Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fun Watercolor Backgrounds for Cards

Hello crafty friends!  I am still struggling with getting blog posts done at this time of year.  So many school events happen this last month of school.  As soon as school ends, everything will settle down and I'll be able to catch up.  Today I am sharing with you some fun backgrounds.  I love to play!  The messier, the better!  I often make a bunch of backgrounds, set them aside to make into cards later.  
The first card I am sharing is using the tissue paper technique....with a MISTAKE!!!  I'll link all the products at the end of the post that I used but let me explain the technique...and MISTAKE!!

After watching the Jennifer McGuire video using the Vicki Bourtin Reactive Tissue Paper, I knew I had to give it a try.  Let me say, this paper is FUN!!!  A little goes a long way.  I tried tissue paper I had, but none of my tissue paper worked, so I got the Reactive Paper, it works so easily....and pretty much error proof....except for.......

More on my mistake later!  I got out my circle dies and cut some of the tissue paper.

This tissue paper is layered so I got a ton of circles when I took the circles apart.  Plenty to use on several cards.  I thought I wanted the yellow in my color scheme at first, but changed my mind, so I saved the yellow for another watercolor background.  I also added some dark green circles to my background.  
This is the part I made the mistake on.....I started putting the circles on my watercolor paper, I misted the paper with water....I could see the tissue paper color bleeding...great right?  WELL.....I took my heat gun, and started drying the paper, as the circles blew off, I realized that by applying the water on top of the circles, the circles acted as a mask, not allowing the color to bleed underneath them.  DUH!!!  So I put that piece to the side, and started over.  I misted the paper BEFORE applying the circles, and then misted the circles again to make sure they were completely wet.  
I got the result that I wanted, watercolored circles!  BUT....I still liked the first effect too.
I still liked the effect I got as a MISTAKE....it's still pretty, so I turned it into a card.  Basically, don't worry if you make a mistake when trying something new, maybe you'll end up with a result you really like!  Give new things a try!!!  I added some ink dots with the April My Paper Pumpkin kit stamps, and added some Nuvo dots and washi tape to finish the card.  

As with anything, I got out my dies, and cut more shapes, and tried different looks out with the Reactive Tissue paper.  I will warn it....it's so much fun!!!  For this background,  I used hexagons.


For this background, I just cut strips of paper and layered them. 
I was able to take some of the pieces that had blew off my card and reuse them.  It made a more muted color, but it was fun to get another effect from the tissue paper and to get a second use out of my paper!  So a little really does go a long long way!!!


Now the next cards are not watercolor paper, but I focus on the backgrounds here too.  I took simple velum and embossed on it using my background stamps and pearl embossing powder.  I love that it seems to go with different colors so well.  







This was a fun card.  Awhile back, I got some background papers on sale.  I took them and clear embossed some background stamps on them.  I set them aside to use later.  I wanted to turn some of those into cards, so I took some ink....this is the new Stampin' Up in color Lemon Lime Twist...it will be available June 1st.  It is my favorite color, I took my clarity brush out and brushed some of the ink on the background, I loved the emboss resist that I got out of this card.  So pretty!


This was a patterned piece that I embossed with clear powder and a chevron background stamp.  I loved that it added to the pattern paper, maybe a paper background that I really wouldn't have used before.  I thought it turned out well.  So if you have some pattern paper that you aren't crazy about, try clear embossing on them to change the pattern slightly, and see if you like the results!  I was very pleased! 

By creating backgrounds and playing...I was able to make some quick and easy cards.  
Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle



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1 comment:

  1. Nice projects, so true that mistakes can become something amazing. I like your embossed cards very pretty. The busy time of year with schools is spot on, I am struggling as well, including getting teacher appreciation project done.

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