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This weekend, I was finally able to dig out from my garage the old box of watercolor supplies that I haven't visited since I moved to my "new" home 5+ years ago.
I was delighted to see that most of the tubes of paint hadn't dried out, and that even those that had dried, I was able to chip off pieces and reconstitute to use well. Delightful!
I wanted to try using the paints on a rubber stamp instead of ink, and then paint in highlights. Here is the birthday card I made using this technique.The stamp is a Stampin' Up hostess set that I purchased as recycled from a Facebook (and blog) friend, Nicolette. I participate in the "~Get It Sold~" group on Facebook, where crafters resell their unwanted goodies to others of us hoarders.
Incidentally, do you know the difference between a hoarder and a collector? A hoarder is poor and usually looks for bargains. A collector is rich, and it doesn't matter the cost of a wanted item. Just sayin' ...
I really liked how I was able to control the placement of color and shadows with my watercolor brush versus using a Copic marker. I also like the kind of raggedy, unpainted edges of the leaves that gives this image a more vintage feel. I also like that my watercolor didn't bleed through to the back, leaving just the right amount of tint to the image.
For the embellishments at the side, I diecut a border using Cheery Lynn Designs' "Anastasia border", using the same ivory parchment cardstock I used for the card. I washed it in the lilac paint, heavying up at the tips of the border cut. I then cut another piece of the Anastasia border, using the same paper I used in the inside, and lined it with a piece of the beautiful sage-colored satin ribbon from Mei Flower.