Remember the geometric pattern card that I created a few posts ago? Well, I liked it so much that I decided to create a digital version of it using the CraftArtist2 Professional software. I love the idea of creating products using my own designs so on a whim last year I opened up a shop on Society6 (it's called Merry Makewell Designs) and uploaded my digital rendition of the card design. I originally tried to reproduce the card faithfully, but the combination of teal and purple didn't really work digitally for some reason, so I used a grey outline instead. I also made a pastel version using a white outline.
Watercolouring in card making is everywhere at the moment, so I dug out my set of Reeves Water Soluble Wax Pastels to have a go at creating some simple watercolour style backgrounds. I simply scribbled pastels in similar shades onto a white card blank in vertical, horizontal and diagonal stripes, then used a wet paintbrush to go over the colours and blend them a little.
I used ordinary cardstock for these so the colours did not move as much as if I had used watercolour card, but I quite like that effect. The first butterfly was cut using Sizzix Thinlits die set Butterfly #3. The second used an ArtC stencil with BoBunny glitter pastes. It's much more lovely in real life.
I like the simplicity of these. The watercolour effect is a great backdrop that doesn't really need much else to make an attractive card. This would be a great technique for making men's cards; a bold sentiment and a well-chosen stamped image or die cut would be all you'd need.