Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Simply Sketched in Watercolor

As you can tell I've been into water coloring lately!  It was my mom's birthday and I wanted to make a nice card for her so I worked ahead (for once!) and used Try Stampin' on Tuesday's sketch #220.  I tried to use a set that's retiring, Blooming with Kindness, but just didn't like how anything turned out so I pulled out the retired set Simply Sketched.

This is the sketch I used.  As you can tell I left mine pretty clean and simple.  I water colored the circles on the three pieces that stick out too.  Nothing else looked right because whatever I used just wasn't soft enough to match the painted panel.

Make sure you head over to Try Stampin' on Tuesday HERE to check out the other great cards made by the team.  They are quite lovely!  If you get a chance give it a try too.  We'd love to see what you create. :)

I used Coastal Cabana and Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write markers to stamp the image, then blended the colors using the small aqua painter tip.  Once the flower was dry I added the wash using Pool Party and Wild Wasabi ink pads.  I made sure I worked on a wet area, but not a overly wet area so the color wouldn't wash out too much or run everywhere.  Then as I moved to the next area I made sure it was wet too so I didn't have streaky areas that had already dried.  Not sure if that makes any sense, but that's how I got it to blend and flow and mix the colors the way I did.  I did go back and add more green to the stems after everything was dry (and, yes, I get impatient and use my heat tool to dry things fast! lol).  As you can see it looks like I used a little So Saffron (yellow), but I didn't.  You never know how Stampin' Up! inks are going to blend and bleed when adding water.  Since it's all I have that's what I use and I think it's working out pretty good so far. :)

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Supplies used on this card:

Retired Stampin' Up! set Simply Sketched  
Masking tape to mask the watercolor paper

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  1. This is gorgeous! I am so impatient; maybe that's why my watercoloring tends to resemble mud...

    1. Thanks, Margaret! Guess what? I'm impatient too, so that's why I cheat and use my heat gun! lol It has saved me so much time. If the watercolor paper warps from using it, I just run it though my Big Shot. Instead of putting it inside one of my embossing folders I put it under. Straightens it out in a jiffy! :)


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