Well, my BFF is moving. :( But luckily, she's only moving an hour and a half away. While I'm still sad that she doesn't live 2 minutes from me, she is moving to a place that I can drive to and spend the weekend when I want!!
I decided to make her a card to go with a little "send off gift" I picked up for her. I have a closet full of stamps and I couldn't decide what I wanted to use. I remembered that this odie but goodie Loads of Love & Loads of Love Accessories Stampin' Up! stamp sets have a "moving" option and a cute phrase to go with it.
I purchased the Tim Holtz distress marker set a couple of months back thanks to an amazing Blitsy sale (link in the side bar). I have been dying to play with them. I also picked up some of the Tim Holtz watercolor paper that I've been seeing some fabulous bloggers use recently. I pulled out all my supplies, inked up the stamp set, and got to coloring.
It's been so long since I've watercolored anything and I realized how much I missed it. I need to jump on the watercolor bandwagon that has been going on and do more of it! I added the image to some Stampin' Up! solid cardstock and then pulled out a MME paper pad from Hobby Lobby for the background paper.
In true AmyR fashion, I stamped the image that's in the back of the truck multiple times onto the bottom edge of the inside of the card. Before watching her videos, I never decorated the inside of my cards. I did, however, forget to take a picture of that part. :(
So, I have a little *review* of the Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper. I have seen many designers use this paper and several have wet it before using it. They did this mostly when they were adding a large amount of color to the background. It might work to wet the paper first and then add the color, but I did not like this technique when using the markers to color in the images. When I got the paper wet before coloring on the paper with the marker, I had a LOT of pilling. The marker seemed to grab bits of the paper as I colored and then it would show up on my image. So, in the future, I will color directly onto the paper with the marker and then add the water when using this paper. I do love that it is a true white and not a vanilla/off-white color like most watercolor paper.
If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks!