Monday, 6 July 2015

Card - Coffee Lover!

Dear friends, hi! Welcome to my blog!

After moving our home and trying to put everything in its new place, I, finally(!), managed to make some time for a new card! Our new home still needs a lot of work and time to become completely and entirely functional, but hey! my craft place is quite ready and I really need my creative time to relax and be happy! 

For a long time I wanted to create a watercolor background for my card but for some reason I couldn't make one that I really liked. After watching many video tutorials on how to make a watercolor background and trying different techniques, I believe I've found the one that works for me! 
So here is my new card with the watercoloring background! 

(click on the photos to zoom)

The process for creating this card is the following:

1. To create the watercolor background I've adhered my watercolor paper onto a thick cardboard, using removable paper tape, to avert paper buckling. With a big brush, I watered all the paper surface. I placed, on a transparency, ink from two Tim Holtz Distress ink pad colors, the Worn Lipstick and the Shabby Shutters, sprayed a little water on them, and with a smaller brush I started picking ink and placing it onto the watered paper. I've tried to avoid blending the two colors together since this would result in a muddy brown color! After my first layer of colors I heat setted the colors with my heat gun. I continued to place ink on the paper and heat-setting until I was satisfied with the result. Then I removed the paper tape which left the white border on the paper. I have seen this technique of watercoloring from the amazing Kristina Werner and you can watch a sample of her watercoloring background process here.

2. Using the Potting Soil Archival Ink, I stamped two images from the Prima Coffee Break Cling stamp set, onto some patterned paper from the Lost & Found paper collection of My Mind's Eye, and fuzzy cutted them.

3. I used a matching colored ribbon to make a bow on the handle of the coffee pot.

4-5. The cup stamp that I've used comes along with a sentiment and some coffee steam, thus, I have masked it with some post-it notes in order to stamp on the background only the cup and the steam of the coffee. I also stamped the coffee pot. 

6. I made a banner with some polka dot paper from the same paper collection, where I have stamped with the Potting Soil Archival Ink the sentiment and some coffee seeds from the previous stamp set. I've also used ZING Clear embossing powder to emboss the sentiment. 

7. I adhered my cutted images of the cup and the pot on the stamped ones, using Galleria Matte Medium for the cup and adhesive foam tape for the coffee pot to add some dimension to the card. I used a watered brush and ink from the Tombo Art watercolor marker 969 to make some shadow around the cup and under the pot. 

8. To add some details on the card, I glued three matching green gems and used the ZIG Wink of Stella Glitter Clear marker on the pot's dots.

9. Finally, I punched and inked with Worn Lipstick distress ink a small heart, I glued it on the banner and placed the banner with the sentiment on the bottom of the card using adhesive foam tape.

And here are some close-ups of the card.

And an other final view!

That was my card for today, I hope you like it! I would be happy to get your comments or any questions! 

With this card I participate into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "We're Going Dotty!"!

Thank you for visiting my blog!


Virginia Lu said...

Your watercolor background is a SUCCESS! Love the inking and colors! I also love the dark shaded area to ground the tea....just lovely, Melfina! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “We’re Going Dotty” Challenge!

Melfina said...

Dear Virginia thank you so much for your sweet comment!

maureen said...

Love the colors and the composition- such a lovely card! Thanks for sharing your process!

Melfina said...

Dear Maureen thank you so much for your comment! I'm so happy that you liked my card and to participate to both SSS Monday and Wednesday challenges!

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Sounds like your watercolor background took a lot of research and effort, but wow! You nailed it! I really love how it turned out and the texture is brilliant. I also appreciated your great descriptions of the process you tried. I picked up a lot of new tips and tricks from your watercoloring adventure, so thanks for the detail. I thought the color palette was so perfect for this project and I really adore the gems you added that reminded me of cute little steam bubbles. Excellent work and I'm so glad you took the time to share your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Melfina said...

Dear Andrea thank you so much for visiting and for your great comments! I'm so happy that you liked my watercolor background, yes it took me a while to make one that I really like and I hope for more of them to come! It is always a pleasure to participate to SSS Monday Challenge as there is always so much inspiration from the Design Team and the participants, and such a great gift for the winner! I have never won but I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Michelle said...

That background is fabulous! I love the watercolor. It was worth the effort. It's Gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing your card with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

Team Clark said...

This is amazing! I absolutely love the background and cut out images! Works perfectly!

SOUL ART said...

Your card is beautiful!

Melfina said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comments!