Sunday, May 18, 2014

Watercolor + Dies

I have one last card to share for OCC's Watercolor for Card Makers class. On day 11 Yana Smakula made a card by watercoloring an image embossed with a die. The trick is to make sure that the die doesn't do what it was made to do, which is cut throughout the card stock. By using an embossing sandwich with your die cutting machine, you need to make an impression just deep enough to contain your watercolors.

For my card, I used the Happy Birthday Background die by Memory Box. I got a perfect embossed image and painted it with various colors. While the technique worked well, I didn't particularly like the colors I had chosen. So I ran the paper/die back through my Big Shot so that the words would cut all the way through. I kept the "happy" words then recut the "birthday" words with black card stock. I did a 3rd cut in white card stock for my base piece and inlaid the words back in.

On the left side of the card base I added a strip of a Lifestyle Crafts black decorative Shape 'N Tape sheet and popped up the Happy Birthday layer with foam tape.

The class has ended and there were so many techniques and designs that I didn't get around to trying. And there were a lot I tried  but definitely need to practice with more. I learned a lot about watercoloring from this class. The great thing about Online Card Classes is the lifetime access to the classrooms and the class pdf's are the best I have seen for online classes. Definitely worth the money! I should know because I haven't missed one yet!

1 comment:

  1. Very how it turned out...substituting with the black makes it sharp looking.