Saturday, August 6, 2016

Water Colour Powders Tutorial

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So pleased you can join me for a look at a couple cards I created using the Ken Oliver Color Burst Powders available in the store.
I am going to walk you through the process of making these cards. Please note that these exact colors may not be in the store but you can contact Sandy to inquire about ordering them.
You can create a similar effect with the Magenta-Nuance Watercolor Powders as well.

The Color Burst powders are available in singles in the store while the Nuance powders come in a set of 15 colors.

Let's take a look at the first card:

These are the colors I used for this first card:

For this second card I used Pthalo Green, Lemon Yellow and Ultramarine Blue:

I experimented with color groupings prior to working on the actual card fronts to see which colors would mix without getting all muddy.

Step 1
Cut watercolor paper down to 4"x5 1/4", I used Strathmore watercolour paper.

Step 2
Stamp paper with chosen stamp and Versamark embossing ink. I used Altenew's Oriental Orchid* stamp set for the red/blue/purple card and My Favorite Things Circle Scribble* for the blue/green/yellow card. An outline stamp works best to allow open areas for your watercolor powder to fill.

Step 3
Sprinkle white embossing powder over the Versamark images and heat emboss. I've used Hot Stuff Embossing Powder in Glacier White by Emerald Creek Craft Supplies*

Step 4
Let cool, then spray generously with water, you can see that the paper curled up once the water hit it, I taped the card front down to prevent the curl.

Step 5
Here I taped the paper down which also made it easier to drop various colors of watercolor powder exactly where I wanted them. 
A little goes a long way so tap the bottle lightly, you can always add more as you go. You can see the powder spreads or 'bursts' as it hits the water.

Step 6
Add additional colors and water, you'll see the embossed images begin to stand out as you add more colors.
Step 7
You can also use your heat tool to move around the colors while they are wet.

Step 8
Once you are happy with the results set aside to dry, I let them dry overnight.

I followed the same steps to create the card front for the blue/green/yellow card, here are a couple of photos of the card front in progress:

To finish off the cards I trimmed the fronts a tiny bit to remove the white edges left by the tape and applied adhesive along the edges and liberally on the entire paper to keep it nice and flat.
I die cut a vellum circle with the My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Die-namics*. The sentiment is from the Altenew Layered Lily* stamp set, stamped with black Versafine ink and embossed with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. I applied liquid adhesive behind the 'thanks' and completed the card with a scattering of clear and black sequins.

I kept this card simple trimming the white edge left by the tape, adhering to the card base and adding a sentiment from the Altenew Thinking of You* stamp set. 

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and give this technique a try, it is a lot of fun!

*please note that items listed not found in the store may be available as a special order, contact Sandy directly to inquire.*

Thanks for stopping by :)

Happy Crafting!

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