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Rainbow Roses with Kelly Martin!

Rainbow Roses with Kelly Martin!

Hey there, crafty friends!
I'm so happy to be back here as a guest on the Brutus Monroe  blog today, and Imma just out it out there:
I almost went blind making this card:
BM Rainbow Roses.jpg
But then I asked myself--is it really worth it if you don't almost permanently handicap yourself while creating a card? The answer is clearly no. 
So the technique on this card was actually pretty simple, because I learned something very quickly when I started painting this card. I learned that if I was still going to be in my 30s by the time I was done, I needed to take a more simplified approach!
I stamped the images from the Botanical Banners set in Antique Linen Distress Ink on to watercolor paper. I then used various Daniel Smith watercolors to paint the images.
I laid down a very diluted wash of color first over the image, let it dry, and then laid down one more layer, with slightly more concentrated color. At this point, the lines were still visible through the watercolor layers that had dried. So then the last layer I laid down was mostly on the outside lines. In other words, I used the most concentrated color to paint the outside lines. I blended it out just a little bit with more water on my paintbrush. I followed this process for both the floral images and the leaves.
I did add one more "layer" on the floral images, and it was the easiest part! After everything was dry, I added a little bit of white colored pencil highlights to the petals. 
I stamped one of the sentiments in black ink and then to finish off the card, I trimmed down the painted panel and then used my corner chomper to round the corners of the panel. I then mounted it with foam and glued it on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base. 
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I really appreciate you spending some time with this little piece of my soul. :)
Have a great day!
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