The technique this month is Watercolouring and that give us such a wide range of techniques to choose from because watercolouring is more than just colouring inside (or outside) the lines. It's been proven that colouring is relaxing and therapeutic. I love this technique and it really calms me if I'm feeling stressed and makes me feel like an "artist".
I wanted to share two of the many ways to "watercolour" you projects.
The Helping Me Grow is a perfect set to use this technique with and if you pick the "lilac" image it's not too intimidating as the spaces are small and so forgiving. It's easy to make this stamp set look amazing.
Here's what went into make this card:
- I stamped the lilac image on Watercolor Paper using Staz On Ink. Clean your photopolymer stamps right after using Staz On but don't use Staz On cleaner as it will break down your stamps
- Use Smoky Slate ink and "outline" the images with a very light shading. This makes your image "pop" and anchors it.
- I coloured the petals with Watermelon Wonder ink and Aqua Painter. I really watered down the ink to give a light "wash". Let it dry and then go in with a darker Watermelon Wonder and add some details. It's okay to colour outside the lines as that just gives it a more watercolour look.
- Colour the stems with Old Olive.
- Let everything dry and then add some Wink of Stella Glitter to the flower petals (I'm addicted to this product!)
- I added the corner and sentiment using Basic Gray Archival ink.
- Add some small pearls to the center of some of the flowers.
- The "plate" was stamped in Basic Gray ink on Smoky Slate cardstock and cut out with the matching framelit from the Rose Garden Thinlits. (isn't that cool that you don't have to fussy cut it?)
- Stamp the sentiment in Basic Gray and add two small pearls to each end of the plate.
- I also stamped the image in Watermelon Wonder on the Watermelon Wonder card front to give it a tone-on-tone look.
- Glue a piece of White 1 1/4" Jute Ribbon to the card front and then pop up the stamped image and plate with Stampin' Dimensionals.
Can you see the very fine line of Smoky Slate outlining the image? It's just a neat "trick" to use when watercolouring. I try and use either a light gray or blue depending on the colours I'm using in my project.
This card shows watercolouring in a different way – basically this is a watercolour wash. I just used my Aqua Painter and inks to "wash" colour over the Watercolor Paper and then let it dry. Then I stamped the little sandpipers from the Wetlands stamp set and I was done. On the sentiment piece I just picked up some colour with the Aqua Painter and tapped it over the stamped piece so that splatters of ink fell on the banner. I also brushed on some glitter with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush over the sand. I hope you can see it in this picture.
Can you see the Metallics Glitter Tape on this card? It's one of the fabulous new Sale-a-bration offerings free with any $60 purchases but only until March 31st so hurry if you want to pick it up. It comes in Gold, silver and white and I changed the white to blue using my dauber and Pool Party ink. Imagine making it any colour with this technique!
I hope you've enjoyed my projects for this month!
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