Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Cards with Watercolored Backgrounds and Sister Stamps

For my birthday my husband gave me a Gansai watercolor paint set.  (I guess I did a good job of hinting.)  I decide to just play around with the paints to see the intensity of the pigments and how well the colors blend  Once the watercolor sheets were dry, I noticed that one piece looked like it might be a good background for an Easter card.  Since I already had some Sister Stamp images colored and paper pieced from last year, it was a snap to put together these cards.
I used the fabulous Mama Elephant scalloped and stitched rectangle die set to cut the background and make the card base.  The fussy cut images were attached with foam squares and the sentiments were stamped in gold ink and heat embossed with gold powder.  (The wooden stamps are old G Studio products.) It probably would have been less risky to stamp and emboss the words first before watercoloring or die cutting the rectangle, but as usual I was just winging it.  I did have a back up plan to cover up the words with a banner if I messed up the embossing. (Hahaha!)
I tried adding paper punched grass but it detracted from the images so I used a Copic pen to draw in a few clumps.  (I saw Marie Gamber, Inky Creations doing this on her video.) I am pleased that I found a way to use my watercolor test sheets and actually incorporated some leftover colored images.  I feel very clever and thrifty. Yay me!  Have an egg-stremely egg-citing Easter!

10 comments:

Creations by Shirl said...

These are cute, love the watercoloring idea on the backgrounds on both..... Happy Easter Lynn!

Niki G said...

I need to start using my watercolors! Thanks for the inspiration. Such a sweet little scene and I think the copic grass is perfect and a good choice instead of the die cut grass. I saw your comment on my fussy cutting...the trick?...once you fussy cut go along the edges with a black marker! (Memento or copic is what I use) It "blacks" out the edge instead of having white space that we can sometimes miss. Hope this helps! Have a great week!!

Leanne said...

Oh what pretty cards for Easter. The soft watercolor background along with the adorable Sister Stamps and additional gold embossed sentiment really pull everything together. These are both wonderful.
Thanks for sharing these beautiful creations it really gets me in the Easter mood. Have a great week Lynn!

eva said...

love these cards! i am getting hooked on watercolors too!

Annette Allen said...

aww that image is so cute and your watercoloring is awesome.. love this

Have A Scrap Happy Day said...

Hi Lynn! You sure created some awesome backgrounds. Really love them. Sweet scenes with Sister Stamps.

Cheryl said...

Love your watercolored background cards! So glad to see that you have Gansai Tambi. I have a sample set too but haven't used it yet. You were lucky to get a set.
Have a Happy Easter!!!

Kim Yu said...

I love the watercolor background! Gotta try this! Thanks for the inspiration!

yyam said...

Ooooh...really pretty!
Do you like the Gansai watercolors? I'm considering....and would like to get some feedback.:)

eunice said...

Oh my...what a beautiful touch your water color background adds to your sweet Easter cards, Lynn!Gansai watercolor paint set? Lucky you! I always so enjoy reading your posts because you take the time to share all the details of how you created your projects...I always learn so much! Thank you!