In the Plaid


Hello peeps, it is Tuesday night and that means it is time to upload this card to the Splitcoaststampers gallery for our Watercolour Wednesday challenge.

This week the challenge is to paint a Plaid design. You can find the video for the challenge here

For my plaid background I cut a piece of 4 x 5.25 inch Arches cold press watercolour paper. I taped off around the borders using Pro Tapes Drafting tape. 

The only thing I knew when I started the plaid was I wanted to use Sap Green watercolour by Roman Szmal. I am particularly fond of this beautiful colour. Clearly I was leaning Christmas, so of course for a plaid it made sense to add red. However Sap Green is never single pigmented, so this creates a problem when adding red. So I decided I would add the red in thinner lines, and rather than using a watercolour red I opted for Kuretake Gansai Gem colours for the red.

I did a test piece to confirm what I was thinking. The red at the top is a single pigment red watercolour by Roman Szmal called Aquarius Red. It is a beautiful colour, but not with green, as the green has more than one pigment. As you can see the green over red is dirty, as is the second sample top, the colour is almost brown, which of course I do not want. But the second line of red is done using the Kuretake Gem red watercolour which is a tad darker, but holds up.

So, I used the Kuretake gem colours to do the rest of my plaid, being the thin lines of green, red and gold and I think it worked out well, except for my not so straight lines - oh well, it adds character I say.

Once I was done the Plaid I then wondered what to add to it to make it a card. I did not want a large stamp taking up room, hence hiding the plaid so I opted to use Penny Black's Layered Leaves die. Love being able to get more use from my investments.

I cut two Layered Leaves pieces, one in the green and one in the red glitter cardstock. I also die cut the sentiment background, which is from Paper Rose, in the green and the sentiment word in the red. I am using the papers included in the American Crafts 6x6 Holiday paper pack, but Tonic Studios also makes these colours in glitter cardstock, which is a bit thicker than what I used. 

To put it all together I attached my Plaid background to a Gina K Design Cherry cardstock cardbase. I use Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive when attaching watercolour to cardstock as I find it works better than tape, including the Be Creative tape. I can get the glue all over the back of the piece.

I glued on the leaf die cuts, again using the Nuvo adhesive, overlapping the red over the green. Using a foam square I attached the sentiment.

To finish my card I added a few gold sparkle crystals.

I hope you have enjoyed today's card, and wish to thank you for visiting.

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xoxo, Kia