A Little CAS Watercoloring

Before I share today’s project for The Paper Players, I want to thank Sandy Mathis for selecting my Thoughtful Branches hydrangea project from last week as her “A Cut Above.”  I always love the inspiration online challenges offer – that’s the win!  It’s always nice, though, to be recognized by the design team.  If you missed my sweet card from Nance Leedy’s color challenge, you can see it here.  Thanks, Sandy!

For this week’s Paper Players project, Jaydee has challenged us to use watercoloring on a clean and simple card.  I love it!  I often shy away from watercoloring because I haven’t yet mastered the art.  Still, there are so many great ways to create a watercolored look without expending lots of effort.  I adore “quick-and-easy” – especially when it looks “artistic-and-difficult.”  Here’s my Rose Red and White card:

Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper, Mixed Borders, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP304

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I set out to clear emboss an image and then watercolor over that to create a fun background.  As I was reaching for Shimmery White cardstock, I realized the Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper would cut out a couple of steps for me.  Yippee!  We’ve had this type of white paper with a white-embossed pattern for quite some time, but the patterns in this set of papers is the best!  The paper isn’t as thick as the paper that was introduced during Sale-a-Bration two years ago, so it’s better for card layers (in my humble opinion).  I had a lot of fun watercoloring this beautiful floral pattern.  Click on this photo for a closeup of the patterns:

    Irresistibly Floral Specialty, Stampin' Up!

    Irresistibly Floral Specialty, Stampin’ Up!

  • Watercoloring the Paper.  I used an AquaPainter to lather this paper with Rose Red ink.  Although you can’t necessarily tell from the finished product, the ink is much thicker at the base and more watered down toward the top.  I (un-strategically) placed the sentiment banner over the part of the card that best showcases the gradient change from dark to light.  Still, it’s quite a beautiful effect.  Watercolor Tip:  Since this paper is not sturdy cardboard or watercolor paper, you have to keep from adding too much water (or dab off some of the water with a paper towel as you go).Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper, Mixed Borders, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP304
  • The Base.  The white in this paper is stark – a brighter white than even Whisper White, so it caused Whisper White to look dull when I tried to layer it on a Whisper White base.  What to do?  What to do?  I simply flipped the paper over and used the flat, un-embossed side of the paper for the base and sentiment panel.  Easy.  Clean.  Oh!  And the base of this tall-and-slender card is 3-1/2″ wide by 5″ tall.

Stamp Sets:  Mixed Borders  Papers:  Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper, Rose Red  Inks:  Rose Red  Accessories:  Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper, Mixed Borders, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP304

I hope you’ll pop over to The Paper Players site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Hi Brian, Great idea about flipping the paper over. Love how the colors turned out.

  2. Carla Schechner

    What a beautiful card, Brian. We are going to work on watercolors today at my friend’s SU monthly class. I hope she sees this one to share with the others. Have a great day!!!

  3. Love your “painting” on this card. The color is so pretty and using this paper makes having a pretty design so easy. I love the irresistible papers for the variety of ways to color them. Brilliant idea to turn the paper over to have it match! Have a great day!

  4. Beautiful papers & great coloring, Brian…your card is stunning!

  5. Pretty in pink! Off to open up some paper I’ve never used….LOL. TFS

  6. Chris R. from Iowa

    Fun idea. I wonder how those new ombre pads would look used on this paper? Thanks for the tip of flipping it over for the sentiment part and the tip about it not being watercolor paper. I only have shares of this pack so I think I might play with this idea. Thanks.

  7. Always the clever one with a fantastic tip or two! Love this Brian–I hadn’t even given that paper a second glance. Now, I need to. Love the ombre effect you created too! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

  8. Wow, beautiful card Brian!
    Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players!

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