for my card, but still had the “love” die cut—so I created a simple scrapbook layout (following the Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Daffodil Delight color combo) and used the die cut for my title. I punched out a butterfly from the watercolored paper using the Elegant Butterfly Punch, and a heart from the watercolored paper using the Small Heart Punch. Then I completed my page using Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper, Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape, Coastal Cabana 3/8” Ruffle Stretch Trim, the Big Shot, and the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies.
Because I know you want to see how you can use the other Expressions Thinlits Dies for the holidays, here are a few more examples I created! On this page, I followed the same simple layout as the other scrapbook page, but this time I used the negative space left from die cutting “thankful.”
And for those of you who hesitate to blend colors—for this project I watercolored using just one color (Coastal Cabana)—but employed the ombre technique, making it darker on one side and lighter on the other side. You can see how it turned out on the “merry” in my Christmas card.
I hope this inspires you to give this watercolor technique a try!