Birthday Wishes

Spellbinders | Stylish Oval Collection

Hi there!

I’ve been loving the messy watercolor look lately! It’s so fun and forgiving – and the results are just beautiful!

My card today features the new “Stylish Oval Birthday Wishes” stamp set from Spellbinders. I thought this floral image would look amazing with the messy watercolor technique and some soft spring colors. What do you think? Do you like how it turned out?

To make this card:

  1. 1.Heat emboss the floral array on watercolor paper using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder.
  2. Tape the panel down to your table, board, or glass matt to help keep it from warping.
  3. Use a wide brush to wet the entire panel.
  4. Use whatever watercolor paint you have on hand to gently drop in color here and there on the image. Don’t worry if you go outside the lines! That will make it look even better! You may need to re-wet the image periodically, depending on how quickly you paint.
  5. Let the image dry and then repeat the process with a little less water and using the same colors in a few places to give some variation and depth to your image.
  6. Let the panel dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  7. Add some ink splatters to your panel – I used white and black, but I put a few pieces of torn paper towel over some of the bigger images before doing the black so that I didn’t get any big splotches to mar the image.
  8. Let the panel completely dry before moving on to the next step.
  9. Die cut the panel using the inside die from the postage edge dies.
  10. Heat emboss your sentiment using black pigment ink and clear embossing powder.
  11. Wrap the panel with some black-and-white twine and create a bow.
  12. Die cut the outside postage edge panel out of white cardstock.
  13. Add foam adhesive to the back of your watercolor panel and adhere it to the postage edge panel.
  14. Adhere the layered panels to your card base.

I hope you enjoyed this project and I really appreciate you stopping by my blog today!

Have a wonderfully creative day!



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I fell in love with card-making many years ago and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. I love trying out new techniques and finding the perfect color combination for whatever I’m creating.

By nature, I am an uber-organizer and a steadfast planner, but as you’ll see, my creations are much more fluid. And while I love color theory, the concept of lights and shadows, and the importance of depth and perspective – these are not things I worry about when it comes to my creations.

I simply find joy in creating and delight in sharing.

I hope that by sharing my cards and other art with you here on my blog I can inspire you to create something you love!


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