This little scene was built in layers, some of which you will need to take my word for as they are no longer obvious. I taped the watercolour panel down with painters tape to begin and you can see that I kept a very narrow border around the picture panel when I cropped it later.
The first step was sponging memento new sprout ink through the promenade stencil ( you can just see it ). Next I wet the whole panel and stamped the verdant wood mounted stamp in memento olive grove several times. The ink bled and faded. At this point I had to decide on a feature image; I picked the little wheel barrow of flowers from the new Friendship Flowers transparent set. I inked only the wheel barrow in memento London fog, spritzed it and stamped on the panel. I then used watercolour pencils to add colour and shading to the barrow. I inked up the rest of the stamp (flowers) in memento rhubarb stalk and love letter, spritzed it and stamped onto the panel. I used red and green watercolour pencils to fill in the flowers, stems and leaves. I framed the scene using the flourish stamp from the Twirls set stamped in London Fog and coloured with the same red and green pencils. I drew a border around the edge with the green pencil and blended from the edge inwards with water. Finally I added the sentiment and matted the picture on green stamped with the Twirls flourish stamp.
Stamps: Verdant, Friendship Flowers, Twirls (PB)
Inks: Memento London Fog, New Sprout, Olive Grove, Rhubarb Stalk, Love Letter (Tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils Pale Geranium Lake 121, Light Grey 195, Medium Grey 197, Black 199, Pine Green 267 (Faber Castell)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb smooth, PB Mix & Match Spring Meadow Paper
The challenge hosted by Ardyth at One Layer Simplicity this month is ‘Road Trip’ and can be about the travel method or the destination. I decided to feature a city far away on a Thinking of You card. Most of my family live in cities on the other side of the world, sadly not cities I can take a road trip to.
I have created city-scapes with this stamp before using more of a watercolour effect. I simplified the process for this one layer version. I masked a square with painter’s tape and inked the top of the stamp with tumbled glass distress stain. I stamped once, reinked the top of the stamp again and stamped below the first impression. I stamped a third time with blue then added a little memento potter’s clay ink for the last two impressions. I sponged the perimeter in blue and potter’s clay before removing the masks and adding a sentiment.
The challenge is open until April 24th so it is not too late to add your travel inspired card. My card also fits in nicely with the current Addicted to CAS challenge “Far Away“.
I have a one layer card for you today made using watercolour techniques. I often set out to make one layer cards by starting my stamping on a masked and scored card base. But if something goes wrong I end up cropping out the image and putting it on a second layer. For this card I masked around all the edges of the card front with masking tape. This not only framed my image it also kept the watercolour paper from warping too much when it got wet. The paper does warp but I keep it taped until it dries completely by which time it has flattened out again. I inked the roses with two pinks, spritzed with water and stamped. While the image was still wet I added a little more of the darker pink in a few places and blended the image a little more in a few places. I used the same technique with the green inks on the leaves and stems. I finished with plenty of ink flicking on this one and a sentiment in the darker green ink.
The Penny Black blog will be featuring one layer cards all week so pop over there each day to see what the other designers created. The One Layer Simplicity challenge for April continues for a few more days so there is still time to add a “road trip” themed card. I finally got one made and will have it up as soon as I get it photographed.
Stamps: Petal Power, Friendship Flowers, Special Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Angel Pink, Pear Tart & Memento markers Rose Bud, Bamboo Leaves(Tsukineko)
Paper: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Even though these stamped panels are small they are from a much larger background stamp, Floral Tapestry from the new Bloom release. I used some distress stains on the whole stamp to create a panel (to be seen another day) then, because there was still plenty of stain on the stamp, spritzed it with water and stamped it again. These watery images are the result. When I look at the feathery plant it reminds me of a seaweed and, of course the colours are also nautical, so it could almost be an under sea scene.
I think I might have a new favourite ink colour. Chipped Sapphire distress stain is the dark blue in these panels and it is quite lovely. Expect to see more of it! The colours happen to be three of the colour choices for the current Mod Squad Challenge so I will link it up over there.
Thanks for dropping by.
Stamps: Floral Tapestry, In my Thoughts , Special Wishes (PB)
Inks: Versafine Majestic Blue (Tsukineko) Chipped Sapphire, Evergreen Bough, Broken China Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Classic Crest Solar White 110lb smooth ( Neenah)
Also: Purple hemp twine
I am not seeing any tulips around here yet. We had 25°C on Monday then snow and ice again on Tuesday! To create this tulip garden I used a stamp from the new transparent set Garden Blooms. I stamped it three times in a row with Memento Dandelion ink. I used watercolour pencils and a waterbrush to add the colour beginning with a loose yellow wash over all the flowers. I then added some light and dark orange tones and painted it on in the shape of the tulips. I painted with green over the stems and flicked some colour over the whole panel. The sentiment is stamped on a scrap of watercolour paper and popped up on the panel with a strip of organza ribbon across the top.
The finished panel was wider than 5½”, the size of card I usually make so I looked for an envelope which would fit a larger card and cropped the panel accordingly. The envelope I found just happened to be vellum so I my tulips stayed on display even when in the envelope. (below) I added a white sticker so I could address it clearly and put it in the post to Australia. I think I have mentioned my postal problems here before. I am not very good at getting cards in envelopes and equally bad at getting envelopes in the mail. So I am excited to think that this one may have arrived at its destination already for a friend whose birthday is today.
Stamps: Flourish Birthday, Garden Blooms (PB)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils Orange Yellow 109, Light Orange 113, Vermillion 117, Moss Green 168 (Faber-Castell)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Olive Grove (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Organza ribbon
I have a mini tutorial today showing you how I “paint with stamps”. Sometimes I want to change something on the stamp I am using, perhaps add a stem or leaf, or leave something out. It is possible to do this with masking or, if I am watercolouring and the initial stamped image will be pale and watery it is possible to wipe some of the ink off the stamp before I stamp it onto my panel.
The photo above shows how I tape my watercolour card base down to prevent too much warping when it gets wet. I cut the card base to the finished size to begin with; the tapes create a border for the finished picture. After taping I painted water onto the panel.
I inked the sunflower heads with memento cantaloupe ink and stamped them three times. I used a pale colour because I was creating an outline image to paint. Before stamping the top and bottom flowers I wiped a bit of ink off the centre of the flower to allow me to change the flower a little when adding colour later. The leaves are inked with memento bamboo leaves ink. Rather than cut masks for the leaves I inked the stamp then wiped off the ink where it was likely to overlap with another leaf. I began adding colour to the petals with a brush, picking up ink from a watercolour pencil. I painted all the petals in yellow with fairly loose brush strokes not worrying if the colour stayed inside the lines.
When adding the colour to the petals you can see I left an oval space on the top flower where I wanted to change the shape of the dark centre. I kept the waterbrush nice and wet as I painted to create a watery blended effect on the petals. When I was happy with the yellow petals I reinked the petals on the stamp with memento tangelo ink, stamped over the colouring I had done and blended a bit more with colour from an orange pencil.
The stamp features petals which cover most of the flower’s centre as you can see in the middle flower. I did not want the flowers to be identical so I drew an oval centre on two of the flowers with watercolour pencil. I blended the darker colour and added definition by dipping the pencil tip into water before drawing with it.
I painted the leaves the same way picking up colour from a watercolour pencil with a wet paintbrush. I added more colour to the lowest leaf which is shadowed by the other too. When the flowers were almost dry I painted water around the edge of the petals then added blue to the background area blending with water to fade it out on the right hand side.
I am not very happy with the arrangement of my flowers. The poor things need stems! Its as though they have heads and shoulders but no necks! I wouldn’t follow my example in the layout of the images if I were you, but I hope you have fun with the technique.
Stamps: Sunny Hello (Penny Black)
Inks: Memento Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Bamboo Leaves (Tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Light Orange 113, Orange yellow 109, Indian Red 192, True Blue, 148, Moss Green 168 (Faber-Castell)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
I sat and coloured with watercolour pencils the other night while watching Skyfall. I started with the butterfly stamped in Memento Angel Pink to give me a pale outline for colouring. Once the colouring and blending was finished I restamped the butterfly over the top, this time in Memento Grape Jelly. I wasn’t sure what to add as background so I painted a grey wash first then sketched a shadowy stem with leaves. It still wasn’t quite what I wanted so I added some bricks by masking the butterfly and stamping the brick wall stamp. Of course I splattered a bit of blue, orange and grey around too. I realize now that either the butterfly is huge or the bricks are way in the background.
The panel I had created was basically square so I decided to make a larger than usual card for me. I added just one strip of orange then framed it with a purple cardbase. Ardyth just reminded me the current Card Concept challenge is a butterfly one so I will link up there. I am not sure that this card fits neatly into a particular style but the closest is probably shabby chic & vintage.
Stamps: Soft Wings, Sentimental, Brick Wall
Inks: Memento Grape Jelly, London Fog, Angel pink (Tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Blue Violet 137, True Blue 148, Medium Grey 197, Prussian Blue 151 Light Orange 113 (Faber-Castell)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Purple Mountain mix & match paper, Summer Sun mix & match paper (Penny Black)