Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Watercolour Set

Hi, everyone!  Today I'm sharing a set of 3 fall cards I made using a beautiful image from Beccy's Place - Garden Silhouette Set.


Watercolour backgrounds are tricky with digis because I have an inkjet printer, and as soon as the ink gets wet, it bleeds. So I created the backgrounds first and then printed the images after they dried. To begin, I printed the images on printer paper, four on a sheet, to get an idea of the image location on the page. I prepared the backgrounds on a sheet of watercolour paper, using a smooshing technique with Distress Inks: Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Brushed Corduroy, and Barn Door.  I added some ink splatters after they dried. After everything dried completely, I printed the images over the watercolour backgrounds. I love how they turned out!  You might remember a similar set of cards I made here.

Here is a close-up of each card individually:

Card #1

For Card #1, the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Thanks clear stamps. I used Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles dies to create the black frame.


Card #2

For Card #2, the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Many Messages clear stamps. Again I used Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles dies to create the black frame.


Card #3

For Card #3, the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Happy clear stamps, and I die cut the image with Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die and added two tiny gems in each corner.  With this card, I am joining the birthday challenge that Mervi is having over on her blog: Mervi's Candy and Challenge 2015


I would also like to join the following challenges: Beccy's Place September AG UE; Cards in Envy Colours of Fall 2/3; Choux Choux Paper Art Halloween or Fall UE; Connie Can Crop Colour Inspiration 2/2; Crafting from the Heart AG 2/3; Crafty Girls Creations AG 1/3; Creative Card Crew Fall 2/3; Deep Ocean Autumn UE; Di's Digi Designs Fabulous Fall Colours 3/3; Dies R Us Hot Colours 1/3; DL.ART Thankful Thursday Fall Alt. Thank You 1/3; DL.ART September Linky AG 1/day; Fan-Tastic Tuesday Colour me Autumn 2/4; Inspiration Destination AG UE; Left of Center Make Your Own Background/No DP UE; Little Claire's Autumnal 3/3; Not Just Cards AG UE; Our Crafty Corner Fall Colours 2/3; Pile it On Fall Colour Combo UE; Scrapbook Blessings Club AG optional Favourite Technique (watercolour) UE; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday No Designer Paper 1/5; Sweet Stamps AG UE; The Outlawz Twisted Saturday PAM Autumn 1E; The Paper Girls Sweater Weather (fall) 1/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 2/5

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a joyful day!

51 comments:

Connie Wallenbrock said...

Gorgeous!! Love this technique and am going to have to try it!! I could look at it all day! Thanks for sharing and entering it at Connie can crop. Scrappy hugs!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Great job ... love those background panels! The silhouette is perfect! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘HOT COLORS PHOTO INSPIRATION’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

Nancy said...

Gorgeous cards! I really love these!
Thanks for joining us at Scrapbook Blessings Club! :o)

Bad Kitty said...

love this!
very pretty
have a nice day
hugs

Mervi said...

Fabulous set of cards, lovely image!
Thank you for sharing at my Candy & Challenge, good luck;-))m

DIANA L. said...

These all came out great Karen, I love the watercoloured backgrounds. good idea to do the backgrouns first.
Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday #165 "FALL"Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day
DIANA L.

DL.ART DESIGN TEAM MEMBER
DL.ART
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com
http://dianamlarson.ctmh.com

terrie said...


Wow Kitty these cards turned out fantastic....I like the image and the color you used for the background...
I always wanted to try this technique...tfs
well done my friend

Andrea W said...

Very clever to make your background first and then print the image. Awesome set of cards!

Annette Allen said...

so totally cute and that background is perfect..

Charlene said...

Great job on the cards!! Love the watercolored backgrounds!

Kuni said...

Beautiful cards Kitty, wonderful watercolor background.
Hugs
Kuni

cotnob said...

Gorgeous cards Kitty, such beautiful backgrounds.
Pauline
x

Céline said...

really gorgeous
thanks for playing with us at di's digi
hugs
céline

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Gorgeous cards Kitty! Love all of them. I will have to try something like that when I get time. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Gloria

http://purpleglocreations.blogspot.com

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Fabulous! I love these. Those backgrounds are stunning. Are are they really foregrounds since they happened first? Just perfect!

Lisa said...

Oh wow, Kitty, these are stunning!! I love the watercolor look!! It looks so fabulous!! The image is fabulous and looks amazing in black against the color!! Gorgeous, gorgeous cards my friend!! Love, love them!! Thanks so much for playing along with the DL.ART September Linky!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts
DL.ART DT Member

Jo said...

Wow, gorgeous makes Kitty.....love the colours x

jimlynn said...

Fabulous cards! I do love that image you used on this too. The colors used for the watercoloring are wonderful. I keep trying to remember to do the watercolor first and then print the image on top of it - thanks for the reminder!
Lynn

Lori said...

Oh, you are so smart! Background first - great idea! These are gorgeous: the backgrounds are lovely with the silhouettes. So glad you linked this up for my challenge...your creations have been so fun to see. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

Patricia St Martin said...

I agree with Lori.... Your backgrounds and the splatter turned out fantastic. I love the silhouette.
Hugs, Pat♥

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous set of cards I love the brilliant watercolour effect backgrounds and really love the silhouette image
carol x

vinita jain said...

I love the fall watercolor look on all the 3 sets and definitely love this silhouette image, purr-fect for the focal point, love them!

Beccy said...

Your notecards are absolutely beautiful KT, I love the backgrounds. You did a wonderful job adding the colour and then printing over the top, they look fabulous.
Cheers,
Beccy

marion said...

wow, I truly love this idea of your background, it is so wonderfull. What a fab idea. Love the kitty cats as well, sending you lots of hugs and love, and cuddles and perhaps a little treat for your lovely furbabys, Marion

Petra Raams said...

your cards are beautiful! you found a very good solution for the problem with your printer! thanks for joining septemberchallenge, Petra DT Beccy's Place

ike said...

Oh, stop it !!! You are trying to tempt me into doing this again aren't you ???? Hahahaha LoL

Seriously though - these are just stunningly AWESOME !!!! :-D

Hugz
IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Donna said...

Those are gorgeous, that took some serious planning Kitty. Aren't Beccy's designs great!

Lisa Minckler said...

Brilliant! I have the same kind of printer, but now that I see it can be done, I'm gonna be all over this! Your cards are GORGEOUS and I loved the others with the mailboxes too. Amazing design and I love the color blended with a silhouette.....so classy!

Lori m said...

Gorgeous cards, the backgrounds are amazing and your cat image is just perfect for the layout.

Thanks for playing along in the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge.
Hugs, Lori m
DL.ART Design Team Member

scrAPpamondo said...

Thanks a lot for your trick, Kitty!! This is just a fab technique for digital images!! I remember your past silouette cards, so beautiful!! The watercolour backgrounds with some splatters on the black images are really stunning!! Lovely works, my friend!!

KandA said...

Gorgous cards and wonderful coloured backgrounds with the silhoutte image xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

They are all so gorgeous Kitty, great backgrounds and such a delightful image.
Hugs
Cathy
xxxxx

Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict said...

Love your cards !! thanks for sharing with us at Left of Center

Pamela said...

Beautiful trio. Thank you for joining us at Crafting from the Heart.

Pam x

Pia S said...

These look fabulous, Kitty! Wonderful fall colors, love the image and technique used. Subtle variations, yet completely different looks. Love the wonky stitched detailing on your third card too.

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Veronica Tovar said...

I love the techniques you used for this card set. The effect in the background is great. thank you for entering our color challenge at Connie Can Crop. Good luck

Tracey said...

Wow...your cards are fabulous, love the water colouring, its so pretty! Thanks for sharing how you created these!

Jacee said...

Oh my, these are wonderful, I love your water colouring, the effect is amazing and of course I love the little kitty's!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Daphne/Scrapsofstuff said...

Very nice. I love the way you showed several ways to use the same image. Thank you so much for sharing and entering the Connie Can Crop Color Challenge.

Judith Taylor - Wright said...

Hi Kitty I adore water colour and these are super hugs Judith x

Dwie lewe rączki said...

What a lovely card! Just perfect for our fall challenge. Thanks for joining the fun at Creative Card Crew
Yvonne

Cindy said...

Love these cards! I'm obsessed with watercolor right now :-) Thanks for sharing with us at SBC.

Mandy said...

Gorgeous cards Kitty! I love the backgrounds you've created they look wonderful.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx

Sandy Trefger said...

Lovely! Love the colors and styles/backgrounds of your cards! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!

Angela Corcoran said...

Lovely cards! Thanks for linking up at Connie Can Crop's monthly challenge!

Angela ~ DT

Melissa L. said...

Ooooo, gorgeous!

Brittany M. said...

Such a great idea to create the water color background before printing! I've struggled with the same issue with my inkjet. Thanks for playing along with the Paper Girls!

Sybrina K said...

Oh my gosh, these backgrounds are gorgeous! How clever of you to water color before printing! Thanks for joining us at Cards in Envy. :)

Anna Jasiolek said...

I really love what you did with our color palette, these are gorgeous, autumn, warm cards. Thank you for joining us at Pile It On and please come back for the newest challenge.
Hugs,
Anna xxx

LisaM said...

Love your background work on these fabulous fall cards!
Thanks for sharing with us at Cards In Envy!