For day 8 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp2 Kristina Werner taught us about faux dip dye paper. For her technique she uses watercolor paper and added increase depth of color to a panel of paper. Starting with a light wash and adding more and more depth of color until you are at black for the bottom of your piece, which is always black. Also, she says that the darkest edge should be hand torn.
Kristina created a rainbow of papers and cut them into block to add to her cards. Since we had just used blocks of color on some cards I decided make my cards with only one color.
This first card was created with blue watercolors from the Mission Gold 34 Watercolor Set. I used Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper and used a quarter sheet, tearing the bottom edge of the panel. I then taped it to a board and began adding color. First a very light blue, starting at the bottom and going toward the top, leaving some white space without any color. You keep layering your colors, add more depth of color, adding the layering at the bottom and moving upward, leaving a little at the top with so the lighter color still shows. I think I didn’t have as much gradation of color, it got pretty day for the bottom 2/3 of the panel, but it is still pretty.
I kept the card pretty simple. The real star of the show is the pretty watercolor background. I die cut a sentiment of silver mirror cardstock and adhered it towards the top of the panel. I added foam tape to the back of the panel and then adhered it to a top folding cardbase made from ivory cardstock, since watercolor paper really isn’t a pure white.
- Mission Gold 34 Watercolors
- Nohpily Happy Birthday Die
- VersaMark Ink
- Gina K. Designs Champagne Embossing Powder
- Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
- Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
- Paper Accents Brushed Gold Mirror Cardstock
- Darice Sticky Back Foam
- Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive