Sunday, March 2, 2014

Watercolor Backgrounds

I sthis post on the Papertrey Ink bl watercolor backgrounds and decided to give it a try.  It is such a pretty and soft look for backgrounds.  Dawn McVey shows two different ways to do this with heat embossed images.  I tried out the first by heat embossing and then brushing on the color.

At first, it  looked like a big ole mess.  I got a little too happy splashing colors and had pools of color all over!  Trust me - it was  not pretty.  Thankfully, this technique is really forgiving  I had to blot out quite a bit and then I went over it again with a flat brush.

Next time, I will try out the second way - to do the background and then heat emboss.  I had gotten some saturated color where the images had spaces and it was tough to soften.  Doing the background first will make it more uniform.

I decide to enter this in Craft Creations Challenges - Challenge 257, Keep It Simple, Simon Says Challenge - Anything Goes with Pearls,  and  Virginia's View Challenge #1: Watercoloring.


Papertrey Ink
  • Feather Finery Stamp Set
  • Smokey Shadow Dye Ink
  • Ocean Tides cardstock
  • Peacock Feathers Distress Stain
  • Bisque Liquid Pearls
Lindy's Stamp Gang
  • Moonshadows in Gold Doubloons and Buccaneer Bay Blue 


  1. Fabulous composition and colors, Lori! Your water-colored background is lovely with the silver embossed feather! So glad that you join the fun over VV Challenge!

  2. Such a lovely card, love those feathers! TFS

  3. A lovely CAS card, your feathers stamped background is beautiful!!

    Thanks so much for joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Heather xx

  4. A very beautiful simple card. I like the feathers. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations,

  5. The subtle hint of color with those gorgeous feathers is right up my alley. Beuatiful card.


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