Clean + Simple Card: Nature's Harvest in Watercolor
Hello there friends... I'm back today with another clean and simple card, taking a break from Christmas cards today and wanted to share a card I made using the Nature's Harvest bundle from Stampin' Up! To see how this card came together, you can click HERE for the video.
I love to watercolor. It's my favorite way to add color to an outline stamped image. Something about the softness and shading makes my heart happy, so when I saw this stamp set I knew I'd want to use my watercolor pencils and water painter.
I stamped the image out on watercolor paper using Smokey Slate ink. The colors in the normal Stampin' Up! color palette are all water-based, so if you are looking for a water-proof option that won't soften or blend in some, try the Stazon ink in black. I personally don't mind if the lines blend in a bit, I don't use a lot of water when I color with watercolor pencils so I wasn't worried about losing the definition, plus I like using Smokey Slate because it reminds me of a pencil drawing and, in my opinion, adds to the artistic quality of the design.
I created the card base from Basic White card stock and added an extra layer of Basic white that I embossed with my Timber 3D embossing folder. I then die cut some weedy sprigs out of Basic white card stock from the Nature's Harvest die set in the bundle. This adds another layer of texture without distracting from the focal image of the colored flowers. I stamped the sentiment from a panel cut out of Crumb Cake card stock. The final touches included a bow of Linen Thread and a few of the Elegant Faceted Gems. I loved making these cards and can't wait to play a little more with my watercolors and share some additional cards in the coming weeks.
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