Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Watercoloring Frenzy

Have you ever stopped doing something for a while, then picked it back up, and wondered to yourself why you had stopped doing it because you enjoy it so much??

Enter:  watercoloring.  Thanks to the recent Moxie Fab Challenge I remember how AWESOME it is!

Watercoloring has got to be one of the most simplest of papercrafting pleasures.  Did you go outside the lines?  Doesn’t matter.  Having a hard time blending with Copics?  Not with watercolor.  Need an inexpensive quick stress relief?  This is the art for you!

Today I’m sharing two cards that use two completely different techniques.  Let me know which you’ve tried!

Pearl Gateway - Card Set 1 (5)

This card looks like it took forever getting those gorgeous colors to blend just right.  Not so, amigos!  I started with a panel of cold pressed watercolor paper, and stamped with some Ranger Archival Ink (Important – be sure to use archival, because your image will run for the hills when it comes in contact with water if you use a dye ink).  These watercolors are Twinkling H20s.  The colors are vibrant and shimmery – what’s not to love!?  To finish, I added some Liquid Pearls in the flowers’ centers.  I also rubbed the sides of the panel with the black ink to finish without using up more cardstock.

Pearl Gateway - Card Set 1 (6)

Here’s a close up – check the glimmer and shine!

Pearl Gateway - Card Set 2 (5)

Completely different technique with this card.  I started by inking a variety of flower stamps from PTI’s Year of Flowers collection in Versamark ink.  I stamped all along the border, then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I had a reader recently ask me how to get the powder to melt evenly and not give the ‘orange peel cellulite’ look.  This is easy to achieve with a simple trick.  I like to heat my gun up little bit first to get the temperature even.  Then when I emboss, I hold the gun on the BACK side of the cardstock.  This produces an even melting of the powder and less chance of accidental burning – I used it here and the lines are so crisp!

The watercolor here is acutally not watercolor – it is Distress Ink!  Using a water brush, I simply dabbed directly on the ink pad and added color, layer by layer.  A great way to get another use out of your Distress Inks.  Since they are reactive with water, they blend like a dream!  Not to mention the embossed image acts as a resist, so very easy to have a crisp look even with watercolor.  Once I colored in the flowers, I used Tumbled Glass as a background, simply washing it around to create an ethereal effect.  The sentiment is stamped with Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Cornflower, and as you can see did not run with the watercolor behind it.

Hope you enjoyed these two cards, if you have any questions on watercoloring or embossing let me know!

Have a colorful day!