I used WorldWin ColorMates Smooth Black cardstock to make a 5 x 5-inch card. Then I wanted to use my new "toy" to create background paper.
Now, for my new, cheap find! I found this palette of beautiful pearlescent watercolor paints in the kids' section of the art store for under $4! They are wonderful to work with, plus they give you a permanent, shimmery effect on the paper! No need to "set" the color!
I misted the different shades of blue paints with my bottle of water. Then I painted a thin layer of color over the stencil. (I ended up using a foam brush to get the coverage I wanted.)
When working with stencils, make sure to wipe them clean before the ink or paint dries. I used a heat tool to dry the paper. And ta da, a sheet of polka dot background paper!
I trimmed the polka dot paper to slightly smaller than the card front and wrapped it with ribbon before attaching it to the card.
I used WorldWin Elan Metallics Spectral Blue, and Petallics Sky Pilot and Black Ore cardstock to create the banner and umbrella. I have loads of die cuts in my stash....I simply picked through them and found this umbrella and the star banner.
I stamped a sentiment onto ColorMates Smooth Black cardstock with white ink. I embossed with white embossing powder. I love the chalkboard look. To take it a step further, while the paper was still in the label die template, I traced around the inside edge with a white pen.
I finished off the front with a bow, topped with a button and some twine.
I always like an "insider" so I used black dye ink to stamp a sentiment onto ColorMates Smooth White cardstock. Then, I repeated the watercolor technique on the right edge of the paper. I added another die cut umbrella. I used the white pen to add some stitching to this one. (The inside umbrella is basically the leftovers from the one I made on the front!)
The shimmer of the WorldWin Elan Metallics and Petallics cardstock looks amazing with the sparkle of the pearlescent watercolor! I cannot believe I found those paints for under $4! Happy day! I also love how the colors and the white pop against the black! Not my normal type of card....but I love how it turned out!
Thanks for looking!
ColorMates Smooth Black, White
Elan Metallics Spectral Blue
Petallics Sky Pilot, Black Ore
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up Whisper White
Embossing powder: Hampton Art
Watercolors: Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolors
Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop Mini Swiss Dot
Pen: Sakura Gelly Roll White
Stamps: My Favorite Things Blue Skies Ahead; Our Daily Bread Designs Mini Tags 1
Die cut templates: Spellbinders Labels Twenty-five; My Favorite Things Umbrella; Papertrey Ink Banners
Flower punch: Stampin' Up
Twine and Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Tacky Glue