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Watercolored Holiday Boughs

     Hey guys, Jung here with you today with a holiday card featuring the Holiday Boughs stamp set from Wplus9.

     I wanted a sort of watercolor look for this card, so I used some watercolor paper, Tim Holtz distress inks and a spray bottle filled with water.  (The distress ink colors I used were ripe persimmons, pine needlesevergreen bough, and mowed lawn.)
     First, I patted/bounced some ink onto the stamp (I like to use mini ink pads for this technique); On some of the images, I used two different ink colors on the same stamp for some added depth.  Then, before stamping, I gave my inked up image one quick spray with the water bottle from at least 10 inches away, leaving a fine mist of water.  I stamped the image on the water color paper, leaving a watercolor look.  A little tip: it's better not to get the stamp oversaturated with water, or you'll just end up with a blob of color.  I suggest you practice on a scrap piece of paper until you're comfortable with this technique.  Before inking up again, I wiped the ink and water off completely.  For the sentiment, I used Versamark ink and gold embossing powder.  I popped up the watercolor piece with some foam tape onto a piece of red scalloped paper.  I used the red paper from Basic Grey's Juniper Berry 6x6 paper pad, and the scalloped die from Avery Elle's sweet scallops elle-ments die set.
     That's it for me!  Don't forget to stop by the shop, and I hope you'll give this watercolor technique a try!  Happy Wednesday!


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