Perennial Birthday Cards With Aqua Painters

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Perennial Birthday Blooms For You Card

I've been having so much fun with the Perennial Birthday stamp set!  This set was designed to be used with the Perennial Birthday Project Kit, but it's so, so versatile, because it's filled with sweet sentiments in lovely fonts!  Check out my previous post for a close-up look at the Perennial Birthday Project Kit.

Shimmery Watercolor Background—I started this card with a 5-1/4" x 4" layer of Shimmery White cardstock.  I LOVE using Shimmering White cardstock, because it has a beautiful surface for watercoloring and the subtle shimmery flecks shine through the ink.  I stamped the dots and small flower image onto the lower left quadrant of the layer using Archival Black Ink. Next, I used an Aqua Painter to add a wash of Lemon Lime Twist ink over the top of the dots, creating a colorful foundation for the focal point. 

TIP: Remember, when choosing a black ink, you want to use the black formula that is opposite of the coloring medium you're using.  Use the alcohol-based Archival Ink for watercoloring, for example, and the Memento Tuxedo Black water-based ink with alcohol-based Stampin' Blends Markers.  If you use the same formulas together, the colors may bleed and smear.

TIP: To color with an Aqua Painter, squeeze the ink pad before opening to transfer some of the ink to the lid, then use that as your color palette.

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Sweet Sentiment—Once the watercolor was completely dry, I stamped the Perennial Birthday greeting in Soft Sky ink four times over the card, staggering the phrase.  Then, I stamped the smaller Perennial Birthday phrase between the bottom two greetings in Archival Black ink.  I mounted the layer onto a Lemon Lime Twist card base.

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Pretty Blooms—I stamped the large Perennial Birthday flower with leaves onto Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Soft Sky cardstock, and the small flower onto Soft Sky cardstock, with Archival Black Ink.  Using my super-sharp Paper Snips, I hand-cut the flowers and leaves, then layered them onto the watercolored background.  The larger Soft Sky flower is adhered with SNAIL, and the rest are popped with Dimensionals. Be sure to click on this photo to see a closeup of that beautiful Shimmery White cardstock.  It is gorgeous!


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Perennial Birthday Celebrating You Card

I did two different watercoloring techniques with the Aqua Painter on this pretty 4×4" card.  This smaller size card is perfect for attaching directly to a gift package, bag or basket, using it like a tag.  It's also a large enough card to hold a gift card and still fits inside a standard A2 envelope, so it can easily be sent in the mail.

Background Basics—I scored a 4" x 8" piece of Soft Sky cardstock at the 4" mark.  Using the Perennial Birthday dots image and Soft Sky ink, I stamped all the way around the border of the card front. The tone-on-tone pattern really makes the focal point pop!

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Sentiment Wash—I used an Aqua Painter with Soft Sky ink to add a light wash of color to the center of a 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" piece of Shimmery White cardstock.  Once dry, I added a Perennial Birthday sentiment in Archival Black ink.

Touch of Water Technique—I stamped the Perennial Birthday flower in Berry Burst ink right about the sentiment, and added the leaves in Lemon Lime Twist.  Next, I used the very tip of my wet Aqua Painter brush to add draw over the lines of both images.  The touch of water gives the images a blurry, watercolorish look.  What a fun and unique look! 

Finishing Touches—I distressed the edges of the Shimmery White cardstock by carefully running a blade from my Paper Snips across the edge to rough them up.  You could also use your fingernail for a softer look.  The layer is mounted onto a piece of 3" x 3" Berry Burst cardstock.  I cut a strip of Berry Burst Metallic-Edge Ribbon in half length-wise, then tied it around the layers into a double-knot.  The whole focal point is popped up with Dimensionals.

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