The Simplest Watercolour Background

There is lots-to-like about these cards for me.

They use up the remaining Wooden Stag Toppers I wanted to use this year.
I used some more of my new Papers from ‘Berry Bright’, creating Envelope Inserts with them.
And although they are very simple in design, they have more than just a few of my favourite things … neutrals with a pop of colour, a very organic, very tactile, lots of little details, a little bit of sparkle …

Here’s how I made them …

First I created the simplest Watercolour background by dropping random splashes of grey paint onto my Card Base. Mixing the paint quite loosely, so it is quite watery, helps the paint to drop more easily.

At this point, I decided that the Stag Toppers I wanted to use needed to be a little more bolder on the Cards, to give them, as the focal point, a little more character & presence. So I painted the Wooden Stags with Watercolour Paints too, using the same paint I’d used for my background. The wood was quite porous and the paint quite watery, and as the colour soaked into the wood, it enhanced the grain of the wood. I did a couple of layers of paint to achieve the depth of colour I wanted & I was very happy with how they turned out. (You can see their original colour on the image in *this* post.)

I finished the Stags with a light coat of Hairspray to seal the paint.

Whilst the Cards & Stags were drying, I threaded flat red sequins onto some lenghts of Twine. I had to thread the sequins carefully through a needle first though as my Twine wouldn’t fit through hole in the centre! I used 3 Sequins for each Card.

When my paint was dry, I wrapped my sequinned Twine around each Stag, then mounted them onto the Card Bases using dimensionals. I stamped my sentiment & added a few sequins & Crystals to finish.
I think they have a Hygge style about them. And I think the patterned Envelope Inserts set the Cards off really nicely.
I like both of those things too.

5 more Cards to add to my total.
Now I have 29 : )

Love Liz xx

Card Credits
130mm White Card Blanks.
Patterned Paper: 'Berry Bright' Designer Digital Paper Pack printed onto 120gsm White Paper.
Wooden Stag Toppers: From my stash & originally from Hobbycraft.
Sentiments: Wooden Alpha Stamps DCVW0050. By Dovecraft at Hobbycraft.
Khaki Coloured 1mm Waxed Shamballa Cord & a selection of small sequins & crystals.

4 comments on The Simplest Watercolour Background

  1. Such a beautiful card, love the light background, the stag painted and the sequin twine. You have such wonderful style.
    Faith x