Hello and welcome! We’re half way through the year!! Wow! Start of a new month and start of a new challenge at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. As usual, any project which involves watercolor in some form or other is eligible!
And here’s what I have for you this month –
Another one of my experiments from last year. I knew about negative watercoloring, but hadn’t applied it till then. Its a concept of watercoloring (which I might guess can apply for any kind of coloring) where an object emerges by coloring not the object, but the surroundings. So, if I want a leaf, I am not coloring the leaf itself, but around it, giving it form.
I watercolored on Hndmd watercolor paper using Gansai Tambi watercolors.
And that’s all I have for today. Don’t forget to checkout more wonderful inspiration from the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge Design Team. And more importantly, watercolor, have fun and join the challenge!
My mother celebrated her birthday last month, and I made this card for my father to give to her. As she loves flowers, and roses in particular, I made this for her –
I started with stamping the flower and leaf images from two Simon Says Stamp stamp sets – More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers in a light brown ink. I thought the color would gel well with the colors I wanted to go with – pink, purple and greens. Once I stamped the images on a trimmed piece of Canson XL watercolor paper, I watercolored them using Prima watercolor pencils.
While watercoloring, I struggled a bit with the leaves when I started with them, which ended in them looking not so good right at the center where I started coloring them. I thought of hiding them with the sentiment instead! 🙂
So once the piece has dried, I added some splatters of blue and brown using the penciles and white using Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink. I then trimmed the panel to size and decided to adhere it over a light brown card base.
Before adhering, however, I needed a sentiment on it.I had thought of stamping using pigment ink, but somehow that ended up spreading, and I couldn’t use it. I went with embossing instead. I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes on a piece of vellum using Versamark ink and heat embossed it in black. I then trimmed the vellum and adhered it on the watercolor panel using double sided tape, which I then adhered over the base cardstock.
I wanted to add some embellishment to the card, but felt that sequins or stones were too shiny, and I didn’t want pearls either, since they would add a bit of dimension to an otherwise flat card. I also noticed that the strip of vellum was arched up, instead of lying flat. To remedy both these problems, I went with a washi tape with gold pattern of roses on it. Of course, I had to trim it to a third of the width, so sadly the roses are not so obvious, but I did love how it shines, while not taking away the focus and also keeping the card flat. 3-in-1! 😀
And that’s my card! I’m also joining the following challenges –
Hello and welcome! Its the beginning of a new month, and hopefully spring is spreading/already spread all around! And we have a new challenge up at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. As always, this is an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge –
And this is what I’ve made for your inspiration this month –
This card is supposed to go to a very dear friend of mine, who has her birthday today! Happy birthday, dear Pooja!! 🙂
One of the things that I’ve been attempting lately is to free hand watercolor…whatever I can! I have plenty of inspiration, just need to search for it! When I thought of making this card, I thought of spring flowers and birds…at least, one bird. I started with the bird, making it as colorful as I could! 😀 Then free handed the flowers and leaves, added lots of splatters. And after letting it all dry, I then spent some time fussy cutting them all out. I then added a bit of shine on the bird’s eye and a few dots on the flower centers using Sakura black glaze pen.
Next, I had to make a background for the entire scene. My first attempt had too just of texture, my second was a tad too dark, and this is my third background, I smooshed some distress inks on a sheet of clear plastic, misted lots of water on and smooshed my cut out panel of cardstock on top. Once dry, I die it using a die from My Favorite Things Blueprints 27. I adhered this on a white card base. Then, before adhering the flowers and birdie, I die cut a few pieces for the branch using Memory Box Woodland Branch..which is all but invisible on the final card!! Anyway, I assure you its there.. behind all the flowers and leaves, which I’ve adhered it on. I did add dimension behind the bird and the flowers and a few leaves, using some foam and using Connect glue to adhere them on the card.
Finally, for the sentiment.I absolutely loved this glossy black cardstock that Jennifer McGuire showcased in her My Favorite Crafty Things videos. Since I knew I wouldn’t be getting those myself (too much to pay in the custom tax), I thought of another way. I took some photo paper, then used a black marker pen to cover the whole surface in black. Same beautiful look – black and glossy! I love how different it looked from a black heat embossed die cut.
So anyway, I used My Favorite Things Birthday Wishes die to die cut the photo paper, and then some scrap cardstock too. I adhered them together and then adhered it over my card. I didn’t add any extra embellishing to this one, thinking I wanted the bird to steal the show! 🙂 And that’s it.
I’m submitting this card to the following challenges –
Hello and welcome! With the start of the a new month, we have the start of a new Watercolor challenge at the Happy Little Stampers challenge! As usual, it is an Anything Goes challenge.
And here’s my inspiration for you for this month –
I used the image from Waffle Flower Potted stamp set and stamped it on watercolor paper using VersaFine black ink. Now I wanted it to have the look of a sketch, so I used an extra fine pen and drew over the lines again, adding a few more pricklies. Once done, I messy watercolored the bunch of cactii and also the table and wall behind it using Gansai Tambi watercolors.
Once it dried, I added a few splatters of black ink on top. Finally, I added the sentiment, from The Stamp Market Scripty Sentiments using black ink. I trimmed the panel, mounted it on a grey card base. I added a couple of strips of black card stock to balance everything out.
And that finishes my card. I’m joining the following challenges with it –
Hello!! Its the start of a wonderful new year! Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! I’ve even got a happy news to share today – I’m joining the Happy Little Stampers Challenge Team for their Watercolor challenges! Yay!! Thank you very much Kylie, for the invitation!!
And now for the very first challenge of the year. The watercolor challenge has changed so that it is an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge. So now, you are free to join in with any of your watercolor creation!! Yay!!
And here’s what I made –
I wanted to make something that could carry a message for the whole year. And of course, what better companions to that than flowers!
I used Altenew Magnolias for Her stamp set, and distress inks to stamp the images. I then added a hand drawn branch for the flowers and leaves to grow on. Then I watercolored the scene using distress inks.
Once everything was dry, I trimmed down the panel to a standard card size and adhered it on top of a white card. Finally, I stamped the sentiment, from Concord & 9th Painted Rose, with a dark grey ink.
And that’s my card! I’m joining the following challenges with my card –
Do hop over to the Happy Little Stampers blog. We have plenty more fantastic inspiration from the rest of our fabulous design team! We have the Watercolor Challenge today, followed up with the other challenges coming up every few days! Take your pick and join the fun! 🙂