Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Watercolor Rainbow

Hello Crafters!

It's Kelly here and I'm going to share a rainbow watercolor card with you today. I love anything rainbow and as soon as I saw the new Wild Waters stamp I couldn't wait to smack a rainbow on it :)

I wanted to create a fun background that could be used as the star of my card. 

I used my distress markers to add colors in a rainbow pattern directly to my stamp. I stamped onto watercolor paper and just used a small amount of water on my paintbrush to blend the colors. Now it looked awesome already but I wanted it to be a bit more interesting. I scribbled a little bit of each color on my craft mat. Using a bit more water I mixed each color and splattered little (or big) droplets onto the background. Last I splattered clean water onto the background and blotted them up with a dry cloth. This creates those negative spots where the color looks bleached out. To make the stripes look a bit more 3D I added a shadow to each stripe to complete it. 

The talk bubbles are from Perfect Tune and I thought they were perfect to bring in some black. Black accents with a rainbow make my little heart go pitter patter :) I embossed the "Bonjour and Hola" in black and the "Hallo" in white on black paper. Once I fussy cut them out I added them with dimensional adhesive. There was a difference in the blacks that was really bothering me so I coated all three in glossy accents. Not only did it make the blacks the same it made all three look like really cool epoxy stickers!! Crafting win! A smattering of sequins completed the card. 

If you don't have distress markers you can do the same background with the inkpads. It will just put down more ink than the markers. 

When doing the splatters if you don't have a craft mat to scribble your colors on you can use an acrylic block. 

If you smoosh to hard stamping the talk bubbles and lose some of the definition in the fine lettering you can add it back in with a white gel pen and no one will ever no the difference. Same goes for any spots of white heat embossing that you wish came out more solid :)

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Thanks for stopping by!!



Wild Waters
Perfect Tune


  1. Kelly love it, its amazing the illusion this card is giving. Looks like the colours are built up 3D

  2. Love this card Kelly, the background is fantastic. :)

  3. Awesome card!! I just love how you've used this background stamps,amazing!!

  4. Ok, I loved hearing about how you created this super delightful card!!! Love the rainbows - just like you!! Great job Kelly I am WOWED and super impressed!!

  5. Fabulous card, Kelly! Love the rainbow effect and the fact that the shadowing you added really created a wonderful 3d effect. Your eye for design is fantastic!