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Watercolored Backgrounds for Special Celebrations

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Hi - welcome back, Jean Okimoto here with another project this evening. Create a quick, colorful celebration card for any occasion with Designer Stencils, dies and inks.  It's easier than ever with such great products - let's get started!

Memory Box Products

  • Bubbles Designer Stencil 88574
  • Happy Arrows Designer Stencil 88509
  • Beautiful Balloon Die 98854
  • Violet Cardstock (5.5" square card)


  • Birthstone Kaleidacolor
  • Bahama Blue Fireworks Spritz
  • Electric Purple, Pink and Blue Radiant Neons


Use the smoother side of 140# cold-pressed watercolor paper for the background, hot air balloon and arrow.  Violet Cardstock actually has a lot more red in it than you see here - but it's such a beautiful color that I just have to use it.  Maybe someday I'll learn to photograph it too!

Spritz the watercolor paper with water.  Ink a 4" soft rubber brayer with Birthstone, spritz it, then brayer the diluted, blended inks onto the moist watercolor paper.  Airdry it for a few minutes, then spritz it with Bahama Blue Fireworks for beautiful shimmery highlights.  Heat-set the inks.  

Stencil Bubbles onto it with Electric Purple and heat-set it.  Trim the paper and ink the edges with Electric Purple.  Diecut Beautiful Balloon - leave the die on it and stencil the open areas with Electric Purple, Pink and Blue.  Emboss it with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Embossing Powder.  Stencil the "HOORAY" arrow with Electric Pink and Purple and emboss it with Iridescent powder.

Assemble the card - use foam dots for the balloon.  Attach pink and silver sequins.

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Thanks for sharing a few minutes your weekend with us!







Love the watercolor!

Oh my gosh Jean, I adore this card. The colors are my favorite. Great job.

Love the bright colours. A very happy card

très belle carte! bises

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