Fifth Avenue Floral Watercolor Splash

Fifth Avenue Floral - Watercolor Splash (2)My Stamp Club members from last July will recognize this card that we did with the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set and the Watercolor Splash technique.  There is just two weeks left to purchase Fifth Avenue Floral at 20% off during the Two-Step Into Spring promotion that ends April 30.

Isn't the rose on this card amazing?!  The variation of colors adds so much interest and depth to the image!  You won't believe how easy it is to create your own—you don't have to know anything about shading (which I am terrible at, by the way).  There's also a couple of ways to use those refill inks—they're not just for inking stamp pads, ya know! 

Card How-To Details

Background: The white textured background was made by running a piece of Glossy White card stock through the Big Shot with the Manhattan Flowers Impressions Folder (it matches Fifth Avenue Floral perfectly!).  Then we cut along the top edge of the flowers to expose the Soft Suede layer underneath.  The "Bloom" sentiment is from Bella's Bloom

Dyed Ribbon: The ribbon is Whisper White Organza Ribbon that was custom dyed with a Rich Razzleberry Classic Refill Inker.  When in doubt about what color of ribbon to buy, I always choose white or ivory, because I can always add color to it to match whatever project I'm doing! 

If you don't have the Re-Inker, you can run the ribbon across an ink pad, or color it with a marker.  But for a ribbon with deep, rich color, I saturate it in about 10-12 drops of Re-Inker inside a plastic cup.  You can always add some water to your mixture if you want a lighter shade of the same color. 

Once it's fully covered, pull it out with some tweezers, blot it on some paper towels and allow it to dry (of course that is the hardest part, because I want to use it right away.  Sometimes I have to have my Heat Tool help it along!).

Watercolor Splash Technique:

  • Ink the rose with VersaMark and stamp onto Glossy White card stock, then heat emboss using white embossing powder until the image is melted smooth.  
  • Spritz the embossed flower with water.
  • I put a few drops of Soft Suede, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry Classic Refill Inks on a disposable watercolor palette, but you could use plastic cups or some other small container to hold the colors. 
  • Load a small paint brush with one of the colors, then just touch the tip of the brush into random sections of the misted flower.  When the color hits the water, it spreads out, filling up the section contained by the embossing.  Continue adding additional colors and watch the colors mix and mingle, creating a unique, variegated look. If your colors are not running and spreading well, you need to mist it with more water.
  • Once the piece is dry, cut out the flower and pop it up with Dimensionals.

You can see this technique in action on Patty Bennett's website—Watercolor
Splash Tutorial
. She uses the Shimmery White cardstock, which offers another
beautiful look!


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