F or a Friend going through a very rough chapter.
The Mise en place: (I'm a foodie as well!) This project is using Rich Razzleberry cardstock cut to 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" for card base; another piece cut to 1-1/4" x 3-3/4" for sentiment. Share What you Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) cut to 4" x 5-1/4"
Whisper White Cardstock cut to 4" x 5-1/4" for the inside panel; another piece cut to 1"x 3-1/2" for sentiment.
Watercolor paper cut to 3-3/4" x 2-1/2". Lastly, approximately 6" of 1/4" Petal Pink Ribbon, this has been retired so I have suggested a different ribbon in the supply list.
I prefer to use an expensive white glazed tile from the hardware store as my watercolor palate. On the tile dab a corner of the ink pad from the following Classic Stampin' ink pads: Old Olive, Tranquil Tide and Grapefruit Grove. Using an Aqua Painter, water down a small portion of each color. Lightly spritze the watercolor paper with some water - no more than 3 or 4 pumps, held about 8-10" from the paper. Visually divide the watercolor paper into thirds. Squeeze the base of the Aqua Painter to get the brush good and wet, dab into the first color - Old Olive - in the first third wash the paper until the desired affect is reached. If the color is to watery/light, dab your brush into the pure pigmented color to darken where needed. Continue the process with the other two colors. Working in the middle then the end. Pick up the piece you have been working on and let the drips blend into the colors below/above or back through its own color. This is the beauty of watercolor, no two washes will be the same.
The Stamparatus is a lifesaver when stamping, it can slow the process down, however it guarantees that every stamping procedure will meet the standards you are after. Place the watercolor paper on the Stamparatus base and hold in place with the provided magnets, chose a location for the acrylic panel(s) (top/bottom or side), whichever is most comfortable for you. Using the tree stamp from "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set, lay the clean stamp on the paper where you would like the image to be. Lower the clear panel onto the back of the stamp, press firmly, now the stamp is attached to the panel. Ink up the stamp with Old Olive, Mossy Meadow (leaves and shadows) and Soft Suede (trunk). Lower panel back onto paper, press and hold the stamp in place for 5-10 seconds to allow for the ink to transfer. Pick up panel leaving the stamp on the acrylic panel and the paper attached to the base. The product should look outstanding. If not to your standards, ink up the stamp again and do it again. This is the beauty of the Stamparatus. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!
Since the Stamparatus is out, go through the same process with the sentiment "Just Breathe" from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.
Now its time to pull everything together. On the piece of Share What you Love DSP, attach the watercolor paper with the stamped tree with Tear & Tape or Snail to the left side of the DSP. Attach the piece of 1/4" ribbon so that it slightly covers the edge of the watercolor paper, and wraps around the edges of the DSP to the back. I like to use Snail for the entire length of the ribbon, so it is stuck front and back. Attach the Whisper White "Just Breathe" sentiment to Rich Razzleberry sentiment panel. Attach the assembled sentiment beside the ribbon so the text reads from bottom to top. Attach the finished panel to the Rich Razzelberry Cardstock card base using Tear & Tape, snail or adhesive of choice. Inside the card, place the final piece of Whisper White.