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Blog Blitz Begins with Watercolor Technique
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  We have already started to introduce you to the latest release, but this week there is a chance to win prizes.  We hope you will join us each day through Sunday to see new samples and for a chance to win a daily prize.

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The latest release has many new nautical items, so I wanted to use a watercolor technique that would pair well with them.  I first saw the technique over on Splitcoaststampers, and you can see the original tutorial here.   To make the background, you will need watercolor powders (I used Color Burst), coffee filters and some inkjet photo paper (glossy paper won't work).

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Place a coffee filter onto a nonstick craft sheet and sprinkle it with powders.  You won't need a lot!

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Spritz the filter with water

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Place the filter on top of the photo paper

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Check on the paper.  My first attempt had missing spots of ink.  Keep pressing the filter onto the paper till you get the background you want.

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This is what my finished paper looked like.  It is hard to tell from the photo, but the glossiness of the photo paper really makes the watercolor "pop" and become really vibrant.  You can use the paper for backgrounds or use your favorite parts for diecutting.  Another hint...I have tried using the liquid metallic watercolors, but they never dry on the paper.  Stick to the regular colors.

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These are the two papers I used for my card.  The blue/green for the background and the yellow/orange for cutting out my fish.  I didn't like that paper very much for a background, but it was a great paper to cut out fish that would be speckled or striped.  Never throw away paper that isn't your favorite.  I guarantee there are parts that will work great for diecutting.

Now, let's talk about assembling your card.

When you cut out the Underwater Scene, this is what you get:

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I cut out the coral part from white cardstock and cut out multiple fish using the orange paper I had made.

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I wanted my finished card to have a dimensional look to it, so I used some foam sheets you can buy in a craft store kid section and cut out a circle.  I did this a second time and then glued the two together for extra depth.  The fish were added to the background at different heights.  The biggest fish was glued down with a glue stick, the long fish used thin foam tape, and the small fish used thick foam tape.  I liked the look of different heights so that it looked like some were "deeper" in the ocean.

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Here is a side view.  I glued a piece of acetate behind the coral/seeweed and then layered all the pieces of the card.

To finish the card, I used a sentiment from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiment clear set.  If you make many ocean/seaside cards, you are going to want this set.  It has the best "punny" sentiments to pair with your dies and stamps.

Want to win your own Underwater Scene die?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, March 3rd at 11:59pm EST.  One comment at random will be selected to win the die.  There will be a chance to win one of the new release items each day this week through Sunday.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, March 4th at 6pm EST.  Good luck!

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Awesome card and technique, thanks for sharing your tips!! Love the dimensional effect and the amazing colours!! And such wonderful frame die!!!

I love the dark background with the white. Great design.

Another technique I've never tried, looks so interesting! And you've created a fabulous card. Thanks for the tutorial.

Love this die and combining it with Color Bursts is perfect! The watercolor powders make such an amazing ocean background!

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