Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
For May, we are venturing into the world of watercolor. There are so many watercoloring techniques available to us today; far too many to list here. But actions speak louder than words; so our team has worked with their favorite mediums to bring you lots of examples and loads of inspiration.
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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of May 26, 2017. The winner will be announced in our June hop; so be sure to come back next month.
And speaking of winners, the lucky hopper from last month is Golden Goddess Designs; picked by Random Name Picker. Congratulations! Please get in touch with last month’s sponsor, Wilma Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org, by May 26th to claim your prize.
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Here’s my project:
I have to admit, watercoloring has not been my thing. I can never get it to look right. But this technique, I think looks pretty good and it’s super easy. It’s sort of my take on the Watercolor the Art Impressions Way by Bonnie Krebs (click here to learn all about it). I love her techniques and I bought quite a few of her stamps, but I wanted to apply some of the same techniques to other stamps, so I tried it with Distress Markers and these stamps from Krista Schneider.
First, I put the stamps on an acrylic block and colored directly on them with a Distress Marker.
I stamped them on watercolor paper and then used a damp brush to drag the color from the edges to the center of the image. The trick is to limit the amount of water. I dipped my brush into a cup of water and then wiped it on a paper towel before using it. If it is too dry, it won’t move the color — just wet it a little more until you can see the color move. If you use too much water, your image will become a lake of mud …
I went back in with the marker to color the nose and a bit of shading on the fox and did the same thing with the owl’s beak and the center of the flowers.
I then used the coordinating dies to cut out each image. Use either a magnetic plate or washi tape to hold the dies in place while cutting.
I took another piece of watercolor paper and cut out the Dotted Oval die by Elizabeth Craft Designs. I inked the border with Distress Ink.
For the background, I smeared Distress Oxide ink on the acrylic block, wet it and then swiped it over the cardstock. I then sprayed it again with water and used a paper towel to remove some of the color … I just wanted the impression of sky and grass …
I put the two pieces back together and adhered them to the new papers from Elizabeth Craft designs and then onto a white cardbase.
Then I put the pieces I had stamped, watercolored and cut out back into a scene.
I love the soft look of watercolor with these whimsical stamps — it’s OK to go out of the lines on this project!
Now you’re off to visit with Debbie. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:
- Card A Day Challenge Team
- Lisa Frederick
- Sandy Bell Hentzel
- Jodie Park
- Candy Spiegel — You are here —
- Debbie Rumrill Bonczek
Your card is very beautiful! I just discovered the Distress Oxides and I love these effects. Thank you for sharing your creative process!
Cute cards!!! Smiles!!
Just darling and I love all your pictures!
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your technique! It’s just wonderful.
I may have to try this technique! I have a set of distress crayons that may work the same way. Cute card and thanks for sharing!
Distress Crayons are great for watercoloring … just scribble on a non-stick craft sheet and use a waterbrush to pick up the color and paint away. Enjoy!
What a great technique. They have a wonderful dreamy feel.
Such a beautiful card! Thank you for taking us through the step-by-step process. I must try the stamping sometime!
You are so welcome! And thank you for reminding why I spend the extra hour or two doing step-by-step directions!
This is lovely. I didn’t know you could pull color out from a stamped image. I wonder if that would work with other markers – I’m definitely going to try it now that you’ve shown me how. The sky and grass technique is another new one for me. I love learning new things! Thank you.
Wilma, it should work with any water-based marker … I learned on either La Plume or Marvy, I think, but I used Ranger Distress because that’s what I had.
this card is completely divine! so precious! so many absolutely beautiful layers! I just can’t get enough of all the details!
Thank you so much!
Wow! This is wonderful, and I especially appreciate your detailed step by step account of how you created it. Thank you so much for sharing!
Very cute card. I have not tried the Distress Oxides yet! Thank you for sharing!
You will love them, Ronda
You put a lot of work into this adorable and card and it was so worth it in the end. It’s so precious and looks like you did old fashion water coloring like a pro.
Great job Candy. I love the scene you created and I agree, love the soft look of the watercolors. We have to get together for some watercolor time in the summer 😉 Thanks for sharing you creation with us and looking forward to hopping with you again next month 🙂
That would be fun!
Your card is so sweet. I love the scene and marker technique you used. Thanks so much for hopping along with us this month.
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Wow , , , love that you created a scene using watercolor elements and a watercolor background. Nicely done. Always great hopping with you.
Your card is very cute and I think you got very creative in creating a water color card around your strengths. It almost looks dry brushed. Thanks for hopping with us!
Such a sweet card! I think you did an OUTSTANDING job…BRAVO 🙂
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