Watercolor Wash Butterfly

I’ve been practicing the Watercolor Wash technique. I am planning on teaching this to my card class in September; I hope they like it although it is a bit messy. The card will be different, but we’ll use this technique.

The background on the card above is one of practice panels I made. I was pleased enough to incorporate it into a card.

Using Black Stazon ink & my Stamp-a-ratus, I stamped the large Butterfly Brilliance stamp on thick white cardstock. Then I die cut using the large outline Brilliant Wings die. I set aside the diecut butterflies.

Then, I created the watercolor panel by scribbling Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie on my large “F” block using my Stampin’ Write Markers & spritzing it with water using our Stampin’ Spritzer. Laying my cardstock on the inky block, I lightly rubbed the dry side of the Basic White panel so it absorbed the “spritzed” ink. Then I dried it using my heat gun.

Next I picked one of the butterflies & lightly adhered to the Watercolor Wash panel. I cleaned my block & repeated the scribbles & spritzing & laid my panel with butterfly on top. Again, rubbing & drying with my heat gun.

I stamped my sentiment from the Charming Sentiments set using Stazon ink, as it won’t run with water. I picked up a little color that was left on the block for the sentiment to keep it from having a stark white background & to blend better with the watercolor wash background. Then, I die cut the sentiment using the matching Sentiment Silhouette dies.

My watercolor was panel was adhered Daffodil Delight & then the card base of Pumpkin Pie.

I was a bit intimidated by this technique, but it ended up being fairly easy but messy. Stay tuned in September for another card (my stamp class card) & an accompanying free tutorial including tips & tricks.

Happy Stamping, Marilyn, aka MJ

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