Sale-A-Bration is drawing to a close and that means these adorable Party Pandas have an exit plan. The vast majority of products in the Sale-A-Bration brochure are not going to be in the new annual catalog debuting on June 1st. That’s why now is the best time to place your product order totaling $50+ to select your favorites. The limited edition Sale-A-Bration products are FREE with every $50 product order through March 31st. And can I just say, I’m going to miss these Pandas!

I love watercolor paper and if you’ve followed my blog for any time you’ve most likely noticed that. The paper is super absorbent and provides the perfect palette for creating washed backgrounds and for watercoloring images. To create this look, I cut the watercolor paper 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ and masked off an upper and lower section using low tack Frog Tape, leaving about 1 1/2″ exposed in the center. I purchased the widest low tack Frog Tape available so I wouldn’t have to use multiple strips to protect my non-workable areas. I purchased my tape at a local hardware store for about $10. It’s not cheap but it’s abundant so it was well worth the investment.

This little panda is holding an envelope and has a watercolored background with hearts with a love you theme. Stampin' Up!'s Party Panda. Sale-A-Bration

I placed a tiny amount of red Brusho in a plastic paint tray and squeezed 2 drops of water from my Aqua Painter to activate the watercolor crystals. I brushed the color into the area between the tape. Although I burnished the tape into the watercolor paper you can see where a tiny bit ran underneath but I actually liked the whimsical look. One thing about Brusho, it’s not an animal you can easily tame but it’s so darned fun – and addicting!

Close up of a panda holding an envelope with a heart. Watercolored background technique. Stampin' Up!'s Party Panda. Sale-A-Bration

The red Brusho is a very strong color so I decided to use a paper towel to blot it before it dried. I allowed the watercolor paper to dry completely before carefully and slowly removing the tape.  I stamped the hearts (Heart Happiness stamp set) using Basic Black Archival ink and also allowed them to dry.

The Panda was stamped on Whisper White cardstock and I used a tiny bit of the red Brusho to add color to the envelope heart. Whisper White cardstock isn’t very absorbent so I knew the color would bleed. Exactly what I wanted since it lends credence to the Brusho area.

I covered the Whisper White cardstock base with the black and white striped pattern from the Tutti Frutti Designer Paper Stack. Those black and white stripes were the perfect accent for this little Panda.

Angled view of a panda holding an envelope with a heart. Watercolored background technique. Stampin' Up!'s Party Panda. Sale-A-Bration

If you’ve missed my 4-part video series on Brusho you can view them by clicking on the links below. I’ve also included a picture of the low tack Frog Tape that I’ve used in case you’d like to pick up a roll.

 Frog tape low tack for watercolor background masking. Lisa's Stamp Studio

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