You Make Me Smile Rainbow Watercolor Card // 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop

Happy Monday, friend!

I hope you had a great Easter weekend. We were blessed with beautiful weather here in MA so no complaints here! I was even able to sneak in some crafty time which makes it even better. The card I created is my contribution to the 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop hosted by Veronica Zalis and Tenia Nelson! I'm so happy to have been asked to join in on such a special celebration. Make sure to read until the end to see how you too can participate, but until then...

Let's get started...

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The general theme of today's hop is "feel good" and "encouraging". This immediately sparked the idea of implementing as many rainbow elements into my card because, well, who doesn't feel good about rainbows?!

You Make Me Smile Rainbow Watercolor Card // 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop - rightathomeshop.com/blog

For my background I white heat-embossed a piece of watercolor paper with my Grid Background Stamp. Once it was heat-set, I began adding color using the ink smooshing technique. Basically, you dab a bit of dye ink onto a piece of acetate, add some water to activate it and smoosh it onto your panel. It's really quite easy to do!

You Make Me Smile Rainbow Watercolor Card // 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop - rightathomeshop.com/blog

To make sure that I didn't end up with a weird mix of colors, I started with the primaries: red, blue, and yellow. By doing so I was able to create areas that were opaque red, blue, etc. and areas where they overlapped to create purple, orange, etc. Where they overlapped I decided to further intensify the color by adding ink in that same shade. In essence, I used the primary colors to create a guideline for where I should place my secondary colors. Ya get what I'm trying to say? If not there's a video tutorial below!

You Make Me Smile Rainbow Watercolor Card // 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop - rightathomeshop.com/blog

I set my panel aside to dry and started working on my sentiment circle that I die-cut from my Sweet Stitches Die Set. Onto the center of it I stamped a greeting from my Color in Sentiments set which coordinates perfectly with my rainbow theme. I made sure to stamp it in a waterproof ink as I knew I was going to fill in the "smile" with watered-down dye ink. I added all the colors I used onto my background (listed below), picked them up with a waterbrush and colored in my word. 

You Make Me Smile Rainbow Watercolor Card // 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop - rightathomeshop.com/blog

Lastly, I flicked on some color to the center of some flower die-cuts from the same die set. I also colored the centers and leaves with the same inks from the rest of my project. #watercolorallthethings I popped up the circle, flowers, flower centers and used liquid adhesive for the leaves and my card was finished!

You can watch the entire creation of this card in my process video below...

My friend Holly of HollyBeary Creations is participating with me as part of Right at Home. You can click the button below to hop over to her post.

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If you want to participate in today's hop then make sure to head over to the main post here for more information. There are over $800 worth of prizes up for grabs including $20 to the Right at Home shop so you'll definitely want to join in!

The deadline for uploading your project to the gallery is Sunday, April 8 at 11:55 PM CT. 

Happy Autism Awareness Day!

Nicole

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