Hello, today, I have a technique to share to get a quick and straightforward watercoloured look using Distress Oxide sprays. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
I started by stamping the new Cosmos Bloom Background from Simon Says Stamp in clear embossing ink on Arches hot-pressed watercolour card (smooth surface for a good stamped impression). I then sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set. I taped the panel to a board with painter’s tape to prevent warping and then using a broad brush painted pure, clear water over the whole area. I spritzed Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide sprays onto the white area of a Tim Holtz glass mat. I dipped a brush into the puddles and let the spray drip off the brush onto the wet card. I applied the sprays this way rather than directly to the card, as I wanted to have some control on where the different colours were located. This way I was able to add Fossilized Amber for the flower centres, Peeled Paint for the leaves and Picked Raspberry for the petals. I let the sprays softly blend with the water on the card and spritzed more water from a mini mister until I had a soft watercolour look. When the panel was dry, I then lightly splattered with leftover colour and also a solution of Perfect Pearls for a little shimmer and white gouache for more highlights.
I love the intensity of the hot pink on some of the petals and yet how it fades out to the faintest gossamer pink in other areas. Also that bit with the leaves where the Peeled Paint and Fossilized Amber combined is lovely! I trimmed the panel to be slightly smaller than an A2 card base, and then foam mounted to an Ivory card base. For the sentiment, I stamped a greeting from the Greetings Mix 1 set in clear embossing ink on Vellum and white heat embossed before die cutting with a Nested Circle die. I added tiny pieces of foam adhesive behind the white embossed lettering and adhered to the card front.
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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