Gem Watercolor Birthday Card

Happy Monday to you all!  I hope you had a great weekend!  This weekend I tried out my new Gem Watercolors from Gansai Tambi, and I love them.  What started out as a simple watercolored card turned out kind of involved–I kept adding more and more to these cards.  I was in the crafty zone just having fun.

To begin this card, I powdered up my black cardstock panels with some EK Success Tool–this antistatic powder is a must if you don’t want your embossing powder to stick outside your stamped images.  I used Versamark ink to stamp out these flowers, then poured on my white embossing powder.  I love how the white embossing powder pops off the black cardstock!  I didn’t mask my images this time; I wanted to try to brush the unwanted embossing powder away.  It worked okay, but I think next time I would use masks over my images.  As an afterthought, I could have used a white gel pen to fix these lines as well.


Some of the stamps in my Hampton Arts flower set were solid stamps.  I wanted to add more greenery, so I used pigment ink to stamp them out.  I will add the color over the pigment ink later with some colored pencils.


The best part of creating this card was when I got to paint with these beautiful gem watercolors!  Out of curiosity, I tried these on white watercolor paper, and they aren’t as vibrant on this paper.  Black cardstock is what you need to use them on.


I pulled out a tube of white watercolor paint and watered it down to spatter it all over my panels.  I love this look!  I need to remember to do it more often.


After all my paint spatters were try, I pulled out my Faber Castell colored pencils to color over the white pigment ink.  This created a softer look than my watercolors.


Next–and there are a lot of “nexts” involved in this card–I used the Lawn Fawn Fancy Borders die to cut the sides of my panels.  I wanted to add some MFT Black & White Stripes paper on this card as well.  I love how the black stripes peek through the lacy border on this panel.

After I adhered my panels onto pink card bases, I wanted to add a little bit more to my cards.  On the first card, I added silver sparkling confetti with a little Multi Medium Matte glue.  Because the confetti mixes don’t have little holes in their centers, I’m starting to prefer them to sequins.  And the confetti is so much easier to glue down.



On the second card I used Nuvo Crystal Drops in Sherbert Shimmer.  I don’t know which card I like better, but it’s going to be fun to send these out in the mail!


Here is the video I created for this card.  You can watch it here or on my YouTube channel in HD.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  Have a wonderful week!!  Bye!

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