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Close up of scrapbook page idea using mixed media watercolours to create a rainbow background.
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Rainbow crafts

I’m here to share a fab idea today that’s full of COLOUR! And what’s not to love about a rainbow? 🙂
This scrapbook page is one I made using products that were gifted as part of my Design Team commitments for Angela Poole Designs. You can apply the fun rainbow technique to any project, whether it’s a scrapbook layout or card, or even home decor and gift items.

Take a look at that colour…

scrapbook page idea using mixed media watercolours to create a rainbow background. plus sparkle heat embossed flower embellishment using Angela Poole Designs 'Perfect Peonies' stamp

With a background like this, “You colour my world” seemed like the ideal title to celebrate this special sunshine photo of me and my hubby! And the page doesn’t need too much else to detract 😉

I love that creating a mixed media backdrop for my page is so easy – you definitely don’t have to be experienced in watercolours, or even in mixed media.
Let me share my tips…

Start by using a heavyweight base cardstock – I think this one is by Coredinations, and I bought it from Mind the Scrap. It’ll stand up to being wet and won’t warp.
Apply plenty of clean water in a band across the top of your page, with a large paintbrush. I use a chunky, round brush that holds lots of water.

Now working before it dries, apply each colour of the watercolour paint in a good splurge, lifting the card to let the liquid drip and run a bit. Add more colour at the top to intensify the tone, and make it run down more.
Work across the whole of the top of the page, following the ROYGBIV rainbow sequence…

Close up of scrapbook page idea using mixed media watercolours to create a rainbow background.

If your page is starting to dry out, add more water! Keeping the surface wet and the colours nice and wet too is the key to letting the shades blend and swim together.

Close up of scrapbook page idea using mixed media watercolours to create a rainbow background.

I have a set of watercolour half pan paints, by Winsor and Newton – I only used 7 of course for this project, choosing the bright rainbow shades needed to create my ROYGBIV!
You can use any watercolour paints or water-soluble inks or sprays though – they don’t need to be high-grade artists paints. Even smooshing Distress Inks onto a craft mat or acrylic block then painting them onto your cardstock will look great. (I’ll have to share some projects where I’ve done this using the same technique, too!)

Then, a few splatters of each colour using a fine brush help bring a little bit of an artsy, flick-y look.

Next, I just layered up some patterned papers behind my photo. I chose a selection of pretty designs from the Angela Poole Designs ‘Buds to Blooms’ DVD-ROM.
I used strips of gold deco foil to bring out the shine in my rainbow shades, using Therm O Web Deco Foil in ‘Rose Gold’. It’s a fab effect, simply by laying down different widths of double-sided tape then burnishing the foil in place.

Close up of scrapbook page idea using mixed media watercolours and girl deco foil accents
I repeated another foil accent strip behind a simple journaling cluster, too

It’s fab to see how that foil catches the light!
The perfect embellishment for my page had to be a glorious flower, stamped from the Angela Poole
‘Perfect Peonies’ photopolymer set. It’s a multi-layer stamping set, but I just went for the outline layer.

It’s stamped in embossing ink and heat embossed with Snowflake Tinsel embossing powder for extra sparkle. I fussy cut it and popped it up on 3D foam pads.
It looks super-pretty in real life, it’s a shame I couldn’t capture more of the glitz in my photos!

Close up of scrapbook page idea using mixed media watercolours and sparkle heat embossed flower, using the Perfect Peonies stamp set by Angela Poole Designs

The whole look is finished with a good scattering of clear sparkling sequins in ‘moonshine’ from Simon Says Stamp, and sweet vellum hearts and butterflies. I diecut these using the Angela Poole Designs ‘Magic Windows – Decorative Tabs’ die set.

Hope you enjoyed this look at my rainbow craft project today. And of course, hearing how easy it is to do – let me know if you’d like to see a video tutorial, (or indeed, of any other techniques!) as I’m hoping to do some filming soon 😉
Stay crafty and enjoy all the rainbows that come your way, Rx