Watercolor backgrounds can seem intimidating, but here's a way to easily create a watercolor background using an acrylic block. You know those clear plastic blocks you adhere your stamps to? Those are the secret to a beautiful background.
So often our card bases tend to be light colors. This makes sense - light colors are easier to stamp on. However, darker cards can be dramatic. For today's Wow Wednesday, I used the To a Wild Rose stamp set and dies. For the greeting, I used the Well Said set.
This card uses the 2019-2021 In-Colors Terracotta Tile and Pretty Peacock as well as Basic Black. I used Staz-on jet black ink to stamp the outlines of the rose and leaves. Then, I stamped the shading with Versamark to give it a slightly darker color. I cut the images out with the dies. I stamped a second flower and fussy cut the center. I mounted this center on the middle of the flower with dimensionals to give a 3D effect.
To create a background at the top of the card, I stamped the flower center image in Versamark ink on Pretty Peacock cardstock. To add some texture, I embossed the strip of Basic Black cardstock with the Subtle embossing folder. Finally, I tied it all together with some Polka Dot Tulle.
All of the supplies, including the To a Wild Rose stamp set are available from Stampin' Up!
Next time you want to create a truly dramatic card, consider using darker colors. They can really pop!
Have you checked out the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack lately? It's a great place to get some pretty awesome deals, and for the first time this summer, there are stamp sets on the Clearance Rack. There are lots of holiday sets available right now, including Beautiful Blizzard which I used on all of these cards. But remember, items on the Clearance Rack are available for a limited time, so get 'em before they're gone!
Today's Tips & Techniques for the Weekend focuses on heat embossing. This is an old standby in the world of stamping, but one that never fails to add a bit of elegance or a professional look to your card.
There are a few basic supplies you will need:
- Embossing Ink or Versamark Ink
- Embossing Powder
- a Heat Gun
For this card, I am using the To A Wild Rose stamp set and embossing the images on the See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper. Stamping on patterned paper is a fun way to get an interesting fill for your line images. I love the watercolor look of the See A Silhouette paper and this way, I didn't have to do any coloring!
I used white embossing powder for my card. Just dump some over the area you stamped, and then turn your card over and let the excess powder fall on your scrap paper. You can lightly tap the back of your card to remove any stray powder. If you still have some powder in areas where it shouldn't be, carefully use a dry paintbrush to brush it away.
Then, gently fold your scrap paper and pour the extra embossing powder back in the jar.
A much easier method is to use a heat gun. Slowly move the heat gun over your image as you see the powder melt. Be careful not to hold the heat gun in one place for too long because you can over melt the powder. This will cause it to appear dull and melt completely into the cardstock leaving a flat image instead of a raised one.