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 Micro 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 Micro 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. Another fantastic result, the Distress Glaze works so beautifully too...

    1. The Micro Glaze worked really well for this project. I love how the card turned out...even better in person.

  2. Gee, Paula, thanks a lot! (Not really :) ). Now another background stamp to add to my wish list. What a great enabler you are!

    Seriously, though, I really like this, especially how you described what you did to add the background stamp. I have micro glaze in my stash and have never used it.

    1. lol, Glad I could be of service today Dodie! I don't use it a lot but it's perfect for certain things!

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  4. Perfectly and simply lovely!

  5. Another interesting tutorial Paula! love this! barbara

  6. I think the coneflower is my favorite from this stamp set. Love how you worked with it on this project!

  7. Love it Paula! Makes me want to pull out that stamp set again. It's perfect for this technique.

  8. Beautiful art, I adore this stamp set and that flower in particular is my regular go to. I hope to try this technique soon, thank you for sharing it and your art with us Karen x

  9. waue great tut you did and such a gorgeous flower to

  10. What a wonderful way to use the micro glaze. I love the flower against the background stamping. I'll have to try this! Thank you for showing us the steps.

  11. Gorgeous! Wonderful techniques. The use of the micro glaze as a resit/protection and the addition of background was perfection.

  12. You are my new favorite blogger! Love this card!!

  13. nice to see the background stamp over the distress glaze - that's a new technique for me!