I did a bit of experimentation this morning with some watercolour paper and my Kuretake Gamsai Tambi watercolours. These ‘Smile Birthday’ cards were actually quite simple to make and are a good standard design for any birthday. The background colours can be customised so it would suit a male or female recipient.
I started out by taping some watercolour paper to my craft mat with some low tack masking tape. I knew I was going to be using a lot of water so I wanted to try and reduce the amount of warping that would inevitably happen. For this project I used Daler Rowney Watercolour Aquarelle 250gsm as it was a pad I’ve had in my stash since school.
After taping, I put a water wash down over the whole piece before starting with dabbing on the lighter colour. I went back and forth between three shades of blue/purple and pink/purple chosen from my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours. In between layers I made sure to blast it with my heat gun to make sure I got the dept of colour. When dried, I used a clear stamp block and a paint brush to spattle some paint dots across the background. I also added some pearly silver to the blue card and some gold to the pink card to give a bit more sparkle and ground the sentiments I will be using. I set this to dry before
Next I cut some clouds from vellum using the cloud dies from Lawn Fawn. For the smile sentiments, I used the same gold and silver from my watercolours to create some sparkly watercolour paper that I could die cut. Using Stick-It paper on the back, I adhered them over the clouds. I also added a little bit of liquid adhesive behind the letters to stick to the background.
I stamped the smaller sentiment on the same gold watercolour paper using the Ready Set Snow banner addons from Lawn Fawn. I embossed these in white and silver and cut with the matching dies. I used some liquid adhesive to stick these to the background and covered the whole lot in Glossy Accents to give some shine. I added some sequins and voila!