bright and cheerful...

Hello all my fabulous friends!

You know, there is something about being sick that makes you realize just how wonderful it is to not be sick. LOL! 

In light of that, a bright cheerful card seemed to be in order. 

The orange background was done of kraft paper. I started by stamping the swirls with VersaMark and heat embossing with clear embossing powder. I then painted over it with colored gesso. After that was dry, I used an iron to melt off the embossing... It doesn't come off perfectly, so you are left with a distressed look... I'm loving this technique!  For a little more color variation, I also streaked some Picket Fence Distress Stain over the top.

The window is cut directly through the front of the card. I then lined up the stamped image on the inside so it would match up.

The image was stamped on watercolor paper, and colored using distress inks and water.  When watercoloring with distress inks (or any watercolor things), using watercolor paper makes a huge difference. It makes blending SO much easier, and it doesn't buckle or peel. 

Have a wonderful day everyone!


Supplies Used:
Paper: white, kraft, watercolor
Ink: VersaMark, Distress (Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain, Dried Marigold, Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint, Picket Fence), Powder Puff (Mocha Mama), Archival (Coffee), MarkIt (Tuxedo Black)
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Sketch Flourishes", Glitz "Distressing", Penny Black "Touch of Whimsy", TPC Studio "Woodland Whimsy"
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18"
Others: embossing powder, rhinestones