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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Watercolor Blog Hop

Welcome to the Watercolor Blog Hop!

If you came from visiting Sheila Bennett, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure

This hop features various projects created with either the Close to My Heart watercolor paints or the watercolor pencils.  Watercolors are very trendy in scrapbooking these days, but can be rather intimidating.  The key is to practice, practice, practice -- and don't be afraid to grab some cheap white cardstock and just play around.

For my card below, I took a piece of watercolor paper and simply began adding color from left to right not bothering to rinse my brush too much between colors.  I also tried to move from one color to the next before the first color was really dry.  This allowed me to pick up some of the first color and transition it nicely into the next color.  I didn't worry about keeping my lines or edges straight.  This adds to the simple organic flow of the watercolors.

Once my watercolor piece was complete, I used my craft heater to dry it.  If your paper curls while watercoloring, simply use the heater on the backside of the paper to help it curl back the other way.  For my sentiment, I cut the word "happy" from the Artbooking cartridge 3 times and glued all the cuts together to create a chipboard-like piece.  I then added a layer of black cardstock being the watercolor layer to offset the colors and mounted it on a small sheet of fun foam to give the whole thing a smooth lift of dimension.  Finally I stamped "birthday" on the card base to further add to the dimension.  I love using varying heights on my projects for great texture and dimension.

Supplies used:
*Artbooking Cricut collection
*Jennifer's Hand alphabet stamp set
*12" x 12" Black cardstock
*Watercolor Paper
*White Daisy card bases
*Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Watercolor Paints
*Paintbrush Set

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at jd designs and for hopping with us on the Watercolor Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Brenda LappI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!


  1. I love your vibrant birthday card. Just beautiful!

  2. I like how you made your own chipboard by layering cardstock multiple times; it adds a nice "pop" to the card.

  3. Beautiful card - and love the way you tripled your cuts to make a thicker sentiment.

  4. The rainbow look of your painting makes it such a joyful background for your bold black "happy." Love It!

  5. What a bright and cheery card! I love the rainbow effect and it's a great background for the message.

  6. Such a bold card, I love it!

  7. Great card! Great idea layering the Cricut cuts to add dimension.

  8. What a fun colorful birthday card.


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