I’ve recently discovered the company, Mama Elephant, and I’m in love with their products. Their pigment inks are gorgeous and the stamp sets are amazing! I’ve been wanting to play around with this Make a Wish stamp set and I thought watercolors would be a perfect medium for the stamp. I tried the stamping two different ways and each has its pros and cons; however, I think I’ll plan to refine the technique I used for the blue card.
For the blue card I started off by using the powder tool on a piece of watercolor paper. I stamped the sentiment and stars with versamark ink and embossed them with Hero Arts white embossing powder. Then I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors in various shades of blue. I didn’t heavily water the paints down because I wanted strong colors. These paints blend really well with very little effort which is quite helpful since I’m not great with blending. The embossed sentiment resists the paint but there were a few smears that I easily wiped off with a baby wipe after the paint was dried. To finish the card I added a few metallic silver star sequins for a little sparkle.
For the purple card I started off by watercoloring the paper with the same paints in shades of purple. Then I let the paint dry for a few minutes so that the paint wouldn’t move around when I used a heat gun to speed up the drying process. After the paint was dried I used the powder tool on the front and then stamped the sentiment and stars with Hero Arts white embossing powder. It was a little harder to get all the stray embossing powder off the paper and unfortunately I missed some stray bits here and there. The image seems a little brighter when stamped over the watercolor piece but the fight to get all the stray powder off wasn’t worth it. I’d rather emboss first, paint, then wipe excess paint off the powder. To finish this card I added a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins. These cards would be quite easy to mass-produce and could be customized for all different holidays and occasions!