Friday, March 3, 2017

today is full of possibilities

This post has several photos, I hope you will scroll through and read all the info. I have been asked many times how I create my watercolor backgrounds, I have tried to show the process in the below pictures. I have used the AWESOME felt from taylored expressions for the sweet flower. I really, really, luv her felt! The sentiment is from a super sweet uplifting thoughts simon set, you can see it here. The challenges I played along with are listed below. I have also added these photo to my insagram, come check me out at 2klines.

words with meaning - it's the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee. 

I have shown in the photo below, my papers and color combo. I am also showing a small piece of acetate, it is on the black card stock. I will use the acetate to create the background.

I take tim holtz distress ink and smash it into the acetate and then spritz with water, I usually use more water the first time for smearing.

I turn the acetate over on top of the watercolor paper and begin smearing it around, picking the acetate up and then moving it onto another piece of the paper. This is where I determine the design I want to achieve, sometimes unintentionally(*grin*)

I then will add more ink to the acetate with less water for a more vibrant ink color. If you are using two or more colors, you should allow the first color to dry completely before add the other colors.

Here is the look with another layer of ink used with less water so that the color is darker. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

atlantic hearts: sketch/#201
card concept: inspiration photo/#68


  1. This is SO pretty! I love your smooshed background and beautiful DP. Fabulous use of the sketch and colours!

  2. Lovely card! Thank you for detailing how you created your pretty watercolored background. Your sentiment is very encouraging. Thanks for sharing this wonderful card with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge--please join us again soon!
    :) Marie

  3. Thank you for explaining your watercolored backgrounds. I just love your style!


  4. What a beautiful card! You've inspired me to try the smooshing technique again. Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.


  5. Love the background. I should try that technique. Thanks for joining us at AHSC!

  6. Ooh! I just love this... this background is awesome and just the look I was going for on my next card! Beautiful card all around... love it! Thanks so much for playing along at Atlantic Hearts!

  7. Love your combination of these colors, Teresa, and the patterns you added to the mix!

  8. Great watercolor background and the combination of such nice soft colors for your embellishments. Beautiful card and thank you for sharing with us at AHSC.

  9. Love the background with the patterns- great job Teresa! You are always such an inspiration- thanks for playing so faithfully along with us at The Card Concept! Hugs, sweet friend!

  10. Fabulous! I love the colors and elements you chose, and I can't wait to try this background technique. So glad to have you join us this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

  11. Love the different color scallops on that fabulous smooshed background!
    Thanks for sharing with us here at the Card Concept!
    Hugs! Mackie


Thank you so much for your comments, they mean so much to me. Have a wonderful day! Teresa

sparkle & shine *~*