I can finally share this card with you, knowing it has reached the hands of the birthday girl (hey, Debbie!). I really like trying different techniques with the Elements of Style stamp set because it looks great no matter what you do - including no color at all (check it out HERE).
For this card, I chose to heat emboss the image before water coloring. I don't do it every time, but I do like using that technique occasionally. Not only does it lend a bit of added texture, it also provides a slight barrier if you desire a "neater" watercolor effect.
HIP TIP: Many rubber stamp images meant for water coloring actually look better by NOT being so neat and tidy. A little overlap here and there gives the artwork a more authentic watercolor look and feel. For most of us, going "outside the lines" seems to be a difficult concept to grasp. It probably stems from childhood ... but that's "a different Oprah". Hee!
While this card was used for a birthday, it can certainly be used for any occasion. Inside the card I stamped a birthday sentiment, but you could use any type of sentiment or even none at all and simply write your own message.
For the water coloring, I layered Pink Pirouette, Pretty In Pink, and Bravo Burgundy. To add the Dazzling Diamonds I applied small dots of Two-Way Glue to the image before sprinkling on the glitter. The "for you" sentiment was hand cut, layered on a 1" Circle, and popped up on the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
World Card Making Day is Tomorrow!
Have a "stylish" day!
Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Elements of Style (W-118611, C-120045)
Ink: VersaMark (102283), Pink Pirouette (111838), Pretty in Pink (10131), Bravo Burgundy (105214), Old Olive (102277)
Paper: Confetti White (102028), Pink Pirouette (111351), Bravo Burgundy (105123), Watercolor Paper (122959)
Tools: Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Heat Tool (100005), Black Emboss Powder (109133), Two-Way Glue Pen (100425), Aqua Painter (103954), 1" Circle Punch (119868)
Accessories: Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon (117289), Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (102023)