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In this project, I created a pretty and colorful floral frame card using the Brea Reese Watercolor Inks. The inks are easy and fun to use, and they look great with stamped images that you can shade and shadow. They can also be mixed to create unique color blends. This project has a couple of easy techniques that even non-artists could master, making it perfect for beginners and intermediate crafters.
Take 5 of the Watercolours and add a drop to either a tile or a wipe-clean surface. I used my work mat as I don't have to worry about cleaning up on a mat, the inks simply clean away. The colours that I used were Cadmium Yellow, Medium Magenta, Violet, Lake Blue and Orange.
Take your Waterbrush and dip it into the neat ink and then simply sweep the colour across a sheet of A4 white card – there is no method or need to be careful with this; just use a large sweeping motion diagonally to get a stroke.
Do the same with all 5 colours. If you think your sweeps are dry or you have space between them, add some water to each stroke and sweep again until you’re happy. Let this dry.
Take the ‘Wishing You the Best Day’ sentiment stamp (or a sentiment stamp of your choice) and, using a permanent ink, stamp across the painted strokes, so your sentiment is in the middle of all the colour.
Paint in any detail on the sentiment using whichever colours you want from the range; darker colours will paint over lighter colours and still mix together.
Let everything dry
Using a white fine liner pen, add a few dots around the sentiment and a few stars, to add more detail.
Cut a base layer for your card base in black and then cut your sentiment slightly smaller to create a layer above the black card.
9. Mount the black cardstock and sentiment onto the front of the card using flat tape or a tape runner.
To make the floral frame, stamp a floral border around a piece of white card that would fit on the card front (it does not have to be exact) using the Floral Divine stamps from Spellbinders (or stamps of your choice) and black permanent ink.
Cut around the edge of the stamped frame and then cut the centre of the frame away.
Start painting your floral border. I dropped a dot of watercolour ink onto my work-surface and dipped the brush into the neat colour.
Add colour to the flowers – you do not need to be an artist, just get the colour on the stamped images.
Once the colour is on, you can blend it together using the waterbrush. Gently blend the colours by using a circular motion. (Tip: If you get too much water on the card, use kitchen roll to blot the water - kitchen roll will be your best friend when watercolouring!)
Cut a frame from black cardstock that is slightly bigger than the stamped floral frame in some places.
Attach the floral frame on top of the black frame, showing some black card in places; this will highlight the watercoloured floral frame.
Then add 3D foam to the back of the frame.
Attach the frame to the top of the card and then voila! Your card is finished.
When you get your watercolors, make yourself a color palette by adding each color in turn to white cardstock and adding the name of the color.
You will build up the palette to show all the colours.
If you want to keep the name of the Watercolor Ink with the bottle, remove the insert from the packaging.
Cut the color name and label away from the insert then attach to the back of the bottle.
How your Watercolor Inks will look:
A. Always keep some kitchen roll at hand when watercoloring; it helps with easy clean up, drying brushes and for mopping excess water.