Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Rainbow for CAS Watercolour

Hello and welcome.

It's time for a new challenge at
CAS Watercolour

This month, Loll is hosting the challenge.

How fun is that?

I've had this Ironwork Background stamp for a long time.
It wasn't in my NBUS box, but I don't remember ever using it.
I could be wrong though.

I stamped and heat embossed the image onto Mixed Media paper.

To watercolor, I smooshed some Distress Ink onto a small piece of acetate, 
spritzed with water and pressed it onto the embossed piece.
You can see a tutorial for this on Karen's Snippets Blog.

I repeated this process using different colors and blending them together
a bit with the brush, sometimes drying in between colors.

When it was all dry, I die cut the piece and added the 
Memory Box butterfly and sentiment.
(The black outline butterfly has a solid die cut of vellum  underneath.)

Our Design Team has a beautiful variety of rainbow watercolor cards
to inspire you.  We are joined this month by our talented
Guest Designer, Hannelie (Desert Diva).

Hope we'll see your watercolor rainbows at CAS Watercolour this month.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Ironwork Background (HA), Fun Birthday Sentiments (HLS)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU), Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry (DI)
Paper:   Mixed Media, Neena, Basic Black, Vellum (SU)
Other:  White EP (SU), Acetate, Water Spritzer, Moonlight & Kaleidoscope Butterfly Dies (MB)


nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous heat embossed background for your beautifully watercolored rainbow colors, Bonnie. Love how you added your pretty die cut butterfly and sentiment. TFS my friend. Hugs

Mac Mable said...

Absolutely beautiful. Love the delicate way you have incorporated the rainbow colours over the heat embossing. The pop of black looks fabulous too. Wonderful card Bonnie x

Loll said...

LOVE your gorgeous background embossed design with the acetate smooshing. Absolutely beautiful with the black butterfly layered with vellum. Fantastic design, my friend. I'm so excited to see the gallery this month ... it's going to be very uplifting with all the gorgeous colours. xx

Robyn Oliver said...

Soft and beautiful Bonnie, love the background effect you've achieved to display your butterfly and sentiment, just gorgeous

jimlynn said...

Beautiful with those pretty colors watercolored over the background like that. The butterfly looks elegant in the black.

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful Bonnie, the white embossed background really pops with the rainbow watercolours and love the touch of black with the sentiment and the butterfly :)

MaryH said...

So pretty, and I love the delicate tracery of that embossed white background design. Don't think I've seen this before. It makes such a pretty backup for your black flutterby's rainbow! TFS & Hugs

kiwimeskreations said...

Absolutely exquisite card Bonnie - love the delicate embossed background , the gentle rainbow and the gorgeous butterfly

Karen Dunbrook said...

such a gorgeous card that you just watercoloured a portion of that wonderful pretty.
xx Karen

JosieD said...

Interesting look using an embossed background stamp smooshed with rainbow colors. Sets off the simple butterfly beautifully. Another wonderful card with all your special touches!

Cynthia said...

Well this is lovely! I always enjoy seeing how designers use a black image to ground their project.

Doris said...

Thanks for coming up with such a gorgeous design, Bonnie. I plan to use it neXT week for my last cardmaking class. I expect some wows when they see what they're going to make!

Bobby said...

I have so many background stamps that I forget to use, Bonnie. I was searching for what to do for another challenge and this sparked an idea. The blending of colors looks beautiful and the black butterfly adds drama to your lovely card.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

I LOVE that background stamp, at least I LOVE LOVE what you have done with that background stamp LOL. This is so beautiful Bonnie.

JoAnn said...

Beautiful card Bonnie. I love the water colors over the heat embossed background, so pretty. The butterfly and embossed sentiment on black look fabulous with the pretty color background.

Nance said...

Love that background design, Bonnie! You know I love rainbows! Love your cascading rainbow of color and that dainty black butterfly on top! Already playing around to join in this month!

Pat said...

The emboss resist with that pretty background pattern looks fabulous Bonnie and I love the way you have added the colours using the acetate techique and the way the sentiment strip and the butterfly stand out beautifully in black. x

Leslie Miller said...

Oooh, pretty and clever how you did your rainbow and the white embossed background! Subtle white on white, but the rainbow really makes it stand out. Love it!

Susan said...

Great idea to create your rainbow over the heat embossed background. Love the way the colours blend with each other a bit and the soft, almost pastel tones to them. A beautiful background for your butterfly and sentiment.

Trina P. said...

Ooh... this is beautiful, Bonnie. Your watercolor resist rainbow looks awesome. Rainbow cards just makes me so happy. xx

Nstiz said...

Wow is this ever beautiful! Love that rainbow! What a clever use of the colors, Bonnie. I absolutely love this design!

Marcia Hill said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL card Bonnie!! I love how you did your background...your rainbow smooshing over the embossed iron works is just so pretty and a fabulous background for your lovely butterfly! Lovely, lovely card my friend!! :0)

Princess Judy Palmer said...


BożenA said...

Love love love!!! Absolutely beautiful card! Your background looks stunning. I love the white pattern that comes out of the rainbow. And the rainbow is also absolutely beautiful! Black elements emphasize the softness of the background even more!

Jo said...

Those bright rainbow colours are so perfectly dosed. Then the black adds to the card without stealing that beautiful rainbow. Definitely my kind of card. xx

Ina G said...

Fabulous smooching Bonnie. Your rainbow colours came out splendidly. I love using that technique. Your embossed background is gorgeous. Beautiful butterfly in black and the black strip just finishes it off perfectly.

Carole Campanile said...

WOW! Gorgeous card! I love every detail of this card. Now I really have to give smooching a try. Thank you for sharing how you made the background.

desperatehousewifecraft said...

WOW, that embossed background is gorgeous and so is your ink smooshing! I sometimes move my NBUS stuff out of its box cause I feel guilty seeing such a HUGE pile when I want to order more stuff... I'm not saying you do it too but... :))) Hugs, Gwendolyn