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Have the Best Day Ever Watercolor Background

Updated: Mar 5

Recently Pinterest sent me an image of a card that Laura Bassen created for Simon Says Stamp (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/153826143511387914/). I loved this card, in fact I had saved it previously, but this time I decided to let me my inspiration for a card. Laura's card used blues and green, I decided to use yellow, orange and red.


I first cut down a quarter sheet of Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle. I then used an anti-static tool to removed static and oils from the paper and then stamped My Favorite Things Birthday Background with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then took a large paint brush and added water where I wanted the color on my background. I used Distress Inks and first smooched them onto my work space, but I wasn't getting the vibrancy that I wanted, to I took the mini in cubes and smooshed them directly to the watercolor paper and then added more water to have them move and blend. I love the way the background stamp is revealed when the color is added.


I decided to pair background with a die cut sentiment from Simon Says Stamp. I cut the sentiment three times from black cardstock and adhered them together using Elmer's Craft Bond Spray Adhesive. I thought the black sentiment would really standout against the watercolor background, but it has really fine lines and got lost on the busy background. Fortunately, this sentiment comes with a shadow die and I decided to cut it from vellum, which still lets the lovely background shine through, but mutes it just enough that the sentiment stands out as well. I decided to add a secondary sentiment strip above the die cut and stamped it on a scrap of black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it white. It was adhered above the die cut sentiment with a thin strip of Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape that has a lower loft.


I also decided to pull out Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet and cut two single balloons from black cardstock and adhered them to the right of the sentiment. All in all I really liked the results.

PRODUCTS USED: · Simon Says Stamp Best Day Ever

· Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet

· CZ Designs Stop Drop Party

· My Favorite Things Happy Birthday Background

· Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door

· VersaMark Ink

· Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder

· Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder

· Darice Foam Strips

· Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

· My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

· Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock

· Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

· Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock

· Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper

· Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape


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