Watercolor Wishing Well

Watercolor Wishing Well

Today's card is actually one I had contemplated submitting on Tuesday to the Global Design Project.  I loved the way it turned out, but it just didn't seem as "wedding-y" to me as I would have liked.  It was way to pretty to scrap entirely though so I just saved it for another day!

I have mentioned before that using a watercolor technique for a card makes me feel very artistic.  Oh, I know I'm crafty...but artistic?  Not so much.  I love that I can start with a beautiful stamped image (all the artwork is done!), and add gorgeous color with water, brush and ink.  I'm hard enough on myself to know my shading isn't perfect, but it still makes me happy in the end, and I know whoever I send this card to will smile when they see it.  That's why we stamp, isn't it?  To feel the satisfaction of creating something beautiful, and then to make someone else's day when we pass our creations along.  Take some time to stamp today.

When I saw the Bright Wishes stamp set in the 2017-18 Stampin' Up! catalog, it went right to the top of my Wish List.  The wishing well image itself is so pretty and peaceful, and there are several sentiments to use with it to convey your thoughts.  For today's project, I started by stamping the image in Basic Black archival ink on to watercolor paper.  I then used a combination of watercolor pencils and watercoloring with ink pads and Aqua Painters to color the image.  (I started with the watercolor pencils, which turned out fine for some parts of the image, but sometimes I wanted deeper color--like on the roses--that's when I turned to ink pads.)  After I finished coloring and let the piece dry, I lightly sponged the edge of the watercolor paper with Crumb Cake ink.  The sentiment was stamped and cut out with one of the Layering Ovals framelits.  I added a bit of Whisper White solid baker's twine and some Glimmer Enamel Dots to finish up.

I used the following products on this project:


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Until next time...happy stampin'!

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