Marilyn here with you today! I hope you are having a great week so far! As you know, yesterday was a digi release day here at Some Odd Girl Stamps and we have released both Mermaid Piper and Sea Turtle! I have made an IKEA frame with my Mermaid Piper colored image! Today, I am showing you a little tutorial on how I made my watercolored background and how I assembled everything.
Here is the finished piece:
So let’s get started!
First, print your digi stamp and color it. I wanted to use the Indian Summer We R Memory Keepers paper so I chose my colors based on these.
Next, die cut your image (I used a Spellbinders die with my Big Shot). To help me out, I use washi tape to hold my die to my paper to ensure it stays where I want my cut to be made. A way to use all those washi tape stacks!
You will also need a frame. I used this Tolsby frame by IKEA but you could use any frame you have on hand.
Next, we will do a watercolor background for our frame. Cut your watercolor paper to 4×6 inches (that’s my frame size but you’ll adjust this if you use another frame). Next, I suggest that you tape your paper down on a wood plank or a cutting board so it stays flat while you add water. You can use washi tape or painter’s tape for this step. Choose a mask or a stencil that goes with your image and tape it down on top of your paper and on the board, this way it won’t move while you watercolor over it. You will need watercolors; any kind you have on hand will work. I used Peerless watercolors but you could use distress inks or distress markers (put some ink on a plastic sheet or on a craft sheet and add water), mists (just put a drop of color and add water in a cup or on your craft sheet) or any other medium you have!
Let’s start with the fun part! I suggest that you add water first to your paper to make it wet (not too much) so the colors blend better together and create a nice look! Once this is done, choose your first color and start painting! I started with a pale purple and then added darker purple. I went diagonally but you could do lines or stripes or paint randomly all over your paper and then add the rest of your colors. It is really your choice at this point!
Then, bring in a contrasting color. I went with turquoise to match my stamp and papers. Once again, I used two different inks (one pale, one darker). When I was adding colors below another, I made sure to bring in the previous color with the new one to blend them. You can also add more water where your colors touch to make them blend together.
Once all of your paper is covered with ink, you can use a paper towel to take off some of the excess water and ink, then let it dry (you can use a heat gun to speed this up). Since you previously taped everything on your work surface, the paper won’t bend (which could be frustrating!).
Once your paper is completely dry, carefully take off the tape and your mask. Then you are ready to start embellishing your frame! Make sure that your paper fits in the frame, and you now have a nice watercolor background for your stamped image!
Next, choose your embellishments to go in your frame. I decided to go with die cuts first. As you know me, I love die cutting! It is so easy and you can have so many different options! Don’t forget to check out all the cut files that we have for you in the Some Odd Girl Shop! I used my patterned paper to die cut my chosen shapes with my Silhouette Cameo, but if you don’t have a die cutting machine, store bought embellishments will work just fine!
Start assembling everything down. For more of a 3D effect, make sure you don’t adhere everything down at the same time. Keep some for later when you will put your background paper in the frame. I decided to adhere the die cut doily and the banner first and I cut the protruding edges.
Put the background paper in the frame. I was happy with the background and wanted to add some 3D embellishments! I added the anchor with foam tape but I did not yet adhere the colored image. I kept it for the end since I wanted it to pop and be the center stage.
Add a few embellishments (I added the cork circle and the feather), then add the image with 3D adhesive.
I die cut a piece with the ARC Crafts wood paper (I hope you had a chance to see all the great stuff we can make with them last week during our inspiration event and maybe you even got some to play with!).
Finally, add the remaining pieces. I used the die cut word, a bow and some last minute embellishments, and added some sequins for a more finished look.
Here are some close ups for you!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you will give it a try! It was so easy and fun to make and it will fit perfectly in my craft studio! Thank you all for joining me today and I will see you next time! Make sure you stop by our store to check out Mermaid Piper and all the other amazing stamps!
Have a great day, don’t forget to link up your Some Odd Girl creations in our Linky Party (check the right side bar!) since we just kicked off a new one for August! Have fun, and STAY ODD!