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Wild Meadow with Thi

Hello, everybody! Thi here and today I am sharing a shaped "almost one layer" card using the emboss resist technique with watercolor. (Phew! Try saying that 10 times fast.)
I prepped a piece of watercolor paper and stamped Mama Elephant Wild Meadow onto it with Versamark. I couldn't decide between the two beautiful images, so I decided to make two cards for you today. 

After each card was stamped, I covered the images with clear embossing powder and heated it up until it was smooth and melted. I then taped each panel onto a board with blue tape and started my watercoloring.
I did everything in layers and kept it very soft and just built the color up with each layer I added. I wanted a very soft yet imperfect feel. I finished painting and decided to add splatters to the white space of my card. I knew I wanted a lot of white space but decided the card need more interest since this was pretty much a one layer card. After the panels dried completely, I die cut them both using Mama Elephant Framed Tags - Waverly CC to add some beautiful elegance to the panel. I loved this look so much, this was when I decided it will be a shaped card to really show off the sweet scalloped edge.
To create a shaped card, I had to cut my card base with the same die cut so that it would be a perfect fit and appear to be a seamless scalloped card. I created an A2 card base and taped the Framed Tags - Waverly CC large panel to the base where a little of it would hang over the top of the card base so that it did not cut the folded side.
After I lined it up just right, I had to use some muscle to cut through the two layers of cardstock with my Cuttlebug - but it worked out beautifully!
Now I just had to put the card together. I put foam tape on the back of my two watercolored panels and adhered them to the card base. (I could have skipped the foam tape so that these cards were flatter and more close to a true one layer card, however there was some light warping during the embossing phase and foam tape always seems to straighten out my final card more...but if you want to skip the foam tape here, you totally can.) I stamped the sentiments in coordinating colors and adhered them to the panel with more foam tape. Lastly, I adhere some clear droplets and my cards are completed.
I hope you liked my cards and that I inspired you to do a little watercoloring today!

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  1. So pretty. I love the softness of the colors and the white space above is very appealing to me.

  2. Very thorough tutorial and your painting is so pretty!!

  3. Beautiful cards! Your soft watercoloring is lovely.

  4. These are gorgeous, Thi! I love the soft gradient and the combination of analogous colors.

  5. Beautiful! And thanks for the instructions on how to die cut the base card. I was contemplating ordering this set and coordinating dies and you are pushing me toward the "buy" side. :-)


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