Our Love Story


It is Dare to Get Dirty time at Splitcoast!!

What is Dare to Get Dirty? It is a special week during the year that the folks in the Dirty Dozen host a bunch of challenges as a thank you to all the fan club members. Not a fan club member – check it out.

I made a sample card for one of the challenges (you can see all the challenges here if you are fan club member).

Our Love Store | by karen @ carefree creations

I did my favorite wet paper watercolor technique. Wet some watercolor paper, stamp your image – let it bleed, then after it has dried some, re-stamp the image. My first stamping (the wet) I did with 2 colors – red & orange; my final stamping was just the red.

Since I didn’t stamp any leaves, I wanted a touch of green, so I did a tiny mat around the stamped panel. I love how it turned out!

I use Ranger watercolor paper because it is whiter than anything else I’ve found and I like that – a LOT. One thing about it though is that it is very textured which makes stamping sentiments difficult (even with a MISTI). I had an epiphany when I made this card. I used my acrylic bone folder to gently press the texture out of the area where I wanted to stamp my sentiment. I still used my MISTI, but the de-texturizing really helped!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Love Story
Stamps: Sending My Love (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin distress (Ranger); Graphite Black Brilliance (Tsukineko);
Paper: White, Simply Chartreuse (PTI); Watercolor (Ranger);
Other: Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil Inker);