Today I have a faux watercolour background to share that uses new products from Simon Says Stamp’s You Are Loved release. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.
Let’s take a look at what is included in the new You Are Loved release.
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I placed a piece of Arches Hot Pressed card in the Misti and to get the faux watercolour look I applied Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink all over the stamp and then dotted around Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide. I splattered the inky background with a solution of Perfect Pearls and then spritzed with water to blend the colours and sparkle. I stamped the wet background onto the watercolour card, pressing firmly and leaving in place for a moment to ensure the best impression.
I lifted the door of the Misti to reveal the beautiful background. The video and camera really don’t do this justice. In real life, it is a lovely soft pink and coral with sparkly areas winding through the damask design. I dried the panel with a heat tool and then to emphasise the sparkle some more I liberally splattered the piece with more of the Perfect Pearls solution before drying again. I then cut the panel to be slightly smaller than an A2 card base.
I dragged the Abandoned Coral ink pad across the leftover piece of watercolour card to create a custom coloured card which matched the background perfectly, and from this, I die cut the large LOVE from the Ornate Love dies set. I like the size of these letters and their clean font I thought would be a good contrast to the elegant design of the Damask Background.
I added foam adhesive to the back of the faux watercolour panel and adhered it to an Ivory card base. I’ve found that this Ivory card is a perfect match for the off-white of most watercolour cardstock. I added foam adhesive to the back of the LOVE letters and used a T square ruler to ensure I had them on straight. When adding letters like this, I find it easiest to add the first and last letter in place and then use the remaining gap to add the rest of the letters so that they are equally spaced. Initially, I placed the letters gently, but once I was settled on their position, I pressed them firmly down.
The new Simple Sentiments 2 set from Cathy Zielske and Simon Says Stamp has a great array of sentiment options and again I love the clean font and the size of the sentiments works well for creating small banners that I love adding to my cards. I thought the Totally Love You greeting would work well with the die cut letters and so lined up the sentiment on a piece of Slate card in the Misti. I treated the card with an anti-static powder bag to prevent embossing powder randomly sticking everywhere and then stamped the greeting in clear embossing ink before sprinkling with white embossing powder and heat setting. I trimmed the piece to a skinny banner and added it over the top of the die cut letters with foam adhesive, again using a T square ruler to try and combat my lack of ability for adding things on straight.
I’m in love with the large white and clear sequins in the Girl’s Best Friend pack and added a few of those to the card with Gina K Connect Glue. However, I felt the embellishments needed a bit more depth, and so I took out an oldie, but goodie die I’ve had for years and always turn to when I want a sprinkling of hearts or stars. This is the Holiday Shapes die, and I cut it from the Slate card leftovers I had from stamping the sentiment banner and then added a couple of the hearts with foam adhesive.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D