Cactus Stickers and Gold Foil - Simon's July Card Kit

For today's card I really wanted to challenge myself to use the stickers in the Simon Says Stamp July card kit. I am not really a big fan of using stickers on my cards, but I wanted to try stepping out of my comfort zone a bit.

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Before getting to the stickers I created a watercolor background. I used a ruler to draw some guide lines on a piece of Canson watercolor paper. The lines formed a diamond pattern and I used the watercolor paint to fill in the diamonds. I used color numbers 34, 36, and 37. I tried to have the diamonds gradients up the page, starting darker and then getting lighter. To do this I started with very little water on my brush keeping the paint very pigmented and then slowly added more water as I moved along. In the end it ended up being a very subtle gradient, I probably should have added more water at the end to get a lighter color or have started light and built up to dark.

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I used my Deco Foil adhesive pen to free hand draw some lines in-between the diamonds and then added foil to them. I also die cut a circle using the Hero Arts nesting circle dies and added foil dash lines around the edge of that with my adhesive pen. In order to transfer the foil to the glue I used my bone folder to really push the foil into the adhesive.

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The stickers that I used are transparent stickers, but that wasn't the look I wanted for this card. So I stuck all the stickers that I chose on a piece of white card stock and cut them out with scissors. I arranged them on the circle that I cut and glued them down with Tombow glue and foam tape.

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The sentiment that I chose is the stamp from the stamp set in the July kit that says "stuck on you." I heat embossed it in a gold embossing powder and then carefully cut around the letters. I glued the sentiment to the bottom of the cactus arrangement and then adhered that whole thing to my watercolor background with foam tape. For the card base I used white card stock and a glued a piece of light gray card stock to that. I then popped up my watercolor panel on the card base. To finish up the card I went around the watercolor background's border with my white gel pen doing some dashed lines and I also added a mix of sequins.

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