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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Fancy trying a new Technique?

After a month long sabbatical from crafting in August, my Mojo was AWOL still.  I have to admit, I was slightly panicked by having to produce content for September's monthly class and pulled this together at the last minute!

I worked with a piece of watercolour paper measuring 5-1/2" x 3-3/4" (14 cm x 9.5 cm), just the right size to adhere to a C6 card.  You lay down colour on the watercolour paper by scribbling across it with marker pens - I used a selection of four colours for each card.  In my samples below, I worked with it in Portrait orientation and used long strokes back and forth horizontally.  With your first marker, cover the top quarter of the paper, followed by your second colour below that.  Your paper is now half coloured.  Take the third marker and lay colour  below that, leaving the last quarter for your fourth colour. Next, squeeze droplets of water on  it with an aquapainter and spread the water to blend or use a thick brush dipped in a container with water and allow the water to work on the colours to blend.  It's best to allow it to dry naturally, or overnight, but if you're impatient, or in a class, you can speed up the process by using a heat tool to dry it thoroughly.  

Choose a selection of small floral or leaf photopolymer stamps and mount it onto a large acrylic block. Next use an embossing buddy over the entire dried watercolour paper.  For best coverage, don't forget to place a foam mat  under the watercolour paper especially if you are using photopolymer stamps.  There's no need for a foam mat if you're using clear mount or wood mounted stamps.  Ink up your stamps with versamark, stamp your images and sprinkle with clear embossing powder, then heat emboss.

Once the clear embossing has cooled and is set, change your water so that it's clean and dip your brush to colour wash off the ink.  Blot the excess with a kitchen towel and repeat process until the embossed images become more pronounced as pictured. This may take several applications.   After it's dry, you can then use them as backgrounds for your cards.  

Have a go yourself.  Experiment with different colour combinations.  I tried it with glossy card stock and shimmery white card stock, but it didn't work as well.  It works best with watercolour paper.

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