January 30, 2015

CC3C Challenge 20 - Watercoloring

Hello again, I am pleased to be back with one of my favorite techniques using Distress Markers - Watercoloring - from Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Volume III, page 40.  What a great way to start the New Year with special thanks to Tim Holtz, Linda Ledbetter & Team and challenge sponsors Funkie Junkie Boutique and Inspiration Emporium for their continued support and encouragement.  I hope you enjoy this project, please leave me comments and share our links and enthusiasm with like minded friends.
Tag Pocket Card

I used a 9" x 12" watercolor paper sheet - cut down to a 10 1/2" x 7 1/2" size.  Watercolor papers traditionally have two distinct sides - one rough (the front) and one smooth (the back) although you could use either.  In the illustration below, you see the paper from the back, score the cut paper from the left hand side at 1/2" - to fold and secure pocket side - and again at 5 1/2" for your center line to create the back of the pocket.  Score the bottom at 1/2" and trim at corner and side as shown to fold and secure pocket bottom.  Using a 1" circle punch, create the thumb hole at center top of the left hand side - remember this "center" does not include the 1/2" side to be folded under:

Turn the paper over to the front (rough side) leaving flat not folded, then using Archival black permanent ink, stamp two large "Fabulous Flourishes" images as shown - going off the paper:

I also like to use a "signature motif" on the back of my projects, and selected one from the Wallflower collection, adding name and info with a fine tip permanent marker.  Allow stamped images to dry or set with a heat tool.

Using a craft knife, ruler and/or scissors, cut a window frame "into" the stamped flourishes, leaving a bit of edge detail as shown:

The inner "tag" card is the same watercolor paper cut to a 6 3/4" x 4 3/4" size, corner rounded and center hole punched at top. I added a paper reinforcement on the back to avoid tears.  Stamp images with Archival black permanent ink - I used several of Tim's designs to build a scene & saying.  TIP - to finish the inside edge of the cut out "frame", I use the brush end of Black Soot Distress Marker to gently "outline" and match stamp edge instead of having the white edge show.

Now the fun begins - following Tim's book techniques, color all images using the following Distress Markers:
Sky & background - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Weathered Wood
Branches - Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo
Bird - Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen, Bard Door
Greenery - "splotches" of Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss, Mowed Lawn
Flowers - "splotches" of Worn Lipstick and Barn Door
Flourishes - Mustard Seed, Frayed Burlap
Drop Shadows - Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap - heat set between "layers" of color or when finished.
This is also a good time to use watered down markers or Distress Spray Stain to colorize a 10" piece of crinkle ribbon for the top - wrinkle it up and set aside to dry on your mat.

I used Antique Linen to create a blended edge on the pocket front, then spritzed both with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo markers - heat set.  To create a "window", use a 4" x 6" piece of clear Transparent Presentation Cover NOT a printable transparency which has a blurry film.  Flip your pocket to the back, add double stick adhesive/tape around the cut out frame edge, then smooth down the clear film - you can also add regular transparent tape over the film edges to secure and keep the card from snagging when removing.

The 1/2" scored side and bottom edges are now folded to the inside and flattened, add a strip of double-stick adhesive to both then fold over the back to secure to the edges - thus closing and forming the pocket.

When the pocket is assembled and the tag is done, spritzed and dry, Distress Ink the edges in Antique Linen then a bit of Vintage Photo to finish.  Add your dry crinkle ribbon to the top of the card and insert into the pocket - voila!

You might also want to ink and spritz a matching envelope - this pocket with card will fit into a A7 size (5 1/4" x 7 1/4").  This project could easily be adapted into a Easter, Mothers Day, Birthday or whatever kind of card you might want - hope you enjoy!

Surfaces: 140 lb. Watercolor paper; transparent presentation/booklet cover
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Fabulous Flourishes, Wallflower, sayings
Distress Ink Markers: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Weathered Wood, Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Barn Door, Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss, Mowed Lawn, Worn Lipstick, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Black Soot
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink - black
Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon
Tools: Tim Holtz idea-ology Spritzer; 12" scoring board + scoring tool


  1. Your tutorial is wonderful and so professional, like buying a specialty magazine! LOVE the way you listed the colors you used on each image. Just perfect watercoloring, and love the design of the whole card! Stunning! Thanks so much for watercoloring with us this time at CC3Challenge!

  2. I really love the design of this card. Thanks so much for the instructions, you have given me lots of inspiration. I would never have guessed that was Tim's flourish stamp. Really Beautiful.

  3. Kay...this is off the charts beautiful! Your tutorial was amazing...thanks for sharing all of your steps in creating such a lovely piece with all of us. Your design is so pretty and your watercoloring is perfection. I love this! Thank you so much for joining us at CC3C and sharing this beauty with all of us. <3 Candy

  4. What a wonderfully watercolored card this is! I love the pocket idea. Thanks so much for generously sharing the template and your tutorial. Will be giving this a try for sure.

  5. Very pretty, Kay! That bird on a branch is always a winner for me and also those elegant flourishes. Great job with Tim's watercolor technique!