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I'm still in challenge mode, so last weekend when I saw The Paper Players challenge:
to make the sentiment be the focus of the card, and the Happy Little Stampers challenge:
to use water coloring, I made this:
I fell back on a technique I've used before, where you color your stamp with distress inks, mist it, and stamp it on water color paper. It's messy and you lose a lot of the detail, but that's okay! Why? Because you dry the water color part, then stamp the sentiment again with a water-proof black ink. I used Archival.
I like that the runny colors peek out from behind the crisp black sentiment. Mine is only crisp and black because I stamped it several times. Several times on OMG NOT AGAIN pieces of water color paper, before I got a clue and pulled out my MISTI.
I placed the sentiment where I wanted it, inked it up with three colors of mini Distress inks, misted it a lot, then stamped it onto a piece of water color paper. It was quite runny, so I used the corner of a paper towel to soak up some of the larger puddles as I dried it.
Then, I cleaned up my stamp and inked it very well with Archival black ink and stamped it over the dried water color area. It didn't make a clean impression, so I just inked it up again and stamped it again, and again, until it was nice and black.
I trimmed down the water color paper and put it onto a Hero Arts black card base. A few sequins to fill in the white space, and maybe to cover a stray drop or two of water color, and it was finished.
That's one more for my stash of Birthday cards. I'm only belated on one of them so far. ;/
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Stuff I used: Neat & Tangled sequins, and the following: