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Hi friends! Sometimes a color combination is all my brain needs to start the wheels turning. I created some cotton candy watercolored cards in THIS post, and I loved the color combination so much that I just had to apply it to another project! I cannot get enough of the Fresh Daisies embossing folder. I used it on both of THESE cards using ink blending and alcohol marker coloring, but wanted to try doing some watercoloring with it as well. The gorgeous Distress color palette that I used earlier this week seemed to lend itself perfectly to these sweet daisies! Let’s get started with the details.
I began by running a slightly-larger-than-A2 panel of Arches Cold Press watercolor paper through my die cut machine using the Fresh Daisies Embossing Folder. I find that the texture and heavy weight of this watercolor paper is perfect for use with embossing folders! I made sure that the panel was a little larger than A2 size so that I could tape the entire panel to my watercoloring board. When saturating your watercolor panels with moisture, as I intended to do with this project, I find it very helpful to tape all of the edges of your panel to a watercolor board to help reduce warping.
Before I started adding details to the embossed images, I used Saltwater Taffy, Tattered Rose, Milled Lavender Broken China, and Speckled Egg Distress Inks to watercolor a cotton candy sky behind the flowers. I used plenty of clean water on my paintbrushes to make sure that the colors on the background were loose and ethereal.
Once my background was completely dry, I used Worn Lipstick, Saltwater Taffy, Tattered Rose, Milled Lavender, Broken China, Speckled Egg, Shabby Shutters, and Iced Spruce to watercolor the images no-line style! When watercoloring on these embossed panels, I approach each area as I would a typical no-line colored piece: keep the wet sections separate. If the wet sections touch, the colors will bleed together and ruin any definition on each image. After I had finished my watercoloring, I allowed the panel plenty of time to dry while still taped down to my board. Once it was bone dry, I splattered some sparkling metallic watercolors just on the bottom corner by the flowers. I think it looks like dewdrops settling on the flowers at sunrise!
After all of my watercoloring, I wanted a very simple greeting to allow the watercoloring to stay the star of the card. I die cut the Simply Thank You die from some champagne Luxe Glitter Classic cardstock, backing the detail layer with a vellum background layer to help it stand out from the colorful background. I popped up the greeting on the card front using clear foam adhesive, then added a few sparkling jewels for one last touch of sparkle!
Well, that’s all for my project today! If you haven’t tried watercoloring your embossing folders, I highly encourage you to give it a try. The effect is absolutely magical! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!