Watercolor Striped Background

I love to create really bright and fun cards! This card is no exception!! When I seen the Crayon Box stamp from Crackerbox and Suzy stamps, I knew it was the PERFECT image to make some cards to send to crafty friends! And of course, there was just the right sentiment in the shop as well! When making this card I wasn’t happy with the plain white background I normally go with in my CAS designs. I wanted the background to be as bright and fun as the focal image and I was able to achieve that with the help of my Catherine Pooler inks! Be sure to watch the video below for the tips and tricks on how to make this fun card and how to achieve that vibrant background!

This card is really simple! I started by stamping the crayon box and sentiment onto a white cardstock die cut with Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink and my Mini MISTI. I did use my Creative Corners so I could push my die cut away from the edge for the best impression possible! Then I quickly colored in my image with alcohol markers and matted the panel with a scalloped, yellow rectangle die cut! I also added a layer of Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to each of the crayons, but be sure to save the glossy accents for your final step!!

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**Be sure to think beforehand of what coloring medium you will be using so you can use the right ink!!** Check out my video on what coloring mediums play nicely with the Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink!

The background is soo incredibly easy to make! The Catherine Pooler inks play so well with water and remain their nice vibrant color – I used Sauna here! To be sure I could get the most vibrant color possible, I used PLAIN heavyweight white card stock. I did this only to retain all of the vibrancy and color payoff I could and because I knew I wouldn’t be adding a ton of water or going over the card stock a ton with my brush. This allowed me to not worry about the paper pilling! Also, I made the background on a separate A2 panel, NOT on the card base itself. You will get some warping, which you can hide with a good adhesive and adhering the panel onto a heavyweight sturdy card base!

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And of course I couldn’t let this card be done without decorating the inside as well! I kept it really simple and brought in some design elements from the outside to keep with the theme. I made a quick watercolor wash rectangle with the Catherine Pooler Sauna ink and, after drying, added the crayon box stamp in the bottom left corner with Midnight ink! SUPER simple and easy! (I love the inside so much, I may just need to make a card with that design on that outside!!) **If any warping occurs because of water on the cardstock, just put a heavy book on top of the card overnight**

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Like I said above, I did add Glossy Accents to the each of the crayons, but be sure to do this LAST!! That way, it has time to dry and you don’t run the risk of smearing!! But look at the shine it adds!!

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I am so happy with the background on this card and can’t wait to play around with this technique more! The colors are so vibrant, it really looks like patterned paper! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you will find them all listed and linked down below! Happy Crafting, everyone!!

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