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Mon 25

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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What a cool technique to create the background - it looks fabulous! I love that this die comes with the fish. Everything that you need to create this underwater scene is there.

I love to play with color bursts and your one is just magical and so perfect for this underwater scene, love the way you created the cute scene!

Love your card, Laura! Thanks much for sharing your technique tips and a chance to win the Underwater Scene die set.

A new kind of smooshing. Fun. Love the little fish.

Great technique, thanks for sharing! Going to try this with my nuvo shimmer powders!
The underwater background is beautiful!

OH, I HOPE I remember to come back over for this Blog Blitz! For some reason I don't get daily e-mails or regular e-mails from here. BUUUT, I LOVE what you've done with this, Laura! I didn't know you could do this with Color Bursts! ( I "NEED" SOME!) LOL It looks like Alcohol Inks! GORGEOUS RICH COLOR!!! AND your underwater scene looks WONDERFUL with what you've done! The white just ACCENTUATES the scene! A SUPER JOB!!!! ;)

Beautiful watercolor card!!! Simply gorgeous Laura!!!

Such a clever card....and lovely to look at! Thanks for sharing how you made it! Memory Box has wonderful dies!!!!!
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Jan

What a fabulous card!!! Love the little scene you created and that background is awesome!!

Love the new Underwater Scene die!!! Fabulous!!!

Laura, beautiful card and gorgeous colors! I would love to win this die set!

You have inspired me! I had not thought to use coffee filters in that way!
Love your card.

I will have to try the technique for the background. I would love to win the die set.

I love your card!!! The background is so much like the deep ocean and the paper you made for the fish turned out awesome. Leaving the coral and circle white is a great contrast. Well done!

This is a very cute card, and thank you for the tutorial on how to some up with the wonderful background and speckled fish. I love the dimensional look to the card as well.

Dang, you are talented! Love the die set. Did you save the coffee filter to use on another project? It was as pretty as the shiny paper! Thanks for the clear tutorial.

What an awesome card. Love that background technique!

Dang, you are so talented! Love the die and the technique - did you save that coffee filter for another project? It was as pretty as the glossy print and would be a beautiful background, too.

Beautiful underwater scene!

Great technique! Love the background.

This would be such a fun idea to do with 2md, 3rd, and 4th graders for their craft class! They love 3D crafts and bling, so this would be a delight!

Love the vibrant colors on this card!

I guess I need some alcohol inks because this looks amazing.

I like your fish. They are making me hungry for cheesy goldfish :) The water looks really great.

Such a beautiful background for your card. Love the new dies! Thanks for the inspiration!

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