Papercraft Challenge #25: ‘Anything Goes! ‘ – (January 2020)

A new month means a new challenge from Papercraft Challenges!

The theme for the month of January is ‘Anything Goes!’.

For this month’s challenge I opted to submit a Simple watercolour piece that I made as a masculine Christmas card.

I started off with Altenew’s Modern Poinsettia Stamp set. I prepped a piece of Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum with my Anti-Static Powder Bag and then used Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink to stamp the poinsettia image on the vellum using my MISTI. Then I used Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder to heat emboss the image in a beautiful silver. The I fussy cut out the poinsettia and set it aside.

Next I grabbed my Altenew’s Metallic Watercolor Set and picked out the garnet paint. I love the look of this paint on black cardstock. So I grabbed an A2 sized panel of Black Bristol paper from Bee Paper for my main panel.

I took a 1 inch wide paintbrush from Royal and Lagnickel and spread the Garnet Metallic paint across the panel diagonally.

I dry fitted the vellum poinsettia to see where I wanted to place my sentiment.

I stamped Happy Holidays on a small strip of Simon Says Stamp’s Fog Cardstock, then backed it with a narrower strip of Simon Says Stamp’s Glitter Cardstock.

I then adhered the sentiment to the bottom right corner of the watercolour panel and the vellum poinsettia in the upper left corner.

Wanting a bit of bling, I added a few gems on the sentiment strip as well as to the center of the poinsettia. Then I adhered my panel to an A2 Card base of Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Voila!

Stamps:

– Altenew’s Modern Poinsettia Stamp set

Inks:

Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Altenew’s Metallic Watercolor Set

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Bee Paper Black Bristol Paper

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Vellum

-Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing Powder

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape (SSS)

Tools:

Crystal Katana Jewel Picker (SSS)

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (SSS)

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)

WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool (SSS)

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

– Anti-Static Powder Bag

Tom Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat

Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium

Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Color Your Day (2)

So…level 2 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program focuses a lot on Color. The Color Your Day class is one fine example of that. There are a lot of different components of this class, but one lesson focuses on challenging yourself to use a different medium than you’re used to. I typically use ink…dye ink to be more specific. I do have watercolor paints, as well as alcohol markers, and coloured pencils…but I always tend to fall into dye inks. So…I opted to challenge myself and break out my Altenew’s Metallic Watercolor Set set to make a card.

I started off with some Black Bristol paper from Bee Paper measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches. Metallic watercolor looks great on anything but it really pops on black paper. I wasn’t planning to saturate the paper so I could’ve also used black cardstock, but I opted for Bristol paper as it tends to hold up to water a bit better than regular cardstock. Below are my Swatches of Altenew’s Metallic Watercolor Set on black bristol.

I prepped my paper using an Anti-Static Powder Bag. I grabbed Altenew’s Modern Poinsettia Stamp set and lined up the poinsettia using my MISTI. I could’ve also used a stamping block but I wanted to be able to re-stamp easily as I often find I need to double stamp when using a watermark/embossing ink to ensure a clean image.

Then I inked up my stamp using Versamark and heat embossed the poinsettia image using Brutus Monroe’s Fairy Dust Embossing powder and my WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool.

Then I grabbed my Altenew Metallic Watercolor Set and my Altenew Fine tip Waterbrush and got to work. I started with Garnet in the center and moved on to Copper on the next later of petals and then Enchanted Gold on the outer most petals. I wanted the colours to lighten as I spanned outwards.

Altenew’s Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink matches the metallic watercolour with the same name quite well, so I opted to use it as the vase to heat emboss my sentiment instead of Versamark. This way, any spots I miss with the powder will still show up as a bright gold colour. I used the ‘warmest wishes’ sentiment from the same Modern Poinsettia Stamp set as I just LOVE the font. Then I heat embossed using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder. I trimmed the sentiment strip down and then backed it using Simon Says Stamp’s Gold Glitter Cardstock to help it stand out against the black panel.

I adhered it to my card panel on the bottom right corner using Simon Says Stamp’s Big Momma roll Foam Tape for just a bit of dimension.

I felt the card needed a bit more pop as there was a lot of black. So I used my waterbrush to flick on some splatter of the metallic paint colours I used on the poinsettia – Garnet, Copper and Enchanted Gold. I also flicked some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen in Midas Touch for a bit of glitter.

Then I adhered my panel to an A2 sized card base of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Black. I paired the card with a gold shimmer envelope to coordinate and my card was done! I truly Love the way the colours pop on the black paper. I’m definitely going to be using the metallic watercolor palette again and again!

Altenew Stamps:

Modern Poinsettia

Inks:

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Altenew’s Metallic Watercolor Set

Other Supplies:

Bee Paper Black Bristol Paper

Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Black

– Simon Says Stamp’s Gold Glitter Cardstock

-Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen – Midas Touch

Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

-Brutus Monroe’s Fairy Dust Embossing Powder

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

3M Foam Tape (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape (SSS)

Tools:

Crystal Katana Jewel Picker (SSS)

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (SSS)

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)

WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool (SSS)

– Anti-Static Powder Bag

Tom Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat

Therm-O-Web Purple Tape

Altenew’s Watercolor Brush-Fine

Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium

Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes