Clare’s top hints &tips

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Colour Clinic -

To pre­vent the pa­per from buck­ling, try us­ing wa­ter­colour pa­per. I also like the bright white and smooth fin­ish of the Neenah Clas­sic Crest Card. Once you ap­ply dou­ble-sided tape and layer it onto the base it will smooth out any­way.

Use the dies as a tem­plate to draw around and to help cre­ate a lay­out. It is much eas­ier to block in the colour when you have an out­line.

Al­low wa­ter­colour paint to com­pletely dry be­tween colours or they will bleed – use a hairdryer if you don’t want to wait. Dab ex­cess wa­ter from your brush onto kitchen towel. Don’t worry about the paint go­ing out­side of the pen­cil lines you’ve drawn – the whole look and feel of this tech­nique is pretty loose. Paint­ing over the lines will add in­ter­est, es­pe­cially once you layer the die-cuts on top.

Don’t be afraid to go back and add more colour to the wa­ter­colour if it’s too light. The more wa­ter you add to the paint the lighter the colour will be. Try ex­per­i­ment­ing: yel­low mixed with pink will add peachy tones and a lit­tle blue added to pink cre­ates a laven­der hue.

Once you at­tach the die-cuts to the wa­ter­colour, place a piece of clean scrap pa­per over it and press to blot away any ex­cess glue. Test colours on scrap pa­per be­fore us­ing. Wa­ter­colours will al­ways ap­pear lighter once dry.

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