Floating Watercolor

Blended Bloom Floating Watercolor-Nacho Average Challenge #155

I hope you'll check out this week's sketch challenge over at the Nacho Average site!

Here's my contribution:

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This fall inspired card uses the Floating Watercolor technique and the stamp set Blended Bloom. 

The Floating Watercolor technique is very easy to do and is one of those WOW projects. 

For this card, I did the Floating Watercolor technique slightly different.  Instead of spritzing the whole piece of card stock with water, I used my aqua painter to only add water to each of the embossed flowers.  Then, when the watercolor paper was good and wet, I added the drops of ink using the tip of the aqua painter.  This way, the ink would spread within the edges of the embossing, and not end up outside of the flowers.

Before starting the Floating Watercolor technique, I stamped the greeting with Chocolate Chip ink,then heat embossed using clear embossing powder.  I wanted to place the flowers around the greeting, but didn't want to take a chance of the greeting smearing while I worked with the water.  After the watercolor paper had dried, I stamped the speckles from Gorgeous Grunge using Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry inks.

Here's the sketch:











Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used: Stamp Sets: Blended Bloom, Gorgeous Grunge, Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze

Paper: Chocolate Chip, watercolor paper

Accessories: heat tool, white and clear embossing powders, aqua painter, water, Linen Thread



Happy Stampin'!

Bouquet of Watercolor Roses

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The Floating Watercolor technique is so addictive!  I had to stop when I ran out of Shimmery White card stock!  Time to reorder!

Color combos:

top rose: pink passion, pretty in pink, lovey lilac

right rose: pale and perfect plums

bottom rose: pretty in pink, pink pirouette, barely banana

left rose: lovely lilac, pale plum, barely banana

Stamp set: Fifth Avenue Floral (of course-my new favorite)

Happy Stampin'!

Floating Watercolors

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Supplies used:

Stamp Set: Fifth Avenue Floral

Ink: white craft, cameo coral, pretty in pink rinks

Paper: Close to Coco, Shimmery White, Candy Lane Designer Series paper

Accessories: 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, eyelet border punch

Happy Stampin'!

Inspiration for Floating Watercolors comes from everywhere!

On Sunday, May 17,  the Albuquerque Journal, had this photo and complimentary article in their Arts section.  This is a photo of the design on a silk kimono created by Bunny Bowen.  Absolutely beautiful! I saw it and immediately thought it would be a great color combo for my watercolor roses.

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Here's my rose. Colors used: pink passion, pretty in pink, lovely lilac.  Look for inspiration everywhere!

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Happy Stampin'!

Floating Watercolor technique (Watercolor Roses-Fifth Avenue Floral)

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The Floating Watercolor technique has become one of my top 5 favorites.  This is definitely one of those WOW techniques!

What you'll need:

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 -White craft ink pad

-white embossing powder

-heat tool

-coordinating Classic Dye ink refills

-a plastic lid or container to use as the palette for the re-inkers

-spritzer bottle filled with water

-aqua painter or small paint brush

-Shimmery White card stock (regular matte card stock will work, but it won't have the shimmery effect) or watercolor paper

-stamp with detail-I used the rose stamp found in Fifth Avenue Floral  

1. Ink detailed stamp in white craft ink and stamp on Shimmery White card stock.  Apply white embossing powder and heat with heat tool.  Make sure you have embossed the image fully.  It is hard to tell since you are embossing white on white card stock.  After embossing, let the image cool for a few seconds and then gently rub you fingers over the image to make sure all areas are embossed.  If the image is not completely embossed, you will lose any loose embossing powder when you spritz water on the image in the next step.

I like to stamp the image in white craft ink rather than Versamark and then emboss with white  embossing powder because I want the white in the image to really pop and show definition.


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2. Choose the colors for your rose.  Apply drops of Classic Dye reinkers onto your palette.  I use a plastic lid from an old dip container. 

For color inspiration, look at the roses in your garden, in your neighborhood, at a local nursery or in garden catalogs.  The colors shown here are Cameo Coral, Barely Banana and Pretty in Pink.

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3. Spray the embossed piece with water using a spritzer bottle.  You want the piece to be fairly wet.  I can tell when it is wet enough when the edges of Shimmery White card stock begin to curl under.


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4.  Dip your aqua painter or paint brush in water.  Then pick up some color by dipping it into a drop of reinker on your palette.  Lightly touch the tip of the aqua painter onto the wet card stock.  The color will instantly run, filling in the spaces between the embossed lines.  This is where the WOW! comes in.  Too cool.  

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5. Add other colors as  you like.  If the colors are too dark, you can always spritz with more water to spread the colors out.



6. Set aside to dry.  It takes about 15-20 minutes in our dry southwest climate.  Remember, you have started with a pretty wet piece of card stock.  Be patient.

7.  Cut the rose out with a pair of detail scissors and finish card as desired.

Here's a close up of the finished rose.  Isn't it beautiful? This one reminds me of the Princess Diana roses in my yard. 

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Stamp Set: Fifth Avenue Floral

Ink: Whisper White Craft, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana and Cameo Coral reinkers, Versamark

Paper: Taste of Textiles, Barely Banana, Close to Cocoa, Mellow Moss, Certainly Celery, Shimmery White

Accessories: White embossing powder, heat tool, aqua painter, spritzer bottle, crimper



Happy Stampin'!