Watercoloured Weeping Willow

Hi everyone, it's Jen here and it's my turn to share some more card making inspiration with you all.
This month I used a mixture of old and new products from LDRS Creative.
Firstly I pulled out some scraps of water colour paper and a selection of paints. I chose two pale shades of pink, a cream and a brown tone and began laying down colour on the paper. I suggest taping the paper down to a hardboard with low tack tape, if you want to minimise warping of your paper.
Depending on the look your going for you can either apply clean water to the paper then your paint or apply the paint directly to the dry paper first. Either way looks fantastic. If your going for a layered watercolour effect I'd recommed laying down a base layer of paint first and allowing it to dry (or speeding up the drying with a heat tool if your impatient like me), then applying a second, third or even forth layer until your happy with the result.
**Tip** Remember when using wet mediums like watercolour, wet on wet blends but wet on dry layers.
Once the panals were dry I splattered them with more paint and set them aside so that I could work on a sentiment.
I pulled out one of my favourite sentiment sets Special Occasions 4x8 Stamp Set – LDRS Creative (a must have if you ask me) and stamped the "Happy Birthday to you" sentiment in Watermark Emboss Pad – LDRS Creative, poured on some gold embossing powder and heat set it with my heat gun. I cut it out using the Special Occasions Coordinating Dies – LDRS Creative
I then took what I believe is a very versitile and another must have staple in anyones crafty supplies the Quilted Plaid A2 Coverplate Die – LDRS Creative It's the perfect way to create texture and interest on your cards without overshadowing the focal point to your design. 
I took a piece of heavy weight white cardstock and the coverplate and ran it through my die cut machine. I trimmed it down to around 1/4 inch smaller than a US A2 card size and set it aside. 
By this time my watercoloured panals were completely dry so I die cut them with the Myrtle Leaves Die – LDRS Creative. I arranged the leaves onto the die cut panel and attached them with dabs of liquid glue. I placed them in the upper left corner, allowing them to fan out into the centre of the card. The sentiement was added to the upper right corner with foam tape for dimension. To ground the whole card I glued a thin strip of a textured gold carstock to the lower part of the panel. 
The completed background was mounted onto a card base with more foam tape and I finished the card by adding a few gold pearls.
I was inspired to create this card by a pretty weeping willow tree in my neighbours garden. I love the way its delicate branches float around in the breeze. The Myrtle leaves die seems to recreate this perfectly and I just love how it turned out!
See you all again soon.

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