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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Watercolour: Paint One Background for Multiple Cards featuring Simon Says Stamp’s Big & Bold

Updated: Aug 2, 2022

Hello everyone! We don’t usually associate water colour with multiple card making. But with a longer sheet of water colour paper, one background can be painted and used to create a number of cards. This beachy scene is easy to paint and are finished off with a large sentiment from a new stamp set by Simon Says Stamp, Big and Bold.

My longest sheet of water colour paper, Canson XL, was just slightly under 12” I trimmed the width to 6” and attached to my work surface with low tack painter's tape. The tape helps reduce warping as the paint dries. Each section, sky, sea, beach, begins with a 'wet on dry' technique … wet brush to dry paper … using Mission Gold water colours.

The horizon between the sky and sea was taped off. A colour wash was used to create first the sky and then the sandy beach. The tape was removed and a turquoise sea was painted leaving some horizontal bands of light colour. White gouache was applied with a liner brush followed by a stippler brush to create sea foam on the light areas. The panel was finished off with a little touch of brown spatter on the beach. When completely dry, it was cut down to three panels that measured 3 3/4" by 5".

The sentiments from Big & Bold were stamped with Black Versafine ink and clear embossed. The panels were mounted on black card stock measuring 4" by 5 1/4" and then on to A2 sized card bases. The Adirondack Chair die set was used to cut three chairs; green, yellow and orange. The SUMMER sentiment from Four Seasons was die cut from card stock mounted on Simon's Micro Dot adhesive paper. When the sentiment was adhered to the panel, it was curved around the top of the chair. The card was embellished with light blue confetti finished off with Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew.


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