I'm even more excited to have results that are somewhat shareworthy. Let's just say previous watercoloring attempts have not gone well -- especially those involving smooshing. And, I think you'll see what I mean as I take a closer look at these cards in the order in which they were created. :)
Oh, one last disclaimer. Since I'm crafting from the road, I'm embellishment-challenged -- using the few punches and sequins I have on hand.
Now, without further ado...
Card #1 My first two smooshing attempts this time around was monochromatic, playing with spun sugar and picked raspberry Distress Inks.
- This is actually attempt two. Attempt one ended up being a pink wash rather than a "watercolory" look.
- Lesson Learned: It really is essential to dry your paper between smooshes.
- I was not head-over-heels happy with this result, but felt it might be card-worthy.
- Thanks to the ever-so-appropriately-named MISTI, the background works with this amazingly crisp sentiment.
- I may swap out the circles with other embellishments when I have full access to my at-home stash. :)
Card #2 Attempt three ended up being more monochromatic -- and a little more of a wash -- than I intended.
- I had planned on defined sections of blue and yellow, with some sections where blue and yellow make green. That said, I thought it was good enough to try and make a card.
- Again, I love the crisply-stamped black sentiment and am amazed how much more artistic it makes the card base appear.
- I am definitely going to embellish this little guy when I get home. To paraphrase a well-know verse: Visions of Paper Smooches holly dies are dancing in my head. :)
Card #3 Amazing, indeed!!! This is the card I've yearned to create for a long, long time.
- After several monochromatic attempts, I decided to go big with a red, blue, yellow combination.
- Truth be told, I was a little ambivalent about my watercolor results initially. But, I kept drying the paper and adding bits of color around the page.
- The technique that seemed to work best for me was: 1) applying ink to a small (3" x 3") piece of acetate -- using my finger to rub out ink edges, 2) misting the section of the paper I was using and carefully applying ink to paper, 3) dabbing remaining ink on a craft mat, 4) drying the paper, and 5) picking up beads of remaining ink with acetate and repeating inking process as desired.
- Okay, I know I sound like a broken record.... But, these MISTI-inked sentiments are the best!
- I used a few sparkly, pearlescent sequins that I happened to have on hand to finish off the card.
- Linking this gem up to the Shopping our Stash Go Paperless (as in designer paper) Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday Blog Challenge.
Card #4 I loved Card #3 that I decided to bask in the glory of this smooshing success for a little while. So, I decided to switch gears and try my hand at the ombre technique demonstrated in one of the videos, adapting this technique to achieve a rainbow effect. Thinking I might need a little more embellishment here. Letting that idea percolate. (And, I apologize for the overall yellow hue of this photo. Not quite sure why the pic turned out like this.)
Card #5 After seeing this rainbow effect, I decided to try blending at an angle, starting with mustard seed from the bottom left corner to the top right. Since this seemed like a look that kids would like, I chose to make a celebratory birthday card for the current SAS4Kids challenge.
This post was a long one. Sorry about that. Thanks for sticking with me.
Congrats to Becca who won our Fight-Like-a-Girl Challenge at Words 2 Scrap By. We'll be launching a new challenge on Sunday.
The Cards in Envy Trick-or-Treat Challenge continues until Sunday at 6 PM Central Time. A new challenge starts up on Monday.
Huge thanks to Simon Says Stamp for the $50 gift voucher from the Wednesday Blog Challenge team for the Wrap it Up challenge. Can't wait to go shopping!
Hoping to get back to craft-show calendars and/or bookmarks this weekend. Hope you find some crafting time these next few days. As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!