Metallic and Black

As you will already know, my friend BożenA and I run challenges between each other as we are able, taking turns to choose the topics. This time it was BożenA that got to choose the topic and she chose a watercolor technique. The method is to smoosh metallic watercolor onto black cardstock and then use the result for either die cutting or a background. I opted to go with the die cutting of the metallic covered cardstock.

I cut my black cardstock into smaller pieces and did two shades of the metallic pink which then resulted in this variegated mauve paper. Using a metallic green I created one lighter green smoosh and one darker green by adding some dark green regular watercolor paint before pulling the cardstock piece through it. The final piece got gold watercolor on it.
Once the cardstock was dry, I die cut the pieces of the current Altenew Craft-a-Flower Poppy die from the two shades of mauve that I had created with the pink paints. I cut the stem and the leaves from the lighter green and the leaf details from the dark green and finally the flower centers from the gold. I assembled the three flowers and the leaves.
I created a cardbase out of white cardstock and “embossed” some diagonal lines on the front with my scoring board. I also added a strip of black and white striped paper to the right side of the card.
I then arranged the three poppies on the front of the card so that the left one hangs off the edge of the card a bit. The back two are glued down flat and the top of is added with foam tape. The flower stems received a small purple bow on them.

I completed the card with a sentiment strip from a new die set that I purchased. I love that this die gives me both a usable negative and the little letters and I can use either.
Here is a picture of the card in the bright sunlight. The colors are not very accurate here, but you can see the beautiful shine that the metallic watercolors leave on the black cardstock, despite pictures never doing justice to this technique.
Please also head over to BożenA’s post and see what she has created. I am sure you will not be disappointed as she is a master at watercolor techniques.

Supplies Used

CAF Poppy Dies
CAF Poppy Dies
Essential Sentiments
Essential Sentiments
Platinum 6
Platinum 6
Craft Tweezers
Craft Tweezers
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
1/2 inch Foam Tape
1/2 inch Foam Tape
Scor-Tape 1/2
Scor-Tape 1/2

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6 thoughts on “Metallic and Black”

  1. Monica !!! What you created left me breathless and speechless !!! Your poppies look stunning !!! You have chosen the dies perfectly and the end result exceeded my wildest expectations. You see, this technique hasn't let anyone down yet, but I have led you on the path to absolute victory !!! Your card is the best and I give you the palm of priority, although there has never been any competition between us, this time you are the absolute winner !!!

  2. Monica your cards are always gorgeous, this one just went beyond, so pretty, so much detail you can almost reach out and smell the poppies, Love it! Hugs, Lori m

  3. I love this card, Monica. The flower is so very pretty. I commented on a bunch of cards for different people, yours included and my posts are gone…weird.

  4. Monica, I am trying to leave another comment. Earlier I tried and I got locked out of Google! Fingers crossed it works now. LOVE this so textural and the layering of the blossom diecuts gives it such dimension. Great work! XOX

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