Friday, November 8, 2019

Bold and Bright

Something Bold and Bright for you today!

What a gorgeous flower this is from Simon Says Stamp!  It was in one of the Monthly Card Kits and the set is called Look For The Rainbow.  It has some of the most beautiful line art floral and leaf images - I adore it!

Look at those sweet sentiments and greetings! Plus the alternating fonts and sizes are always awesome to have.  So many creative possibilities with this set!

Lets talk about my card, shall we?  I used my watercolors to paint up this gorgeous flower and leaves.  I really enjoyed adding multiple colors to the leaves to give them a realistic look - leaves can have so many different colors on them in nature, if you really look.

I popped the flower image up on dimensional tape and added the leaves in after.  I really liked overhanging the leaves off the edge of the card so it wasn't perfect looking.  If you look closely, I added some white gel pen dots to the petals on the flower to brighten up the edges.

My background layer was done using Distress Ink and Blending Brushes for a soft transition of color so as not to take away from my main image.  Greeting was heat embossed with my WOW! Embossing Powder in Silver.  The stamp is from another Simon Says Stamp set called  Thankful Flowers.  It was also in a monthly card kit....I'm telling you, the most AMAZING stamp sets come in these kits every month!

I hope you enjoyed my card and that I have inspired you to pick up your watercolors and get painting today :)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween !!!

A bit of spooky fun just in time for Halloween!  I have this old Close to My Heart stamp set called Moonlight Scrapbooking Workshop Holidays.  It worked great for this nighttime scene card.

I blended my distress inks in Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron and Chipped Sapphire using my super awesome Picket Fence Studios Blending Brushes on white cardstock.  For a little more distressed look, I also added some stamping using my Timeless Texture stamp set from Stampin' Up! and also some Dr. Ph Martins Bleed Proof White paint spatters.

This sweet mummy was colored using a variety of copic sketch markers. I popped him up on some dimensionals.  I also heat embossed the lamp post using WOW! Embossing Powder in Ebony.  I paper pieced the lamp on top for some more dimension and colored using the copic markers again.

Here is my finished card, ready to give someone a spooky surprise! Hope you enjoy watching all the kiddos in their costumes on this fun day :)

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Monday, October 14, 2019

More "No Line Watercoloring" Fun

Hello There!

Hope you are having a fabulous Monday morning!  I wanted to share this pretty 
watercolor card with you all today.  Interestingly enough, I find that I have an abundance 
of pink flowers in my own garden so naturally I gravitate towards painting them pink as well :)

One of my favorite things about watercolor is just watching the colors flow and dance 
across my project.  There is something super fun for me in watching this happen.

For this card, I chose to use my new stamp set from the October Simon Says Stamp Card Kit
 I really enjoyed this set with its mixed font greetings and gorgeous line art flower images.

I did a soft background using my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes 
and a Hero Arts Stencil called Waves.  By using a combo of soft and neutral 
Distress Inks as a base and then layering the stencil over top, you get this 
neat "hint" of shapes in the background.

I used Distress Ink to stamp my images of the flower and leaves in lighter colored inks 
so that it would mostly disappear underneath my watercolors.  Using the 
Ecoline Liquid Watercolors, I mixed and added to make different shades of color on 
my palette tray.  These paints are really fun and very vibrant but can also be toned 
down by adding water.

A few splatters of the pink watercolor and some liquid pearls finished off my design.

Here is the gorgeous stamp set called Thankful Flowers that 
I used from Simon Says Stamp!

My finished card - a sweet greeting of congratulations that would 
surely brighten anyone's day!

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