Hi guys, here’s my last minute submission to the Freshly Made Sketches challenge! I had a blog post every day since last week Monday, so it was tight squeezing this one in, but I just had to.
Do you know how you sometimes start a card, and no matter how hard you try, at the end it’s not what you envisioned? Yeah, happens to me quite often. Rarely, though, does it happen to me that I start with an idea and the card turns out so much better than I could have imagined it. With this card, it did. I’m really super, super happy about every detail. To me, it’s the perfect card because everything balances out.
I started out by stamping my Stampin Up “Today & Everyday” image (sorry, retired set) on watercolor card stock using Archival ink because it doesn’t bleed when coming in contact with water. Then I grabbed my Inktense pencils and start coloring. As I’ve mentioned before, with Inktense pencils, you need to work in layers. They are not like watercolor pencils which re-activate when you moisten them again. Inktense is pretty much permanent once it dries, and that allows you to work in layers.
I put my lightest color into the shadow areas first and made sure that when I blended it out, it would be very light towards the highlight areas so I would get proper dimension on the card. If you find you have too much pigment, use a paper cloth to wipe it off. I only use a damp brush, so my first lantern was dry by the time I had finished my last lantern. I also only put down one color first, and then came back later on another pass to add the yellow stripes separately. As with all watercolor, don’t work in adjacent areas when one of them is still wet or you risk colors bleeding into each other.
On these lanterns, I have a total of about 8 layers of color. I had multiple passes with the lightest color and then very carefully added in the darker shades to deepen up the shadows. Since it’s permanent once dried, you have to be carful with that. But the extra work is worth is because it you can really show where one lantern is in front of the others and casts shadows
Since the sentiment has the word “light”, I grabbed my golden Perfect Pearls and added some water to them and applied them to parts of the yellow stripes. Then, I took a risk (after all I was already done with the card and really liked my coloring 😉 ) and took a little scoop of the powder and added very little water to it so it was more of a paste. I loaded my brush up and then carefully held it in my left and flicked against it with my right – and I got the most beautiful tiny gold splatters you can imagine. That usually never works for me and I mess up my card, but it did work this time. Imagine how happy I was!
Since I did’t want to distract from the clean style of the card, I grabbed a kraft card base, cut down my watercolor piece with a die by Wplus9, and glued it onto the base with a piece of fun foam between the two layers (I actually used a bit of brown foam that I had left over – since you never see it, it felt right to use up some scraps).
So, what do you think? Do you like the card? I love it, and I know exactly to whom I’m sending it (it’s already in the mail … crossing oceans…).
In addition to Freshly Made Sketches, I’m also sending this card off to Creative Friday “Watercolor”.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed the project as much as I did!