I have been challenged this year to create more Masculine cards than ever before in my life. I started a new job this past January and my boss wanted to start sending birthday cards to all of the employees in the departments that he oversees. There are quite a few men on the list, so I have worked hard to come up with fresh new ideas. The cards shown today are an easy type of watercolor technique that I showed at one of my Stamp With Perrywinkle downline meetings in the spring.
Demonstrators on my team meet once a month for a Training Event where we stamp, learn new techniques, and discuss business practices. We greatly enjoy this time of fellowship and education with others who share our love for stamping. After our training event, I decided that I should use the technique I taught at the meeting for my masculine birthday cards in May. I snapped these photos at the office right before I gave them to my boss!
To create the watercolor background, I picked out the desired size of Clear Acrylic Block (any size will work) and cut some Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Paper just slightly larger than my acrylic block. I used Stampin’ Write Markers to color directly onto the acrylic block with desired colors and intensity. Then I spritzed the block about 4 times quickly with Stampin’ Mist (water also works, but Stampin’ Mist is always handy on my desk! Invert your acrylic block quickly trying to not let the colors run too much. Press down firmly onto the watercolor paper and do not move the block. Hold it down for 10-15 seconds with firm pressure allowing the colors to permeate the fibers of the watercolor paper and blend together a little bit. (NOTE: Each card will be slightly different. Don’t get discouraged by imperfections! Once you stamp them and add some other accessories, you will LOVE your card!)
I know that some of you will wonder what colors I used on the cards. I believe that I used Soft Sky and Crumb Cake on the top card, but I am unsure on this one. Perhaps Tangarine Tango and Crushed Curry? I apologize, but I honestly don’t remember! The background and the stamped images were done with Early Espresso. Make sure you allow the watercolor paper to completely dry prior to stamping.
If you enjoy learning new techniques (usually quick and easy!), then you might want to consider joining my Monthly Stamp Club. We meet once a month and make 3 projects using Stampin’ Up! supplies and trying out newly released products. Each member commits to purchasing $15 in Stampin’ Up! supplies each month and one member each month serves as our Hostess. She earns free products and Hostess Exclusives that month! There is no fee to attend, and guests are always welcome. Please RSVP or message me if you’d like to come to our first meeting on August 25th. Read more about it in THIS POST.