Thursday, February 11, 2016

"Redonkulous" Watercolor Ranunculus Shaker

Welcome to the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog and good Thursday to you all! I know, I know... you are almost to that 3 day weekend and you are restless in waiting. Well, I am Janette and I'm here to give you a little creative inspiration to get you there.

Today, I present this fab and simple shaker card. Truly. Simple. You can do this! If you can stamp an image and hold a paint brush, you can create this card.

To begin, I stamped the Beautiful Bouquet: Ranunculus (what we have affectionately dubbed redonkulous Ranunculus) by WPlus9 on Prima Marketing watercolor paper in Versamark Ink and embossed it with clear detail powder.  I then wet an entire flower and tapped the paper with my Gansai Tambi watercolor loaded paintbrush.  The color filled each section splendidly. I repeated this method with each subsequent section.

I prefer to let my watercolor work dry naturally as you will get a more natural blending and spreading of pigment than you will by heat setting. Heat setting halts the pigment from shifting. Of course, do take your project into consideration. Perhaps a heat set finish is what you are going for.

And because everything seems a little more exciting as a shaker, this card became one too. Die cut onto the paper from the American Crafts Valentine 6x6 pad, with the MFT Stitched Oval die at an angle. Then, use the negative die cut piece to lightly trace the oval onto a piece of trimmed white card stock. That guide line will allow you to ink blend perfectly into the exposed area of the card. I used Distress Inks in Dried Marigold and Squeezed Lemonade. Remember to begin lightly off the paper and build the color onto the paper.

The shaker portion of the card was completed with the Fuse Tool, a 4x6 Waterfall Sleeve trimmed rectangularly 1/2" larger than the die cut opening and filled with yummy sequins. Fuse closed and shake all the sequins to the middle of the packet. Next, use a strong adhesive, like Plus Permanent Extra Strong Glue Tape (which I love!), to secure the packet between the ink blended piece and die cut paper.  The result is a shaker that is thin and flat! 

Finally, fussy cut the watercolored floral and adhere with either the Plus Adhesive or foam tape for a bit of dimension. Adhere to card base. You could opt to add a sentiment, but I chose not to since the graffiti paper said all I needed it to.

Voila, your super simple but gorgeous watercolor floral shaker is ready to go! 

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  1. So pretty! Love how you used the script background paper, that has always been a challenge for me!