When designing cards for my stamp club last week I wanted to do another fall inspired card and use the new Totally Trees stamp set from the Holiday Catalog. Yesterday's card was pumpkins so I wanted something else besides an "orange" card. I looked through my saved pins and inspiration websites and saw a technique that I had never tried before so I gave that a whirl as a possible class project. Nope! It was cute but too many steps and up and down from the table to be practical in a large group setting. But the card did end up giving me the colors I used for the class project. Not traditional fall colors but they make me think of fall anyway for some reason.
We used Shimmery White cardstock to make a watercolor wash background. I found that giving the Shimmery White cardstock a quick brush with plain water from the Aquapainter helped the colors blend better. Since I had a big group doing the watercoloring I squeezed drops of re-inker into empty embellishment containers and added some water. That was easier than having 3 ink pads open and watercoloring from the lids which is what I do when it's just me or even one color at a class. I started with Delightful Dijon, then Bermuda Bay and finally Rich Razzleberry. The colors blended nicely for a kind of jewel toned rainbow background.
We dried the paper with the heat tool to move things along but you can leave it to air dry for a few hours or overnight. Once it's dry the trees and falling leaves are stamped with Tip Top Taupe ink. We layered a stamped tree that was die cut and layered with the Layering Ovals framelits. We used shimmery white for this as well.
The tree is popped up over a length of 5/8" Burlap ribbon and a punched banner with the Thoughtful banners set and coordinating punch finish this card off.
The shimmer is a nice and subtle in real life and and is a nice compliment to the rich color palette.
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Stamps: Totally Trees, Thoughtful Banners
Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Delightful Dijon, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Shimmery White, Tip Top Taupe, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Layering Ovals framelits, Banner punch, dimensionals, 5/8" burlap ribbon, aqua painter