Hello, crafty friends! Bonnie here from Bonniecarollee Makes Cards. Today’s cards feature the gorgeous leafy images created with Evergreen Elegance as the focal point. There are so many colouring options but for these light and airy leaves I chose water colour because of its translucent quality. Painting may seem a bit intimidating but it is surprisingly easy on small images … especially if they are embossed! These water coloured leaves frame foiled backgrounds featuring the new Luminous Leaves Effortless Shimmering Papers! Check out the VIDEO TUTORIAL!
Two sheets from Luminous Leaves Effortless Shimmering Papers were foiled with foil transfer sheets using a laminator; one in silver and the other in gold. From each sheet, a circle and rectangular die from nesting die sets were used to cut the backgrounds for four cards. These dies were also used to cut white sheet foam. The backgrounds were stacked on the foam and adhered to A2 sized card bases. These dies were used in conjunction with the next smallest die in the nesting die sets to cut foil card stock to create frames; a set from gold and another from silver. The frames were adhered to the foiled backgrounds that they coordinated with.
Evergreen Elegance is one stamp with several leafy stems. It was stamped two times for the four cards with Versamark ink on water colour paper. One panel was coated with gold embossing powder and the other with silver. The powder was melted with a heat tool.
The leaves were painted with Mijello Mission Gold Water Colours. The dry on wet technique used was easy and straightforward. The paint was picked up with a damp paint bruh (not too wet or the colour will be diluted) and dropped in at the base of the leaf. The brush was cleaned and either clean water or a secondary colour was used to pull the initial paint out to the leaf tip. This technique creates a gradient.
The panels were spattered with a fan brush with Distress Stains. On the silver embossed leaves, Brushed Pewter was used and for the gold ones, Tarnished Brass. Both panels were spattered a second time with Dr PH Martin’s Bleedproof White. After the panels were dry, the one piece Evergreen Elegance Die cut all the leaves with one roll through the die cutter!
The sentiments were hot foiled in gold for one pair of cards and silver for the other using Gilded Holiday Greetings. I know! Holiday words! This stamp has so many individual words that can be strung together into a variety of sentiments … even all occasion ones! The words and white sheet foam were cut with the coordinating die … again one pass through the die cutter! I stacked the words I would be using to create the sentiments and tucked the rest away for future projects! So awesome!
The leafy stems were laid out temporarily to adhere the sentiments. The die cut leaves were adhered with a combination of liquid adhesive and foam squares. For the gold pair, Sparkle Golden Illusion Crystals were used to embellish the cards. Silver confetti finished off with Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew were used on the silver cards.
This water colouring project is easy and the cards come together fairly quickly! If you are new to water colouring, this is a great starting place!
For more details, visit Crafty Meraki’s channel on YouTube for a VIDEO TUTORIAL.
Hope you will give it a go! Thank you so much for stopping by!