AECP Level 2: Creative Watercolor Media

Oh Happy Day Fellow Paper Crafters! I am happy to report I survived the Historic Heat Wave of Washington State, and I'm back with another card submission for my Altenew Educator's Certification Program. Today's submission features a card to meet the homework requirements for the Creative Watercolor Media Video with Jennifer Rzasa. Jennifer does an amazing job displaying several ways to put the movement of water in your card front. As I mentioned in my last post, I do believe watercoloring has become my new favorite medium to work with! It gives a "free flow" to my cards that I cannot get with any other medium.


Today's card features a split card panel on 110# Neenah Solar White Cardstock using the Altenew Bergen Builder Stamp set, and watercolors. That's it! Easy Peasy! So, grab your favorite watercolor pan, fill up some water jars, and get your brushes!


I used cold press Fabriano Extra White paper for my card, but you can use any type of watercolor paper you have on hand. To start, I blocked a blank piece of paper by taping it on each side to a plastic paint pallet. This keeps the paper flat so it will not buckle while it is drying.


Card Instructions

  • To begin I stamped my image to cover a piece of watercolor paper 7" x 5 1/2" using the largest stamp in Ink on 3 Blackout Detail Ink.

  • Next, I blocked my stamped paper on a pallet with low tack purple tape, and generously applied water until the paper was extremely saturated.

  • I decided on warm tones for this card, and started with a diluted yellow dropping it on the flower buds and allowing the water to do it's magic with the paint.

  • I continued to layer the paint until I had the desired look I wanted. Once the panel was dried I used a white gel pen to add dots within the flower petals just to add some more details to the flowers. I also used a black gel pen in the center of the flowers to darken them up a tad.

  • I cut the panel into 2 separate squares 2 1/2 " x 2 1/4 and centered them on a black mat leaving a 1/4" frame completely around.

  • Cut 1/8" black paper strips and place them 1/4" down the edges lengthwise using the gridlines on my mat to place them straight.

  • I heat embossed the sentiment on black cardstock and trimmed it down to size using foam tape to adhere it to the card panel.

  • I used foam tape to adhere the cared panel to add dimension to the card.


Tips & Tricks

  • Use a paper towel or dry paint brush to absorb the excess water.

  • Place your brushes flat to dry to keep the water from running down the brush and ruining the structure.

  • When placing each layer, you don't want to let the previous layer dry too much. This will allow the paint to remain fluid on your paper and run with the water freely.

  • This is a great stress reliever, and I would recommend it to people like me who need to have everything "in the lines".

  • Let go & have fun!


Supplies Used

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