Watercolor Watermelon Card - Simon's July Card Kit

I used the July 2018 Simon Says Stamp card kit for today's card as well as my Gansai Tambi watercolors and some Copics.

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I started with a piece of Canson watercolor paper tapers down to a board. I stamped the watermelon image from the stamp set in the kit all over the paper using Simon's intense black ink. Then I pulled out my Gansai Tambi watercolors and started creating my rainbow background. I used a smalled brush and was very careful to go around all of those watermelons. It did take some time but I think the end result was worth it. The colors I used in the background are Rose Madder, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green Light, Hooker's Green, and Cerulean Blue.

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Once the background was dry I trimmed it down to 3.75 x 5. I then pulled out some Copic markers to color the watermelons. For the pink part of the watermelon I used RV13, RV25, and RV29. For the green rind I used YG03, YG17, and YG67.

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Next I pulled out my white gel pen to do some detail work. I added tiny little white dots all over the inner portion of the watermelon rinds. I thought this was an interesting way to portray that typically light colored area of the melon. I then added little dots in the background in-between the melons in varying sizes. I also added a light bit of a highlight to each watermelon with the gel pen.

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For the card base I pulled out one of the pre-made bases in the card kit. I also took out the white foam which has adhesive on both sides. I used that foam to pop up my finished background on the card base. I cut a piece of vellum to be 2.75 x 4 and a piece of white card stock to 2.25 x 3.5. On the white piece of card stock I stamped my sentiment which says "You're one in a melon." I then adhered the sentiment panel to the vellum panel and glued those to the background on the card base.

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For finishing touches on this card I went around the vellum panel with my white gel pen drawing some dashed lines. I added four little half pearls to the corners of the white sentiment panel and also went over the sentiment with my Wink of Stella glitter brush. Finally I added some more dashed lines on the sentiment panel with a very light gray Arteza marker.

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