Sunday, April 14, 2013

PTI Make it Monday #111: Watercoloring Embossed Images - cover plate card

This week's Make it Monday over at Papertrey ink involves watercolouring embossed images.  The great thing about using embossing powder before watercolouring is that the embossing powder helps the wet colours stay within the lines - a little more fool proof!  :)

Here's Heather Nichols' video covering the technique as she makes a beautiful card:
I decided to grab my hexagon cover plate to make a the front of the card - it almost looks like a lattice.  And I challenged myself to NOT use a sentiment, despite how much I wanted to! :)  I attached the front aqua mist panel to a thin flap of the white card base using some Tombo Mono Multi glue - this stuff is great for thin beads of glue.
I stamped the ikat diamonds in Fresh sugar ink on a piece of Smokey Shadow on a Sending You die cut.  I stamped and embossed the In Bloom flower using Versamark and Zing embossing powder.  Then I added a watercoloured flower (In Bloom) using a variety of  Shimmer Paints.  A little sprinkling of foam dots behind add a little dimension to the front.
Hard to capture the sheen of these paints but in person, it is remarkable.  I love using these rather than regular watercolours for that very reason.

Here is another shot showing a better idea of the front panel:
I might stamp a sentiment behind the Sending You die cut when I decide who it's going to and I will definitely be writing the message on the back of the card so it doesn't show through ... or I could write the message right where the Sending You die cut covers the white base.  We'll see ... :-)
Thank you to Betsy Veldman for this idea of using the cover plate 'bare' like this - she did a card (with more layers and more of the cover plate covered) but I pinned it a while back to use it as a jumping off point.
Paper: PTI Aqua Mist & Smokey Shadow, Staples 110lb white,
Stamps: PTI Irresistible Ikat, In Bloom
Ink: Fresh sugar, Versamark
Misc: Tombo Mono Multi glue, Zing embossing powder, Impress Shimmer Paints, foam dots, PTI Hexagon cover plate 


Nancy Penir said...

Cara, just have to say, I love the soft pale shimmeries with the dark grays. Reminds me of an Asian garden. And is that a pale aqua shimmer on the flower? Really beautiful.

Kathryn A said...

Beautiful card! Very unique.

Jill Norwood said...

What wonderful cards! I need to bookmark your site so I can visit often!!!
:) Jill