Hi everyone. Today I'm sharing a birthday card that I gave to my son-in-law, Alex. His birthday isn't for a couple more weeks, but they are heading for a long weekend away in Seattle soon and wanted to give him some $$ to treat himself while he was there. :)
I made this background a long time ago and was waiting to use it for someone very special ... and that's Alex! :) I made the background using the Saturated Watercolouring technique (click link to see my video tutorial on this). It is basically smooshing using re-inkers so that you get more vibrant (or saturated) colours. :)
I used turquoise and orange reinkers for this and was really happy how it turned out. There's always a risk when using complementary colours (opposites on the colour wheel), as sometimes they will mix together and you end up with a brown, muddy mess. You'll see that there are a little bits of brown in spots, but I'm happy with it.
I added more layers by stamping script over top in medium brown, and then added a stencil, randomly covered in matte heavy gel. It's hard to see, but it adds another layer. I popped up the watercolour panel onto some cream linen-textured paper that was a gift from my friend Christine (thanks Christine!). To finish the card I added two die-cut cork leaves and stamped sentiment.
I'm entering this into Virginia's View #17 - All Things Embellished.
Hope you enjoyed my card and thanks for coming by for a visit.
Stamps: Butterfly Birthday sentiment (Happy Little Stampers); En Francais (SU!)
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar; Re-inkers: Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango (SU!)
Accessories & Tools: water mister, Cubist stencil (Crafter's Workshop), matte heavy gel (Golden), Meadow Leaf die (Poppy Stamps), cork