HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! This is my last Technique Tuesday of the year for 2010. I look forward to sharing many, many more ideas with you in 2011, with Techniques Tuesdays, gallery cards, and challenges, as well as general postings.
I would like to thank so many of you who have taken time to comment on my blog postings, or sent me emails of encouragement. It really means a lot to me, and inspires me to keep going. It really is great to hear that you are enjoying my efforts.....so thanks again.
For today's technique, I played with watercolor for a background. These are quite simple, really. I just used watercolor paper, spritzed it with water until it was quite wet, then rubbed ink from stamp pads onto my craft mat, and picked up the ink colors from the mat with a water brush, then ran the brush across the wet paper. The instant the brush touches the paper, it runs and spreads. If the color does not bleed as much as you'd like, simply spritz, or add more water with your water brush. When it looks the way you like, dry with a heat tool. The colors will dry a little lighter than they appeared when they were wet, so it's good to keep that in mind. The paper will curl while it is drying, so I turn it over and dry both sides until it flattens back out. You can always iron it flat, but I find that the tape holds it down on the card and keeps it flat.
On this purple/green sympathy card, I used eggplant and lettuce Adirondack inks, then dried the paper with my heat tool right away. I used Nestabilities dies for the shape for the design panels, then I stamped the flourishes and the sympathy saying (Impression-Obsession stamps) with black ink. Finally, I added some silk flowers, crystals, and highlighted with the Stardust gel pen.
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That's it for tonight. Have a very happy, healthy, and prosperous new year! God bless.