Watercolor Thanks


Here’s a “learn from my mistakes!” card for you.  I wanted to do a watercolor background with gold-embossed letters.  I had a great plan!  I stamped the sentiment from “Simply Wonderful” – a Sale-a-bration set – in Versamark ink on Watercolor Paper, then heat embossed with Gold embossing powder.  Then I did a quick water wash with an Aqua Painter to moisten the whole panel.  So far so good.

I dribbled a couple drops of Hello Honey Classic ink refill in the lid of a Hello Honey Classic Stampin’ Pad, then picked up the color with the aqua painter and dripped it down the Watercolor Paper layer.  After repeating it with Tangelo Twist, I used my heat tool to quickly dry the panel.

I decided to color the letters with a Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write Marker to make the “Thanks” stand out.  Still good.  I blended the color with an aqua painter, then buffed it with a towel to make the gold embossed letters stand out.  Not good.  The wet marker smeared over and around the embossed sentiment.  No problem…as my mom always says, “Don’t panic.  Just improvise.”  I decided it would be pretty with a little Blackberry Bliss wash in the center, so I used the aqua painter to really smear that ink.  And it was fine – until I decided to use the heat tool to dry it again.

You know how you know something, but just kind of ignore it, thinking, “Oh, it won’t be that bad,”?  Yeah, well…when you overheat embossing powder, it just kind of melts into the paper, losing its shine and “embossyness.”

Oh, pooh.  Now the words look all blurry.  I added a few single sequins from the Gold Sequin trim, hoping that would distract from the blurriness, but I don’t think it worked.  So learn from my mistakes and be careful when you’re using the heat tool to dry anything.  Even if it’s just plain ink and paper, you can burn the paper if you overdry or get too close.  (Yeah – I’ve done that as well.)

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.  As Catherine Aird said, “If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.”  So take the warning – and have a wonderful day!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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2 Responses to Watercolor Thanks

  1. darskee says:

    Darn, I like it this way.


  2. buffycooper says:

    Darrah, I like it, too. My “#1 Critic” is the one who didn’t like it because it was blurry. Maybe he just didn’t have his glasses on. I shouldn’t ask for his opinion…


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