Watercolour Week | Live with an Open Heart

I just love this watercolour technique! It’s one I have actually it shared before, and I even have a Video Tutorial all about it! But, this card was inspired / CASE’d from the gorgeous Michelle Last and a card she created and share with us at a Team Training event back in February.

Stampin' Up! UK Watercolour technique An Open Heart

The background for this card is created using a piece of Watercolour Paper cut to 3 3/4 x 4 3/4″ (that’s a 1/4″ bigger than one of our larger clear blocks). Then you apply ink to the clear block, here I put Pool Party and Marina Mist on the top two 3rds of the block and Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow near the bottom. The easiest way to do this is to literally press the inkpad onto the block – I’m sure you could get the same effect but colouring the block with markers but I haven’t the time for that! Once the block is all nice and inky you spritz the block with water (a Stampin’ Spritzer is the best thing for this!) and get the block all wet so that the ink is almost running away! The quickly turn the block over and ‘stamp’ it onto the watercolour paper. Stampin' Up! UK Acrylic Block Stamping An Open Heart

I left mine to dry but you could speed up the drying process with your Heat Tool, before using the Paper Piercer and Essentials Piercing Pack around the edge. I have used Basic Black ink to stamp the bird and sentiment both taken from An Open Heart.

I adhered the Watercolour paper onto the Crumb Cake card front, but there was just something missing. I thought about adding another layer of card stock, or some Designer Series Paper but just couldn’t decide on the colour. However, I did have a piece of this gorgeous Crumb Cake Stitched Satin ribbon sat in my ribbon scraps – Perfect. To attach it onto the now assembled card though, hmm. Simple solution, cut a slit in the folded side of the card base and tie the ribbon in a bow around the whole card front.

So pretty

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