Friday, September 7, 2018

True Friendship Greeting Card in Schmincke Watercolor

Here is another sweet stamp image by Dreamerland Crafts, called True Friendship. I decided to make a greeting card with it, something that could be sent to a close friend to show her how much she means to you. I chose brightly colored Doodlebug Design paper for the color scheme and used Schmincke watercolors to color the image. These watercolors are top-of-the-line... lightfast so they will last without fading or changing color. I love how bright they are. Jackson's Art, where I bought mine, often has a sale on watercolors - I believe your first order will have 10% off when using my link (this should show up in checkout, before payment).

I kept the card fairly simple since the colors are so bright and cheerful; it didn't need much more. Just a few crystal iridescent sequins are the only embellishment. The card is also fairly flat, making it easy to fit into a standard A7 envelope.

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Making the Card

1. In Nocturne Clair ink, stamp True Friendship on Strathmore 5x7 Ready Cut hot press watercolor paper. Although the paper is fairly smooth, I recommend using a Stamp Platform just in case the image doesn't stamp perfectly the first time. Draw a ground line using a black waterproof pen. I used a Copic Multiliner SP .2. The SP version is refillable and you can change out the nibs so the pen doesn't just go into a landfill once empty.

2. Watercolor image, in layers of light color, allowing each layer to dry in between (glazing). I used Schmincke watercolors with Silver Black Velvet brushes. Set aside to dry.

3. Cut blue cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a card base.

4. Die cut blue cardstock with largest Floral Oval die (I used Core'dinations Distress Cardstock but it might be hard to find; one of the Brights might work though).

5. Die cut image using pierced oval (note: the oval I used just barely fit - it was difficult covering the dots on the Floral Oval - you may want to use a different oval to cut the image; I should probably have cut scrap paper first to see how it would work, sigh). Adhere to blue floral oval (step 4).

6. Die cut pink cardstock (Brights) with 3rd smallest Grand Ovals. Adhere matted image (step 5).

7. Cut pink cardstock (Brights) 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Adhere to card base.

8. Cut colorful plaid paper 4 1/2 x 6 inches (Spring Garden). Adhere to pink, lining up evenly 1/8 inch around the top and sides. Adhere matted image as shown.

9. Cut "hello hello..." strip (Spring Garden). Adhere where shown, trimming any overhang from behind card.

10. Add crystal sequins where shown.

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