Friday, June 16, 2017

"Glowing" Watercolors with Dawn

Happy Fri-yay! I have a fun one to share with you all today that just puts a big ol' smile on my face.

"Friendship" cards are officially my favorite cards to make. They are happy, unexpected and anything goes! Seriously, you can make a friendship card with any imagery or technique and it's fine...cause friendship never goes out of style, or season!

I decided to pair our new Little Dreamers products with a sentiment from our older Lucky Stars stamp set. I chose to do a little watercoloring with Tim Holtz Distress Inks on Fabriano Artistico Hot Pressed watercolor paper this time.

I kept the watercoloring technique very simple. Because I was working on artist grade watercolor paper (which is made of cotton vs. pulp), the Distress Inks are much more stable and less reactive with water, which allowed me to do a little glazing.

This was super helpful in allowing me to glaze a light wash of yellow over my teddy bear, making it appear as though the star is casting a glow on to him.

I stamped each of the elements with matching colored ink and then watercolored them before die cutting them with the companion die. I've listed all of the ink colors used in the supply list below.

I blended a little Lake House ink onto my background and then heat embossed my sentiment in gold. For accents, I added some stars from the Starry Background Die covered with Wink of Stella and a few sequins.

I hope it makes you smile too!

Featured Supplies

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  1. Beautiful, Dawn. What a lucky recipient to get this beauty!

  2. SO ADORABLE!!! I LOVE the lite wash of water colors on this! Yes, I too enjoy making Friendship cards! ;) I LOVE the SURPRISE they are when you send them for NO REASON! ;)

  3. Beautiful and thoughtful card, Dawn. I think friendship cards are my favourite ones to send too. It is always nice to think of the smile you are going to be putting on the unsuspecting recipient's face as they open the card. Love the way you added colour to the teddy!

  4. Adorable card! Beautiful coloring!

  5. Beautifully done - LOVE it :-)

  6. Super cute and so adorable card!!! And your coloring is incredible!
    I send most of my card as a friendship one. Although often gonwith simple hello as a sentiment.


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