A happy hello to all of you Ellen Hutson fans! Today I have a fun watercolor and die cutting technique to share with you, so let's get started!
(Bold products are linked below in the supply section).
To create the watercolor banners/flags, tap Distress Ink pads (one color at a time) onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet and spritz with water:
Next, take a 4.25" x 5.50" panel of watercolor paper and lay it into the wet ink. You can also wiggle the paper around, to get fuller coverage ... this "technical" term is called smooshing in the papercrafting world, LOL! Pick up the panel and survey the ink coverage -- you can achieve a variety of wonderful patterns, no two exactly the same!
If you are not happy with the ink coverage you first get . . . (the panel below is still wet):
Let the panel dry (or dry it with a heat tool), and the pattern may be more to your liking (the panel below is dry). If not, dip the panel into the remaining watered-down ink (adding more ink, if desired), then dry the panel again. You can keep layering ink like this, building the color intensity and patterns.
The Distress Inks I used were (from upper left, clockwise): Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio:
Next, I die cut the panels using Taylored Expressions Stitched Banner Stacklets. The second to smallest banner in the set is approximately 1-inch wide and fits the height of the Essentials by Ellen Brushstroke Hello die. After die cutting the Hello word from each of the watercolored panels, I placed the banners and Hello words onto my watercolor panel cardfront to determine the placement I wanted:
After positioning the Hello die cut words where I wanted them, I lightly traced the left edge of the H on the banner, then die cut the banner with the Brushstroke Hello die.
To finish the card, just fit and adhere the Hello word into the notched banner on the cardfront!
I hope you will have fun exploring this technique with other die combinations!