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Woodware The Holly and the Ivy

I stamped these images a year ago. I had not planned to use watercolors so I used 80-lb cardstock. A few days ago, I ended up using watercolors and wished I had stamped on watercolor paper. Oh, well. I very carefully painted the images and thought I would just use a red mat and a white card base and be done. However, they just seemed too pristine to me and didn’t have much personality. So I did what I did to save my bird card last year—splatter masking fluid and add a wash of watercolor to the backgrounds. When that was dry and I had removed the masking fluid, I tried splattering some white Liquid Pearls. However, the little bottle was old and the paint was no longer fluid. I added some water, and I was able to use it, but I only used it on one of the eight cards. Then I switched to Wink of Stella to add splatters. It looks pretty cool in real life.

I lined the bottom of the box I used with paper towels. When I saw how pretty they were after splattering all that Wink of Stella, I wished I had lined the box with good cardstock instead. BTW, I started out removing the masking fluid with my finger then switched to that little square adhesive eraser most of us have somewhere in our stash. The eraser did a better job and was easier to use; I’ll never use my fingers again.

4 ¼”x 5 ½”
Gina K. Designs Base Weight Charcoal Brown cardstock (card base)
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80-lb. cardstock
Woodware The Holly and the Ivy, JGS423
Versafine Olympia Green ink
Ranger Superfine Clear embossing powder
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors—32, 34, 35, 36 (berries), 54 (ivy leaves), 53 & 58 (holly), 47 (some shading)
I also tried colors from Hero Art’s Daniel Smith sample card, but in the end I covered everything with a glaze pen.
Gelly Roll Glaze Pen, dark red

Molotow Masking Refill
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor, #47
Wink of Stella (after removing the masking fluid) I used gold on a couple of cards, silver on a couple of cards, and clear on the rest.

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djc   [Nov 21, 2018 at 03:44 PM]
TFL. Daria (I couldn't add any more to the description even though I made the card 50% of its original size. I ended up with eight cards!
Nora S   [Nov 21, 2018 at 04:48 PM]
Daria, this turned out absolutely beautiful! I love the technique you used - it is very effective! TFS
Iring   [Nov 21, 2018 at 04:56 PM]
That is a wonderful snowy background! I bet it is extra special in person with the wink of stella. I never thought of splattering that, or masking fluid. Beautiful results!
stampwilly   [Nov 23, 2018 at 10:40 AM]
This is gorgeous! I love your technique. Thanks for sharing! Very Happy
Conniecrafter   [Nov 23, 2018 at 10:49 AM]
Oh wow that is just gorgeous, you coloring is lovely and like the splattering
Canadian, eh   [Nov 25, 2018 at 06:47 AM]
This card is stunning. Love the texture in the background. Looks like you did well without watercolour paper.

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