This is my third AECP class and I loved it! For this class, the goal was to pull inspiration from something around you that you like and bring those colors or patterns into your card making. There were also some tips on adding watercolors to your cards. The instructor, Therese Calvird, did a great job.
For this class, I decided to use Midsummer Bouquet. Thisis stamp is a gorgeous lined stamp by Altenew.
To start, I stamped the stamp on watercolor paper and embossed with some WOW! White embossing powder. One of the techniques Therese showed was the wet on wet water coloring techniques. After attempting this 4 times, (photo below with purple flowers shows 3rd attempt) I realized I needed to figure out the amount of watercolor paint I should have on my brush. I have a better handle on it, but I decided to try something else. Instead of watercolor paint, I used my Tombow markers. I am hooked on this technique! Another thing the instructor mentioned was a 70/20/10 color ratio when creating. I kept that in the back of my mind as well.
My inspiration for the red flowers was inspired by my mom’s love of red Geraniums. She loved that color! So I took my embossed panel and put down some water and then put the tip of my Tombow in the water and let the water move the pigment where ever it wanted. I used the darkest color by the embossed lines, let it dry and then added the next darkest, etc. I used Tombow 847, 837, 885 and 856 for the red flowers. For the yellow, I used 905, 985 and 933. For the leaves I used 098, 228 and 177. For the background , I used 476. When everything was dry, I went over the entire flower with a slightly wet paint brush to blend every thing together.
I added the Thank You from the Dodecagram stamp set and that completed my card. Time wise, the drying time took a bit. I could have dried it with my heat tool in between colors, but I enjoyed starting on another card and working on it in between painting this card.
I really like how this turned out and am thrilled that I have a new way to use an item that was already in my stash!