Color & Contour Watercolor

Stampin Up Color & Contour

Well, apparently July is Watercolor Month.  I don’t know how I missed this but better late than never, right?

To make my watercolor card, I used a technique that has been around for a long time.  It is super easy to do and I love how it turns out.  All I did was press an ink pad (in this case Fresh Freesia, Orchid Oasis, Blackberry Bliss, Starry Sky and Granny Apple Green) onto a clear block (I used block E).   Then I  sprayed some water on it.  Then you just press your stamp onto the wet, inky block and then onto your cardstock. The more water you put on the block, the more the ink will spread and lighten.  I just sprayed it a couple of times. It makes it look like you watercolored the images.

By the way, I did not use this watercolor method when stamping the sentiment as I was not sure it would be legible if I had.

While I was inking, spraying and stamping, I noticed some ink had splattered onto my card stock (as well as my desk, the other ink pads and the stamp case!).  I liked the look on the card.  Here is a close-up:


Stampin Up Color & Contour

Happy Watercolor Month (just a little late!)!


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A Stamp Off Watercolor Challenge

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It is that time of the week for our Friday Stamp Off Challenge.  This week we are doing a Watercolor Challenge.  I must say that although the image below is just something to represent a watercolor challenge, it would make a nice background for a card!

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I went with a different route this time.  I’ve been doing a lot of watercolor background cards but decided to use a stamp to watercolor with.

Corner Garden, Watercolor

I used the Corner Garden Background Stamp.  First I stamped it using Versamark and then embossed it with White Embossing Powder.  The thing with watercoloring is you pretty much have to do one color at a time and then let it dry.  Otherwise, your colors will blend together where they aren’t supposed to.  In this case, I first did the pink flowers.  I spread  a lot water on the petals and then dipped my paintbrush in Pink Pirouette Ink and let the water move it around.  Then I added some Rose Red ink and let that spread a bit.  After it was dry, I added a little more Red Rose Ink to give it the shadow affect.  I had to do every flower this way so it did take a while to dry in-between each color.  You’ll notice I did not put a sentiment on the card (yet).  I am not sure who or why I am going to send it to, so I will do that part later.

Now go check out what gorgeous creation Buffy made HERE and Jackie made HERE.  That is always the best part for me.  I don’t know what they made beforehand!

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