Card Making

Using an Art Impressions Stamp Set and Tutorial to Make an Awesome Masculine Card

Hi Everybody! Hope you all have been happy and healthy this week 🙂 I’ve been well, although I’ve been struggling to get my Diabetes under control. 🙂 Crafting and blogging has come in really helpful for me this week!

This week I have another card, its a masculine card. I ended up enjoying the process of making the watercolor background so much I made two cards and a spare background panel to use later. I needed to make a birthday card for my son, and I used one of the backgrounds on that card. I decided to use the Art Impressions (AI) WC Truck Mini set and Bonnie’s tutorial because I thought it would make an excellent card for my adult son.

I’m absolutely in love with the Art Impressions’ watercolor stamp line! And I don’t think it would be an exageration to say I probably have most of the stamps in this line. 🙂 One of the reasons I love the line so much is that anyone can get beautiful watercolor compositions easily if they follow the Watercolor the Art Impressions Way tutorials. Bonnie Krebs is the creator of the AI watercolor stamp line and the Watercolor the Art Impressions Way technique, and has video tutorials on You Tube on most, if not all, of Art Impressions watercolor stamps including a tutorial on watercolor stamping!

For this project I used the AI stamp set 5011 – WC Truck Mini Set and used Bonnie’s You Tube tutorial, which can be found by clicking here. Since I had never used this stamp set, I admit I followed Bonnie’s tutorial to the “T”. If this card or post inspires you, make sure you watch Bonnie’s video and check out the AI website and their Blog for additional inspiration!

Before I get started, I do want to note that I used the Marvy Le Plume II Markers. AI now uses the Tombow Dual Brush Markers in their newer tutorials. To make it easy for makers AI has developed a color comparison chart of their 25 fave colors between Marvy and Tombow. Click here to view.

I started the watercolor background panel by inking the truck stamp with a layer of #86 African Violet then a layer of #45 Sepia and stamped it on the smooth side of a piece of watercolor.

Color the truck stamp with a layer of African Violet and Sepia ...
and stamp on the smooth side of a piece of watercolor paper

Next I stamped the truck on a piece of masking paper and cut. I placed the mask over the stamped truck image. Using the same colors and a stamp positioner, I stamped the barn, from the same WC Truck set, behind and to the left of the truck. Then I started pulling out the color using a round No. 4 paintbrush and water. I added #6 Brown to a palette, with water, and painted the top of roof. Finally I colored the barn windows, doors and under roof with African Violet.

Stamp and cut a mask for the truck and place over stamped image.
Color the barn stamp with the same two colors used on truck, and stamp behind the truck using a stamp positioner.
Pull color from truck and barn using a round No. 4 paintbrush and water.
Color barn roof with #6 Brown, using color placed on a palette with water.
Color barn windows, doors and under roof with the African Violet detailed tip.

I stamped and cut a mask of the barn, as I did for the truck, and placed mask over stamped barn image. Also place the mask over truck again as well. Using the small pine tree stamp from the WC Tree Set 1 and #72 Pine Green marker, stamp several trees behind the barn, then pull color out.. Lastly I used the detail nib of the African Violet to darken the shaded areas of the truck.

Stamp pine trees behind barn using #72 Pine Green.
Darken the shaded areas of truck with African Violet.

I added a “feeling” of sky by putting some African Violet on the palette, added water to thin and lighten then painted on the composition with the brush.

Add African Violet to palette then add water to lighten.
Paint the “feeling” of a sky on the composition.

I removed the barn mask, but left the truck mask in place and stamped some branches, in the back of the truck, using the WC Branches Set and the Sepia marker. I used a stamp positioner to ensure I stamped the branches in the correct spot. I only pulled a tiny bit of color on the branches, then added some grass to the branches and on the ground around the truck, using the small grass stamp from the WC Foliage Set 1 and the Pine Green and Brown markers.

Stamp Branches in back of truck using the mask and a stamp positioner.
Pull out only a tiny bit of color on the branches.
Stamp grass along the bottom of the truck and on the branches .

It was time to add the last two elements to the composition. First I stamped the fence with Sepia and pulled the color out; and then I added Brown to the palette with water and painted “rust” spots to the truck.

Stamp fence with Sepia, and rust spots to truck with Brown.

As I mentioned, I had so much fun doing this background composition I ended up making three; and as you’ll notice in the three photos below, each one was a bit different. 🙂

As I was working to put the cards together, I found this really neat woodgrain, textured paper in my stash. I thought it would make a great backdrop for the watercolor background on the cards.

I wanted to give the woodgrain paper a weathered look, so using the Pumice Stone Distress Crayon, I colored the entire surface, sprayed it liberally with water and smudged the color into the pattern with my finger. I dried this layer of color with a heat tool (because I’m impatient 🙂 ), then using the Forest Moss Distress Crayon I highlighted the knots and grainlines using the same process used with the first layer of color.

Color entire surface with Pumice Stone, add water and smudge. To speed up drying, use a heat tool.
Add a second layer of color, with Forest Moss Distress Crayon, highlighting the knots and grainlines.
Completed panel!

To assemble the two cards, I cut the watercolor background to desired shape and size and glued it to the wood grain panel. This was then glued to a prepared A2 sized notecard. I added a birthday sentiment and twine bow on my son’s BD card, but left the other blank so it could be personalized to any occasion.

I really hope you found this post inspirational! Making these watercolor backgrounds is so much fun, and so easy when I followed Bonnie’s videos. Even if you don’t make cards out of your water colored panels, you could frame and give them as gifts! 🙂 Be sure to follow Art Impressions on You Tube to see all her tutorials.

If you’re interested in trying this project yourself I have included a list of the products and tools I used, below. If you’d like to be notified when I post new content, please consider signing up for email notifications toward the end of this post. Finally, if you have any questions, leave a reply below and I’ll do my best to answer. Thank you for spending your time with me 🙂

Until next time…

Hugs and Love, Angie

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