Hello my crafty pal! I’ve got something a little different for you today — not one, but six cards I made using backgrounds created with Aqua Pigments. These are liquid watercolors from Brutus Monroe and they come in a fantastic array of colors. I’ll show you what I did with them in this video…
For these backgrounds, I started with Aqua Pigments in Orange, Coral, Magenta, and Fuschia. I worked on heavyweight watercolor paper and for three of the backgrounds, I used the Polka stencil. To drip the color onto my paper, I used a pipette, but if you don’t have one, you can use a dropper from one of the Aqua Pigment bottles. Just be sure to clean it before recapping your bottle. On the last stenciled background, I mixed the Aqua Pigments with light texture paste and applied it with a pallet knife. You could use a popsicle stick or an old gift card to apply it if you don’t have a pallet knife. I sprayed the textured background with a generous amount of Glimmer Mist to give it a nice sheen. I used a variety of paint brushes and a drinking straw for the remaining backgrounds.
To finish the Happy Birthday card, I cut the background out with a stitched rectangle die, glued it to a pink card base, and added a stacked die cut sentiment cut from teal glitter paper. Then I glued on a few teal sequins that came in a pack from the dollar store near me.
For the Follow Your Dreams card, I die cut the background with the same stitched rectangle die and glued it to a white card base. The sentiment came from the Brutus Monroe Rock On set; it’s the same set I used for the rest of the cards. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment onto vellum and cut it out with a circle die. I used several more circle dies to cut out gold mirror cardstock, then glued them all to the card. I finished it with gold sequins.
The Rock On card was completed in much the same way, except I used nesting star dies and brought back the teal glitter paper and sequins again. I glued this card front to a teal card base.
I love how the Adventure is Calling card turned out, but I wish I had used a smooth coral cardstock to cut out the mountain range, instead of a textured one. It would have made stamping the sentiment easier and given me a better result. The background and outer edges of the mountain range were cut down with the same stitched rectangle die I used previously. I popped the mountains up from the background with foam tape for added dimension. The flat back sequins I used to finish the card are from Pretty Pink Posh.
I stamped and embossed Never Give Up directly onto the background, then trimmed it down to 4″ x 5.25.” I glued a thin piece of fun foam between the background and a bright pink card base to give this card a little dimension. I finished it with a few more Pretty Pink Posh sequins.
My last card has the texture paste background. I trimmed it and glued it to a pink card base. I used my ScanNCut to cut out a champagne glass from vellum. The cut file was a free one in Canvas Workspace called Foiled New Year’s Card. I used one of my light yellow Copic markers to add some “champagne” to my glass, then embossed Cheers on top. The gold sparkle embossing powder didn’t contrast as much as I wanted it to and is a little hard to read. I negated that by stamping it again inside my card with another little sentiment under it. My glass is popped up from the background with a layer of clear mounting tape. I colored several of the Pretty Pink Posh sequins with that light yellow marker and glued them above the glass to look like bubbles.
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