The theme for the Ways to Use It Challenge (WT531) is May Flowers. I recently finished this watercolor azalea card and it fits right in. Most of our azaleas in the yard have finished blooming but we have some satsuki azaleas in back that are just starting to bloom. I won this set from a challenge & I really wanted to use it for this card.
I was playing around with my recently arrived order of Brushos and for this background, I used them pretty much as you would normal watercolors. I wet the w/c paper, sprinkled on some pinks, reds, yellows & oranges then sort of blended out the heavy concentrations of color. After drying it with a heat gun, I stamped the azaleas w/ the Versafine then reverse painted them…meaning I used plain water, a paintbrush & a paper towel to lift some color from the flowers so they wouldn’t be as dark as the background. I also added some drops in the background using water. The oval was die cut out of the background, matted then replaced & the greeting stamped in the white space at the bottom. I saw that Power Poppy was having a May challenge to Cut It Out, so I stamped the azaleas again and cut them out. All of the white, non-colored azaleas were fussy cut. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and here’s a look at the inside. I left it blank so I could decide later what greeting to use.
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|Stamps: Power Poppy – Azaleas
|Paper: water color
|Ink: Versafine onyx
|Accessories: Brushos water color crystals, Spellbinders pierced rectangle & pierced oval dies, paint brushes
And since I fussy cut those Azaleas, I’m entering this is Power Poppy’s May Cut It Out Challenge!