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Oh Happy Day Watercolor Background Card | Mama Elephant

By on July 26, 2018

Mama Elephant Oh Happy DayHello! Today I am sharing a card I made using a piece of watercolor paper I was practicing on. This was a very quick card since I watercolored a while back but didn’t want to waste the paper or paint.

I did a watercolor wash on a piece of watercolor paper with Gansai Tambi watercolors. I tried to do an ombre look but next time I think I want the gradients to be more dramatically different. My colors are a little too close together for my liking. But it was still pretty enough to be turned into a card!

Next, I die cut the background with Mama Elephant Union Square Creative Cuts. Then, I put the inside piece into my mini Misti and stamped the “Oh Happy Day” stamp on to it with Versamark ink. I then generously covered it with white embossing powder. Tip: I actually had to stamp it a couple of times before putting embossing powder on the images for two reasons. 1. The stamp is large so I wanted to make sure I get a good impression. 2. Watercolor paper has texture on it, so this also makes a clean impression a bit challenging.

The impact of the large sentiment and the scalloped border with the ombre background makes this relatively easy card really stand out!

Last, I finished the card off with Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets just for a little more interest. The entire card was then adhered to a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 cardbase.

I hope you like my card and as always, thank you for stopping by!


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Monkeyin’ Around With Watercolors | Mama Elephant

By on July 10, 2018
Mama Elephant Monkey Agenda

For today’s card I decided to try something new. I have been obsessively watching watercoloring videos by Kristina Werner and decided to finally stop watching and give it a try. It didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted but I think it’s still cute!

I started by stamping the Mama Elephant Swinging Borders with Versamark ink and heat embossing with clear embossing powder onto Tim Holtz watercolor paper. I had to stamp it twice to get a good impression but because of how bumpy the watercolor paper was, I think it could be better if I stamped it a third time.

After the powder was melted, smooth and shiny, I taped the watercolor paper onto a board and started to watercolor. Today I busted out the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor set. Today I only used 3 colors (No. 57, No. 50 and No.51) and did not mix them. I watered down my background and just added color here and there until I liked it. I let it completely dry once and did a second coat for some more vibrant colors and dimensions (I don’t know the formal term for this. Haha).

While the background dried, I stamped the sweet Monkey Agenda images with Versafine in Vintage Sepia and colored them with Zig markers just to complete the watercolor feel. I wasn’t really confortable using my Gansai Tambi paint on such small images…maybe next time!

Next, I stamped the sentiment from Mama Elephant Sunday sentiments using the same Versafine Vintage Sepia. I used my mini Misti since I’ve worked so hard on that background to this point, I didn’t want to risk messing it up now! I wish I stamped it again because I didn’t realize how the bumpy paper wouldn’t give me a clear impression. (Any tips on this from my readers would be greatly appreciated!)

Finally, I finished my card with some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear confetti mix.

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