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Fancy Friday – Watercolor Backgrounds

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I am so excited to share with you this month’s project with for our Fancy Friday monthly hop!  If you just came over from the amazing Jeanna, welcome to the next stop.  My friends and I want to be able to share with you our ideas in a monthly format.  We will use different themes each month – sometimes colors, sometimes a sketch, sometimes a stamp set focus.  The one thing you can count on is that it will be fancy!  Over our year on the 2013 Artisan Design Team,  “fancy” became our word to describe the best projects, the best new clothes, even the best pedicure colors.  Now we want to share with you our take on “fancy” each month.  This month our theme is “Anything Goes”.  With all the chaos of summer, we decided just to see what happened on the crafting tables!


I thought it would be fun to play with watercoloring this week.  Backgrounds seem to be all the rage and using stencils is a perfect way to create really cool versions.  I made two versions of this card just to show how you can personalize this concept.  Using watercolor paper, I started by laying down a little bit of clean water.  Then I dipped a paint brush in ink (Cucumber Crush and Blackberry Bliss were my colors here).  I added it randomly creating light and dark spots.  Once I was happy, I laid down the diamond stencil from the new Happy Patterns Decorative Masks.  When you push it down on top of the inking you did, the colors pool a bit in the shapes.  I helped it along by adding additional color into selected diamonds.  I held the edges of the stencil down using clear blocks (very high tech, lol) and hit the paper with the low setting of my heat tool to dry it some.  When it was only damp, I added just a little more ink.  Then I let it dry completely.  While it was drying, I figured out the rest of the card.  I took two leftover butterflies from my Watercolor Wishes Kit (they give you extras!) and inked them with Versamark and embossed them with Gold Embossing Powder.  I cut the sentiment using my Greetings Thinlits Dies and Gold Foil.  I wound up some of the new Gold Metallic Thread and laid it onto the White Vellum.  A little bit of Multipurpose Adhesive on the sentiment holds the thread and the sentiment to the vellum.  Finally I added some sequins from the new Metallics Sequins Assortment.  The panels were attached to card bases matching the ink.  This is a little time consuming but such a fun thing to try when you are feeling artsy!

I’m so glad you stopped in to visit today.  I hope you have a great time seeing all the beautiful things on our hop.

The amazing Mercedes Weber is up next!   Wait until you see the fancy holiday card she created!

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Paper:  Watercolor, Cucumber Crush, Blackberry Bliss, White Vellum, Gold Foil; Ink:  Cucumber Crush, Blackberry Bliss; Accessories:  Metallic Sequins, Glue Dots, Big Shot, Greetings Thinlits, Gold Metallic Thread, Happy Patterns Decorative Masks, Aquapainter, Paint Brush

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