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Friday, 27 August 2021

Stampin' Totally Techniques Blog Hop - watercoloring


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Welcome once again to the Totally Techniques Stampin' Up! international demonstrator blog hop. Kelly Acheson chose our watercoloring technique for this month and I've had fun with this super cute image from the set called Seasons of Joy in the Stampin' Up! winter catalogue.  It's a free set when you place a qualifying order, host a party online or in person or just gather orders with friends and submit together.  

I stamped my image onto Fluid 100 water colour paper using a Whisper White pigment ink pad.  I then added white embossing powder before heating.  

To reduce any curling of the paper I used the largest brush first of all to paint water front and back over the paper.  They say if you do the same to the front as the back it will help with this and the same goes for heat embossing. I usually start on the underside/back of the card to reduce the chance of blowing powder off my image before it melts.  

Using the same brush I added some Soft Sea Foam ink to the image to create a background around and on the leaves.  Each time I added colour I used my heat tool to dry the ink. Occasionally your paint brush may download more watery ink than you want so a piece of kitchen paper is handy too.  I then went back in to add the different colours to the leaves occasionally starting with the lighter colour before adding the slightest amount of a darker colour for them to blend.  I dried off sections as I went and then returned to add more colour if needed.  I took the ink from the inside lid of the ink pads I used.  

I found the hands weren't so easy on this cute chap and so put gloves on instead to match his trousers lol! The cat had several layers of ink to build up the colour so that he was visible playing in the leaves.  By embossing the image it is more forgiving than perhaps no line watercoloring but can leave you with very small gaps to add any ink.  

As I dried each section I could return with more ink and the finishing touch was to add with a marker some additional grass blades for a little depth. I didn't do this until the whole piece was well and truly dry. 
Once finished I used the largest brush to add a watery wash of blue and green before drying and die cutting.  I then added a piece of Coastal Cabana card which I embossed with ink on the Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder.  

 A simply embossed sentiment, with ribbon and coordinating paper was the finishing touch. 

The colours used included Tuxedo Black Memento ink, white craft, Cajun Craze, Mango Melody, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Soft Sea Foam, Misty Moonlight, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Just Jade and Cherry Cobbler. 

Enjoy the hop.

Keep safe and keep stamping 
Zoe x

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1 comment:

cuilliesocks said...

What a sweet image and a wonderful card Zoe, lovely design and colours, Kate 💖