Thursday, April 30, 2015

WCC22 - A Combination Challenge

Wow, time's been flying and I almost missed this week's Watercooler Challenge, by Heidi Weaver.  Heidi one of the very talented and long time members of the Watercooler Artists has come up with a fun challenge that involves combining a watercolour background with a silhouette.  

Here's My Card:

Nothing in Heidi's instructions indicated the watercolour background had to be the "whole" base of the card for this challenge, so I decided to use only a portion of it in my design. The card base I chose to make is called a Pop Out Swing Card.  The watercolour background and silhouette are  showcased on both the swing panel and sentiment panels at the front of the card.  

When opened the Pop Up Swing Card has three panels.  I combined stamps from the Basic Butterfly and Serene Silhouettes stamp sets for the tree silhouette and the inside sentiments  and stamped them in Blackberry Bliss ink.  I embossed the tree silhouette on the watercolour background using Clear Embossing Powder over Blackberry Bliss and Versa Mark inks.
How Did I Make It:
I really had fun trying out a variety of techniques for making a watercolour background, before settling for one I made using the Mosaic Embossing Folder and re-inkers.  My original piece of water colour paper measured 5 1/4 x 4 but as you can see from the above pictures, I cut it down to 2 3/4 x 2 34".

To create the watercolour background I simply sprinkled some ink from the re-inkers in strips across the raised side of my Mosaic Embossing Folder and then used a water spritzer to move the ink around.  When I was satisfied with the amount of ink and the intensity, I laid my piece of 5 1/4" x 4" watercolour paper over the folder.  I used a scrap of white card  stock over top of the watercolour paper and pressed down on this piece evenly to transfer the colour to the watercolour paper.  I carefully raised the watercolour panel and then set it aside of paper towel to dry.  

Once it was thoroughly dry (the next day), I inked up my tree silhouette with Versa Mark and then Blackberry Bliss ink and stamped it in the center of the watercolour panel.  I spread Clear Embossing Powder over the still wet ink and embossed the image.  Wow did it pop and give added texture to the card.  


Stamp Sets:  Serene Silhouettes, Basic Butterflies and Really Good Greetings
Ink:  Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, and Versa Mark for the silhouette, sentiments and sponging around the watercolour panel.
Re-inkers:  Pool Party, So Saffron and Calypso Coral
Card Stock:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper

  • Card base:  Blackberry Bliss cut to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" and scored at 4 1/4"
  • Inside Layer:  Whisper White 5 x 6" scored at 2" and 4"
  • Front Layers:  Hello Honey 3 1/4" x 3 1/4", Lost Lagoon 3 x 3", and Watercolour Paper 2 3/4 x 2 3/4" for
  • Sentiment strip 1" x 3 1/2"watercolour paper  
For instructions on how to assemble a Pop Out Swing card click here to see Dawn Griffins video tutorial.
Accessories:  Trimmer, Big Shot, Mosaic Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Squares Frame Lit Dies, Basic Rhinestones.

I hope you enjoyed this all occasion card that celebrates an accomplishment.  For me I was pleased that I accomplished the double challenge and came up with something that I really liked.  It was also fun combining the challenge with a fancy fold card that I've been wanting to make.

I hope you'll check out the rest of the samples on the Watercooler Watercolour Combo Challenge, they're truly awesome and leave these talented gals some comments while you're there.  

I also hope you'll try out both of these techniques.  I'd really like to know what you enjoyed about doing them and a link to your projects.  Oh, and there's still a bit of time to play along with this challenge, if you're up for it today.  We'd love to have you join in the fun!
Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens


paper bag create said...

GORJUS card!!!Just love the watercolour background...very Bohemian!! And I love the pop out swing WOW factor!!! Thanks for sharing with me the mechanics of the card!!! ;)

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Sheri.This little water colour piece reminds me of the African Veld with the mountains in the background. But then again, I see pictures in the clouds! Thanks for the get-together and sharing what we know. You're the bestie!

Heidi Weaver said...

Wonderful card, Penny. Love the colours you've used. I love the way you put everything together---it evokes images without quite being anything specific, but then watercolour backgrounds have that "power". That's one of my favourite silhouettes, too. Thanks for joining us for the Watercooler Challenge.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Heidi thanks so much for commenting on my card this week. I loved the combination challenge. I don't pull out the watercolour papers very often so it really pushed me out of my comfort zone.

Bev said...

Wonderful card Penny. Aren't those flip cards fun?

Marsha Reed said...

Wonderfully beautiful card, Penny! I have so many adjectives that it was hard to narrow it down. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Challenges. Marsha DT @ WCC

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks so much Marsha. I'm blushing! Appreciated!

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