#966 – Watercoloring on Glossy Cardstock

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time, the optional Topping, chosen by JoAnn is to ‘Use Pastel Colors only‘. Of course, as it is optional, you are free to join with any birthday related project you’ve newly created.

And here’s what I made –

The cardstock I used was pretty different this time – it had a normal side and a glossy side. The glossy side was pretty unique – water or watercolor, wasn’t moving like how it would with either watercolor paper or normal cardstock on it. It was behaving kind of like when light gesso is applied on paper. Colors were not settling or drying quickly enough, but its not like I was able to reactivate once it dried either. Very unique indeed! And I used that to get a lovely effect for my background! In fact, that’s the cardstock I used for the whole card.

For the background, I smooshed the distress ink pad over a acrylic sheet, misted it with water and dropped the cardstock on top, moved it a bit before lifting it, and repeated the color-picking process until I was satisfied with the coverage. And I watercolored the flowers’ and leaves’ solid die cut parts using a simple thick brush. For the outlines, I die cut them out of the same cardstock, leaving them uncolored, of course, showing off the glossy cardstock. While adhering the pieces, I offset them a bit and adhered only the center areas, leaving the perimeters hanging. That helped in getting a bit more dimension as well.

For the background, I did add a small detail of white heat embossing using a Border Patterns stamp from Cloud9. I then trimmed the sides a bit before using a couple of scrap cardstocks for extra dimension and adhering it to a white card base. I then adhered the flowers and leaves, and then used white half-pearls to embellish. For the sentiment, I used the stamp set Playful Animal Friends 2, trimmed it and again used strips of scrap cardstock to add dimension.

And that’s my card! I’m also joining the following challenges –

Watercolor Wednesday challenge #323: All Things Feminine

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #413: Birthdays

The Paper Players challenge #556: Tic Tac Toe challenge from Jaydee (I’m picking the first column: Feminine – Birthday-Florals)

Do stop by the Seize the Birthday challenge to checkout the cards made by our wonderful Surprise Party Guest Jenny Martin and the rest of our creative design team!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

30 thoughts on “#966 – Watercoloring on Glossy Cardstock

  1. Ashwini, I think I have enough die cuts and now that I am seeing this card, I am not sure I do. LOL Love the design and the background too! Thanks for also linking up at The Paper Players! Stay well!

  2. That background came out amazing and it sounds like it was a fun process to bring it all together! The soft colors and the lighter outline on the flowers are so pretty and makes for a lovely birthday card! Thanks for sharing at The Paper Players!

  3. I am a fan of dies that have outlines and these are super cool. I love your technique on the background paper. I just found some glossy cardstock in my stash and I wonder if I could do this too. I guess I will need to give it a try as it is gorgeous.

  4. I have never tried water colour on glossy card stock, that will just have to change as I think the effect you have created with it is really special. I love that soft texture and to follow it through on the flowers is very clever. A gorgeous card xx

  5. The background looks so textured Ashwini, you got a great effect with the glossy cardstock, really pretty card, and thankyou too for playing along at Watercooler Wednesday, Cathy x

  6. Beautiful! I love how your water colored background turned out – the color is gorgeous. The floral die cut is absolutely stunning, while the pearls are the perfect accents. Thank you for sharing at The Paper Players this week!

  7. Gorgeous card ! Love your beautiful watercolour background, just perfect to highlight this wonderful floral die. Gorgeous design and colours too. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at ATSM.

  8. What a lovely design, Ashwini and I love the gorgeous background with the pretty smooshing and swirly embossing.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Hugs
    Carol x

  9. Your background is absolutely gorgeous! Love it. The layered pastel flowers are lovely – great idea to leave the top layer white. Really makes the flowers pop.

  10. Interesting texture you achieved with all that color lifting, and the additional white embossing is like cherry on top, and nicely finished with the diecut flowers.

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