This class was great for giving you a “feel” for what your card can portray just by its color palette: Blue – Calm, Tranquility; Red – Love, Passion, Energy; Green – Soothing, Growth, Natural; Yellow – Energy, Cheer, Optimism; Pink –Sensitive, Caring, Sweet; Orange – Health, Happiness, Courage. And then the bonus was for Rainbow –Happy, Cheer, Optimism, Courage, Energy, Growth, etc…. It was interesting to see how instructor Stephanie Klauck used each color to help capture the mood of the card. For my card, I chose PINK. I needed a sympathy card. It started as an experiment in no line water coloring which I had never done before. It turned out to be a good example of never give up on a project until you are satisfied.
One of Altenew’s fortes is its beautiful floral stamps and the Statement Flowers stamp makes a huge statement of beauty. I wanted to make it great and thought that the no line water coloring would do well, plus I had not yet used my 36-pan tray of Altenew watercolors. I started by stamping the Statement Flowers stamp on Altenew watercolor paper with a very pale shade of ink just to give me a very slight idea of where the flower outlines were. I tried both Cotton Candy and Coral Berry as pink colors on some scrap paper and decided to work with Coral Berry. As I started to paint, I did not wet the paper first. I started with more concentrated paint near the centers of the flowers and bases of the petals. I tried to draw out the color toward the end of the petals to make them lighten as they went out farther. I also put concentrated parts of paint near the edges to create the petal boarders. It was not easy and I have a long way to go with a lot more practice before I work this medium well. But there is something about watercolors that is very relaxing and enticing. I just kept working with the colors as I went along to make it look halfway decent. I only used Coral Berry on the flowers. For the petals I used Bamboo and Forest Glades mixing them a bit to get some different shades of green. Again, I tried to vary the shades of green to mimic nature.
When I was done water coloring and letting it dry, in my eye, it was only okay. I didn’t define the edges well enough to leave it as it was. So, I went back to some of the lessons and watched again to see what I could do. When I started, I put the stamp in my Misti Stamp Positioner and stamped lightly…the stamp was still in the Misti from that original stamping. So, I used Versamark Embossing Ink and stamped the flower again, then applied Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder and heat set it. The gold then defined the outline.
I created a mask by using the die for this stamp and cutting it from heavy cardstock. I put the mask on top of the water colored flower and then took my brush and picked up more Coral Berry paint to splatter on the white background to give more interest. I used the second largest Rounded Rectangle Infinity Die from Hero Arts to cut the colored flower to a 4”x 5.25” piece which I mounted on a 4.25” x 5.5” piece of pink cardstock (cut with the largest of the Hero Arts Rounded Rectangle Infinity Dies).
For the sentiment I went to Altenew’s Heartfelt Sentiments and chose the scripty “with Deepest Sympathy”. I put some white cardstock into my Misti, used my anti-static bag, Versamark Ink, and again the Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder. Once it was heat set, I added a strip of matching pink paper to the bottom and cut the left edge at an angle. To give it a bit of dimension I used foam tape to pop up the sentiment and the card was completed.
I had my sympathy card…using Pink to create sensitivity, caring and sweetness. I was amazed at the overall effect of the water coloring with the gold embossing…so far, I think this is one of my favorite cards. Hope you like it too.