Today’s card was inspired by the colors in this card by Barb Engler. The colors looked like delicious sorbet (or watermelon fresca!) and I immediately thought of this So Cool stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.
If you hadn’t noticed, I really like the look of block watercolor stamping. No two backgrounds come out the same and it’s fun to play with different color combinations and to create different textures.
I started with an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper. I then took two colors of regular Distress inks (Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio) and smooshed them onto an acrylic block, covering the block but making sure not to overlap the colors since pink and green make brown. I then spritzed the block 10 times from about a foot away with a Distress Sprayer. I placed the block, inky side down, onto the smooth side of the watercolor paper and then weighed it down with a heavy book. After five minutes, I removed the block and immediately blotted up any extra inky water from the background using a clean paper towel. I let it air dry for a few minutes, and then sandwiched it between two pieces of scrap typing paper before putting it back beneath the heavy book. I find that doing this helps minimize warping of the paper.
I then stamped the popsicle images onto a scrap piece of watercolor paper in Versamark ink. I poured white Hero Arts embossing powder over top and hit it with a heat gun. Then, using the same Distress inks and a Pentel Aquash brush, I colored in the images.
I stamped the popsicle sticks in Altenew Rocky Shore ink and then fussy cut the sticks and popsicles. I used regular Scotch tape to adhere the sticks to the popsicles and then set them aside.
When the background was dry, I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink. Then I added foam tape to the backs of the popsicles and adhered them to the background. Finally, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base and that finished up today’s card.
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