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Distress watercolour lifting and playing with colour

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Hi Everyone,

Mirella here. I hope you are all well, and are enjoying our Mudra birthday celebrations! There is quite a lot happening, isn’t it exciting? Additionally, I am totally loving the new release – what about you? 
I have 4 cards for you today, hope you enjoy these!
Card 1: Watercolours & a butterfly

1. I created the background panel on watercolour paper with Distress Inks (Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers). I put 3 layers of ink on the cardstock, letting the panel air-dry between each layers. 
2. I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment on the panel.
3. For some additional interest, I decided to die cut a frame in the panel, and I turned it 180 degrees before adhering all 3 pieces to a white card base.
4. I had a left over butterfly stamped on vellum from the projects I was working on previously, and I decided to add it in the bottom corner of the card – I think it fits there, doesn’t it? 
Card 2: Distress watercolour lifting 

1. Watercolour lifting is a technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire – I encourage you to check her videos for more inspiration! Tip: this technique works fantastically well with Distress Inks, but other watercolours might give you similar effects, too – just give whatever you have at home a go! 
2. I created the background panel on watercolour paper with Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed and Wild Honey). I put 3 layers of ink on the cardstock, letting the panel air-dry between each layers.
3. I stamped the hearts with Versamark ink & heat embossed them with a clear embossing powder. 
4. I then “lifted” the colour from the panel by going over it with a brush loaded with clean water and tapping the panel with a dry cloth/a sheet of kitchen towel – whatever colour is “trapped” under the embossing powder, remained vibrant. The remainder of the panel faded quite a bit. 
5. I stamped the sentiment and die cut the whole panel. 
6. Before mounting the panel on a card base, I added some silver twine for additional interest.
7. As a final touch, I adhered some clear sequins here and there – these are not Mudra sequins, as I don’t have them yet (can’t wait!), but I am sure the Mudra ones will look equally nice! :o)
Card 3: Another example of Distress watercolour lifting – using scraps 

1. I had a small left-over piece of watercolour paper, hence I decided to make use of it and make a smaller card – I think it’s always good to use scraps! 
2. I pretty much repeated steps 2-4 from card number 2, using different Distress Ink colours (Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade) and a different Mudra stampset.
3. I stamped the sentiment, mounted the watercolour panel on black cardstock, and then adhered it all to a red card base – the card ended up being roughly 5.25 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide.
Card 4: CAS (Clean and Simple)

1. I recently purchased the Gazebo pack of mini ink cubes from Lawn Fawn, and wanted to try out the colours – but instead of doing swatches, I decided to make a CAS card. :o)
2. I used 3 out of the 4 colours in the set for stamping – my MISTI helped me hugely with aligning the sentiment (but do note that you don’t necessarily need a stamping tool to make a similar card!). Since the 4th colour of the ink pack is grey, I decided to mat my stamped panel with some grey patterned paper. 
3. I heat embossed “today” on a scrap of black cardstock, and adhered it to the card with foam tape.
4. As a final touch, I added some Ranger Enamel Accents here ant there. 
Which card is your favourite? 
Stamps used:
 

Don’t forget to play along with our current challenge where the theme is Celebration
Mudra stamps are now available at the following Retailers:

Art and Craft Store – Noida
The Craft Store, Srilanka 
Have a great day,

Mirella

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21 comments

Asmita Pandya March 23, 2017 - 4:03 am

Beautiful cards and techniques

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Mirella March 26, 2017 - 9:56 am

Thank you very much. I'm glad you like them!

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Richa Maurya March 23, 2017 - 4:27 am

Such pretty set of cards…love these to bits..My fav is the first one…love the way colors are merging to form boundaries..
Love
Richa

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Mirella March 26, 2017 - 9:56 am

Thank you, it's my favourite too! πŸ™‚

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Karthikha March 23, 2017 - 5:42 am

Lovely cards πŸ™‚ I should try this technique!!

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Mirella March 26, 2017 - 9:56 am

Thank you. Try it! It's very easy and can be really effective!

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Prashanthi Khannoj March 23, 2017 - 6:03 am

Very nice cards. Specially the orange one. Got to try the technique.

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Mirella March 26, 2017 - 9:57 am

Thank you. Give it a go, it's not very difficult and it's really nice!

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Linda March 23, 2017 - 6:51 am

Well it's very hard to pick a favourite Mirella but I do love the first one. The colours are fabulous and I love the way you die cut that frame and then turned it before re-adhering – cool look!

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Mirella March 26, 2017 - 9:58 am

Thanks, Linda! It's my favourite too, I was meant to lift the colour off this one, too, but I just liked the way the colours came together too much!

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Quillish March 23, 2017 - 5:10 pm

Such pretty cards.. I love the way you choose colours! The first one .. is just woww.. and the balloons look fab too!

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Mirella March 26, 2017 - 9:58 am

Thank you so much πŸ™‚ I love playing with colours!

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Quillish March 23, 2017 - 5:11 pm

Such pretty cards.. I love the way you choose colours! The first one .. is just woww.. and the balloons look fab too!

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parul gupta March 24, 2017 - 2:21 pm

Lovely Lovely !! Each card is beautiful but I kinda liked the balloons one the most πŸ˜›

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Mirella March 26, 2017 - 9:58 am

Thank you very much πŸ™‚

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Sathya March 25, 2017 - 4:30 am

Fabulous color combos…I love each and every card you shared here, Mirella πŸ™‚

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Mirella March 26, 2017 - 9:59 am

Awww thanks Sathya!

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Indira Tanwar March 25, 2017 - 2:06 pm

Beautiful cards Mirella!! The backgrounds look super cute!

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Mirella March 26, 2017 - 9:59 am

Thank you so much!

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Kanan Pandya April 4, 2017 - 5:31 pm

Beautiful cards, Mirella!! Love the fun technique and the pretty effect, the colors are so fresh and happy. πŸ™‚

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Mirella April 11, 2017 - 2:58 pm

Thank you so much, Kanan! I had loads of fun with these!

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