above: I used Distress Specialty Stamping paper (and spellbinders labels 22) and heat set the image. This Ranger paper is super slick and heat setting was necessary...but the stamping ink is gorgeous on it.
For watercoloring tips I highly recommend watching Shari Carroll's video (click for link), and the above technique is similar to what Shari did in 0:23 to 2:35.
To me, the Distress Stamping paper reacted differently with water than traditional (hot press) watercolor paper. (hot press is smooth and I prefer this; cold press has some texture to it - great article here).
Natural burlap ribbon is included in the new ribbon kit designed with this Treasure Map paper line in mind. Compass embellishment is new too and stitched into place using Linen Thread. Ahoy! It's almost Friday!