Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Workshop Wednesday - Watercolor Backgrounds

I'd like to introduce you to Workshop Wednesday! My plan for Workshop Wednesday is to share my learning experiences with you - I do hope you will follow along and work on some of these cards with me. So lets get started!

I am using my CAS lessons from Paper Craft Planet as a starting point for Workshop Wednesday. I joined PCP in January and so far I have worked my way up to lesson 6 - Watercolor Backgrounds. Here is a slide show of a few cards already in the CAS Lesson 6 Photo Gallery.

Find more photos like this on Paper Craft Planet

I took the liberty of finding an excellent video tutorial by Andrea Walford on the watercolor background wash using Stampin' Up's reinkers. I don't have any re-inkers just yet, but I do have a wonderful set of watercolor paints left over from my college I used those instead.

Here is my card:

What I learned:
  • I found that when using watercolor paper, and doing the wash method as the video showed, you need to use the back (or smooth ) side of the paper. It washes nicely and when you are stamping watercolor paper, the smooth side will hold the ink better than the rough side.
  • I also learned that when embossing on watercolor paper, use the smooth side as the rough side soaks up the ink much faster preventing your embossing powders from sticking as well.

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