Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Watercolour Crayons

I made this little card for a sketch challenge over on In Love With Stamping… but then realised it was absolutely nothing like the sketch! I must have got side-tracked along the way.

I was playing with my Watercolour Wonder™ crayons, which really are lovely. You can use them in several ways, including:

  1. Colour your image then blend with blender pens
  2. Colour your image then blend with a wet paint brush or Aqua Painter™
  3. Use your paint brush or Aqua Painter™ to take colour directly from the crayon
  4. Use them dry, simply as crayons
  5. Apply directly to your stamp, then mist the stamp with water before stamping – this creates a watercolour effect

For this card I used method no. 1 – blending the colour with blender pens. It took a bit of getting used to as the pigment sits on top of the paper, so moves around quite a lot but it was very easy to control the colour and didn’t wrinkle the paper at all. It’s best to experiment with different methods until you find the one that suits you best.

I coloured around the whole image with Bordering Blue to create a shadowy effect. This is one of those techniques which I always think looks fabulous when other people do it… but looks a bit dodgy when I do it.

To make the scalloped edge, I cheated: I punched out a load of ½” circles and stuck them behind the layer.

Stamps: Doodle That
Cardstock: Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Bordering Blue, Whisper White
Ink: StazOn® (p82)
Accessories: ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon - Always Artichoke (p86), ½” circle punch (p80), Watercolour Wonder™ crayons – Rich Regals (p82)

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  1. Very simple and pretty. I tend to get too complicated.

  2. nice job with the watercolouring!!

  3. What a cute card! I love the colors, and the scallop is just the perfect touch!

  4. Your blog is just wonderful. Beautiful cards and I love the way you explain everything! Thanks.

  5. Soo pretty - I love the colors and layout you designed!

  6. What a lovely card! I really like the scallops!

  7. Very cute card. Nice layout and colors.


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