February 13, 2013

Papertrey Ink's 6th Anniversary: Watercolor Challenge

Dear Reader,

How are you this Tuesday night/Wednesday morning?  I happily spent a few hours playing with ways to watercolor thanks to the watercolor challenge on Nichole Heady's blog for Papertrey Ink.

My first card uses emboss resist which I have always loved and watercoloring using Tim Holtz Distress Markers, water and a paint brush:

I cut a panel from watercolor paper and embossed the largest image from Stitches & Swirls.  As I mentioned I used Distress Markers, water and paint brushes to paint in the image.  I scribbled onto my crafting mat and then picked up the color using my brush, adding water as needed.  When I finished painting in the image, I was worried that it read as being outdated so I tried to be more edgy or trendy with the rest of the card.  I stamped that lovely sentiment from Happy Trails.  I added a little stitched tail after the sentiment with a black soot Distress Marker.  You notice the little melon berry banner with the pearl?  That was used to cover up a mess up on my part.  I added the kraft photo corners for interest.  I adhered the watercolor panel to a distressed piece of melon berry cardstock and then to a piece of smokey shadow cardstock at a slight angle.  Everything was then placed on a kraft card base using dimensional adhesive.  I am pretty happy with the finished card and I adore melon berry, smokey shadow and kraft together...how about you?

For my next two cards I wanted to do a different watercolor technique in really bold colors and images.  I pulled out the Funky Florals stamp set and Tim Holtz Distress Inks and went to town: 

Each time I stamped a flower I first inked up the image in the lighter hue and then added a little of the darker hue (for instance first worn lipstick and second picked raspberry) Next I lightly spritzed water on the stamp before stamping it on a piece of watercolor paper.  I covered the whole piece with flowers in 3 sizes and 3 colors.  Then I stamped in the burst centers.  The watercolor panel was large enough to cut in half once I finished to make two cards.  I adhered each watercolor panel to a piece of black bitty dot patterned paper.  I cut out one of the half & half die collection using vellum twice which I embossed with black embossing powder using a sentiment from Funky Florals and Half & Half.  I added enamel dots and gems to the vellum and adhered it to the watercolor panel which I then adhered to a white card base. 

There you have it.  I had a blast (people still say that right?) playing with watercolor techniques and need to remember to revisit it to try even more.

Thank you so much for joining me and I hope you have a bright and happy day!

Happy creating,

a note of thanks card
Stamps: Stitches & Swirls and Happy Trails, Papertrey Ink
Ink: VersaMark, Tsukineko; basic gray, Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: melon berry, smokey shadow & kraft, Papertrey Ink
Paper: cold press watercolor 400 series, Strathmore
Other: double-ended banner die, Papertrey Ink; Cuttlebug, Provo Craft; Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Ranger; opaque white embossing powder, JudiKins; dimensional adhesive; kraft photo corners; pearl; paint brush, water

bold and funky cards
Stamps: Funky Florals and Half & Half, Papertrey Ink
Ink: worn lipstick, picked raspberry, shabby shutters, mowed lawn, tumbled glass, salty ocean, Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger; VersaMark, Tsukineko
Cardstock: white, Georgia Pacific
Paper: cold press watercolor 400 series, Strathmore; vellum
Patterned paper: black from 2008 Bitty Dot Basics Patterned Paper 8x8, Papertrey Ink
Other: half & half die collection, Papertrey Ink; Cuttlebug, Provo Craft; detail black embossing powder, JudiKins; Lost & Found 3 Ruby enamel dots, My Mind's Eye; opaque gems, Studio Calico; dimensional adhesive, spray bottle, water


Pam said...

Both cards are so lovely! Beautiful colors!

Sanketi said...

Stunning cards..loved them all!

Leigh Penner said...

These are all beautiful, Shay!

Carolanne said...

Sooooo pretty! I really like the Funky Florals. Very vibrant:-) Also your other blog with the art journaling is wonderful:-)

Anonymous said...

So many great ideas here that I don't know which one to case first!

Barb King said...

That second one is so bright and cheery!


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