Just recently I’ve been experimenting with a few new techniques and revisiting some old ones. My project yesterday included a quick video showing how to make a background with the ink swipe technique. Today I have another technique video for you, using Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. It’s a technique I find really relaxing and I loved how the finished piece looked. As soon as it was dry couldn’t help but use it to decorate a notebook.
This project all started when I wanted to create a wreath with natural looking leaves. I could have played with ink and sponges, but many people find them hard to manage. So instead I thought I’d show you a really quick and easy alternative idea.
For this project I chose the larger leaf wreath from the new Wreath Builder Dies from Stampin’ Up! Then I used it to cut out some Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. I placed the die-cut wreath onto a board and wet the paper thoroughly using the largest brush from the new Water Painters. Next I ‘painted’ the wreath using Granny Apple Green ink. Then I went over it and added a little Garden Green ink. It really was that simple as my video shows:
After ending the video I realised that I hadn’t done any flowers. So I went back to the Wreath Builder Dies and scraps of the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. I cut out 9 flowers using the five petal flower die and ‘painted’ them in exactly the same way as I’d done the wreath. This time though I used Mango Melody ink for the initial painting, Once all 9 flowers were done I added a spot of Bumblebee ink in the centre of each one.
When dry, the watercolor paper is quite sturdy so I needed to do one last thing before leaving everything to dry thoroughly. Using my Paper Snips I cut through the newly painted wreath (not the dry one you also see in the video). Then I gently opened up the wreath so that it dried in a curve.
While waiting for the watercolor paper to dry I prepared the 3-1/2″ x 5″ notebook I’d picked up at Dollarama.
I measured the cover of the notebook and then cut two pieces of Early Espresso Card the same height but just a little narrower. Next I added texture by embossing the pieces using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. Then, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow), I attached the embossed pieces to the back and front covers of the notebook.
At this point the notebook looked a little dull so I added a 1/8″ strip of Copper Foil Sheet along the edge.
Once my wreath and flowers were dry it was a simple task to fix them to the front cover over the notebook using liquid glue. Although I’d prepared nine flowers I only used six of them here. I decided to save three for another project.
To finish the flowers I selected an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker from the Neutrals collection. Then using the writing tip I added some random dots in the centre of each one. Job done.
I love the finished notebook. I must admit that I was in two minds whether to add a sentiment of some kind. In the end I decided to leave it as it is, for now. What do you think?
You can see more of the Wreath Builder Dies in my earlier blog post From a wreath to a summer gift tag.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Wreath Builder Dies in a bundle with the coordinating Arrange A Wreath Stamp Set. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. Although I didn’t use the stamps today I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore this option.
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