Monday, 30 June 2008

Blending with watercolour crayons

This was one of the demos I did at a workshop last week. It’s a very quick and easy card (my favourite kind!) and uses the Watercolour Wonder™ crayons which I love so much.

I stamped the image in StazOn®, which is instantly waterproof. Then I coloured small areas on the right of the image – a bit of Rose Red on the petals, a little Always Artichoke on the leaves. Then, using the blender pen, I spread the colour around the image, leaving the right hand side slightly darker, for shadow.

Finally, I applied a very tiny amount of Brocade Blue crayon all around the image, then blended that in, to give the image some depth. It’s remarkably easy – what makes it easier is the use of the Naturals Ivory cardstock, which is not as smooth as Whisper White or Very Vanilla so therefore more absorbent. Whisper White and Very Vanilla are fabulous for stamping on but Naturals Ivory is better if you’re using blender pens, aquapainter or watercolour brushes. It’s all a matter of finding the right tools for the job.

Stamps: Doodle That (p55)
Cardstock: Brocade Blue, Rose Red, Naturals Ivory
Paper: Cutie Pie (p73)
Ink: StazOn® (82)
Accessories: 3/8” Grosgrain Ribbon - Brocade Blue (p86), 1 3/8” circle punch (p80), Scallop Circle Punch (p80)

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  1. I have all the sets of crayons and have yet to break them out and do anything with them. I'll have to give them a try.

  2. i really love the colors, and layout is simple and classic

  3. Lovely card - nice vibrant colours

  4. Fabulous card Helen. I used these crayons for the first time last night and I now Need them with a capital N, lol.

  5. That card is so cute. You come up with the best colour combos! CC

  6. I love quick and easy cards, too! Absolutely beautiful watercoloring!

  7. Beautiful!! I missed reading your blog... been too busy!

  8. Absolutely the cutest...besides quick! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Such a pretty card! I love the little ones. Thank you for the tip about the Natural Ivory - I'll have to try that next time! Now to stop surfing and start stamping . . Thanks for the inspiration!


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