Hello and welcome to part 2 of my Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee Stamp Set Showcase. If you missed last week’s post, you can find it here.
As many of you will know, I love creating gift tags, lots of gift tags! Recently I have been making a lot of tags with watercolour elements. I know that a lot of people are wary of water-colouring but if you start simple you can create stunning projects and, the more you practice, the better you will get. With that in mind I wanted to explain how I created this gorgeous Honey Bee gift tag with a watercolour background.
Let’s make it…
I start by cutting out my basic tag shape. For this I trim a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper to 2″ x 4″ and use either the Scalloped Tag Topper or Delightful Tag Topper punch for the top, and the Detailed Trio Punch for the bottom corners.
Next I stamped the bee image and the sentiment in Stazon Jet Black ink. It is important to use the correct type of ink at this stage because anything water-based will smudge when you apply the water.
The first step in creating the watercolour wash is to apply the water to the paper. I like to use quite a thick brush at this stage but you can experiment to see what you find easiest. You need to apply a reasonable amount of water but don’t completely flood the paper. Again experiment until you achieve the desired result.
I then press my smallest Clear Block (A) into the required ink pad so that it becomes a mini pallet. In this case I used Pineapple Punch. Pick the ink up off the block using an Aqua Painter and touch it onto the wet watercolour paper. The ink will quickly transfer and start to spread. Keep applying the ink until you achieve the required shade. I then leave it to dry naturally but you can use a heat gun if you’re in a rush (be careful though as it may move the water and ink around).
As I finishing touch, I have used a length of Pineapple Punch Grosgrain Ribbon.
As with most things in crafting, the key here is not to be afraid to experiment. Try different brushes, different amounts of water and different amounts of ink until you are happy with the results. The great thing about tags is that they are a small, less intimidating canvas and if it doesn’t work you have only used a small amount of paper. You’ll get the hang of it sooner than you think and then you can move on to bigger projects or colouring images rather than just creating a background wash.
I’ll be back next week with more inspiration using the Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee stamp set. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at email@example.com
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Happy crafting, h x