I was over on the Simon Says Stamp blog recently with my Doodling With Debby video feature for the month and thought I’d share it here too in case you missed it over there. For this month, I’m making the most of watercolour prints. Suzy Plantamura designs the sets of watercolour prints that Simon Says Stamp stock and they are printed on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor card. They are already a great value at under $10 per twelve card set, that’s just over 80 cents per card, but when I saw the new Succulents set, I knew I could stretch that even further. Several of the cards have an arrangement of smaller images. It was the image with the cacti on a shelf that got me thinking and then looking at the other cards I was struck that with a little fussy cutting I could make so many more cards from these smaller images. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
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STEPPING UP WATERCOLOUR PRINTS
I took one of the cards with multiple small images and set about watercolouring three of the pots of plants. I used watercolour today as I love this medium and the cards are printed on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor card, so you have that option. However, don’t feel that you have to watercolour. I’ve seen all types of media used on these cards – Copics, pencils, markers. The important thing is to use what you have available or what you are most comfortable with. I’m still in love with the look of watercolour, and so that was my choice for today. I used Daniel Smith watercolours and slowly added layers of colour to the plants. You don’t have to worry about being too detailed as these are relatively small images, and so a light first wash of colour followed by a little shading is all that is needed.
I keep harping on about white gouache but whether you like watercolouring or not I think a tube of white gouache should be in everyone’s toolbox. It gives such excellent opacity that you can paint it over darker colours, and it still gives that great white highlight. I even painted over the black polka dots on the pink pot, and it covered over that fine too. I started with Winsor & Newton Permanent White gouache and have loved it so much I’ve never felt the need to try anything else.
Once I’d finished painting, I dried the card with a heat tool and then fussy cut out each of the three images. I left a small white border around each, and that is so that I could keep the spikes on the cacti intact. My tip when fussy cutting is to keep the scissors steady and instead move the card as you cut. Also, start with the fiddly bits first when you have more card to keep a hold of rather than leaving those until last and then struggle to have much to hold on to. I then set the three plant pots to one side while I worked on the background for this card.
I have used the Scallop Waves Background stamp on virtually every card I’ve made since I received it. I love the scallops and find they make a great subtle background, particularly when stamped in a tone on tone way on kraft card. I placed the stamp in the Misti and stamped it in embossing ink on Neenah Desert Storm card. This ink is clear and slightly sticky when wet, and that is what embossing powder adheres to. However, I’m not embossing today; I’m just letting that ink give a slightly darker tone on the card.
I used to make a lot of 4 bar cards, these little cards are only 3.5 inches by 5 inches, and I think their small size is adorable and particularly suits these three small plant pots. So, I cut the background down, I did make a mistake on my dimensions though, but I fixed that later on. I added foam adhesive to the back of each of the pots and then trimmed a piece of striped patterned paper for the plants to stand on and added foam adhesive to the back of that too. I then splattered the background panel with black paint and then white gouache to give a little more interest and then dried it with a heat tool.
For the sentiment, I used the Thanks and Encouragement set. This set has two large stamps with a variety of messages spaced over them and then a matching die to cut them out. I stamped the thank you images in clear embossing ink on black card and then sprinkled with white embossing powder before heat setting. I then aligned the matching die, held it in place with washi tape and ran it through my die cutting machine. I only used one of the sentiments today, but I’ll tuck the rest away for another time.
I cut and scored a 4-bar card base from Ivory card and then realised my mistake – in cutting the kraft background panel I’d made it too narrow. However, I fixed that quickly by adding another strip of patterned paper along the long edge, and I prefer the extra detail this brings to the card so a happy mistake in the end. I added foam adhesive to the back of the panel and adhered that to the card base and then used the waves of the background to help keep my striped shelf for the plants to stand on straight. I then added each of the three plant pots with foam adhesive and the same for the sentiment strip.
Finally, it was time for a little embellishment. I do like adding a triangle of sequins, enamel dots, Nuvo droplets, crystals or such to catch the eye and draw attention to the focal point. Uneven numbers are supposed to be attractive to the eye, and so a triangle of embellishments is just right. I added three sequins from the new Sunken Treasure sequin mix and kept them in place with Gina K Connect glue and then paired them with Dragon Scales Nuvo droplets. I love Kristina Werner’s envelopes, and she has inspired me to take a little more care with my envelopes. Just a little touch of a stamped tone on tone thank you on the flap of the envelope using a sentiment from the Greetings Mix 1 set stamped in clear embossing ink and then a little twine around the envelope to tie into the black and white stripes of the paper strips on the card.
And there you have one little cute succulents and cacti card which used just three of the images from one of the prints from the Succulents set. I could make two more cards just from this one print, and there are more options in the other prints too. I enjoyed taking those three plant pots and making this little card, and I’ll be sure to be making more of these.
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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
Debby, your card is just so sweet and beautiful! It seems like a “no brainer”, but I thought about cutting out the images from the watercolor cards. Thanks for the inspiration.