Three Valentine’s Day Cards | Watercoloring & Die Cut

Hello crafty friends!

Thanks for joining me today for another blog post, coming to you live on a sunny and breezy day in Dallas-ish where we’re expected to have reached 70F in January, yay! The stark change from below freezing temperatures earlier in the week to now warmer temps makes me chuckle since I’m making cards at a time of year that people associate with dreary weather.

Today I’m sharing three Valentine’s Day cards that I was able to create fairly quickly using inexpensive watercolor paints and dies in my current crafty stash.

For my watercolor panels, I used Canson XL Watercolor paper that was cut down to A2-sized panels. I taped the panels to a wooden board with washi tape to help minimize the warping from the saturation of paints and water.

Using Artist Loft’s Fundamentals Watercolor pan sets ($5 from Michaels each!), I used the 36 pan set and the Pearlescent pan set for the three card panels.

I used a flat watercolor brush and a very small round watercolor brush to create three different designs using the pinks and reds from both sets.

Next, I used Pretty Pink Posh’s Scalloped Frames die, using the largest die that measures 4”x5” with Recollections 110lb. black cardstock. I passed it through my Big Shot several times because I adhered three frames together using Tombow liquid adhesive and planned on using this dimensional frame stack per card.

I die cut the Love sentiments (in both the heart and circular style), using dies from Savvy Stamps. The HUGS die sentiment is from MFT Stamps. For these die cut pieces, I wanted to add some shimmer so I used my Wink of Stella pen to add more detailing.

Finally, it was time to adhere the different elements together to create these three cards.

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Here are the cards in this YouTube Video!

It’s easy to get caught up in the “buy, buy, buy” mentality because consumerism is everywhere! Sometimes I get into a funk because I want to buy new, fun supplies but feeling guilty because I know I have lots of supplies I should probably get around to using!

Let’s get social and be crafty friends!

Come check out my latest YouTube video where you can see me put these three cards together. Come find me on Instagram too at @papertokens.

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You Are Fabulous | Peerless Watercolors & Hero Arts

I was looking around my shared office space last week and realized I have nothing cute as décor or wall art! While this project originally started as an idea for a card front (which it could still be as it’s a regular A2-size), It may be a fun, summery piece near my computer monitor!

I cut some Strathmore watercolor paper to A2 size. I used a flat, wide paintbrush to generously wet the whole panel before going back in with two Peerless watercolor paints. If you have never heard of them, click here  to find out about this product and how it’s unique from typical watercolor pans and palettes!

I wanted the most concentration of color towards the bottom, similar to an ombre effect. I used the color Jackqueminot Red for the first layer, using more water towards the top so the color would be softer. I used my heat tool to dry that layer before applying my second color, Geranium Pink, in a similar fashion.  Please know I’m not a watercolor expert, and I only dibble dabble in this as an enthusiastic and relatively new card maker, ha!

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I used the Hero Arts stamp set, You Are Fabulous, to stamp the sunglasses, lipstick, lips and the sentiment. Since this was on watercolor paper, I knew the texture could potentially interfere with getting smooth and crisp stamping so that’s where the MISTI tool came into play. I was originally going to leave it alone (the sunglasses and the sentiment were the only things stamped originally), but I took a risk and stamped the varying lipsticks and the lips. This card makes me want to go on a road trip into the sunset, in a convertible car with the wind blowing back my hair 🙂

I love the look of the watercolor and it’s times like these that I’m reminded how watercoloring for a card or project is fun and so satisfying!

 

Until next time, hope you have a wonderful day!