Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Tutorial: Selective Faux Watercolour... plus new catalogue goes live

Today is the day that the brand new 2013-14 Annual Catalogue goes live! Whoohoo! So, for those who don't already have a shiny new hard copy, here is the link to the online version. Get your pencils sharpened and your wish lists ready, because it's packed with fab products!

And now, as promised, is the stepped up version of yesterday's technique, as illustrated in the finished card, above. My friend Kelly and I were having a play the other day and decided to elaborate on the faux watercolour technique using a new stamp, Wildflower Meadow. This is a big background stamp, designed to cover the whole of your card base. There are loads of ways to use it – and it has a co-ordinating embossing folder, too. I call this new technique the...

Selective Faux Watercolour Technique

Supplies are the same as yesterday but I used stronger colours so that they’d show up in the photos. Paler colours are arguable nicer.

 1. Begin by placing your clear block on top of your stamp, with the rubber facing upwards.

2. Roughly colour the image – I scribbled Pool Party around the top corners, then followed the lines of the stems and leaves with Old Olive, adding rough flowers in Primrose Petals. 

The photo shows a double effect – this is merely the effect of the block; I only drew one image!

3. As with the technique shown yesterday, spritz the image with water.

4. Again, “stamp” onto Whisper White cardstock but this time don’t press down. If you do, you’ll lose what semblance of definition you had and all the colours will blend into each other. Of course, that’s an effect you may wish to achieve – it’s pretty random, this technique. Be patient. You need to wait for the water to be absorbed into the paper.

5. As with the other technique, lift when there is no longer any resistance from the paper and allow to try thoroughly. You’ll end up with something like this … or not. Really, you get different results every time and you may need to be prepared to sacrifice some cardstock to the cause, until you’ve worked out the best number of water squirts and the best soaking in time. 

6. Finally, decorate as you wish. I've cut out some flowers and and the bird and popped them up. As you can see, I didn't colour the bird area this time round, because I thought it looked a little odd on my first effort.  

Markers used in tutorial: Raspberry Ripple, Pool Party, Old Olive
Ink pads used in tutorial: Island Indigo, Raspberry Ripple

Supplies used in finished card (top)
Stamps: Wildflower Meadow
Cardstock: Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White
Ink: Island Indigo, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories: Wildflower Meadow embossing folder, Stitched Satin Ribbon - Raspberry Ripple, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Basic Rhinestones

1 comment:

  1. I saw a card made using this stamp and embossing folder a week or so ago on Pinterest (before the new catty came out) and decided that it would be going on my wish list! I really love how you've used it for these cards, it's a great effect.


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