Saturday, June 21, 2008

Watercolor Play

Last night, I had a chance to sit down and try some watercolor techniques. The next Stamp, Play and Create class is scheduled for July 5-6, 2008 and the theme is watercolor, so I thought I'd better get started. Now those of you who know me are probably shaking their head in disbelief that I would actually start preparing for this workshop two weeks before!!! Alas, don't worry my friends -- I'm claiming I was NOT preparing -- I was playing!

This first card was created using two stamp sets -- Artfully Asian (which is on the retired list) and the Canvas background stamp. I used Lovely Lilac, Gable Green and Lavendar Lace cardstock. To create the ovals, I used the Coluzzle. The more I use the Coluzzle, the easier it gets and hey, it's easy to begin with! You can cut circles and ovals in a snap! To create the two-toned background on the focal point, I used reinkers, saturated just a bit with water, then used my Aqua Painter to brush the saturated ink across the watercolor paper. You must use watercolor paper with this technique or it won't blend properly. You'll see where I also added some paper piercing to frame the focal point. Also, I added round dots of Crystal Effects on top to give the appearance of raindrops and used the Color Spritzer tool to create those little specks on the focal point! I think this card is so peaceful looking!

For the Celebrate card, I used two stamp sets, the Celebrate Everything and All through the Year (which is on the retired list much to my dismay) with the red, white and blue theme. Opps, actually its Real Red, Night of Navy and Confetti White (what was I thinking)! I have used the All through the Year set numerous times because it is so multi-functional! Anyway, to create the stars, I colored on my stamp using the Real Red watercolor crayon. To create the border around the star, I used the Night of Navy Stampin' Write marker. Before stamping, I lightly misted the stamp with water to blend the watercolor crayon and marker. Be sure to clean your stamp after stamping your image and dry it thoroughly. If you don't, the stamp won't hold the watercolor crayon! Now, since this was a 'Celebrate' card, I just had to add glitter which I did by using Stampin' Up!'s Two Way Glue and dipping into Dazzling Diamonds glitter! Doesn't this just want to make you celebrate!

I hope you have a great weekend and I might have some more play time coming up soon!!!

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