Monday, March 2, 2009

Be Inspired Wednesdays - Challenge #21

Happy Wednesday Everyone! It's time once once again for my Be Inspired segment for the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog. Today’s challenge was to incorporate water colors into a card created with the help of our good friend, Mr. Cuttlebug!

My name is Tracy Pounds and I am one of the Sr. Design Team Members for this fabulous blog! Here is the card that I have created. I would like to share with you some simple techniques that I used to create a lovely water color background and a stamped/debossed image using a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder.

Tracy’s How To:

1. Cut a piece of white cardstock (one with no texture will work best). Take a few watercolor pencils and begin shading different spaces on the cardstock.

2. Next, grab your H2O pen and apply it to your shading in a swirly motion. This will create a more blended and muted look. You want the colors to float into each other. Set it aside to dry. If you are in a hurry (as I always am), just zap it with your heat gun. 3. Once completely dry, choose an ink pad (I used Black) and a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. Open the folder and lightly rub over the bottom of the folder with your ink pad. Then, quickly place your water color cardstock into the folder, close and run through the Cuttlebug. This will create a beautiful stamped and debossed image on your paper.
4. To create a sparkly effect, I then applied Stickles (Diamond) inside the flowers and very lightly along the stems. Don’t over do…it’s meant to be a subtle sparkle effect. Set aside to dry.
Now you’re ready to add this fabulous piece to your handmade card, embellish further with ribbon, and a stamped sentiment, and you have a one-of-a-kind creation! Please feel free to leave comments or questions and I will be happy to reply!

Be sure to check out the other water color creations designed by the our fabulous group of Design Team members at and I challenge you to create your own water color project and post it to the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog for the chance to win prizes and recognition!

Happy Creating,

Tracy :)


Eva said...

Ohhh....this is awesome and so cool that you showed how you created it. Fabulous!!!

Shannon said...

Great card! I love how you used the ink on the debossed part!

Lea L. said...

Wow...this is very pretty!! I love how you added the stickles to it! Great job with the watercolor challenge!


Maggie said...

this really fun tracy

Rosemary said...

wow, what beautiful designed paper!! Your finished card looks awesome with it!!

Ruth (ooffee) said...

WOW! A brilliant new technique for me to try! Thanks for showing us how it is achieved...

Amber said...

Beautiful card Tracy and I love the tutorial! I'm clueless when it comes to watercolors!

KimmyS said...

That's a gorgeous card Tracy

cardcrazy said...

Great job! I love the soft muted colours.