Hello! Hello! Catherine Pooler Designs just finished their Facebook Live debuting the new Springtime in France bundle for this month’s “Global Adventure Pt. Deux” collection as well as three new ink colors coming to the shop on Wednesday, 12 January. So, now I can finally share my first of four projects I created for the release. Today I’ll show you how I made the first one…
Step 1: Heat Embossing
To start, I stamped & heat embossed (in white) the Parisian Portico Background stamp onto white watercolor paper.
Step 2: Stamping
Next, I dry fit my images onto my card, so I would have an idea of where I was going with the design before stamping them in black ink onto white cardstock. I also cut and dry fit a 1/2″ strip of floral patterned paper to give the composition some balance.
Step 3: Coloring
Once I stamped and die cut all of my images, I colored them in with alcohol markers. The colors I chose to match with the coordinating “Under the Eifel Tower” paper pad.
Step 4: Hmmm…
I wasn’t quite sure at this point which of the new colors (Sixteen Candles, Minted, or Oh Boy!) to choose for my background, so I swatched each color onto my scrap pad before committing to one. I still couldn’t chose, so my son came to the rescue and chose Minted as today’s winner.
Step 5: Watercolor
I wanted a soft look for the background, so I gently squeezed my ink pad while the lid was on to squish a bit into the lid. I was then able to pick up the color with a watercolor brush and add it over my background for a highlight/embossed resist effect.
Step 6: Final Touches
After the watercolor dried, I adhered all the pieces together. The sentiment & table are popped up with a bit of foam for dimension. Before securing the card front to an A2 card base, I also added accent stitching. splatters of Flirty Fuchsia, a few Paris sequins, and bits of white highlight to the stamped images with a white gel pen.
That’s my finished card! If you’d like to check out the other three projects I made for this launch, be sure to come back soon and consider subscribing to my blog.
You can also check out more of my projects in my Gallery, on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and now YouTube as well. Until next time… stay crafty!
– Laura Evangeline