Thursday, July 21, 2016

Faux Watercolor 2

I'm back again with another idea using the faux watercoloring technique.  I started the card front using the same cone flower as my last post but this time I stamped the image on Distress Watercolor paper.
I'm using a few different colors to paint the cone flower.
The first wash is Fossilized Amber.  It's much easier to get color variation since I'm painting on watercolor cardstock and not sealed vintage paper this time!
Second layer: addition of Wild Honey to the petals and Gathered Twigs over the cone.
Mowed Lawn and Bundled Sage for the stem and petals + a second layer of Gathered Twigs over the cone.
Addition of Ground Espresso dots to the cone portion of the flower.
Again, I love how the original Antique Linen stamped image just disappears into the ink washes.
The flower came out great but the white cardstock is too plain.  So I had an idea...
Once the ink is dry, rub Distress Glaze over the flower to protect (or seal) the Distress Ink.
Don't forget to lightly buff away the excess.
Stamp the over the flower with a background stamp then quickly wipe away any dots on the flower petals with a wet wipe (a wet q-tip would work too).  The Distress Glaze worked perfectly to protect the flower from the background stamping.  I did keep the background stamping in a light color which I think helps the flower to still stand out.  Love, love, love how it looks now!
I added a piece of the chambray from the Textile Surfaces pack then stitched it on the machine.  Brown Kraft-Core for the card base.
For a sentiment, I first created a wash of color by spritzing a small piece of watercolor cardstock then adding the ink with a broad water brush.
I chose a sentiment from the Sizzix Celebration Word Script set and ran it through the Vagabond using the watercolor paper.
Smear a little Multi Medium onto the craft mat and press each word into the glue.  It's an easy way to add glue to the back of such a delicate die cut.
 I added the sentiment and a Heart Charm to the card front.
 Then finished the card by adding gold colored Jute String.
I think this might be my favorite flower yet!

I sure hope you will try your hand at watercoloring.  I'm not a great drawer but I know I can follow the lines of a stamped image!
Now carry on,


  1. Paula, such a great technique. Thanks for sharing. The shading and texture is just dreamy. Loving the dot background stamp.

  2. Ahhh stunning Paula - got to agree Distress inks are fabulous for water-colouring - you have demonstrated this beautifully. When will I learn to use a sewing machine to add stitching!

  3. Loving this Paula. The colours are gorgeous and the finished card looks Awesome. Hugs Rita xxx

  4. Very pretty!How do you apply the Micro Glaze? With your finger or a tool? Thank you for the experiments.