Howdy, crafters! Today I have two cards for you featuring the same super cute Stamping Bella stamp but different overall designs. And yes, of course I have a video for you because I am re-discovering my love for combining watercolor markers and my blender pens. Shall we have a look?
I actually created the square card first, and I’m showcasing it on the Seven Hills Crafts blog today. I didn’t film the process, though, so I re-created the coloring, but went with a different design of the card. As you can see, I went overboard with bright and cheerful colors to make sure the recipient would have a reason to smile despite not feeling too well.
As much as I love my Blender Pens (I prefer the one from Stampin Up because of the durable nib, the one from the Dove pen just disintegrates all the time), they are a bit tricky to use. I have mentioned in my previous posts (click on the tag “Blender Pen” underneath the post to see all projects I made with this tool) you can easily start damaging the paper and pill it up because rubbing it with the tip just does that. I have tried oodles of different watercolor papers (super cheap ones to super expensive ones) and still it happens and it’s something you have to accept. I can only suggest to a) use a very light hand and b) let previous layers dry fully before going back in with the pen to reduce the strain on the paper.
As you might have noticed, I’ve become obsessed with bright colors and sparkle. Can’t tell you why, but I need to put sparkle on everything right now. The cheapest and easiest way is via a self-made spray. All you need is Perfect Pearls in the color Perfect Pearl and a mini mister. I used to add the Perfect Pearl via a brush in the past, but Jennifer McGuire’s suggestion to instead put it into a mini mister with some water is simply brilliant. I usually spray my project from an arm length away, immediately heat set it if I don’t want the colors to run, and the spray again and heat set (two layers of spray gives gorgeous sparkle!).
For the background on my second card I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors and I proceeded in the order of the color wheel. That means that if you pick colors which are next to each other on the color wheel, they will mix nicely instead of leaving you with brown puddles or weird colors that you didn’t want. It’s such an easy trick, I can’t believe I only figured it out this year.
I hope you enjoyed the video and found the tips helpful. Thank you for stopping by today, I really appreciate it! I’m sending this card off to Simon Says Stamp “Animal Magic” and of course to Virginia’s View “Summer Challenge”: I have a rainbow in the background, I’m doing blending with my Blender pen, and I’m using watercolor. I guess that fits the theme? 🙂
PS: Fun Fact: I actually created this card January 10, 2016. Talk about working ahead 😀