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Just Add H2O – Watercolor background with inlaid die cutting

Hi friends, life is getting busier every single day here and I am trying my best to squeeze in some time for all the crafty things. I am hoping to keep delivering some fun new techniques this month also – all focused around watercoloring. I am calling this series – Just Add H2O {after one of the Netflix series I enjoy watching :-) }

Here is today’s card which combines watercoloring with inlaid die cutting technique.

Squishy Hugs

I combined several stamp / die sets from Simon Says Stamp for this card.

For the main watercolored panel, I die cut the largest stitched rectangle by SSS from Strathmore watercolor paper. I used two colors from Gansai Tambi watercolor set – #35 and #40 to give it a light background.

I used wet on wet technique for this, with the broadest Ranger brush. For this, I used plain brush without and pigment with water and wet the surface of my paper. Then I picked up the color with my wet brush and took it to the same wet surface.

I also stamped and die cut a banner from the same Strathmore watercolor paper using SSS Baby Party Animals stamp & die set. I used the same colors as my background to color the banner along with some #51 for a fun twist.

Next I stamped and die cut two bunnies – one large and one small from the My Kind of Peeps SSS Stamp and die set. This came in the SSS March card kit from last year. I used archival black ink by Ranger as I wanted to add watercolor on top and archival ink is waterproof. I wanted these cute little bunnies to look like mom and daughter :-) So I added touches pink using #35 to their ears, cheeks and the outline shading.

While practicing the color combos, I had created a sample panel of watercolor paper using some of my kids’ watercolor paper. I used my craft punch to punch out some flower and leaf shapes out of those colored bits. These became my little embellishments. :-)

Squishy Hugs 2

Now for the main technique part – I used SSS You die on my watercolored panel to die cut the word. This paper is pretty thick, so it did not die cut all the way through. This I used to my advantage, so I could skip the step of removing the word out and then reassembling it. Instead, I carefully took the panel to my MISTI and stamped additional words – “sending” (from SSS you matter stamp set) and “squishy hugs” (from SSS My Kind of Peeps Stamp set).

If my paper would have cut all the way through, it would still have been easy to put this together, by simply adhering all pieces together like a puzzle. This die cuts very few disconnected pieces and therefore is great for the inlaid die cutting technique. The more (and smaller) pieces you have put back together, it gets harder to work with.

I made a card base out of SSS cotton candy card stock. On top of it, I attached a piece of fun foam and on top of the foam, I adhered by watercolored / die cut / stamped panel.

Finally I added all my die cut / punched out shapes, added sequins and a hint of glitter with my Wink of Stella.

Squishy Hugs 3

For the inside of my card, I added a couple sentiments from SSS Best Mom Ever stamp set and called it done.

To see more cards using watercolors, click here. To see another card example of inlaid die cutting technique, click here.

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Thanks for dropping by and big hugs!! ~Varada

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