Happy Saturday my crafty friends! I just love starting the weekend with a new release and this month's Paint-A-Flower is just lovely! I used pan watercolors on this design and one thing I will tell you about watercolor paper, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE! For my watercoloring I always use Altenew's cold press A2 watercolor panels. These come already precut to the size I always use and I have just never had any issues and I have never used anything else. However, I signed up for a summer camp and I received some watercolor paper in my kit I received and I put it in with my paper and I happened to just grab some as I began to work on my design. Let me tell you I was not at all happy with the result. You could see the bumps on the design and I personally thought my end result was terrible. I put the panel aside so I could photo it at the end of my blog and let you judge for yourself.
Moving on, I began of course, with my A2 panel of Altenew watercolor paper. I placed my stamp where I wanted it on my card front. Sometimes this is a little redundant as I end up cutting the image out as I did here in the end but you always want to be prepared for anything right? Next I treated my paper with anti-static powder and inked up my stamp with clear embossing ink from Honey Bee Stamps (I have been experimenting with several inks lately and will do a blog later on these) and embossed my image with Raven embossing powder from Brutus Monroe.
For my watercolors, I used the 24 pan watercolor set from Altenew. I love this set as the color families are blended making the colors very easy to work with. For my flowers I used Deep Blue and Crystal Blue along with Summer Afternoon and Pocketful of Sunshine. For my leaves, I used a combination of Green Hills and Rain Forest. The Paint-a-Flower does not have a die but I do own a Brother Scan-N-Cut and I used it to cut this set out. I also used a sheet from the Blended paper pack from Altenew. This paper pack has been wonderful and I have used it a lot. I popped my flowers up with foam tape, cut out the miss you sentiment from the All About You Word die set and used some foam strips for this. My finishing touch was my three enamel dots on the corner of my card along with some white splatters.
Here is a photo of my first card I did with some different colors on my extra watercolor paper to show you there is a difference in the quality of the paper you use. I used the same paint set and everything. My embossing powder did not melt nicely on the paper, my paint looked blotchy and I just did not care for it at all. You definitely get what you pay for folks.
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