Friday, November 6, 2015

Watercolor 1,2,3

I've been wanting to share some cards from a Watercoloring class I
held recently. Unfortunately I've been sick and have only had enough
energy to get through my work day and then come home and crash.
Fun times! But, today I finally am feeling like I can accomplish 
something - which is a good thing because it is my husband's 50th 
birthday today and our daughter is coming home  for the weekend. YAY!

Okay, enough jibber jabber - here are the cards. 
For the first one I chose an image that is just an outline. We stamped it 
in versamark, added some black embossing powder and then heat set 
If you've never water-colored before this is a great way to try first as the embossed lines prevent the ink from going into other areas. Plus, 
for me, I love the outlined look - when I was younger and coloring with 
crayons I outlined everything in black. I used one color ink and built the 
color up by starting light and then adding more at the base of the petals.
After it dries a little you can add more color for even more depth. 
Just keep adding until you're happy with the result. 

For the second card I demonstrated how to just get 'messy' with the ink
and use it for a background. It's the perfect backdrop for a solid image. 
What's cool about it too is that you can do the same steps with the same 
colors and you get a different look every time. 
My favorite thing to do is to heat set the ink because you can get some 
really cool looking water lines in the image.

And lastly, I showed how you can stamp an image - (I used the same
one from the card above) - but by stamping off before stamping on my
watercolor paper and then using my watercolor brush to add ink to
the image you are able to achieve a watercolor look. This is a little 
more fussy as you don't have the embossed edges to keep the color 
from running - just be careful with how much water you use and you 
should be fine.

I hope these three different ways to watercolor have encouraged you to 
give it a try. You don't need a lot to start out with this technique - you
can start pretty simply with just some watercolor paper and a watercolor
brush. This way you can use inks that you already have. There are all
kinds of watercolor paints out there but I haven't ventured that far into

Happy Stampin'
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1st card
card stock, whisper white, watercolor paper
stamp sets: Blended Bloom, Celebrate Today, Kinda Eclectic
ink: hello honey, mint macaroon, watermelon wonder, memento tuxedo black
black embossing powder, dimensionals, aqua painter

2nd card:
card stock: whisper white, basic black, watercolor paper
stamp sets: Words of Truth, Summer Silhouettes
ink: blackberry bliss, mossy meadow, lost lagoon, memento tuxedo black
white embossing powder, aqua painter

3rd card
card stock: watercolor paper, basic black
stamp set: Summer Silhouettes
ink: mossy meadow, memento tuxedo black
fine tip black marker, aqua painter


  1. Great cards and detailed descriptions for each, Susan! Love your blog!