Monday, June 1, 2015

Best Thoughts in Watercolor

Today I a have a couple of cards to show you that are made with the same stamp but using different colors.  I've had this new stamp sitting around for over a week and I've wanted to try some water coloring and finally had a chance to do it.  As I was looking through some blog challenges I noticed that the Friday Mashup is all about water coloring with a very open sketch.  Perfect for what I wanted to do.

I made these for my daughter's best friend and her mom.  They lost their grandma and mother so I wanted to make something special for each of them.

I know...I have a lot of pics so I hope you'll bear with me while I post a few of each.  I've enjoyed trying out water coloring ever since I saw a video by Heather Telford on Splitcoast back in November or December.  She makes amazingly beautiful cards and I've sat down and made a few here and there because I enjoy it so much and because I wanted to have my images colored in.  I figured I'd use my aqua painters and ink since Stampin' Up! got rid of their Blendabilities and I couldn't color things in with them anymore.  Oh...if you'd like to check out Heather's work click HERE.  This link will show you one of her videos, then you can scroll through the rest of her blog if you'd like. :)

I forgot to add that I actually started with this card because when I think of hydrangeas these are the colors I think of.  When I wanted to do other colors for the second card I looked for pics of orange and yellow hydrangeas and they are actually out there too!  I knew there were blue, purple, green and pink, but I didn't know they come in orange and yellow too.  Guess I learned something new today. :)  Both of these cards were pretty easy to make.  I just used sponges and sponge daubers to get the colors on my stamp, but used a marker for the leaves.  I spritzed the stamp a couple of times and stamped it onto my watercolor paper.  After that I used an aqua painter to fill in the colors of the flowers and leaves.  I did use my stamp-a-ma-jig to re-stamp the image because I didn't think it was defined enough anymore.  I actually just re-spritzed my stamp instead of re-inking the whole thing again.  To get the blue background on each of the cards I just made sure the watercolor paper was wet...not too wet, but not so little wetness on it that it would dry right away.  I started going around the flower, leaves and stem and let the wet watercolor paper pull the color out away from the flower (the flower is dry when I do this!).  If I want it darker I just go back in and repeat making sure my aqua painter isn't quite as wet (but the watercolor paper still is) and get some more ink from my ink pad (in the lid).  I did tape off each of these pieces before I painted them to give them the border you can see.  I used masking tape and carefully pulled it off when the ink was dry (yes, I use my heat gun if I get sick of waiting for it to dry! lol  I also run it through my Big Shot if the paper is warped.  I just put it under an embossing folder instead of inside it.  That straightens it out in a jiffy!). 

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

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  1. What beautiful sympathy cards, Sara! I'm sure your friends will love them. I didn't know there were yellow and orange hydrangeas out there, either. Yours is certainly stunning, as is the blue one. Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup challenge this week.

    1. Thanks, Heidi! It was nice to join the Friday Mashup again after so long!

  2. Your sympathy cards are beautiful and the images are serenely perfect for the purpose.

    1. Thank you, Margaret! And thank you for all your kinds words about so many of my cards! I've been so busy at work and helping my daughter's start a small business of their own that I have little time to make cards these days! So when I do get one done and hear from others it's very encouraging! :)

  3. Hi Sara, I was wondering how you colored them, so thanks so much for the explanation. I know the Blendabilities going away has brought me back to my aqua painters. :) Watercoloring is fun, and therapeutic... Thanks for playing along at the Mashup this week.

    1. Thank you, Amy! I agree that water coloring is therapeutic. It makes me slow down and little bit and enjoy the simple things. :)


Thank you for your comments. I read everyone! If you ever wonder how I've made something I'd be glad to let you know! Sara

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