Encouragement Cards, Feel Good Cards

Believe In Yourself

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UPDATE: I submitted this card to the CASology Challenge, Week #295, and received an honorable mention.

Hi there! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the weekend to get here. It’s been quite a week!

Today I’m sharing a one layer card using the Simon Says Stamp Believe stamp set. I just love this scripty font!

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I started by using painter’s tape to tape down an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper to an inexpensive Jack Richeson hardboard panel (any board will do, even a plastic clipboard). Using a wet 8 round brush, I transferred some Peerless Watercolor’s Robin’s Egg Blue to an acrylic block which I used as my palette. I added some extra clean clear water to lighten the color a bit as Peerless Watercolors are quite vibrant.

Then, using a clean brush, I added clean clear water to the watercolor paper in the general area where I wanted to create the wash. Since I’m still new to watercolor, and not very practiced in all of its subtleties, I have no idea if this is the best way to achieve the look I want, which is a wash that fades into nothing. I’m learning as I go, one card at a time!

I then dropped color onto the bottom left of the watercolor paper and watched it spread. I tried to tilt the board to get the watercolor moving in the right direction,, towards the top right, and when it stalled in a harsh line, I added a bit of clean clear water in its path to pull the paint forward. When I had a decent looking wash, I used my heat gun to dry the card front.

I put the dry card front into my Misti stamping tool and stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink. I used the Misti because watercolor paper has a bit of texture and I wanted to make sure I could re-stamp in the same place if I didn’t get a crisp image the first time. I ended up having to stamp three times to get into all of the nooks and crannies of the paper.

I usually use liquid adhesive to adhere my card fronts to card bases, but since my panel was a bit warped I wanted to use an extra strong adhesive. I used Scor-Tape double-sided tape, which really has a strong grip, and that finished up the card.

Thanks for swinging by!

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