Sometimes you see a technique you want to try and it takes months and months for you to get to it…and that’s definitely what happened with this one! I have been admiring camouflaged sentiments on cards for so long, and when I saw this pretty “Hello Die” from Pink & Main, I decided it was time to finally try it. This bright and feminine watercolored card also came together with the help of gorgeous Pop Tones cardstocks and some of the other fun supplies found in the CutCardStock store.
Start by watercoloring your patterned paper. I’m using Spectrum Aqua markers with a Zig Medium Tip Waterbrush to color a few sheets out of this fun 6×6 paintable paper pad, but you can use any watercolor paints you have on hand. These paper pads include two sheets of each design (one printed in black and one printed in “resist”), so I colored both from this rose pattern to see which one I would prefer more.
Painting the black design took a long time. I was very careful with my shading and tried to stay in the lines, laying down a few layers of color direct to paper from my marker and blending afterwards with the waterbrush. I painted the resist version in a much looser way, wetting the paper first and then just dropping in color by dabbing my marker into the damp areas and pulling it around with my waterbrush later. After all of that hard work, I choose to set the black pattern aside for another project and continue working with the resist pattern.
Trim out or die-cut a stitched panel from the watercolored paper, choosing an area where the colors and pattern provide the most visual interest for your card. Here, I used the largest die from the “Stitched Rounded Rectangles” set by Pink & Main (yes, the dies are really pink!!).
Next, die-cut a large sentiment (“Hello Dies“) from the center of the watercolored panel, reserving all of the pieces (including the little bits from inside of the letters!). Using the same die, cut three to five more copies of the sentiment from Grape Jelly Pop Tone cardstock.
Trim or die-cut a piece of Grape Jelly Pop Tone cardstock to use as a mat for the watercolored panel (here my mat is 4.25″ x 5.5″). Adhere the panel and the “little bits” to the Grape Jelly mat using Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to ensure a tight hold.
Stamp the remainder of the sentiment (“Hello Friend” stamp set) onto a 0.5″ strip of Berrylicious Pop Tone cardstock in Versamark ink, add white embossing powder, and melt it with a heat tool. Trim the strip down with scissors at an angle.
Begin to glue each of the Grape Jelly layers of the “hello” sentiment together with liquid glue and finish by adding the watercolored layer on top. Then adhere this thick die-cut to the space in the panel with more liquid glue. Pop the Berrylicious strip up below the die-cut using foam tabs.
Adhere the finished panel to a cardbase made from Classic Linen Solar White cardstock with tape runner and admire your camouflaged die-cut card. The Grape Jelly layers give the sentiment just enough of a shadow to produce this cool effect.
I hope you enjoyed this fun camouflaged die-cut technique and thanks so much for stopping by today! You can visit the CutCardStock store to purchase many of the supplies I used today and bonus – Pop Tones cardstocks are on sale this month!