I decided to participate in another challenge with week – again with the Late Night Stamper group. This week was challenge #133 and you were to create a thinking of you card that has blue on it. Seemed easy enough and so I grabbed my poor neglected On The Grow stamp set from the summer mini and got to work.
When I saw this stamp set, it screamed,”Watercolor me!”. So, I thought I would try to get a little artsy with my card and pulled out the watercoloring paper, my aqua pen, and some inks and got to work.
A few watercoloring tips:
- If you are going to use a lot of colors, make sure you use watercolor paper. Because you will be going over the same area lots of times with a wet pen, most cardstocks and paper like Whisper White will start warping or pilling up on you. Watercoloring paper is more fiberous and can absorb the water without a problem giving you a really nice image.
- Use Staz-on ink for best results for your outlined image. Staz-on won’t bleed as you go over the same area with a wet brush multiple times. Stampin’ Up’s Basic Black and Basic Grey are water-resistant so they will work too for your watercoloring projects but your best bet would be to use Staz-on
- If you want a really precise placement of color – grab your blender pen. It uses an alcohol-base to pick up and place your color and the tip is firmer so you can be exact with placement and you won’t get extra liquid.
- If you want to be more artsy – grab your aqua pen. It is a refillable pen that just contains water with a more flexible-brushlike tip. When you color, you can squeeze a little and make the pen more wet letting you color spread a little more or just get a more damp and traditional watercolor look.
Thinking of You Watercolored card recipe:
Stamps: From the Garden
Ink: Stazon Black, Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum, Pear Pizazz, Crumb Cake
Paper: Baja Breeze cardstock, Marina Mist cs, Soft Suede cs, Watercolor paper
Accessories: BigShot die cutting machine, Lattice embossing folder, Paper piercer, Neutrals 5/8” brads, Aqua Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals