Watercolor Background on Designer Series Paper

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you one way to change your designer series paper.  I did just that on my card today, it's not a drastic change but enough that it gives the paper a new feel and added texture.  I used the Mosaic Mood Speciality Designer Series Paper and a little ink and my Aqua Painter.  Here's a look at my card.

Tips & Tricks: 

I wanted to add a little watercolor wash to create a little creepier looking background for my card today.  One thing you have to remember before I get to far into this is that you are painting on plain paper so it will not take to much water without damage, so something to keep in mind.  So go gently with the water.  You can always build up more color once it's dry.
Another thing to remember is that each paper will take the water and ink differently.  For example the Mosaic Mood DSP has areas that have a clear embossed coating.  So those areas act like a emboss resist.  Only the areas of the paper without the coating changes colors.  I used Blackberry Bliss ink on my card today.  Once i had the designer series paper the way I wanted I sat it aside to dry.  You could also dry it with a heat tool, but becareful on how much you do this because it can cause the paper to warp more.
Once I had the paper dry I could add it to a mat cut just slightly bigger than the DSP.  I then added that to a Terracotta Tile card base (5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4) using a strong adhesive.  I used a little Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach the DSP to the Basic Black mat, and then to the card base.  I stamped the bottle image from Monster Bash and the sentiment, in tuxedo black ink.  I did some simple coloring with my Stampin' Blends and cut both out with the Stitched Rectangle dies and the Ornate Frame Dies.  I added a strip of Blackberry Bliss Cardstock cut at an angle and some of the Basic Black Scalloped Ribbon.  I attached both of these with a little tear & tape.  The sentiment and rectangle was attached with a couple dimensionals.  I added some of the Monster Bash Enamel Shapes for a little added fun to finish off the card.

Video Tutorial: 

Here's a video that I shared a few weeks ago showing six different ways to alter your Designer Series Paper.  If you are viewing this post via email you may have to click here to view the video.  
Thanks for dropping by today, I hope that you have been inspired a little to try and altering your designer series paper.  I would love to hear what you have tried or if you have tried this in the past, leave me a comment below letting me know your thoughts.  
Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 


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