Hi everyone, it's Audrey! Today I have a card and a quick Sizzix tutorial to share with you for creating a pretty watercolor scene using stamps and Distress inks. Have you all noticed that Sizzix has been expanding their line of clear stamps lately? That's awesome, right?
This soft watercolor card was made with two fabulous Sizzix clear stamp sets. I was in need of a sympathy card, and found the most beautiful script sentiment in this new set by Jen Long called Hanging Sign w/ Phrases. As the name implies, this set has the most gorgeous hanging signpost, and a great mix of interchangeable sentiments that perfectly fit within the sign frame. They also work great on their own, like I have done here.
I always think birds and flowers work well for sympathy cards, and what sweeter little bird could there be than this guy from the Birds & Phrases stamp set by Lynda Kanase?
I created a simple watercolor panel for my card design, paired with a fun Distress background, for a really quick and easy card design. Emphasis on being postal-friendly.
Let's take a closer look.
To begin, create a standard A2 card base from white cardstock. Using an ink blending tool, apply Peacock Feathers Distress ink to both the left and right sides of the card. I added a wider band of ink on the right side, for a bit of visual contrast. Spritz the ink fairly liberally with water, and allow the water to set for a few seconds before blotting it dry with a paper towel. I tried to get some big splats on my card. Although I didn't use watercolor paper for my card base, regular cardstock can withstand a small amount of water with minimal warping. You can flatten the card back out under a book, if needed. Or go ahead and use watercolor paper if you'd rather.
Cut a small panel of watercolor paper for your focal design, approximately 3.5" x 2.75". Stamp the sentiment in the top right corner and the bird on the branch in the bottom left corner using a permanent, waterproof ink like Ranger Archival Ink.
Watercolor the bird and branch using Distress inks or markers. To watercolor with Distress, I like to dab the inks onto my non-stick craft mat and then pick up the color with a wet paintbrush.
I dropped in some additional color all around the bird to create the look of sky. Easiest to do with a wide flat paintbrush. And then with a fine-tipped brush, I added a bit of gray shadow under the bird and leaves. And finally, draw a frame around the edge of the image using a ruler and a fine-tipped waterproof journaling pen.
Mat the watercolor panel onto black paper. Trim a couple of banner strips from patterned paper and adhere them to the left center of the card base. Adhere the focal panel over the banners, and finish off with a chipboard embellishment and a few enamel dots for texture.
Other Materials Used:
- Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80 lb.
- Patterned Paper, Chipboard: BasicGrey
- Watercolor Paper: Strathmore Cold-Pressed 120 lb.
- Inks: Ranger Archival Ink- Jet Black, Ranger Distress Inks- Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass, Salty
- Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Lucky Clover, Wild Honey, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Pumice
- Enamel Dots: Simple Stories
- Pen: Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen- Fine