A Rainbow Full of Hearts – Watercolour Technique. This project was inspired by a Pin I spotted a while ago. The original was made by Michelle Lupton who has an amazing website, well worth a visit, particularly if you like a rainbow.
Which brings us nicely to today’s project, which I am calling A Rainbow Full of Hearts. Michelle’s post on her card does not explain how she made it, so I have spent a while trying to work out how I can get the same sort of effect. I finally went for Epoxy Hearts coloured with Stampin’ Blends and watercolour on Shimmery White Card. Getting the right colour for the hearts was a bit of a challenge. I have discovered that Blends with more red pigment work better on smooth epoxy than those with more blue hues. I am guessing that is not really a surprise, given that red based dye inks are more likely to stain photopolymer stamps.
In the video I promised to let you have the full list of Blends colours I used, in order, with the Ink Colour I used for the Watercolours, so here goes. From bottom left:
- Dark Poppy Parade = Poppy Parade
- Dark Cajun Craze = Pumpkin Pie
- Dark Pumpkin Pie = Mango Melody
- Dark Daffodil Delight = Daffodil Delight
- Light Granny Apple Green = Lemon Lime Twist
- Dark Granny Apple Green = Granny Apple Green
- Light Bermuda Bay = Coastal Cabana
- Dark Bermuda Bay = Bermuda Bay
- Dark Night of Navy = Pacific Point
- Dark Highland Heather = Gorgeous Grape
- Dark Lovely Lipstick = Lovely Lipstick
Phew! Now that is a long list, but I thin it is worth it. Most, but not all, of the ink colours are part of the Brights Collection. The ones that aren’t are Lovely Lipstick, Lemon Lime Twist and Pumpkin Pie.
To work out the placement for the Hearts, I drew round my Tear & Tape roll a few times and them just placed the Hearts gently in place until I found the right size for the number I had. Working from the outsides in certainly helped. This meant I could add the final heart in the right place for the space left, just a little bit of fiddling to get it perfect.
I added the watercolour after I had attached the Hearts firmly. Adding water to the area I wanted to colour before introducing the ink meant that I got the shaded look I was after. Shimmery White paper does not hold the water in the same way as watercolour paper. This means that the colour sections were less likely to merge together, perfect for the look I was after. Having added the main blocks of colour, I went back in to touch up any gaps in colour near the Hearts.
The sentiment is from the Well Said Stamp Set. This is part of the Well Said Bundle, so getting this before the new catalogue launches means you save 10%. I used tuxedo black ink for this to help the whole piece ‘pop’. Once the card was fully dry, I trimmed it down so I could mount it on black card, again to help make it all ‘pop’.
I know I shouldn’t say this, but this is one of my favourite projects from the past couple of weeks. It was such fun to put together. I really enjoyed not knowing how the original had been made, but working out how I could get a similar result.
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Standard A6 Cardbase
First Mat – 5-5/8 x 3-7/8” (14.25 x 9.75cm)
Shimmery White Mat – Quarter sheet, trimmed down after colouring to 5-1/2 x 3-3/4” (14 x 9.5cm)
Nail Varnish Colours
Today’s Nail Colours are Sound of Sequins and Don’t Reign on my Parade by Nails Inc