Posts Tagged ‘watercolour’

A World of Octobers

Friday, October 16th, 2020

Hello to you all and happy October. This is my favourite time of year hands down. I just love the abundance of colour out my living room window.

I am also playing in the Scrap’n Stamp Random Acts of Cardness, and this is day 16, which is watercolour.

I thought I would share with you an easy way to achieve a watercolour look as well as a no line watercolour.

For my card I am using Picket Fence Studios A World of Octobers stamp set. I first did the centre pumpkin, where I painted the pumpkin with my watercolour using more pigment than water and stamp. I do not do the stem, just the body of the pumpkin. Using a #2 paint brush I then pull the colour from the stamped points to where I want the colour.

This stamp normally has a leaf bottom to it, but I did not transfer it as I wanted to do my own grass. I therefore extended my pumpkin with the watercolour.

When doing this be sure you don’t do the pumpkins all the same, you want each to be different, and you want white space, which will add reflection and give the stamp more dimension.

You do not need watercolours to do this. You can use your distress inks, just be sure to use more pigment than water. Ink up your image well to ensure you will have a good impression and just before stamping lightly spritz with water from higher up. Then pull out the ink with your damp paint brush remembering to leave white space.

I have a paint brush with different heights of hair that I use to do my grass. You can also use a small brush and do the sweeps, or a fan brush will work as well.

When doing the sky I added in two of the colours that I used on the left pumpkin, which was a transparent orange and pink. I then added some falling leaves from the set stamping with VersaFine Clair inks in glamorous and tulip red. I then stamped the sentiment using pinecone.

And to finish, I splattered with a mixture of water and ivory perfect pearls.

Following are links for a few of the products I have used for this card today. Of course you can do this technique with just about any image that gives a good start to watercolour.

Thank you for visiting today. I will see you next time.


Cozy Companions for Fall

Friday, October 9th, 2020

Hello there! It’s Deb here, from the Design Team. Today’s prompt for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Daily Challenge is ‘cozy’. That of course led me directly to my My Favorite Things Cozy Companions set for this fall themed card. These critters are doing what I love – curling up by the fireplace, with a book & favourite beverage.


I know that this set is from last year, but it’s still one of my favourites! And with the new slimline card craze, you can create this cozy scene with room to spare.

Cozy Companions for Fall


I knew that I wanted to watercolour the images, so I start with a piece of watercolour paper. Next, stamp the images in Nocturne ink. Make sure the ink is dry, before you start colouring. Use the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush for colouring. Apply the marker directly to the watercolour paper, and then use the water brush to ‘pull’ the colour into the image.  It’s a nice, meditative process to colour these images – just enjoy and choose your favourite colours.

Once the colouring is done, use the coordinating Cozy Companion dies with a Big Shot to die cut each image.  Now, prepare your card base. Take an 8 1/2″ x 7″ piece of cardstock, score & fold it in  half at 3 1/2″. Next, glue on a lighter green piece of cardstock. Now, to create the wallpaper look, add a strip from the Lavinia Dream-Scape Colour burst Collection to the top. Now you can add your die cut images, to create the scene. Finally, stamp the sentiment in Nocturne on a strip of white paper, and attach it over the fireplace, using foam tape or squares.

Cozy Companions for Fall

Do you have a friend or favourite person that you like to sit with, in front of a fire? Sometimes companionable silence is the best.


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Cozy Companions

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One Layer Wonder Card!

Saturday, July 11th, 2020

Hello friends and welcome! Today’s cue word for the monthly challenge in “One Layer”. And I did just that!  This is difficult for me. I always love to add dimension to my cards whether that be with layers of cardstock or using foam adhesive. But honestly, I think I nailed it with this card!


I started by making a card base out of watercolour paper. I’ve never done this before as I think it’s a waste of valuable paper, haha. But in the end, I think it’s awesome and the only way to achieve an actual one layer card. I used the You Make Me Smile stamp set from Gina K Designs as my focal image. I used Versafine Smokey Grey Ink as I wanted to go for a more vintage look rather than stark black.

For the colouring, I used a set of Derwent water-colour pencils. I also had some help from my cat, Francis!!  After the colouring was done, I used some masking tape to mask around the image.

You can see I’ve chosen Tattered Rose and Antique Linen Distress Inks. I used these to add colour around the image. After removing the tape, it leaves a gorgeous frame/border.

I stamped the sentiment from the same set in the same Smokey Grey ink. And that’s when I called it done! No other embellishments added…which is also difficult for me!

I love how this turned out and hope you do too!!

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