Thursday, February 27, 2014

Seize The Birthday - Watercolors

Yes, it's time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday!  As always, anything long as it's a Birthday theme.  No Toppings option this time.
Oh, the possibilities are endless, right?!  I decided to use a technique that I saw Julie Ebersole use recently in a video.  I've done a few watercolor cards in the past, but this technique was a little different.  HERE is the link, if you're interested.

You can click on any photo to enlarge it.

Wow.  It was fun to play around with distress inks and my aqua painter.  There's just something relaxing and therapeutic about it.  If you've never tried it, you might want to!

I used watercolor paper for my card front, but mounted it onto cardstock.  Instead of putting water in my aqua painter, I just put a bit of water in a plastic lid.   For some reason, I always end up with too much water on my project otherwise.  I swished and swirled on 3 colors, then dried them with my heat tool (instead of waiting for them to dry).  Then I stamped my images and sentiment.

Next, I spattered some Mister Huey's and Color Shine onto the card.  Then, to add a bit more shine, I adhered 3 sequins.  That's it!

I hope you'll play along with me and the rest of the Design Team.  We love to see what you create for each challenge!

Supply List ~
Cardstock: white (PTI), watercolor paper (Canson)
Ink: onyx black, delicata golden glitz (Tsukineko), peacock feathers, mowed lawn, spiced marmalade (distress inks by Ranger)
Stamps: happy trails, beautiful butterflies (PTI)
Other: aqua painter (SU), mister huey's color mist in gold (Studio Calico), heidi swapp color shine in teal (Pink Paislee), sequin mix crystals opaque (C Cartwright), water


  1. Wow Susie, this looks fabulous. I will have to give this a try. Love the colors and design.

  2. This turned out beautiful, Susie!! Love the colors!

  3. When I saw 'watercolor' in the title of your post, I had to come see, Susie! LOVE how this turned out. I've got to make some time to play around with myself a fresh new pad of paper...just need to find some time, but thanks for the inspiration AND the link! I'm gonna check that out! And I agree with you on the water in the's usually too much...unless I dab it off on p. towel several times first...I usually just dip it! Beautiful card! Love the technique with the butterfly and dragonfly images!

  4. Oh, I LOVE this!!! It is so fantastic!!! Perfect colors and placement of elements... it is so fun!!!

  5. What a cool technique - I will definitely have to give it a try! Lovely card and colour combo.

  6. Soooo pretty Susie, and those colors, wow!

  7. This is so pretty! I love the beautiful colors in your water colored background, and the paint splatters. Beautiful sentiment and dragonfly too! Great card!

  8. I really love how the black image pops off the water colour! So pretty!

  9. Susie - this is stunning! So striking with the fabulous background. Perfection.

  10. I want to feature your card for upcoming Trendy Tuesday post for the blog at Paper Crafters Library. We'll be featuring watercolor techniques next week. You can ck out the blog here: The image will credit you & link back to your blog as well. If you do not wish to be featured, just let me know.

    1. I would be honored to have my card featured! Thank so much!


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