Watercolor Valentine

Hi friends!  It's already the first Monday of February, which means it's time for contest week at Mojo Monday!  Play along with this week's sketch for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice from Verve.  You can enter as many times as you like and the more entries we have, the more winners we choose!  Hope to see your take on the sketch in the linkup!


I flipped the sketch horizontally to fit the images and sentiment I wanted to use.  I've been having a bit of fun with watercolors in my art journal lately, so decided to use a few watercolor techniques on this card.  The heart from More than Love is inked in the center with worn lipstick distress ink, then around the edges with fired brick.  I cut it out with the coordinating Wavy Hearts Die Set, then used a water brush to color in the larger heart.

For the sentiment panel, I loaded up an acrylic block with some worn lipstick and fired brick distress ink, then spritzed with some water and applied to watercolor paper.  Then once that was dry, I dripped a bit of water droplets on  it, to add to the effect.  Stamped the happy valentine's day sentiment in archival black ink, then lightly rubbed the edges of the panel with worn lipstick ink and lightly distressed the edges.

The black panel is embossed with an embossing folder that I rubbed with a white gelato, then ran through the machine and used a water brush to blend a bit.  I added the banners from watercolor paper, embossed with hearts and then colored with some of the leftover worn lipstick and  fired brick ink and a water brush.  Finished with a hand cut vellum banner stamped with the be mine sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a fantastic start to your week!

Mojo Monday 383
Enabler's List
Stamps: More than Love (Verve)
Paper: watercolor card stock (Ranger), basic black (SU!), cream (Neenah), vellum
Ink: worn lipstick, fired brick distress ink and black archival ink (Ranger), gelato (Faber-Castell)
Accessories: Wavy Hearts Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), sewing machine, heart embossing folders (Sizzix), water brush, paper distresser

18 comments

  1. Gorgeous sketch love it plus plus :)

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  2. Fantastic sketch and even more beautiful take on it! I fell in love with that stamp set and went ahead and purchased it a minute ago :) I am not so much into stamping, but Verve stamps are just too gorgeous not to get into that crafting water...Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving me such a sweet comment! I am truly honored!!!

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  3. Your card is GORGEOUS. Love your pretty water colors. LOVE that heart. Thanks for sharing.
    {yikes a Verve set I don't have. lol.}
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly {blogspot}

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  4. Beautiful card! I absolutely love the black embossing with gesso. I haven't seen that technique before. I'm off to the craft table to give that a whirl. Thanks for inspiring me.

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  5. beautiful card !! but just so you know there is no place to post on mojo monday

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  6. Great sketch and beautiful card. Love all the distressing and pretty colors.

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  7. Simple and sweet Valentine! Like the vellum Be Mine.

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  8. Fabulous water colouring - love the effect :) Wonderful sketch flipped too.

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  9. Beautiful card! Love the sketch this week.

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  10. Oh Julee, I love all those playful techniques you used on your card! Very fun! This turned out fabulous and I love how you turned the sketch to fit your design.

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  11. I love those heart images and love that you picked up on the grunge/distressing look to pair with it! Gorgeous watercolor card!

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  12. Gorgeous! The distressed look is beautiful along with the stitching.

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  13. Totally gorgeous card! Great idea to use the layout sideways ;) ...hugs ~S~

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  14. This is beautiful! Love your take on the sketch. I normally am not a fan of valentines colors/cards but this is stunning! :)

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  15. Your watercolor background on this looks marvelous!

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  16. Wow Julee,

    I HEART watercolour always, your card has so many things I covet... the stitching for example and the transparency tag. Very fab!

    Blessings,
    Barb

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  17. WOW!! Julee, very pretty, I love the colors for your watercolor and the stamp might be something I need . Yes you are such an enabler. Have a blessed day, Diana

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  18. Love it! Caught my eye immediately.

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