I promised a friend that I would make a card with watercoloring. I used Spellbinders M-Bossabilities EL-007 that has two patterns in one. Here’s a link to it at Amazon, but you might want to check around for a lower price. http://tinyurl.com/yaa8w2gt
I used Stampin’ Up Wisteria Wonder ink and rubbed it over the side that’s NOT raised. I show me putting it on the raised side, but that isn’t right, you want to put it on the side that’s not raised, than ran it through the Vagabond. You need to remember that these are not normal embossing folders, and are much thicker, so make sure you adjust your sandwich for your die cutter accordingly. A sandwich is the plastic plates you surround your embossing folder with before you insert it into the machine.
I showed my large embossing folders and my storage for them. I use a 3 ring binder with plastic sleeves inside. I have another 3 ring binder that has pictures of what each embossing folder creates, and I letter each folder A-Z, and the letter is written on the picture and the embossing folder, so I know which embossing folder makes which picture. I slide the embossing folder into it’s own sleeve. This is my storage for large embossing folders and I used an embossing folder zip holder for the smaller ones. Here’s a link to it. http://tinyurl.com/yboawnhm
Once the embossing folder comes out of the Vagabond, the ink will be on the raised side. I glued a 4 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ piece of black card stock to the back of my piece of embossed cardstock that’s 4 5/8″ x 5 5/8″
The stamp set I used was from Penny Black called Gentle Whispers 040-331 and here’s a link to it: http://tinyurl.com/y9wx4wxu
The watercolor pencils I used were from Derwent and here’s a link to them. https://www.dickblick.com/products/derwent-watercolor-pencils/
The pencils I used were 26, 27, 25. 23. 57. 51. 50. and 48. I used a brush to wet my stamp and used the pencils to color the image. You can also wet the very end of the tip of the pencil to color the image, but being careful not to get the wood part wet. This is a fun technique because it really looks like you’ve watercolored the orchids when you really only stamped them.
I did go back over the image a few times to get the colors to look the way I wanted them, and had to re-wet the paper (5 x 7) piece of Fabriano hot press paper. I bought mine at A C Moore, but they don’t have an online store, so here’s the closest I could get
Link: https://www.dickblick.com/products/fabriano-studio-watercolor-pads/ I bought the 140 lb hot press 9 x 12 pad.
With a coupon at A C Moore, it was around $10.
After coloring the image, I used the pencils add more detail to the image (on the paper, not the stamp), and used the same pencils and a water brush to define some of the image lines and ensure the colors were the way I wanted them. I dried it in between with my heat gun and made sure it was dry, then stamped over the image using Wisteria Wonder and Old Olive Stampin Up inks. Because it was in the MISTI, I could do that. Sorry my camera cut out while I was doing this, and while I was cutting out the image, crap!
I decided to liquefy the ink on the front of the embossed image, and moved the ink around to make it more water-colory (not a word, but I’m making it one.)
I put a piece of clear purple chiffon? ribbon on the front near the bottom section of the card front, and put some wet glue under it to keep it in place. I added a strip sentiment that was 4 3/4″ long and about 1/2″ tall with “thanks for the smile” sentiment that I stamped and embossed and heat set. I put the whole thing on a gray piece of cardstock that was 10″ x 7″ scored at 5″ to make a 5 x 7″ card.
I used peg stamps for my envelope: pegstamps.com
Triple delicious flower http://tinyurl.com/y9by62sz
I stamped the flowers with Wisteria Wonder and colored them the same ink with a micro brush. Here’s a link to the microbrushes I buy.
The ferns were stamped with Old Olive ink from Stampin’ Up.