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Mon 10

A New Watercolor Background Technique for the Countryside Fence Frame
by Anne Thompson

I made two cards for today using a new-to-me watercolor background technique called Sgraffito.  Sgraffito is a a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color, typically done in plaster or stucco on walls, or in slip on ceramics before firing.  For the two cards below I used a common sewing pin to scratch the surface of watercolor paper before applying one color of paint to get a similar effect.

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For the card on the right I used a pin to scratch random lines into the watercolor paper before adding paint.

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In this close-up  you can see the detail of the scratches once watercolor has been added.  That one layer of paint pools in the scratches to make darker lines against the background color.

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For the card on the left, I used a ruler to help me scratch straight parallel lines at an angle to represent rain before adding the blue watercolor paint.

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Now let's look at how I finished each card.  Since the rain is right above this, let's look at that one first.  

  • I cut the piece of rain paper into a square that would fit behind the frame I wanted to use.
  • I chose the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME 94034 and cut it from some lime green cardstock.
  • While the paper was still in the die I applied double-sided Scor-Tape to the frames to keep them together.
  • I removed the tape backing and applied the frame to the rain paper.
  • I cut the Countryside Fence Frame again, this time from white cardstock.  I snipped off the fence and used a glue pen to adhere it on top of the green fence.
  • I cut the VINTAGE WATERING CAN 99956 from silver cardstock and popped it onto the frame at an angle to look like the rain was coming from it.
  • I then added some tiny flowers with glue dots to fill the bottom of the frame and spill over onto the card front.

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For the second card, I used most of the same procedures.  The green scratched paper had me thinking about the deep woods, so I die cut the DELICATE PINE FRAME 94031 from dark green cardstock and snipped off the tree.  I adhered the tree to the left of the Countryside Fence Frame.

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This is another fun and easy technique for backgrounds as it also adds texture as well as color.  These two cards will go into my all-occasion box with appropriate sentiments to be added as needed.  

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Happy Crafting!

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