Stylized Birthday

Today is a dear friend’s birthday, so this colorful card is wishing her a cheerful birthday and a bright year ahead.

Stylized Birthday

Tips and Tricks

Watercolor Wash Basics: A watercolor wash is accomplished by first wetting the area of paper to be covered by the wash and then mixing sufficient color to easily fill the entire area.  The color is applied in slightly overlapping horizontal bands from the top down. Crafting on a sloped surface will help the wash blend. When done, let the wash completely dry and even itself out – don’t be tempted to try to “fix” a drying wash; I find the more I try to touch it up, the worse it looks. You’ll get your best wash results on Watercolor Paper, but I’ve used Whisper White, too.

Watercolor Wash Method: To prepare the color, I like to put a drop or two of ink from my reinker on a clear block. For this project, I had one drop of three different colors on my block. To prepare for the wash, I squeeze my Aqua Painter over the area to be washed and then smooth out the drops so that the paper is damp, but not pooling. For this project, I wet each area individually, so first, I prepared the area for the Daffodil Delight. Then I dipped my Aqua Painter into the drop of Daffodil Delight ink and touched the tip into the prepared area of the project, dispersing the color into the water on the paper. I brushed it back and forth to even out the color over the area to be washed. I cleaned the Aqua Painter by “painting” on a piece of scrap paper until it released no more color. Then I moved on and prepared the section for the Pumpkin Pie ink and so on.

Stylized Birthday: The first couple of times I browsed through the new annual catalog, I completely overlooked this fantastic birthday greeting. But during a “catalog stroll” with my team, someone pointed it out and I knew it was just the thing I needed for bold but sweet greeting for anyone’s birthday.

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Papers: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Watercolor Paper, Whisper White
Stamp Sets: Stylized Birthday
Accessories: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie Reinkers, Flourish Thinlits, Brights Enamel Shapes

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