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Mon 23

More from the Holiday 2018 Collection...Mountains, Bunnies, Snowballs, and an Interesting Watercolor Technique
by Anne Thompson

I'm soooo excited that the Holiday 2018 Collection has started shipping, and you can see all of it here!  You are going to love the new dies and stamp sets. 

It was a difficult decision for me to choose what to use for this post.  Because of an interesting watercolor technique I wanted to use for the card background, I decided on mountains as a starting point. 

  • Using watercolor paper, I cut out the SNOWCAPPED MOUNTAIN CIRCLE 94047 and set the little snow-capped peaks aside.   
  • I got out my watercolors, a jar of water, a wide brush and a medium-width brush.  I began by thoroughly wetting the watercolor paper with the wide brush. 
  • I then added watercolors using the smaller brush--blues, pinks, and purples, keeping them really wet and letting them bleed into each other a bit.  (The ugly green in the center is the mat I used under the paper.)


Then I took a large piece of  clear plastic wrap from the roll in the kitchen and crumpled it up.  I unfolded it a bit and scrunched it on top of the watercolored panel. 


Letting it dry was the hard part!  Look what the plastic wrap did with the paint!  I LOVE it!!!

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I trimmed this using one of the larger rectangle dies from the RECTANGLE BASICS SET of 16 dies No. 30086.


I really love rabbits so opting for the CL5224 SNOW MUCH FUN Clear Stamp Set and the coordinating dies 32224 SNOW MUCH FUN Die Set was a no-brainer.  I chose the two bunnies holding snowballs and the stack of three snowballs, stamped them with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink on white cardstock, die cut them, and colored them with PrismaColor pencils.  I added some clear Wink-of-Stella to the snowballs and put dimensional foam dots on the backs of the three images.  I also dabbed some clear Wink-of-Stella on an extra set of the mountain peaks-- I somehow misplaced the ones I had set aside.


I gathered all of the various card parts I'd prepped and a white notecard. I added a piece of dot paper cut 3 3/4" X 5" to the back of the mountain scene using Scor-Tape and then I used more Scor-Tape to add that completed panel to the front of the notecard.  I stamped a sentiment and a tiny snowflake from the Snow Much Fun stamp set on the dot paper "window" using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. Then I added the bunnies and the stack of snowballs.  Voila!


I know this is a watercolor technique I will use again and again.  The results are so unpredictable and different every time and I love a surprise.

Happy Crafting!

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Turned out lovely TFS

I like this technique! Does it take much longer for the paint to dry under the plastic wrap?

Thanks for your comment, Gail. You should try this technique--think it's great for landscape backgrounds. Anne

Good morning, Cynthia. I think it does take longer certainly than air drying a piece. About an hour maybe or longer if it's really really wet. Think next time I'd take it off the paper paper pad I had underneath it and try drying it on my cake rack--I think the air holes underneath it might speed up the drying. I could also set it in a sunny warm place--yesterday was damp and rainy here and even laundry on the clothes rack in the kitchen didn't dry overnight. I also think that once the cling wrap sets the pattern I could remove it a bit earlier and finish drying it with my heat tool. Removing the cling wrap too early will destroy the lines of the new paint pattern. I'm loving this technique for landscape backgrounds, florals, leaves--have one done in all blues and trying greens later. Think I'll just make up a bunch of painted papers to have when I want them. Thanks for your comment. Anne

I enjoyed your having fun, Anne. I've used plastic wrap on inks, never on watercolor...will have to try that one of these days! Adorable card!

Hi, Barbara-Jean. Thanks for commenting. And since I've never used plastic wrap on inks I guess I'll have to give that a try! Anne

Looks like there are many things to consider before trying this technique, but if successful, the end results are worth while.

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