Thursday, April 7, 2011

It's That "Oh" Factor

Are you looking for that “oh” factor when you send a card or gift? Of course, that’s part of the beauty of handmade cards and gifts! Watercoloring creates beautiful and versatile projects that bring out the “oh’s” and “ah’s”. Sometimes, though, watercoloring gets overlooked as too hard, complicated or scary. Watercoloring is so much fun when doing cards and scrapbooks. It's easy and so striking. Another nice thing is that you don't have to worry about staying "in the lines" -- always a plus for me.

I made these invitations for a workshop/party that a great customer had during Sale-A-Bration. Whenever a customer gives me an invitation list of 20 or more, I create some handmade invitations and mail them out. This is a good challenge for me because this is going to be the first impression that some people will have of myself and Stampin' Up!, and I want it to be a positive one.

I used the Awash with Flowers stamp set, Thank you Kindly stamp set, Aqua Painters, Basic Black Classic Ink, Olive Olive Classic Ink, and Marina Mist Classic Ink, Watercolor paper, Old Olive, Night of Navy and Marina Mist Card Stocks, and Old Olive satin ribbon.

How to Watercolor:

· Begin with Watercolor Paper for best results.

· Select an ink, Watercolor Pencil, or Watercolor Wonder Crayon appropriate for your project.

· Stamp outline images using StazOn, Basic Black, Basic Brown, Basic Gray, or heat emboss with VersaMark or Craft ink to create images that won’t run when wet.

· Use ink refill or squeeze an ink pad to put ink on the inside cover of the ink pad. Dip an Aqua Painter in the ink and paint. Or color image with Watercolor Pencils or Watercolor Wonder Crayons and use an Aqua Painter to blend the colors.

· When using watercolor paper the color will go on more evenly if you wet the paper first then add the color.

· Allow watercolored image to dry then add to cards, 3-D items, scrapbook pages and more.

· To clean Aqua Painters squeeze the barrel and brush tip onto tissue, paper towel, or rag until clean.

Hope you'll consider giving Watercoloring a try!

Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

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