Saturday, July 14, 2018

Just Us Girls - I'm July Guest Designer! Trend Week

I'm back again as the July Guest Designer for Just Us Girls
I was asked because I was chosen Chic of the Week on May 18th.
This week it's Trend Week and here is the challenge!
There are so many wonderful techniques for watercoloring a background.  
Today I used Ranger Distress Inks - rubbed onto my craft mat and spritzed with water to make my background.  I did one color at a time - pouncing the watercolor paper panel into the wet water-based ink on the mat.  I dried the panel with my heat tool and then pounced it again into the wet ink until I was happy with how it looked (I like lots of spots!).  
Then I wiped off my craft mat and rubbed the next color on and spritzed with water following the same steps as with the first color.  I used 3 Distress Inks for my background in this order - Twisted Cintron, Mermaid Lagoon, and Hickory Smoke.
I also got to use my brand new stamps and dies from PTI 
(I love when I use new stuff right away! Often times it sits in my craft room until I forget I bought it!)  Salt Air - Flora and dies, Salt Air - Fauna and dies and Salt Air Sentiments.

Inside I stamped: Let's Shell-ebrate!  It's Your Birthday!  and I also stamped a shell.

So please join us over at Just Us Girls showing us how you watercolor a background!  You have until 9 pm EST July 19th to link up your card.  You'll find lots of inspiration from the wonderfully talented Design Team as well!

I'm linking my card to:
Seize the Birthday

 
Stamps:  Salt Air - Flora, Salt Air - Fauna, Salt Air Sentiments - Papertrey Ink.
Paper:  Watercolor paper - Canson, White, Hawaiian Shores - PTI
Ink:  True Black, Ocean Tides, Dark Indigo, Blueberry Sky, Orange Zest, Cocoa Bean - PTI, Hero Hues Black, Ranger Distress Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Cintron, Hickory Smoke.
Accessories:  Salt Air - Flora Die set, Salt Air - Fauna Die Set - PTI, foam dots, green dew drops, Tombow Glue, craft mat, heat tool, water mister.

19 comments:

Macimbalo said...

What a beautiful water scene - so colorful and full of wonderful details! So happy to have you as a guest this month at JUGS!

Christine Alexander said...

Julia, congrats on being GD and JUGS, this is such a great underwater scene. your DOX background is beautiful.

Mac Mable said...

Congratulations on guesting. What a beautiful card and such an artsy, unique and fabulous background for all those adorable sea creatures to 'swim' on. Great colour combination and such a wonderful card x.

SmilynStef said...

Your pouncing technique is fantastic ... love your adorable underwater scene.

Redanne said...

Julia, the background you created is so beautiful and I just adore the wonderful little scene you created! Hugs, Anne xx

Ina G said...

Holy Dooly what an amazing background you have made here Julia. So perfect with the underwater theme. Simply gorgeous.

Bonnie said...

Love these colors in your background and how perfectly they go with the sea life stamps and dies, Julia! Wonderful inspiration!

Vicki Dutcher said...

You rocked out this "sea" background! Great use of water coloring

Papercraft Boutique said...

Gorgeous splash watercolor background, Julia! You've got a lot of nice spots in the sea. I love the color combo - I can see Hickory Smoke is the perfect spice. The cute turtles look so relaxed, swimming in the beautiful sea! Hideko xx

nancy littrell said...

Love your Splash DOX watercoloring background for your colorful undersea creatures, Julia. TFS Hugs...

Bobby said...

The mix of colors in your DOX splashing made a wonderful undersea world for your little turtles, Julia.

Cathy said...

Love your gorgeous background, it's perfect with your sea creatures, especially that adorable turtle! Cathy x

Karen D. said...

I saw your awesome looking card, just a magical underwater look.
xx Karen

shirley-bee said...

Love your Distress Ink background, Julia! (And that fun sentiment!) Thanks for playing along at Seize The Birthday :)

cm said...

Adding my voice to the others: your water-colour under-the-water scene is sensational! I feel like I've just had a scuba-diving adventure, diving down to see the sweet turtles and pretty corals...
Hugs~carol

Sue VanDeVusse said...

This is amazing! That background is stunning and the perfect watery environment for those adorable little turtles, starfish and the vegetation. Awesome creation!

Loll said...

Love your splashed background Julia. Perfect for an underwater scene. Such adorable coloured die-cuts ... and sentiment is so fun! Congrats on being GD for Just Us Girls!! xx

Maria Levine said...

Oh I simply adore that background looks amazing with those cute images! Great job with this week's challenge!!!

Lisa Kind said...

Wow, your background is absolutely stunning! Love the turtle scene too! Really amazing card!