Posts Tagged ‘watercolour’

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!!

Thanks for stopping by! Remember to share your projects using the keywords on the SNS Facebook Challenge Page!!

Laurie

What a Difference Paper Makes!

Friday, May 8th, 2020

Happy Friday, my friend! It’s Deb here, for the Design Team. I hope that wherever you are, you’re looking forward to a nice weekend.  If you’re following along with the Scrap ‘N Stamp Random Acts of Cardness, today’s theme is ‘Sunshine’. So I’ve incorporated bright colours and sun rays in my project! Today I’m sharing two cards with you, both made using the exact same stamp set and markers. The difference is the papers I used – and what a difference paper makes! Here’s a look at both cards, side by side.

What a Difference Paper Makes!

If I hand’t already told you that they were coloured with the same markers, would you believe me just by looking at the photo above? It’s true! The exact same colours in the exact same markers were used. However, the card on the left is done on watercolour paper. The card on the right is done on  regular smooth white cardstock.

WATERCOLOUR CARD

To start, set up the watercolour paper in your stamp platform. Because of the texture of the paper, you’ll want to ink & stamp twice, for a complete image. Ink up the Picket Fence Studios Early Tulip Bouquet image stamp in Versamark ink. Ink & stamp twice, and then cover with fine white embossing powder. Use a heat tool, to set the powder.

Now, use Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush to colour the tulips, stems and leaves. Next, use the yellow marker to create some sun rays, and blend them out with the water brush.  Once the panel is dry, stamp the sentiment from the same PFS Early Tulip Bouquet set in the upper left corner, in Nocturne ink.

What a Difference Paper Makes!

REGULAR CARDSTOCK

For the card on regular cardstock, swap out the watercolour paper, and stamp the image in Nocturne ink on regular smooth white cardstock. Use the same Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush to colour the images.

The marker colours I used for both cards are: 050 Yellow, 052 Bright Yellow, 025 Pink, 081 Light Violet, 041 Light Green and 045 Pale Green.  This time, use a stencil to create the sun rays. Apply Mustard Seed distress Oxide with a blending brush through the stencil. Then, again stamp the sentiment in Nocturne ink.

Finish both cards by layering onto a piece of light green cardstock, and then a light yellow card base. A few clear drops are added for embellishment.

What a Difference Paper Makes

Quite a difference in the intensity of colours, don’t you think?!  Even if I had embossed the image in white for the 2nd card, that wouldn’t have changed the intensity of the marker ink. Plus, with regular cardstock, you can’t add as much water for blending, for fear of completely breaking down the card fibers.

WHICH DO YOU PREFER?

It’s amazing what a difference paper makes, isn’t it? Do  you have a preference? The soft look of watercolour, or the intense full colour of regular cardstock? I think both are beautiful, in their own way. So as you can see, if you want to ‘mix things up’ with your artwork, just try switching up the substrate you’re working on! Or use the same substrate (base), and change the medium. Or change both! Wouldn’t these tulips look beautiful in alcohol inks? How about Perfect Pearls?

Before you head off to start creating, just a reminder that there’s still time to visit & leave your comments on our May Blog Hop! CLICK HERE to start with Tara’s post, and leave a comment on each blog as you hop along. By doing this, you’re automatically entered into the draw for a $50 Gift Certificate to Scrap ‘N Stamp! But hurry – it closes on May 14th!   Also, join our Random Acts of Cardness challenge on the Facebook Challenge Page HERE. At the end of the month, one lucky winner will be randomly chosen from all the submissions for another $50 Gift Certificate!  That’s a lot of shopping you could win 🙂

Thanks for hanging out with me today! I hope you’re inspired to create.  Please leave me a comment, and let me know what you think of these 2 versions of the same sunshine tulip card.

What a Difference Paper Makes!

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Tuesday with Tara {take 219} Lovely. Brave. Grateful.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing a couple simple cards that once again feature the Hello Lovely stamp set by Concord & 9th and another simple watercolor technique. Mine is a variation of the technique Nancy E. used in our blog hop, so be sure to check hers out for some great tips!

Watercolour Technique

When I did my cards for the blog hop, I used an acrylic block as my palette, applying Distress Inks to the block and picking up the colour with a water brush. Instead of cleaning off my block with a cloth, I misted it with water and ‘stamped’ it onto a piece of watercolor cardstock. The shades of orange/coral on my block made such a pretty print, I knew it would make a great base for another card! I did add a bit more colour to fill in one of the corners, but otherwise loved the rough rectangle it created.

Details

I decided to keep everything else pretty simple… a black ribbon, die cut word and some bling. I inked the letters of some small talk stickers in the same colors as the background for a softer look. A kraft layer of the grateful’ die cut adds a bit of subtle dimension and ties it together with the card base.

Abstract Watercolour

My second card used an even more abstract background that covers almost the entire panel, rather than a block of color. I literally just used the watercolor paper to clean off my acrylic block after painting with the Distress Ink on it. There was not as much ink left on my block, so I stamped off multiple times to cover the panel. I started with just the yellows and oranges, then added the greens from another block to get this pretty mix of colours!

Details

Yellow crinkle ribbon (which I had dyed previously), a word charm and another Small Talk sticker are the little details that finish off this card.

This lovely stamp really is a versatile image, perfect for creating cards to show you are grateful or encourage someone who is doing something brave! I hope you enjoyed this fast & easy technique and will try it out yourself soon!

Inky hugs,

Tara