Continuing my AECP Level 3 journey, I made this card to complete the "One-Layer Wonder" course conducted by the amazing Kelly Latevola. I had an oopsie! My teacher for this course never gives up on a card whenever she makes a mistake. In the process, she comes up with even wonderful results. Unexpectedly, I had a mishap, but I managed to turn it around. See how I recovered the card...happily! Thanks to Kelly for the inspiration.
Paper: Bevania Splendorgel, white, 300 gsm, A2 size (11in x 4.24 in)
Stamp: Altenew "Just Because" stamp set
Watercolor: - Kuretake Ganasai Tambi, Gem colors (Red, Pink, Green, Blue, Violet) for the flowers
- Kuretake Gansai Tambi, Gem colors (Yellow Gold) for the background
- Distress Oxide stamp pad (Black Soot)
- Versamark watermark ink pad
- Hero Arts, clear
- Simon Says Stamp, antique gold
Masking paper: Inkadinkado stamping mask paper
- MISTI stamp positioner
- Kuretake emboss heater (heat gun)
- Watercolor brush, Royal & Langnickel, round, No. 8
Masking the card
My idea was to stamp a floral bouquet twice, with the second stamped image oriented downward. I masked the middle portion using a masking paper that I manually tore and adhered on the middle portion of the card. The masked space will serve as a banner for the sentiment.
Stamping on the card
I used the larger floral bouquet image in Altenew"s "Just Because" stamp set for this card. I inked the stamp with Distress Oxide "black soot" then stamped the image on the card using MISTI stamp positioner, as shown below. I inked the stamp again with Versamark. I inverted the card, and adjusted the placement on the MISTI, following the same inking and stamping approach. I removed the mask, poured clear embossing powder on the floral image, and melted the powder using a heat gun.
For the sentiment, I also used one from the "Just Because" stamp set. "YOU ARE SPECIAL" was inked with Versamark and embossed with antique gold. The rest of the sentiment was inked with Distress Oxide "black soot", then embossed with clear embossing powder.
Coloring the Flowers
I used watercolor for the floral images. Kuretake Gansai Tambi Gem Color has a metallic tone and adds glimmer to the flowers. I colored first all the leaves using gem green. For the bigger leaves, I blended gem yellow with gem green. Next, I colored the largest flower in the middle with gem red blended with gem pink. The secondary flowers were colored with gem pink and gem purple; the small flowers with gem blue, gem purple and gem red. Although the cardstock is white, not a watercolor paper, and cannot retain much water, this watercolor is highly pigmented and needs minimal water. The embossed outline helps retain the watercolor on the image like a well, and prevents the color to run. This makes coloring easier.
The Accident and Creative Recovery
While making random gold dots using the tip of the brush, my left hand accidentally touched the wet dots near the top of the cards leaving smudges. I tried to remove the color with wet wipes and dry absorbent paper, but the smudge was so visible. I decided to just spread and brush the watercolor on the white spaces at the top and bottom portion of the card. I colored the background from left to right to prevent the wet color from being smudged by my left hand. I also used the same gold color to give a shadow effect and make the flowers pop out. Somehow this also made the banner sentiment stand out. It's a happy ending after all!