Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello everyone, today I'm going to share with you a card using a few different techniques rolled into one. A little stamp resist paired with a watercolor look and some shimmer using pearl ex powders along with some stamp layering. Seeing how there is love in the air today, I've made a Valentine's Day card using the stamp set Birds of a Feather and Mesh. Be sure to check out Market Street Stamps to see these fabulous stamp sets.

First off, let's start with the list of materials you'll need:

* watercolor paper
* solid stamp image
* background stamp
* two of your fave ink colors that are close in color 
* white embossing powder
* versamark
* heat gun
* pearl ex powder (I used micro pearl)
* dry paintbrush
* spray bottle with water in it
* some paper towel (it may get a bit messy)
* large acrylic block

The first thing you need to do is stamp your solid image on the watercolor paper and heat emboss with white powder. It's hard to tell in the photo where it's white on white, but it will show up really well once the ink color is on there.

Using the large acrylic block, randomly stamp your two colors over the surface of the block. I have used Tim Holtz distress inks in worn lipstick and fired brick.

Next take your dry paintbrush and dip it in your pearl ex powder. Shake the powder off the brush onto the inked acrylic block (I ended up flicking the brush with my finger as it just didn't want to let go). Spritz the inked block until the ink starts to move around on the block.

Stamp the acrylic block onto your watercolor paper over the embossed image, wipe up any excess water. If there are to many white spaces for your liking, you can repeat the process or spritz water directly onto the paper to get the ink to spread more. It will look something like this. The pearl ex shimmer doesn't show up well in the photos, but when you tilt it in the light it is really shimmery.

While your main panel is still a bit damp, ink the edges with the ink pad. Take a background stamp, I chose Mesh for this, ink it up with your lighter color and stamp right over the panel. Wipe the excess ink from the embossed image.

For the second background panel, I just stamped the scroll image from Birds of a Feather with the worn lipstick color and inked the edges.

After adhering the watercolor panel to two more panels, I topped it off with a sentiment and a white resin rose. Here is what the final card looks like...

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you have a great Valentine's Day!


  1. I LOVE it, Julie! What a cool new technique to ! I love how you added the mesh pattern over top to add even more interest- very cool!

  2. What a cool new technique to TRY... lol! ^ Can't type! ;)

  3. Wow! This is beautiful! What a neat technique! TFS!

  4. This is beautiful--what an awesome technique! Totally pinning it! :)


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