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Wed 03

Faux Enamel Maple Frame
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Not to long ago, I posted a card of mountains and sky using a watercolor powder background.  Today I want to talk more about using those backgrounds on cards and especially for diecutting.  Long story short, I love the effect you can get with them when cut with dies!

First, a brief reminder of the technique. All you have to do is take a coffee filter, sprinkle it with some watercolor powders, spritz the filter with water to get it nice and wet and then lay it down on a piece of glossy photo paper.  I used ColorBurst powders form my watercolor powder, but another popular brand is Brusho  watercolor powders. 

The really nice thing about this technique is that if you go through the steps once, you get a bright/bold background.  If you remove the filter, spritz it again and place it on another piece of glossy photo paper, the next "printing" of color would be a bit fainter.  I often got 4-5 prints out of one coffee filter with powder on it  I never added more powder to the filter, I just kept adding water.

Here are the two backgrounds I used for the card:

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The background on the left is one of the first printings from a coffee filter, so it is much darker.  The one on the right is much more muted after multiple printings.  The swirls on my backgrounds were caused by wrinkles on the coffee filter.

These backgrounds are fantastic to pair with your diecuts.  I cut a square out of the paper on the right that was the same size as my frame.  I wanted a soft background in the back.  I cut the leaves I wanted to really "pop" on my card out of the paper on the left.  Here is a closeup:

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I loved the effect of the cut out leaf parts on the card.  They had the look of a thick enamel or perhaps a heavily embossed paper or paper covered with Glossy Accents. The shine of the leaf parts contrasted nicely with the matte brown cardstock I used for the frame.

One word of warning...  you really do have to use glossy photo paper and not regular glossy paper.  The watercolor powders dry beautifully on the photo paper without warping it at all.

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