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Swanderful Watercolor Hearts

by Janette Kausen March 15, 2018 15 Comments

Swans signify grace, beauty and often love. Today, I have paired our Color Layering Swan with watercolor, shimmer and a heart, to match the feeling they so often represent.

I began by stamping the outline of the Color Layering Swan in Intense Black on Snow Layering paper. The second shading layer is stamped in Soft Granite. The beak in Crimson. I then die cut the swan, 2 black cardstock and 1 white Snow Layering Hugs from the March My Monthly Hero kit (which is still available as I type!).

I mixed 2 drops Indigo Liquid Watercolor and 1 drop Pine into a teaspoon or two of White Iridescent Shimmer Mist. I liberally wet a Bristol Smooth panel with clean clear water and then tapped the paper near the top with the shimmery pool colored watercolor. I tilted the paper to allow the color to seep down, blend and fan.

Bristol Smooth paper holds up well to water in this way (as long as it isn't scrubbed) and it makes all the difference with shimmery sprays. The coating on Bristol Smooth papers allows the ink and shimmer to sit on top of the paper, rather than seeping deeply into it. 

After die cutting an Infinity Heart into Snow Layering paper, I adhered the swan and liquid glued the Hugs die cuts together. Two black on bottom, Snow on top, and adhered the stack in place. The small sentiment stamps, "You Are" and "Swanderful" were then stamped with Intense Black ink. "Hugs" is thinner than the stamps so there was no interference.

Once the watercolor panel was dry, I trimmed it down, applied foam tape to the back of the heart panel, and then adhered the watercolor panel. I applied a bit more liquid glue and applied the finished panel to a Sea Mix Prefolded Card Base. The card base is a beautiful pool color on the outside and white in the interior. I am a big fan of adding this little extra touch of color, even if it is only seen on the back of the card. The are also matching envelopes available.

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15 Responses

lorraine turner
lorraine turner

April 07, 2018

Janette a great project, thank you for clearly giving instructions on how this went together. I love the idea of adding another colour under the sentiment die. I layer my sentiment dies to give them depth but haven’t up to now put a different colour underneath. :O)

Kristin
Kristin

March 29, 2018

This is beautiful! Love the background!!

Jackie Price
Jackie Price

March 17, 2018

Beautiful card! That panel behind negative heart diecut is just stunning! The colour, the shimmer, just gorgeous!!

Elaine
Elaine

March 16, 2018

A warm and swanderful greeting. Thank you.

paperpicnic
paperpicnic

March 15, 2018

This is absolutely lovely, Janette! Pretty technique!

April Rogers
April Rogers

March 15, 2018

What a “Swanderful” card! I adore it very much, gorgeous!!!
TFS
XO April

Di Brown
Di Brown

March 15, 2018

Beautiful card it is so elegant, love the colouring inside the heart.

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

March 15, 2018

Awesome Janette, I love the way you made your background. Thanks for this gorgeous card and have a nice weekend.

Nelissa
Nelissa

March 15, 2018

Stunning card, lovin that background.

Annette Reed
Annette Reed

March 15, 2018

This is very pretty! I love that blue color and the paint looks really cool!

Melba R Johnson
Melba R Johnson

March 15, 2018

Simply beautiful!

Teresa  Selby
Teresa Selby

March 15, 2018

Love your card! Really beautiful! You did a great job on your card. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

March 15, 2018

Super beautiful!!

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

March 15, 2018

Very pretty! Love all of the detail. Thanks for sharing with us!!

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

March 15, 2018

So beautiful, and such fun sentiment!