I decided to create my project today using the wonderful Watercolor Pan set from Little Birdie Crafts. I used it for a soft background, to make my green paper for the leaf element and as an ink to add some accent leaves.
To start, I took a piece of Arches Coldpress Watercolor Paper and used some really light shades of green paint to start building a subtle background in the lower righthand corner of my card. I had already picked a few papers from the Purple Passion 6x6 Cardstock pack and knew the tones I'd need for my design. I started trimming and tearing the papers I had set aside. Once I had an idea of what I wanted to do, I punched the focal butterfly piece and also added some Sparkle Paste in Mulberry to the back piece with the postage image.
I used dimensional tape to add my layers together and also some of the purple paint to dirty up the butterfly circle so it wasn't too perfect. I knew I needed a bit more green on my design so I took a leaf stamp from the Shine Bright stamp set and added some leaves using green watercolor paint that I picked up off my palette. I just smooshed my stamp into the lid of the container and used it like an ink.
Then I painted some watercolor paper in different shades of green so I could have a leaf element to put in behind my original design. I didn't want my project to look too blue/purple. After painting the paper, I cut it using the die from the Bloom Vista stamp and die set.
For my greeting, I took this adorable multi-font design from the stamp set Butterfly Kisses and stamped it using Memento Black ink. It's a bright and bold black ink - perfect for greetings!
Lastly, I took some of the Mulberry Sparkle Paste and I thinned it out using some water and a stamp block. I used the end of my paintbrush to flick some on my design. Luckily I remembered to use a little post-it note to mask the majority of my design so the entire thing didn't get covered in Sparkle Paste. When I was happy with my splatters, I let it air dry.
I hope you enjoyed my card today and that I've inspired you to get out your watercolors and maybe take a second look at your paper collection and take some creative time for yourself! Have a wonderful day :)