Cards

Creating Simple Backgrounds with Watercolor Stripes // Two Mother’s Day Cards

I’ve got big plans for this week! I’m going to share three different posts over the next few days full of Mother’s Day card ideas. First up: two cards I put together using the simple background technique of painting some stripes onto a panel.

Watercolor stripes Mother's Day cards

I used two different paint brushes to add stripes to my panel – one large brush and one much smaller, and you can see that this allowed me to create two different striped patterns on each card. From there, layout and assembly was pretty much the same for each card.

Watercolor stripes Mother's Day cards
For each card, I stamped and heat embossed several of the outline images from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set onto some heavyweight vellum paper using VersaMark ink and gold embossing powder. For the skinny-stripes card, I also heat embossed the Antique Rose stamp from Hero Arts with the same gold embossing powder.

Watercolor stripes Mother's Day cards

Once I’d finished stamping and embossing the floral images, I arranged them in a cluster at the bottom left of each card. I used foam tape (placed strategically so that you can’t see it through the vellum) to add dimension to the larger central flower, and then used glue dots to adhere the foliage around the central image.
Watercolor stripes Mother's Day card

I followed the same “rules” for this card, except used a smaller flower from the Beautiful Day set for the focal point. Each sentiment comes from the Wplus9 Strictly Sentiments 4 set, and I stamped each one with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I used my Mini Misti for this as well. Because watercolor paper can have a bit of texture to it, getting a clean impression the first time can be difficult. So, having a stamp positioner that allows you to stamp in the same exact place more than once, if needed, can come in really handy!

Mother's Day cards

I also added a few clear droplets onto the wide-stripe card, just to finish it off. Thinking about it now, I might also go back and add some clear droplets or sequins to the other card, too!

Watercolor stripes Mother's Day card

Have a great week! I’ll be back with more Mother’s Day cards on Wednesday!

kimberly

Nails

Midweek Manicure // Simple Single Stripe

This week has been a long one (and it’s not even Friday, yet!). I won’t go into details about it, but I did wear a shirt to work inside-out one day, and didn’t realize it until a pretty fair amount of time had gone by. That should tell you a little bit about where my head’s been at this week! I’ve been feeling just a bit overwhelmed lately. So, since my brain couldn’t handle too much, I went with a nice and simple mani this week.
brown & black simple stripe nail art

I also managed to take a whole bunch of photos of my nails before realizing my SD card was not in my camera. Yeah, one of those weeks.

I used:

  • OPI – A-Piers to be Tan (from their San Francisco collection, I really love this color)
  • Black striper polish

Brown/Black Stripe Mani

Relatively simple and pretty straight forward. I like the combination of the creamy warm brown and black together. Is it weird that it reminds me of tiger’s eye?

Happy Friday-Eve!

kimberly

Nails

Midweek Manicure // Stripes with Tape

My first mani using nail tape! I kept it really simple, just using the tape to make horizontal stripes on my nails, but I really like how it turned out.

Nail Tape Mani

I used:

Nail Tape Striped Mani

After my base coat and two coats of color were dry, I cut strips of nail art tape (a little longer than the width of my nail), laid them on, and used cuticle nippers to cut them to size.

What do you think? I love the nice clean lines that the nail tape provides. Any ideas about what else I can do with the tape? I’m eager to try out all sorts of stuff!

kimberly