When I heard that the theme of Kathy Racoosin’s pop-up challenge was going to be “lines”, my brain started ticking over. One of my current aims is to use some of the pieces I have in my stash; both painted backgrounds and images I’ve created for previous colouring challenges. I coloured a full set of zodiac toppers a while ago and haven’t used any of them yet, so I decided to take one of the watery signs and create some flowing lines as a background for it.
The fish had been stamped in Memento ink on Neenah solar white card and coloured with Copic markers.
I started the background by drawing around the die I used to cut out the pisces topper; this created a small border around the coloured piece. I then drew the watery lines flowing around the circle using a Versamarker pen and clear heat embossed them.
With plenty of (too much) water on the paper, I dropped in a combination of blues and greens and moved them around until I was happy with the effect. This was then left to air dry thoroughly.
I cut and scored a top folding card base, trimmed the watercolour background to size and mounted it on the card. I die cut a circle of vellum to go behind the topper and glued them to the background.
For the sentiment, I die cut a dotted banner and heat embossed it in white. I trimmed a couple of scrap pieces of card into similarly sized banners, stacked them together with the main sentiment and used my tiny attacher (for the first time) to staple them together. A few dots of glue to keep them flat together and they were mounted on the card using some thin black foam tape.
The final touch was the addition of a few Doodlebug sprinkles.
If you get too much water on the watercolour paper the paints can seep underneath the heat embossing and will show through if you’re using clear embossing powder.
Mama Elephant – cosmic stars
Crafty Impressions – happy birthday
Lawn Fawn – stitched circles
Avery Elle – dotted elle-ments
- embossing powder:
Hero Arts – ultra fine – clear
Hero Arts – white
Gansai Tambi watercolours – 50, 57, 62, 63
- Copic markers:
fish – Y15, Y17, Y18
Doodlebug – sprinkles – day to day assortment
- paper and card:
Papermill Direct – plain – teal
Anita’s – white vellum
Neenah – solar white
Tim Holtz – tiny attacher