I am seeing a lot of cards using watercolour lately, and I really love the look. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s on my “to-do” list for sure. For this card, I knew going in that watercolours would never work on a dark background like this, so instead I tried pulling out my acrylic paints. They aren’t anything fancy, just the inexpensive Americana brand I bought at Michaels Craft Store.
Because this started as an experiment to see how it would work, I just used a piece of heavy weight black cardstock. I used my newly purchased Simon Says Stamp Sketch Tulip Bouquet stamp and silver embossing powder on the left side of the piece. Then, using a variety of different paint colours, I just played with the painting, using different shades to blend and highlight until I got a result I like. It gives the card a much more artistic feeling because you can tell it’s hand painted and it has the texture of a painting.
I was so happy with the way it turned out I decided to turn the experiment into a card. I stamped a sentiment on it with versamark and the same silver embossing powder and then, using a mask over the tulips so it didn’t get any splatter, I took some white acrylic paint and splattered the background.
I added a layer of red cardstock in between the front and the black card base, which really makes the red of those tulips pop.
Cardstock – Recollects and Bazzill
Stamps – Simon Says Stamp Sketch Tulip Bouquet and Power Poppy Olive and Oak
Ink – Versamark
Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up
Paints – Americana