I am loving the watercolor look right now. It is just such a pretty addition to cards. It definitely steps up an ordinary card.
So for this one, I am always needing more masculine card ideas. I have TONS of girly feminine ideas but the masculine cards always seem harder since they are usually more simple and sometimes simple can translate into BORING. I hate boring!
Here are the supplies I used…
I used $1 stamps from Michael’s, Hero Arts Everyday Sayings Stamps, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Salty Ocean, Strathmore 300 series watercolor paper,Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker,We R memory keepers washi tape, a Fiskars 2″ circle punch (not pictured), and an adorable paper pad collection from Michael’s. You could easily find a similar pattern in your own stash I am sure.
QUICK TIP: I like to stock up on my basics like notecards and watercolor paper when my local craft store has their 40% or 50% off and sometimes like this week, Michael’s is having an additional 15% off all items. That way I am never run out of my go-to supplies when I feel the creative urge.
I started with punching out three circles with my Fiskars circle punch. You could use any circle punch you have, or just trace around a circular item and cut out. I am using a standard A2 notecard (also from Michael’s). I then stamped all three seashells in Salty Ocean Distress Ink. I spritzed the stamped images with just a few squirts of water and then with my fingers I spread the ink around until it looked the way I liked it. There will be a faint trace image of the seashell. I then used my tweezers and held onto the stamped images and then used my heat gun to dry the stamped watercolor images. After I was sure it was dry I stamped the same seashells with Versamark Black ink. I stamped them a bit offset.
I really liked the ghost blue image and the darker black image. You could use any color combo that speaks to you. It looks like the image got stuck in the rain and left a great watercolor background I added some Wink of Stella glitter marker to the seashells for a bit of sparkle. Guys can appreciate some sparkle too!
I then just cut my patterned paper to fit the note card and used some brown We R Memory Keepers washi tape (that I found at Costco of all places!) as a border. It added enough extra interest, but because it was brown like the background it doesn’t take away from the seashell circles.
I then used my Hero Arts Everyday Sayings Stamp Set to add a variety of “thanks”. I only inked up part of one of sentiments to add just the word and not the original entire phrase. I love how versatile this set is for cardmaking! I could easily add a happy birthday sentiment and change this to a masculine birthday card as well. I really like the technique that I used here and I will definitely be trying it out again.
Experiment with some watercolor stamping today. The great thing is that it is very forgiving and you can experiment away without too much worrying. Too much water? Just use a dry cloth to blot it up. Not enough water? Just spritz some more.
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