OK, I have been fiddling around with these cards for a while, and last night I finally finished them. (Well, mostly finished.) The technique here is faux watercolor stamping with Distress Markers. Similar to what I have been doing before — coloring the stamp and misting it, but with the markers.
This first one I stamped on kraft paper, because I was curious how the faux watercolor technique would look on kraft paper, which is pretty absorbent. Also I thought it would suit the sketch and color scheme I was planning. I colored, misted, stamped, and left the image to dry naturally. I had to try this out a few times to get the right balance of colors on the wheat ears, so they would stand out properly. The colors I used are Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, maybe a little Vintage Photo or Walnut Stain, I don’t quite remember.
I scribbled the markers on the craft sheet, misted them, and added some splatters with a paint brush, too. That did not work out quite as well as I would like — I’m not great with splatters. They’re OK, but they could be better.
The sentiment is from Fiskars. Once it was all done, it seemed to need something more, so I dug around in my stash and found these tiny, decorated brads. They certainly fit the color scheme.
This second pair of cards are the Seasonal Distress Markers on an ikat background stamp.
First generation impression is on the left, second on the right. As usual, I ended up liking the second generation more, but the first is fine too.
This paper is the Tim Holtz Distress watercolor paper — I like what a bright white it is. I used the smooth side. I mounted the panels on black cardstock for contrast, and added a vellum strip for a sentiment.
I had a certain sentiment stamp in mind — “You color my world” — but I can’t find the damn thing. Hah, I guess that’s what I get for cleaning up! When it turns up, I will stamp the sentiment strips. Or if I find I want to use the cards for something, I will add an appropriate sentiment. I think they would make good low-key birthday cards, being colorful but not too fancy.
So that’s faux watercolor.
There are many other watercolor techniques I could try, but you know, right now, I’m just not feeling it. The watercolor. The unpredictability of it is hard for me. I know watercolor is terribly popular right now, but I think I’m ready to move on. I can always come back to it later.
For my next projects I might like to work with patterned paper. Or maybe play around with some of the non-card materials in my stash.