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Watercolor Happy Thanksgiving Card

by Yana Smakula September 12, 2017 12 Comments

I love Fall! As I am writing this post our balcony door is open and I can feel fresh Autumn air - it's been anticipated so much after a hot Summer. 

Happy Thanksgiving Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

With Fall come several holidays including the biggest one - Thanksgiving. Today I have a watercolor card to share with you created using Hero Arts Color Layering Thanksgiving stamp set. This is a layering set which allows you to add color using solid layers and ink pads, but also can be used to practice coloring using your favorite medium. 

Happy Thanksgiving Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I started working on my card by stamping "Happy Thanks" and "Giving" in clear embossing ink onto Arches Hot Pressed watercolor paper. I added Gold embossing powder and heat set images with my heat tool. I wanted to do some quick watercoloring for this card so I picked watercolor paper instead of a regular cardstock and I also used embossing powder instead of ink to help me stay within the lines and prevent watercolors seeping outside the letter outlines. 

Happy Thanksgiving Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I used my Daniel Smith watercolor paints and colored these using just a few colors - yellow, red and green. By mixing yellow and red I was able to create orange, and by mixing red and green I got a beautiful rich brown. 

Happy Thanksgiving Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I also heat embossed and watercolored a background for my card using one of the new Bold Prints Cling stamps - Vine Pattern. Here's a photo of this background: 

Happy Thanksgiving Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

After heat embossing in Gold I wet the paper with a large flat paint brush and added same yellow, red and green colors. 

I adhered my background onto an A2 top folding card base, foam mounted my watercolor sentiment on top and embellished my card using sequins from several mix sets from Hero - Ombré Blush and Champagne.

Have fun stamping! 

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12 Responses

paperpicnic
paperpicnic

September 15, 2017

This is a beauty, Yana! The gold embossing is beautiful with the watercolors!

Nicole
Nicole

September 12, 2017

The gold embossing and warm color palette are perfect for these stamp sets! Another beautiful card!

Lori Ritchie
Lori Ritchie

September 12, 2017

Beautiful!

Julie Henderson
Julie Henderson

September 12, 2017

I love the look of your cards! The really like water color technique!

Mary W
Mary W

September 12, 2017

This card is a real stunner!

Kimberly S
Kimberly S

September 12, 2017

I love this card; the colors of fall are always my favorite. It makes me sad because I had that Thanksgiving stamp in my cart, then took it out…..now I wish I had ordered it.

KimMJ
KimMJ

September 12, 2017

What a beautiful card. Your watercolor background would be beautiful on its own! Really love what you did with the thanks. Thank you for the inspiration,

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

September 12, 2017

Beautiful card :)

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

September 12, 2017

It’s gorgeous! Love the palette!

Becky Green
Becky Green

September 12, 2017

GORGEOUS WORK, YANA!!! AS ALWAYS! ;) LOOOOOVE the gold & the water coloring!

Charlene
Charlene

September 12, 2017

Beautiful fall colors! Thanks for sharing!

HJ
HJ

September 12, 2017

Beautiful card. I love those colors and colored sentiment. Enjoy your day!