Friday, February 10, 2017

Celebrate Your Day With Kara

Hey! It's Kara. I'm back again, but this time with something much softer. I love bold color, but this subtle watercolor background is just so pretty.

I knew I wanted to use the beautiful Outlined Roses Die. This die set came out several months ago but I never had a chance to use it.  I decided I wanted to back them with some soft watercolor.  I die cut the roses, leaves and buds from white cardstock and moved them around on my panel to decide on placement Once I knew where I wanted each die cut to be I added the appropriate color to an acrylic block in that general position.  For example, I wanted the large rose to be in the upper left hand corner so I added some pink distress ink to the acrylic block in that same area. I added green where the leaves would be placed. Once the acrylic block was coated with ink, I spritzed some water on the ink to activate it's watercolor-like properties. I then placed a piece of watercolor paper onto the acrylic block. I left it there for several seconds applying pressure. When I removed the cardstock from the block some of the ink had started to mix and create a brown color that I did not want. I quickly absorbed some of the color with a piece of chamois and unexpectedly created a subtle texture that I loved!

While I let the watercolor piece dry, I decided to die cut another set of flowers and leaves.  I was then able to layer up the die cuts and make them a bit sturdier.  When the piece was dry, I applied the die cuts using a liquid adhesive. I knew that whatever sentiment I decided to add it had to be just as soft and also not hide the beautiful background.  Vellum was the answer. I used a die cut vellum circle from my stash. It had been cut with the Love Mom Layers die. I stamped a sentiment from Strictly Sentiments 5 in Versamark ink and embossed it in white.  This circle die cut from the Dreamcatcher Die fits perfectly around the circle and creates the perfect frame. I did the same thing, layering 4 die cuts this time to vary the dimension.

You can't see any adhesive behind the vellum because I found that if you run it through a Xyron sticker maker and burnish it well the adhesive coats the back of the vellum entirely and does not show!

I love it and I hope you do too! Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend! See you again soon!

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  1. Kara, it's stunning! I absolutely love the soft, delicate and feminine feel of it. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  2. Oh I am in love!! The pink/green background looks incredible with these die cuts!!

  3. A beautiful card Kara.
    I recently won a prize from SSS and in with it was one of your beautiful handmade cards. It is lovely and will go on my shelf with the others that I have rec'd from my fav. bloggers!

    1. Really?? How cool is that? Congrats on your win and I'm so glad you liked the card!!

  4. LOve it, so soft, serene, and divine with that little slip of vellum - and aren't you just the clever one with your Xyron sticker maker!! wonderful, my friend!


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