Thursday, April 18, 2019

Rainbow Color Challenge!

Hello, friends!
It's Thursday, and I am back again as a guest designer with Unity Stamp Co. I am so excited to bring you another mini challenge. Have you noticed how popular rainbows are in the paper-crafting community?! This gave me a great idea to have a mini challenge all about color using rainbow techniques!
I had the most fun creating the 3 cards I am sharing with you today!
The design of this first card was inspired by one I seen on Instagram. I have always loved the striped watercolor look. How gorgeous are these colors!
Here are the steps I took in creating this card:
  1. First, using the flat brush you see in the photo, I applied a light water only wash to the area I wanted to lay down color.
  2. Next, I generously applied my chosen color to the wet area only. (My colors are from the Altenew watercolor pallet that I use quite frequently.) Taking care to push the color around to settle unevenly. Uneven lines are so much prettier than straight lines! ;) Notice how color heavily settles to the bottom of each stroke? I love the look this gives!
  3. After completely drying the color with my heat tool, I spattered a champagne gold color using a thick round watercolor brush. Once this color dried completely I then spattered the black. Who else is obsessed with spatter on cards/tags?!
  4. After all the color dried, I stamped the sentiment from a Jolande van Oosterhout set called a good life and the butterfly from Always by your side .
  5. I trimmed the sides just a bit smaller than my card base (verticle A2) and popped up the panel using foam tape.
This next card was created by doing a simple gradient color wash on watercolor paper. For such a quick and fairly simple technique, it has a truly elegant look.
This last card is my absolute favorite! I love how colorful and fun it is! Both sentiment and images are from a Graciellie Design set called Colorful Day. Below I will share a brief photo tutorial showing the steps taken to create the faux spatter.

Here are the steps I took in creating the spattered look:
 I used my Scan n Cut to fussy cut several paintbrushes I can use as masks. In this photo, you see that I am stamping the spatters onto scrap paper insuring this is were I want them applied . I'm loving this "faux" spatter stamp.

Next, I took turns masking the brushes and stamping the spatter in coordinating color.


The process may seem a bit tedious, but look at the beautiful result. Such a fun technique!

Something about color makes me smile and I guarantee you will find such joy in creating for this challenge.
Don't forget to challenge yourself!
This challenge is posted on the Unity Blog and will run through next Thursday. Remember, the napkin challenge is still running through the end of this month! If you have any questions regarding any of the challenges, please know, you are always welcome to reach out to me.
Unity is making your participation even more rewarding by offering a prize for each challenge! Each week you have a chance to win some fantastic Unity stamps!
By participating in the month long challenges AND tagging me in your post, you have a chance to win a $25 gift card to Unity Stamp Co!
Have fun creating!
I'll be with Unity again next Thursday, and invite you to join me as we use our favorite Unity stamps to create a card that will touch the heart of one closest to you.
Until then, friends~
Be blessed,
Bobbie Sue


  1. These cards are so cheering! They just bring smiles and sunshine! I love the paintbrush one!

    1. Thank you so much!! I’m so happy they make you smile!! 🤗

  2. Wow!! Such a fun challenge! Love your cards! And thank you for sharing how you added the splatter... so clever!!

    1. Thank you friend! I love the look of the spatter. That spatter stamp is awesome!!!

  3. This challenge is amazing. I can't wait to try something. Several ideas bounching around in my head. I have to nail one down and get to work.

  4. Beautiful cards Bobbie Sue!! And great challenge again! Love rainbows but never made a card in Rainbow colors yet!!

  5. I have always loved rainbows...God keeps His promises ❤ This will be a fun challenge. Thanks for getting us started with your beautiful creations.

    1. Oh Robin, yes He does. I’m so thankful. ♥️ Thank you!

  6. I just Love that awesome paintbrush card --- sooo cool!

  7. Paint brush is my favorite! Perfect for this challenge!

  8. I love these beautiful rainbow cards. The paintbrushes are amazing and fun.

  9. Rainbows make me happy and so do your cards! TFS!