Hey friends. Back with some more watercoloring today. This is my 3rd instalment of Simple Watercoloring. You can find Day 1 here and Day 2 here. I love easy techniques and these mini cards came together in a snap. I used Papertrey Ink Circle Scribbles and Inktense pencils for some messy watercoloring. I used a technique I learned from one of Jennifer McGuire’s videos (if you do a search on her site for Inktense Pencils you will find it!). Basically, you wet a brush and touch it to the tip of the pencil. This gives you a lot of control over the consistency (i.e. how much water) and the color intensity. I have found this by far the easiest way to use these pencils. I have not had tons of success coloring directly on paper and then blending & smoothing. These cards are tiny – measuring just 2.5″ x 2.5″. I think they’d be great with a bouquet of flowers or as a small gift.
Hello! I’m back with another instalment of Simple Watercoloring. This mini series is all about the easiest ways to add a watercolor look to your paper crafting projects. I said it on Day 1 - I’m not interested in techniques that are going to cause me stress & take the fun out of card making. These cards are easy and doable – trust me – I’m no artist!
For today’s card I created a mask using circle dies and cardstock. I used 2 pieces of heavy cardstock to create the mask as I knew it would be getting wet. In hindsight, I might have opted for acetate as the water did still manage to seep through the mask a little. In this instance, however, I felt the ‘mistake’ added to the natural, watercolor look of the card.
I first added water to the circle openings using a paint brush. Next, I used re-inkers to add the color, carefully dropping small dots of color. Using more water, I smoothed together the colors. Often I went in and added additional color to intensify the look. I finished off the card with some enamel hearts and a bold sentiment from this Winnie & Walter set.
The card is for the current Case this Sketch challenge – I loved this week’s sketch.
Thanks so much for stopping by today – wishing you a wonderful Thursday!
I love the watercolor looks that are so popular right now in card making. For me, simple is best and I always opt for techniques that are achievable and won’t lead to endless hours of frustration – once that starts happening this hobby is no longer fun! I have had a few of those experiences in the past when I desperately try to master a technique and then wonder why I’m forcing myself in the first place – this is supposed to be relaxing after all!
Enter the simplest watercolor technique of all – Distress Markers + Stamps + Water. I love doing this and the results are always nice (in my humble opinion!). For today’s card I wanted a bold, watercolored sentiment and this Mama Elephant one was the perfect choice. I inked up the stamp with a few shades of Distress Markers, spritzed with water and stamped – voila! The results are not perfect and that is the beauty of a watercolor look.
I paired it with a bold patterned paper, toned down with a strip of vellum and this simple card was done. The banner is stitched in place, but not adhered to the card, so it has a lot of movement and dimension.
This card is for the current Mama Elephant watercolor + birthday challenge. Thanks for stopping by – more simple watercoloring to come this week!
A very quick post today – things are busy around here as we gear up for a weekend away and struggle through rainy weather and no child care!
I made this for a friend yesterday – they just had a baby and I knew she’d appreciate this sentiment, which I absolutely adore.
Yesterday I posted some photos of the gorgeous flowers I saw during a stroll through a fresh flower market in central Zurich. I really adore flowers. I am actually considering trying to get some part-time work in a florist to try to learn the trick to floral arranging – I think I would love it. Even though I was most smitten yesterday with all the huge, blossoming Peonies, I was particularly taken with some mutli-colored roses.
Another Hero Arts card today – with a watercolored background using ink daubers. I layered some colors onto my acyclic block – some pastels with bright colors – spritzed with water and smooshed around the tag with the heat embossed flower. Even though this technique really couldn’t be easier, it does take a little practice to avoid getting muddy colors – I find it the case especially when there is green in the mix.
This is another one for the Hero Arts sketch challenge – I chose the same design (again!) and this time flipped it horizontal.
Hello from sunny Tel Aviv! We are here for 10 days visiting my in-laws. Lots of sun & sand for us right now – and a few fleeting minutes on the computer during nap time! I made a few cards before I left so I thought I’d share one of those today.
Hey friends. Hope you’ve been having a great weekend! Maybe you had a chance to get crafty for National Scrapbook Day yesterday? Unfortunately, no such luck for me – I am so behind on my Project Life! One of these days I will catch up…maybe.
Anywho, onto today’s new challenge. It is Anything Goes time at Paper Smooches Sparks. Definitely no excuses – you’re going to get ink anyway, right? How about dusting off an old set and giving it a new spin? Or use something new that is sitting on your desk waiting patiently to be inked?
I chose to use the gorgeous Botanicals 1, paired with a sentiment from Pretty Phrases. I did a watercolor wash for the background behind the lovely florals and leaves. I stamped the sentiment with Charcoal Hero Arts ink and stitched the panel to an orange card base. I usually opt for more neutral card bases, but felt like this needed an extra something.
Thanks so much for stopping by today – have a great weekend and make sure to check out all the amazing DT creations & play along!
Morning blog friends. Can’t believe it is already April 27th – seriously, where does time go? Nearly May. Just crazy.
I am stopping in for a very quick post this morning to share a card I made for the current Case this Sketch/Runway Inspired challenge. I loved the inspiration photos & the sketch. I was also inspired by this Donna Mikasa card – she is definitely one of my ‘muse’s’ and I chose this card for its angles, complemented by a gorgeous watercolor floral image – I am also entering this for the Case Study DT search.
So, I have had this Mama Elephant stamp set sitting in my ‘to be inked’ pile for a LONG time. I love the set, just never seemed to get around to using it for some reason. I finally inked it up & it didn’t disappoint! I love the gorgeous tree & the sentiment is really heartfelt.
I saw the inspiration photo for the current Mama Elephant challenge and knew I wanted to use the tree and play on the colors in the challenge for my watercolor background. The little butterfly is die cut from 3 pieces of vellum and colored on the back with various shades of blue and green and stapled in the center – it has really nice dimension and pulls all the colors together nicely. Bonus – it hides a tiny spot of not-so-perfect embossing!