Step by Step Tuesday- Congratulations! card

Hello my crafty friends! I am back with a simple but fun card to make. I made mine into a Congratulations card for my brother (who’s not my brother- it’s a bit confusing). I wanted this card to be pretty simple but have a great look. I pulled some pre-cut watercolor paper that I bought at Hearts-N-Crafts Etc. in Covina. If you’re anywhere near that shop and you’re a crafty person I highly suggest checking them out- they’re fantastic! I then pulled two Ken Oliver Colorburst powders in Sap Green and Cerulean Blue, two Ken Oliver Liquid Metals in Metallic Jade and Metallic Sky, and finally I pulled the Nuvo Shimmer Powder in Green Parade. These are the colors that are going to make up the background of the card.

I used an old plastic pie sheet… thing that my mom gave me when I started working with the powders that I had to spray to get them to activate. I taped it to my workspace and let the rest hang over the edge, loose. Then I started with the powders randomly adding them and layering them on the pie sheet. I made sure that the colors were mixed just a little bit. Then I added a drop or two of the Metallic Jade and the Metallic Sky to give a bit of shimmer. The Nuvo powder has shimmer too but I just can’t resist adding more. I then commenced with one of my favorite techniques, smooshing. I took the paper and put it face down in the color. I kept pouncing it in the mixture I had created until I had a look that I liked.

Before the water

Above is the smooshing complete but I still feel like there is something missing. I decided that what it needed was some splatter painting. I thought gold would look good on the background so I got my Gansai Tambi Starry Colors in No. 901 Blue Gold, sprayed a little bit of water into the pan and then swirled it around with my Prima Marketing Inc. Water Brush in Broad this allowed me to have better coverage when I was tapping on it to get the color onto the paper. I am really pleased with the final result.

I then took some black cardstock and an Impression Obsession rubber stamp that says ‘I am so proud of you’ to make the sentiment on the front. Initially I was going to use my Ranger Superfine Detail White but I changed my mind at the last second and went with the Recollections Gold Tinsel (glitter) embossing powder. I was really pleased with how this turned out. It’s not a super fine detail powder but it didn’t obscure any of the words or letters, which was fantastic. I then took Kool Tak and popped up the sentiment banner.

I used the tape that I talk non-stop about, Scor Tape. This is great to use with watercolor, especially when the paper is warped.

I then took the ‘Congratulations!’ sentiment from a Kraftin Kimmie set I bought a year or so ago. I stamped it using Versa Fine Onyx Black ink.

That’s it! Fairly short compared to my other Step by Step days. I really enjoyed making this card, it was relaxing and nice to get to be messy with a purpose. Have you done cards like this? What do you think of the technique?

I’ll see you on Thursday for Technique Day!

“Creativity take courage.”
-Henri Matisse-

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