Friday, May 19, 2017

May Technique Blog Hop

World of Watercolors

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas. 

For May, we are venturing into the world of watercolor. There are so many watercoloring techniques available to us today; far too many to list here. But actions speak louder than words so our team has worked with their favorite mediums to bring you lots of examples and loads of inspiration. 

If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here: 

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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of May 26, 2017. The winner will be announced in our June hop; so be sure to come back next month.
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I love the watercolor look but don't always have a chance to play with it, so I found this month's challenge quite enjoyable. Here are a few of the cards I came up with.

Images stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then I painted inside the images, layering colors to add dimension. When everything was dry, I added soft gray outline/shadow. Then the painted panel was adhered to the front of a plain black card.

Watercolor lift technique, using the Starburst background stamp from Fun Stampers Journey. First I covered watercolor paper with big puddles of intense color and used a heat gun to ensure it was completely dry. Next I stamped the background image with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder. The final step is spritzing again with water and pressing with folded paper towels to "lift" the color away in the places that aren't protected by the embossing. I finished the card with a word die that came with my FSJ Amaze machine.


This watercolor sample did NOT come out as I had hoped - so I dug out the April Bloom Box stamp set, T-Rex Love, to see if I could salvage something from it. To create the starry sky for my dinosaurs I dropped rubbing alcohol onto wet watercolor. The ground started with a light brown wash, then I dry-brushed in bits of darker brown while the paper was just damp.

This card started with a salted watercolor background. I sprinkled kosher salt over the wet watercolored surface, then brushed it off after it was completely dry. I mounted both the positive and negative die cut butterfly shapes onto a brushed gold card front.

Here's another example of the salted background - but with less salt on a slightly drier surface.

This fish from the Fun Stampers Journey set called Rainbow Bubbles was stamped on watercolor paper that had been "smooshed" into a puddle of watercolor and allowed to dry.

Now you’re off to visit with Jearise at Lorby's World. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!

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  1. Your cards are fabulous. That first one is just gorgeous . . . and the dinosaurs!!!! That's an awesome card/sentiment. Great hopping with you.

  2. Wilma, what a marvelous job you did on your cards. I love that you varied the techniques and also talked about how to improvise when things don't turn out quite as planned. I was truly a pleasure hopping with you and I look forward to doing it again soon.

  3. Wilma, you are an amazing artist. Each card is unique and I love them all. I especially love that you were able to think outside the box and salvage the watercolor sample you made. Thanks so much for hopping with me.

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  4. You created some wonderful cards Wilma and I can't believe how many different techniques you incorporated on top of the water coloring :-) They are all beautiful and keep playing with the watercolors....Love how you showed how plans can change too LOL happen to me all the time. It was great hopping with you and I am looking forward to next month

  5. Like your second card says - amazing! I love all your cards. I tried the salt technique on two few different backgrounds and it never looked impressive like yours do. I threw mine in the trash. I enjoyed looking at your cards.

  6. WOW! Your work is gorgeous! I'm going to have to try a couple of these techniques. And I absolutely LOVE that goldfish!

  7. Your cards are fantastic. I never heard of the kosher salt technique but I am sure going to try it.

  8. Wilma, all of your cards are fantastic! I love the fish! Just gorgeous!


  9. I love your cards! I may have to try the kosher salt technique. It was great hopping with you again!

  10. Love the salted watercolor!!! OMG!!! N-E-V-E-R tried it!! But now, I'm gonna! Thanks for showing it to me. (Love your "smooshing" too!)

  11. What a great technique. I love the night sky one.

  12. Wonderful cards! Love the flower card, just gorgeous!

  13. Big snaps on these cards. They are all fabulous. Love the dinosaurs.