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Watercolor and Masking

Happy hump day! I have a quick post to share some rambling on watercolor backgrounds and masking. It’s just something I played around with last weekend, still struggling with that card making block.

Here are the panels I made.


I made this panel by lining Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock with thin strips of masking paper. This is the only panel I have a picture of with the mask on, as it was the most involved.


Once I had all the masked strips in place, I used my favorite color of Faber Castel watercolor pencils to draw lines nest to the left edge of each strip. Then I took a waterbrush and pulled the color out. I used my heat gun to dry the cardstock, then removed the masking paper.


On this panel, I masked a wide strip horizontally across the lower third of the cardstock. Then I used Nuvo Shimmer powder in Catherine Wheel and sprayed it with water. This one ended up really wet, and ran under the masking tape.


For this panel, I used the last piece of the handmade watercolor paper from an older Hero Arts Monthly kit, and Nuvo Shimmer powders in Storm Cloud and Violet Brocade, with a mask over the bottom right corner. This one didn’t run as much as the previous panel.

Let’s take a look at the cards.


I’m kinda bummed about this one. I didn’t really have a good game plan when I started, and as a result, ended up cutting the up more then I wanted too. It’s still a cute card that I plan to send to a co-worker who has been really helpful (I stamped thank you inside the card). The cat and sentiment are from Gerda Streiner’s All Cats. I colored him with Copic markers, and stuck him down with foam tape. I also added Glossy Accents to his eyes. The card base is Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink, with the matching envelope.


I made this card for my sister’s birhtday and I think I will also enter it in this month’s A Blog Named Hero challenge (which means you’ll see another blog post about it 🙂

I put a strip of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock over the failed masking, and added the flower and butterfly images from the July 2017 My Monthly Hero kit with foam tape. The flowers and butterfly were colored with Copic markers, and cover in clear Wink of Stella. The sentiment is from the Gerda Steiner All Cats set. The card base is the same Gina K Designs Passionate Pink, with matching envelope. I added some Strawberry Coulis Nuvo Drops to finish the card. This card is my favorite, out of the three! Just look at that background, the oranges with hints of pink! SWOON


I originally thought I was going to use the Hero Arts August 2017 kit for this background, but decided to go with Simon Says Stamp’s Seeing Stars instead. I messed up the constellations a bit, trying to double stamp them after I had moved the card panel. But, I think it’s still cute. I heat embossed the stars with Hero Art’s Silver embossing powder, and sentiment in clear, with Versafine Onyx ink. I added Silver Moondust Glitter Nuvo Drops, and stamped the star on the envelope with Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink.

It’s been fun playing with older stamp sets. I really need to get into this groove, as I won’t be buying new stamps until after the house is settled. At least, I shouldn’t, lol. It’s hard not to buy all the cute things! But honestly, I have some many sets I used once or twice. It’s almost like going shopping, flipping through my stamps and dies! Maybe I should start a feature, where I force myself to use older sets once or twice a month… What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!


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