witticisms by Jess Witty

October 21, 2011

Watercoloring at Ella Publishing

Hey, there!

Fun day for me... I'm guest blogging over at the Daily Trumpet of the fabulous Ella Publishing!  Thanks to the sweet Ella girls for inviting me!

My post over at Ella today focuses on one of my favorite simple techniques... watercoloring.  You know I love it.  Here's one of the card's from that post...

Simple, right?

I used the same technique on one of my Papertrey Ink projects this month...

Obviously, I did not use this technique on the outside of the card :)

I did use a neat trick for the outside, though.  I cut the patterened paper (Sweet Threads from Basic Grey... such a sweet line) with the new Front & Center die.  It's a large die that's meant to be used as a gift bag cover - cut 2 and then adhere them to the front and back of a small gift bag.  However, because of it's size, it's nearly perfect to die cut an entire card!

The die has a bit of an angle on the edges, so I folded my die cut in half and then trimmed down the edges right and left edges a bit so that they were straight instead of angled.  This card is slightly larger than 3 1/2 x 5, so it would fit well in a standard A2 envelope.  If you trimmed it down a bit more, it would fit in a 3 1/2 x 5 envelope as well.

This die has a cut out for the handle, so I backed it with a panel of clear cardstock and stamped my sentiment in the middle with StazOn ink.  The Flaming Red Staz On has a bright pink effect on clear cardstock, which I love!

And now... to the watercolored accent!

I added a cardstock panel to the inside of the card, then stamped my images up in the corner.  A little watercolor wash over the top adds depth and dimension and gives my simple flower a very full look!

For all the details on the how-to as well as another brand-new watercolored card, check out my post at the Daily Trumpet

Thanks for stopping by today! 

{Old Friend} card Stamps - Watercolor Garden (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock - White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink - Dark Peony & Warm Violet (Colorbox), Ripe Avocado & Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)

{Birthday Fusion} card
Stamps - Flower Fusion #9
Cardstock - Rustic Cream, Clear
Ink - Flaming Red (Stazon), Dark Peony (ColorBox)
PP - A-Line Dress (Basic Grey, Sweet Threads collection)
Die - Front & Center #1
Ribbon - Aqua Mist


Ash said...

I loved it to the core..... Especially the idea of incorporating the transparency for sentiment on a normally created card.... :D

Ash... :)

Jill said...

came here from Ella--just wanted to say I love the watercolors!

Charlene Austin said...

Jess, that card using the bag die thingy is awesome!

Gina said...

This card caught my attention in the PTI gallery earlier in the week. I love it!!!!

Amber said...

That Front & Center Die cut card? Yes. I'll be stealing that idea! And I am loving that patterned paper!