Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Watercolor Splatter Card Tutorial

I was a card-maker before I was a digital scrapper. I used to drag out my ink, rubber stamps, chalks, ribbons, brads, eyelets, paper, paper and more paper every time I'd make a card. Masking using rubber stamps is an arduous process, and often I would throw out half of the initial attempts until I got the look I wanted. Now, I look for digital supplies that can simplify that process.

This card was made using Celeste's In Bloom papers, and her new Watercolor splatters. First I created a 5x7 canvas in PSE. I layered the In Bloom papers, added some paint-look watercolor splatters, then created the base flower layer with the flower-look  watercolor splatters. The flower layer was duplicated twice, and masked, then colored with two different shades of pink, to allow it to look painted on different areas. To create the mask, click on the "add layer mask" icon above the layers palette. Click on the white mask in the layer. With your eraser tool selected, "erase" the sections of the flower layer that you want removed. By using the layer mask, you have much more flexibility to change the look.

The base is printed all as one, and with a simple sentiment stamped onto vellum and adhered with brads, the base can be added to the card. A nice ribbon bow finishes it off. No mess, and no discarding the "drafts." And now that the card base digital version is saved, I can re-print as needed, without dragging out all of my supplies!

sweet caroline studio (Celeste Knight) In Bloom papers, watercolor splatters. 
Sentiment stamp by Stampin' Up.

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