Hey lovelies! ❤
Today I wanted to share with you a thank you card I made for my mum using the Mama Elephant – Botanic Thanks stamp set! I made this card for my mum to let her know how much I appreciate her and that I was thinking of her, she lives all the way back home in Scotland so I don’t get to see her very often at the moment!
~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~
I started by taking some watercolour paper and placing it in my Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz stamping platform, knowing I would definitely have to stamp at least twice I adhered it to the base of the platform with washi tape as well as using the magnets for extra grip. I lined my stamp up so it was straight and used my EK Success powder tool over the surface of the paper so I would have no issues with embossing powder getting stuck where I don’t want it! I inked up my stamp at least 4 times in the process with Versafine Onyx Black ink, the stamp is extremely detailed (it’s beautiful!) so it took a few more times than usual, making sure to get every little detail crisp and clear! Once I had a good impression, I coated it with Papermania clear embossing powder and set it with my heat tool (making sure to lift it off the platform for this, we don’t want it melting!).
I trimmed my watercolour paper down to the size I wanted, to fit as a central strip across the front of my A2 card base. I then adhered the panel to my glass mat with washi tape (very little on the top and bottom!) to try prevent too much warping/curling of the paper while I painted. Time to have fun playing with colour! I chose a very bright palette for this card, as my mum has always been my best friend and the reason for a lot of warm, happy memories so I wanted to reflect that here. I tend to add the colour concentrated where I want my shadows to be, then I lightly drag the colour outwards with a small amount of water to blend and colour the rest of the image. I decided as the rest of the panel was pretty bold, to go with a simple gold metallic for the lettering to give it a little shimmer. Very simple watercolouring but gives what I feel is a lovely result!
Once I’d finished painting and I was waiting for it to dry, (I prefer to leave it to dry naturally when it comes to large pieces with intricate details like this!), I heat embossed the small sentiment in the set ‘for being you’ with Altenew Pure White embossing powder on black card stock, trimmed it in to a small strip ready to be adhered when the panel was finished! When the paint was dry, I added some details with a white chalk marker. I love the effect this gives and feel it really can add that little bit extra to your makes! Wether it’s dots or highlights, it’s something I use quite often!
I adhered a black matte paper to my card base to give contrast to the white of the watercolour paper and then adhered the panel in the centre of the card. To finish it off I added some Love From Lizi gold peel offs above and below the panel, for that extra sparkle!
Thank you so much for reading lovelies! I had a blast making this card, it took me from being slightly intimidated by watercolour to being head over heels in love with the medium. Let me know what you think below! ❤
~Supplies & Links~
**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!** ❤
Mama Elephant “Botanic Thanks”
Altenew Pure White
Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”
Love from Lizi Gold Peel Offs
Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)
Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Ink
EK Success Powder Tool
Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz Stamping Platform