Hello! Seeka here, and today I’m sharing a jungle-themed card that fits right in with this month’s Nature challenge. I really love the detail of this background die and pairing it with a single, simple image for a clean and vibrant card.
I started by using painter’s tape to tape down a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper onto my work surface. I used a flat brush to add clean clear water over the panel. Then I sprinkled just a bit of Brush Sea Green Crystal Colour powder around the panel and used more water and a round brush to help spread the color, taking care not to blend too much so that some light and dark variations remained. I used a heat gun to speed drying and then I repeated the process, to intensify the color, by adding more clean clear water and more Brusho.
When the panel was dry, I die cut it with the Leaves & Vines Fancy Die. I also cut two additional die cuts from 110# white cardstock and set them aside. To add some texture to the watercolored piece, I splattered some Finetec Arabic Gold watercolor and a bit of diluted Veridian gouache over the die cut. Then I stacked and adhered all three die cuts together.
The toucan is from the Hello Toucan stamp set. I stamped him in black pigment ink onto a piece of watercolor paper and then used several colors of Brusho to watercolor him. I found that black watercolor was a little bit too gray so I also used black and gray colored pencils to intensify his black features and the tip of his beak. When I finished coloring, I fussy cut him and ran a black marker around him to darken the white edges of the paper.
I stamped the sentiment, from the Many Everyday Messages stamp set, onto a strip of cardstock and then trimmed one end at an angle.
To assemble the card, I adhered the leafy background onto an A2-sized piece of Neenah Solar White and then adhered the toucan with foam tape. I slid the sentiment strip under his feet and added a bit of glue to hold it in place. And finally, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.
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