This week we are celebrating our 100th Challenge and the Watercooler Artists have gone all out, as the theme is "Anything Goes".
My card features a beautiful stamp set from the 2017 Occasions Catalogue - Dragonfly Dreams - and the timing is perfect as, starting today, you can order it. It is available as part of a bundle with coordinating thinlits for even more creative options.
I love purple but don't seem to use it a lot when it comes to cardmaking. So I decided to use a little bit over-looked colour for the card base - Elegant Eggplant.
For the background of my focal image, I used three different techniques: watercolour splashes, salted watercolour, and doodled flower shapes.
To start, I taped a piece of Stampin' Up watercolour paper onto my craft sheet, then spritzed liberally with water. Using ink refills, and going from light to dark, I dropped random drops of Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant. It's so much fun to watch the ink spread!
Then I sprinkled salt onto the wet surface, using regular table salt and a coarser sea salt. It's important to let this dry thoroughly before doing anything else.
After it was totally dry, I used an ultra-fine tip black Sharpie and just outlined random petal-like shapes I could see in the way the ink had spread, trying to center them around the darker spots. I love doing this technique!
The dragonfly image and sentiment are stamped with Whisper White Craft ink. As a final touch, although it doesn't show up well in the photo - I used Clear Wink of Stella on the body and wings of the dragonfly.
I then matted the image onto a piece of Shimmery White cardstock. Here is a closer look: