Sorry I missed last month. August is a busy month in the horse show world. Shows, getting ready to travel to Nationals in early September. Last year we were madly getting ready for the Paralympics, this year Nationals in North Carolina. But I am back to crafting. But before we start, lets get some house keeping issues out of the way. You should have arrived from Cheryl or to start at beginning, Click Here.
This month we were challenged to use any water color method to create our projects. I chose my go to favorite and most reliable technique. Lets start by looking at the cards.
Ai, basic stamping for watercolor effect . For more just google Art Impressions Watercolor on YouTube. They have a whole line of stamps and many videos showing step by step. I do it different, less "fluffy" and vary the technique a bit, but you will develop your own style. My best is not with markers. To see how I usually use this technique, here is a video I made years ago with Twinkling H2os. My video, enjoy.
Ok lets get to it.
I use Strathmore Water color paper and cut down to 5X6, this gives me room to cut down to size. I do not tape down my paper ever, my heat gun is my friend. Not needed with markers though.
Once images are complete. I go back in with a black marker and other markers to put back in the detail. I do not like the "vagueness of this technique". So here are a few images of various stages in the process.
This was a bit of a challenge, I will talk about this more when we get to the cards.
Ok, Card 1 is probably the simplest.
I haven't done this with markers for a long time, and could not quite get my brain to work. As you can see the lemons are not in the basket. Oh well. Still looks ok and is clean and simple. Added a sentiment, in black with clear embossing, matted on red card stock, then an A2 card base in white. Perfect for a quick not to drop in mail. I should do that!!!. Need to sign and date. Don't forget that step, LOL.
I like this card. The apples and the saying are a perfect combo. Again simple and clean, no fuss. Stamped sentiment, embossed in clear. Mounted on a purple mat and finally onto an A2 White Card base. Signed! but no date. I will fix that.
This is a what if card. Seemed redundant to keep repeating the same technique so I created one!!
Started out by inking the stamp with the marker and then randomly (well not really, but close) to my water color paper. Then i poured on some water and let it run, dabbed it up with a paper towel and used a brush to soften.
Interesting, so I continued to fuss until I liked it and then stamped my words.
Next I stamped the images along the bottom. But they did not show up and the brown ink blended when I added water. Oh now what. Distress markers and inks to the rescue. Fortunately for this step I had used my Misti, so lining up was not a problem Inked the images in Ground espresso, wiped off some areas where I knew there should not be a harsh line, also lightening the ink and stamped. I was ready to trash it, so what the heck. OK not bad. Then I resumed using the markers, but distress this time and re-inked each stamp with appropriate color and stamped. Still too light. OK, I just took the ink pads and made puddles and painted in the images. I could have used the marker, but it is faster and easier to get a big blob of ink with the pads. Once happy, went back in with either the markers or a black fine liner and added detail. Not the best. But when it was finished the overall effect is fine.
Lastly I trimmed, mounted it onto a card base from the kit. Added brads, some ribbon and an embellishment. Makes me think of a sign at a Farmer's Market.
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