Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Messy Watercolor

I've been wanting to create a messy watercolor look and decided to use one of my new Power Poppy digital stamps to try it out. Obviously you can't watercolor over the top of printer ink because it would smear, so here's how I accomplished watercoloring with digis:

  • I printed a draft of my image and laid it over my watercolor paper
  • I stamped my distress inks on my acrylic block, added some water to make watercolors
  • I gently lifted a corner of my draft sheet and applied the colors underneath (with a small paintbrush) to the general area of the leaves and flowers
  • After I laid down the initial colors, I removed the top sheet completely and added accents in darker shades
  • I dried the colors with my heat gun and then printed my digital images over top the messy colors 
  • Next, I added a few spatters in blue
  • I inked up my crackle background stamp and lightly spritzed it with water before stamping it over the image
  • The last step was to die cut the largest camellia, layer it on black cardstock and pop it up from the main image with dimensional tape
  • (The inside sentiment was created the same as the front)
Supplies and Tools
Camellias Digital Stamp Set (Power Poppy), Peonies Digital Stamp Set (Power Poppy), Distress Ink (Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Hickory Smoke), Watercolor paper, Small Paintbrush, Crackle Background Stamp (Stampin' Up), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Baker's Twine

This post linked to:
Power Poppy - Mix and Match
The Paper Players - Color Challenge
Shopping Our Stash - Chillaxin' and Relaxin' (working in my flower beds relaxes me)
Dies R Us Challenge - Anything Goes with at least one metal die


Mimi said...

Great idea to use your image as a guide! A part of why I rarely use digis is that they aren't versatile when it comes to coloring (at least with my inkjet printer)... Love that palette, too. Thanks for relaxing with us at SOS... I also relax while tending my garden.

Donna said...

I am with you, gardening (more like weed pulling in my case) is a great way to chillax!
Love your gorgeous card!
Thanks for chillaxin' with the crew from SHOPPING OUR STASH!

laurie said...

What a beautiful card! I love the bright pops of watercolor..so pretty!

Darlene said...

What a great idea and it turned out fabulously! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything using Dies’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

Conniecrafter said...

Wow that is so pretty, and such a great idea with how you went about it!

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl said...

What a clever way to accomplish your watercolour with a digi image Esther - and what a fabulous result! I love the way you created a spotlight with your blue flower and the addition of the twine to bring it into the main image. Thanks for sharing your creation with us over at The Paper Players this week!

Claire Broadwater said...

This is GORGEOUS! I love the way you added the blue flower with the black frame! The messy watercoloring is amazing! So happy you joined us at The Paper Players this week! XX

Jo Williams Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator said...

WOW this is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I love the beautiful flowers and the colors just pop! So beautiful! Thank you for playing along with us at Dies R Us challenges and hope to see you in the next one! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
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