Earlier this week, I posted a card using an easy watercolour technique – watercolouring over white heat embossed lines. Well, today, I’m back with another easy one, this time a faux watercolour autumn background technique which uses the sold surface of the Bold Leaves stamp set.
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easy faux watercolour background
When I was playing with autumn colours of Distress Inks for these cards, I fell in love with the combination of Antique Linen, Speckled Egg, Rusty Hinge, Crackling Campfire and Frayed Burlap. I pulled these colours out again for this card.
I inked the surface of the Bold Leaves stamp set with these inks and then spritzed with water before stamping onto a watercolour card. The water combines with the inks to give this wonderful and reliable faux watercolour look.
I tore the edges of the card and added some wonky stitching to give detail to this otherwise very simple design.
For the sentiment, I used the Circle Sayings stamp set, and to tie in with the colour scheme, I stamped in Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink and sprinkled with clear embossing powder before heat setting. Next, I wrapped the card front with twine and added the greeting overlapping the edge.
Finally, I accented with Duck Egg droplets and Eggshell Pearls.
Todays STAMPtember new release is the always popular Simon Says Stamp Limited Edition Halloween Card Kit.
STAMPtember is a very busy time of the month with new releases virtually every day of the month. To help keep you informed of what is going on and what has sold out, I will finish my emails in September with a list detailing each day’s events. I hope this helps keep you up to date. It certainly helps to keep me on track!
03 September – Honey Bee – Sold Out
04 September – Lawn Fawn – Sold Out
05 September – Pink & Main – Sold Out
06 September – Gina K Designs – Sold Out
07 September – Altenew stamp and die set + stamp set
08 September – Brutus Monroe – Sold Out
09 September – Memory Box – Sold Out
10 September – Studio Katia + Kitchen Sink Stamps – Sold Out
11 September – Colorado Craft Company stamp and die set (sold out) + stamp set
12 September – Waffle Flower – Sold Out
13 September – PinkFresh stamp and die set + stamp set
14 September – Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit
15 September – Whimsy Stamps stamp and die set + stamp set
16 September – Simon Says Stamp Halloween Card Kit
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Hi, Debby –
Really beautiful. I’m glad to see Rusty Hinge… it’s a fantastic color for fall.
Love your work and am SO glad to see a couple of things from you this week. It really gives me a boost to have some midday art breaks!
Lori S in PA (USA)
This is such a gorgeous card – I love the simplicity and would never have thought to add Speckled Egg to the mix of Fall colors – brilliant!
I noticed in the supply list you have white gouache – wondering how you used that?
I love white gouache it is such a handy supply. Basically, gouache is an opaque watercolour which dries flat and matt. I like to use white gouache to splatter over my projects for a bit of an ‘arty’ look. I mix a little of the gouache with water until I get a consistency like double cream and then pick it up with a paintbrush and tap the brush to splatter the gouache over the card.
I also like to use white gouache to mix with my regular watercolours, changing them from translucent to opaque and thus being able to paint over one another. Such as here:
Thank you for the explanation – I am certainly going to try it as using watered down acrylic paint tends to take on the color underneath it – at least when I use it :)
What a delightful introduction to the season of mellow fruitfulness. Love it Debbie ❤️
I absolutely love this idea. Very clever.
Beautiful card, I find your work so inspiring ❤️