I finally did it!! This gorgeous digi from Tickled Pink Stamps was printed on watercolour paper and then actually WATERCOLOURED with distress inks!! Yay!!! (doing not-so-funky-due-to-enormous-bum-dance around the table)
I had tried everything. And I mean every single tip there was to find to stop my printer ink running with water. Nothing worked. Until I found a tutorial by fabulous Rica (who, btw, is one of the coolest colourists EVAH!!!). She actually washes her digis. So did I. Yep. Just wash them, under running tap, rubbing gently. You will loose a little bit of crispness in lines but no more bleeding. And since you get the whole piece of paper wet evenly it will dry totally flat.
Word of warning though - it can only be done with watercolour paper - it's especially designed to withstand copious amounts of water. Any other paper will probably fall apart.
OK, now that I have calmed down - well, almost - couple of words about the card. The papers are from Cosmo Cricket Material Girl pad, all sponged with Vintage Photo. I made the flowers myself from gingham ribbons and punched the leaves with Xcut embossing punch from the same papers. Border punch is from EK Success (love it!!), lace and ribbon from my stash. All I added then was some buttons and a generous amount of flat back pearl. I don't really buy adhesive ones any more, find the non-adhesive ones easier to work with. Tombow glue is perfect for working with those - it has very precise application, never clogs and holds with a death grip.
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I would like to enter this card into following challenges:
Charisma Cardz - anything goes
Paper Romance - handmade flowers
ABC Challenge - D is for Distressing
Creative Belli - embellishments starting with B
Creative Card Crew (2 weeks) - autumn or fall
ColourQ - old olive, peach parfait, so saffron, poppy parade, white
Crafty Little Place - brown, green and orange
Everybody-Art-Challenge - autumn
Paper Playtime - autumn
Paper Sundaes - fall or halloween colors
Scrappy Frogs (3 weeks) - make your own flowers
Lil' Lolita Boutique - stitching (flowers are hand stitched, buttons are stitched to card and BG paper also has some stitching pattern)
Thanks for looking and happy crafting!