Happy Friday. I am so looking forward to the weekend. The Ways to Use It Challenge on SCS Thursday was to use watercolor paper on our project. That was an easy one for me as it is my first choice for just about every project I do. I even keep all my scraps so I can do sentiments on it as I love the texture for sentiments layers to match the main image. For small projects I love to use Stampin' Up! watercolor paper as it is small and can easily be kept on my work table. For larger projects I use Arches Cold Pressed Grain Fin 140 lb. There are several different size pads to choose from but I love the 10" x 14" as I can cut it to any size I wish. I do lots of 5" x 5" cuts to go on square card fronts and you can get two cuts across with this size. I buy this at Michael's. It is a little more expensive than some of the other brands but you cannot beat the quality of paper and it can be used on both sides. Other brands can only be used on one side. The most significant point is that if you want to watercolor and be successful you need to use good paper. You will be amazed at how much better good quality paper is to work on and how your skills will seem to improve over using cheaper paper.
I didn't have lots of time to do a full blown watercolor project last night. I decided to play with a Rubbernecker Snowman image found in the new WInter Holiday Collection. I have not had a chance to use him and I love the big hat, broom and his size. He doesn't need lots of additional images like trees, etc around him to be interesting. I stamped the image with Brilliance Black and watercolored with a brush, water and reinkers. I just used a light wash of gray on the snowman. I masked the image and sponged the sky using my hand cut scalloped cloud template and an Inkssentials ink blending tool. I sponged white craft ink on the ground area and used a tiny brush to apply white craft snowflakes and snow on the hat and then embossed with white embossing powder. I created the little scarf with Papertrey red twill and the little bow on the broom handle with satin ribbon. The broom bow was a must as I had messed up the bow that is on the stamped image. My motto is…..never give up and make a mistake into a happy mistake. The white layer was embossed with a Cuttlebug snowflake folder. The main Baja card layer was sponged with the sky template and ink to create a match to the image sky but it really doesn't show in the photo.
Stamps: Rubbernecker New Winter Holiday Collection-Snowman
Paper: Baja, Real Red, Papertrey White, Watercolor ( Arches)
Ink: Brilliance Black, Baja, Gray, White Craft, Pumpkin
Accessories: Twill, Satin, White Embossing Powder, Inkssentials Blending Tool, Brushes, Cuttlebug, LIquid Applique' ( ear muffs) Buttons, Linen Thread