Thursday, April 18, 2013

Happy Happy Happy

I saw Cath's inspiring Wonder of Watercolor post and knew I had to get out my watercolors and play. The bright colors I was playing this morning made the day a little brighter today as we are in the midst of lot's of rain and flooding.
 I started the process with my STAEDTLER Watercolor Crayons.  I wanted to try a few different techniques. This card features the Verses Rubber Stamps Happy Happy Stamp. The ink is Ranger Distress Ink.

I took a pencil sharpener and a scissors to my watercolor crayons to create shavings: 
 On the left side the shavings from the crayon which are must finer and on the right side the scrapings from the scissors which give a curled effect.

I did a few different things with the crayons:

The first background is on STAEDTLER Watercolor Paper..

I used the shavings from the scissors and mixed my STAEDTLER watercolor crayon colors.  I spritzed with water until the shavings blended together. I also held the paper up to allow it to flow in one direction. 

My second project using the watercolor paper and yellow and purple watercolor crayons. 

This background started with scissors shaving of the yellow crayons spritzed with water until it started to bleed.  I added pencil sharpener scraps of the purple watercolor crayon  to the wet surface and added additional spritzing to blend. 

For my cards backgrounds: I sprinkled pencil sharpener shavings of different colors onto regular cardstock.  I covered the cardstock full of shavings with a second sheet of white cardstock.  I heated up my iron and ironed the two pieces of cardstock for a minute.  (Just be careful to fully cover the shavings or you will end up with colors on your iron that will cause a problem next time you go to use it! :)

I then cut the two pieces to the size desired.  The background on my first card also was dragged through the extra spritzed yellow shavings on my craft mat which gave a soft 

The stamps on is from Verses Rubber Stamps and has a coordinating sentiment on the inside that says Congratulations on your Graduation.  I love the new Tim Holtz Belt buckle and added that because I love how it looks. The ink is Versafine Deep Lagoon. 

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  1. Wow! What a neat technique! Brilliant, Suzz! LOVE how this turned out! The colors are amazing!

  2. Cool Beans!!!!

    Great cheerful tutorial!


  3. I love the way the stars go in and out of the background; the bright colors and the sentiment.

  4. both cards are so bright and breezy Suzz

  5. Super cool technique! I think I just might use my crayons now!!!:)
    Miss you, GF! Just had to stop by and say hi and see what you're up to! Blessings, Angie

  6. Just beautiful. I'm definitely
    going to play with my watercolors
    this weekend.

  7. My, my, my . . . what a clever and charming way to create a stunning background. Thanks for sharing.
    You are so creative.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  8. Hi Suzz
    This is an interesting technique, must have a play.
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Rosie x

  9. Fabulous technique Sue and the bright colours are so welcome after our long and dreary winter. This week has been quite a lot of cloud but even more gale force winds which I loathe. Hope your floods subside very quickly.

    Lesley Xx

  10. Great technique on your cards with an awesome result!

  11. I like these backgrounds - so pretty! Love the buckle ribbon on the card!

  12. Hey Suzanne! Thanks for linking this up to the Wonder of Watercolor Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)


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