Today’s post is once more a video tutorial on watercoloring, but with a twist.
A quick card and a quick post: decided I wanted to enter into the Colour Me…! challenge last minute and created this vibrant birthday card for a friend. Splashing watercolor around is so much fun, but in this case I had to be careful not to create green (blue+yellow tends to do that) so I wouldn’t mess up the challenge colors 🙂
Also, I want to try to use more grey card stock; I think it makes for a nice contrast, yet isn’t as stark as black. Oh, and I spritzed liberal amounts of Mr Huey’s Shimmer on the card. Shiny!
I’ll be entering this challenge into the current Colour Me…! #20 challenge.
As promised, I recorded my first card making tutorial and got it up on YouTube. Please excuse the occasional glitch or my voice; I’m battling through a cold (still) and I think that every time I sneeze, I lose brain cells … at least that would explain how I feel 😉
Anyways, I went with a card design I’ve already showcased on the blog here, but now I’ve recorded the process and improved the card a bit.
I’d be delighted if you’d leave a thumbs up if you liked the video or leave a comment if you have any remarks or criticism (please be nice? 🙂 ). Knowing what you liked or didn’t will help me improve future videos (did I mention the next one is already in the works?).
The main change I made for this card was the die cut sentiment – instead of adhering just one layer with foam tape as I had done on this card, I glued a couple of “hello’s” together and got one thick, dimensional sentiment. Much better, because you can glue it directly onto the card and won’t see any foam tape peeking out.
Here’s the final card:
I made one more change after I finished the video: I sprinkled some water onto the colored area to make it a bit more interesting. It looked too bland before and I think the water sprinkles helped make it a bit more “lively”.
Hope you enjoyed and see you around!
Today I’m back with another card made for my Online Card Classes course; I made this last week before a cold struck me down, but only found the energy to post this now.
The trick here is to use a masking fluid (I’m using Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid) to prevent certain areas of the card to be colored over. Once you’re done, you rub off the dried mask and voila:
I didn’t take too much care not to go outside the lines when I masked off the feathers, but I feel that this gives the card just some additional charme.
After pulling up the mask, some of the ink was also removed so the feathers looked a bit more grey than black. With a black Wink of Stella Marker, I went over the feathers and traced everything that was black, adding the depth and also some shimmer.
The finishing touch were the four sequins by Pretty Pink Posh after I mounted the watercolor panel to some navy card stock.
- Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
- Wplus9 Fancy Feathers
- Cotman Watercolors
- Pretty Pink Posh sequins
- Versamark Onyx ink
- Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid
- Wink of Stella black marker
I’ll be entering this card into Keep It Simple #39 “Watercolor” challenge.
While waiting for some supplies to arrive so I can continue with my Online Card Class homework, I’ve tried to create a super soft background with watercolors to create a scene on. I used the colors from the current Make The Day Special challenge (color choice 1) and blended them together:
For the background, I used a wide brush and took it directly to my Distress Ink Pads, then to the paper (which I had moistened before I applied the color – it helps with the blending). After the background was dry, I stamped the deer and butterfly and colored them in with Distress Markers, then blended the colors with a wet brush.
Unfortunately, the color from the deer seeped into the background … I’ll have to experiment a bit more to figure out how to prevent that from happening. But I loved the little grass stamp included in the Storybook stamp set – it help so much in creating a scene.
I wanted a very bold sentiment, since the entire card is rather soft and gentle, so I reached for my new Mama Elephant stamps. I heat embossed the sentiment with Ranger Liquid Platinum, which is just such a gorgeous color.
I also used the bubble stamp from the Storybook stamp set and stamped it with Distress Ink directly onto the background. With a moist brush, I softened the outlines of the bubbles.
As a final touch, I added Liquid Pearls to the bubbles to give the card some more shine, then glued the water card panel to some yellow Stampin Up card stock.
- Stampin Up yellow card stock
- Ranger Watercolor cardstock
- Avery Elle Storybook stamp set
- Mama Elephant Make a Wish stamp set
- Liquid Pearls
- Distress Markers
- Distress Ink pads
- Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder
I hope you won’t get sick of my watercolor attempts because you still have at at least a week of them ahead of you (sorry … well, not really, I’m having a blast). This is the third card I did on the first day of class (Monday) and I used a stencil with a generous wash of color.
I just love the pattern I created over the color wash; I also used some watercolor stamping for the flowers so they would match the overall watercolor style of the card.
- Memory Box Stencil
- Cotman Watercolor paint
- Wplus9 More Fresh Cuts
- Wplus9 Tag die
- Mama Elephant Waterblooms (sentiment)
- Stampin Up colored card stock