YAY!! If you are here, you have traveled the path of a rainbow of One Stamp At a Time (OSAT) Blog Hoppers sharing their favorite Monochromatic designs. My card is a pretty simple layout, but there is a really cool watercolor technique I can't wait to share with you. I had a lot, I mean (A LOT) of fun putting together this card for you.
Truthfully, I think this is my very first Monochromatic design...and, hoping it won't be my last. It was a bit of a challenge for me as I love to mix-n-match colors, and to think outside the box with my color schemes. I decided to use shades of '???'...more specifically, ?? and ??. Oops!! Did I really not share my Monochromatic color shades with you?!! Sorry, I'm in the teasing mood and couldn't resist. LOL But seriously, the Watercolor Paper really makes the shades pop and this card would work with various hues of any color! Ready to see the color I chose to use? Okay, enough teasing... here it is...
**squeal** Isn't this soooo cool?!! The card base is Strawberry Slush and houses a watercolor paper layer featuring a really neat watercolor technique and matted onto a piece of Pink Pirouette. The background is suppose to mimic the Bokeh affect of a camera lens and started out looking like this:
How did you do that? All I did was take my Strawberry Slush and Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write Markers and (using the big tipped marker) colored swatches of ink...covering the entire piece of Watercolor Paper. This piece measures 3-5/8" x 4-7/8".
For the next step of this technique, you will need 2 stamps and a Stampin' Spritzer. One stamp needs to be a large solid stamp and the other a speckled image. The perfect images for this came from the Celebrate Today stamps....solid balloon and the speckled accent image.
Next, mist the solid balloon with plain water and 'stamp' onto the watercolor paper that I colored. Keep misting/spritzing and stamping all over the paper until you get the paper pretty....definitely not damp, but not soaking and dripping in water, either.
Do this same thing with the speckled image. Except, this time, add more pressure when stamping the speckled image. And, spend time holding this stamp to the paper...do a little rocking, too. Keep doing this until you have stamped all across the paper. As you go, you will see the colors start to fade into each other.
Use your Heat Tool on low heat to dry the watercolor paper. This will take a little bit. Then, let the paper cool completely. If you don't, then when you pour the Black embossing powder over the Versa Marked sentiment, the powder will stick to all areas that are still warm and you won't have a clean background. I matted the watercolor paper layer to a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock, added Stampin' Dimensionals to the back and put in place on the card base.
The sweet sentiment is from the Big On You stamp set. Such a fun set. Please do tell....what sentiment stamp set is a must-have in your stash of rubber stamps? I look forward to seeing all your comments on this. :) To balance and add a little sumthin-sumthin....I added some Pink Pirouette 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon and a scattering of Rhinestone jewels.
For my 2nd project....I created a fun Mini Index Card pad to go along with the card (inspired by Becky Roberts). I purchased some 4" x 6" index cards and cut them in 2" widths. Punched them with the Scallop Tag Topper punch and created the cover using the same watercolor technique and topped with a piece of designer series paper from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack (on the Retirement List). Accented it with Pink Pirouette and Strawberry Slush flowers with the help of my Boho Blossoms punch (also, on the Retirement List).
Want to see some more monochromatic color combinations? Then, hit 'Next" and travel along to Diane Squires' blog. If you get lost along the way, come back here, click on the names of the hoppers, and you'll be right back on the rainbow road. Enjoy!!
- Elizabeth Jeanne
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