Hello and thank you for joining me today as I share The Ultimate Faux Watercolor. I have never “painted” before so quickly or quite so beautifully! Before we get too far, I just wanted to say thank you for your patience with the test email/post glitch that went out recently in latin (I think?). I had a tech guy solving an issue with how the images on my category pages appear. It’s been a techie bug that I could not seem to find a solution to. In working through it, he posted a built in post template and deleted it within 5 minutes. Somehow my email client still picked it up and sent it on – to my entire subscribers list, gah! Good news is the issue has been resolved and I am so thankful! Back to the good stuff. Recently I completed the Altenew course, Polychromatic[s]. The lesson that inspired me most was on faux watercolor. As I flipped through my supplies waiting for a stamp or die to scream “Pick me! Pick me!” a project (or 4) came to mind for the gorgeous roll of washi tape that had recently been gifted to me by my sweet friend Rubeena.
These cards came together so quickly and easily, I even surprised myself. I used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to whip though cutting out the images. I applied a length of the Altenew Floral Flurries washi tape to an 8 1/2″ x 11″ standard piece of 80# Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock. I knew the intricacies of the images would not be well suited for the closed line style preferable to the Scan N Cut. To combat that I placed the washi-ed cardstock on my Scan N Cut mat and taped down tracing paper over the top. A quick trace on the perimeter of each image (10 minutes max) would fool the Scan N Cut to do exactly what I wanted. I scanned the traced images though the machine, added a .04 border, removed the tracing paper with the mat still loaded in the machine, and then pressed cut. Voila! Within a couple of minutes of cutting I had a sheet full of individually cut “watercolored” images.
I know you may be thinking that washi tape doesn’t adhere well, and you would be right in some cases. This tape, this tape is amazing! I didn’t even have a lifted corner!
This A2 card was created with 3 larger flower images and just a couple littles. I dry fit them into place. Then pressed Glad Press’n Seal on top to secure them so I could confidently turn them over without losing anyone. I added adhesive to the back of each flower, flipped the set back over and pressed into place. Once glue is set, gently peel away Press’n Seal.
I then created several Slate colored Altenew Thinking of You die cuts, embellishing two with a Nuvo AquaShimmer pen. I adhered a sparkly die cut in place and added a few sequins. One could trim the overhanging flowers if they chose, but I adhered mine to the card base, as is.
The hardest part of this card? Making sure to add adhesive to each individually cut flower.
Same idea as the prior card, except swag style. Same shimmery sentiment.
Wow, this card?!? Apply an oversized length of the Floral Furries to an A2 card panel and fold excess to back. Cut each corner of the washi tape at a 45* angle so that the center of the cut line just brushes the corner of the card panel. Fold excess to back of panel and press in place. Adhere sentiment and apply panel to a folded card base. Add sequins.
Similar to the card above except trimmed down an 1/8″ on each side and popped up with fun foam on a folded card base.
Four lovely cards in under an hour – including tracing and die cutting. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. So next time I am thinking of someone, I can actually pop one of these in the mail to let them know. Who doesn’t love happy mail?!?! You never know, you just may change the course of someone’s day!
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