I had so much fun making these backgrounds that I went a big overboard! Grab yourself a steaming mug of cocoa and enjoy the post! To create my backgrounds, I went pieces of watercolor paper, added color and then tossed some salt (both kosher and table salt) onto the paper. I let everything dry naturally and used an acrylic block to scrap off the dried salt and wahl-la! Fantastic backgrounds. The card above uses the Simonsaysstamp Believe in the Season stamp set. Using the coordinating dies, I cut the shadow out of vellum and stacked 3 white cardstock cuts of the sentiment and adhered it to my panel. The remainder of the sentiment was white heat embossed and I added some sequins with wink of stella shimmer pen on the word Believe to finish off the card.
This card was stamped with black Versafine ink and clear heat embossed. The sentiment is from Impression Obsession. Using some scrap hearts, I added them to my panel, used some wink of stella shimmer pen and added gloassy accents for shine and dimension.
I really love the font of this sentiment from Papertrey Inc. Dash Away All stamp set. For this card, I used the coordinating die to cut the reindeer and temporarily adhered it to my card. Stamping with Black Versafine ink, then heat embossing, I was able to ensure proper alignment of the reindeer afterward. With the embossing melted and smooth, I removed the reindeer, stacked a total of 3 together and then permanently glued the reindeer to the front aligning the sentiment. The card was finished with matching sequins.
This is not my favorite card, as it didn’t execute as I had intended. I think I selected the wrong red to recreate the retro feel. However, I love the sentiment and ornament from the Papertrey Ink Vintage Ornaments stamp set. This is an in-lay die cut. I used the coordinating die and cut my watercolor panel where I wanted the ornament to sit. I stamped and cut my ornament out of white cardstock. I adhered the watercolor panel to my card front and inserted the stamped ornament. The sentiment is white heat embossed and surrounded by sequins to draw attention to it.
This Falala sentiment from the Simonsaysstamp Falala stamp set brings a smile to my face! This is one of my favorite backgrounds as well. Using the coordinating die, I cut a shadow from vellum, 3 sentiments from white cardstock and stacked them together to ensure the sentiment stood out on the vellum. The remainder of the sentiment was white heat embossed and I used some sequins and wink of stella shimmer pen for shine.
A similar color pallet as above, only this time I cut a vellum heart which I hung off the edge of the panel for some interest. The Joy word die is from the Hero Arts Joy set. Again, I stacked 3 words and white heat embossed the sentiment.
This is the new Merry & Bright sentiment from the Concord & 9th Ornamental stamp set. I stamped the sentiment using versamark ink and coated it in gold embossing powder. Once the image was heat set, I added gold sequins.
The background image on this is really fun – you can almost make out each salt granule. Here I used Altenew’s Merry die from the Holiday Script Words dies. I stacked three sentiments and then stamped versamark ink on top of the word so that the surface is sticky. Then it was dipped in silver embossing powder and heat set. I repeated this process 3 times to get a metal look. The sentiment was adhered to an off set vellum heart and then the words “and bright” was stamped in black versamark ink and heat set with clear embossing powder. As with previous cards, this was finished with some sequins for additional shine.
The script on this Simonsaysstamp die is just beautiful. Stunner. I kept this card simple. The shadow was cut out of vellum and the sentiment was cut 3 times and stacked. After it was adhered to the watercolor panel, I used a wink of stella shimmer pen over the top of the sentiment. Finally, I added silver glitter Nuevo drops – next time I would use a different color I think.
Using the same technique as above, I die cut and heat embossed the word Peace using the Hero Arts Peace stamp set and coordinating die. The sentiment was placed on top of a vellum heart with “love and enjoy” stamped in versamark ink and heat embossed. The card was finished with silver glitter Neuvo drops.
The last card used two snowflakes cut from vellum with Silver White Winters die from Papertreyink. The sentiment is from the Altenew Holiday Script Words dies. Again, 3 word dies were stacked on top of each other and sequins were added for sparkle and interest.
I really had a blast with this watercolor technique! Thank you for stopping by.