Friday, May 16, 2014

Watercolouring - Day 8

Tasnim Ahmed's beautiful watercoloured magnolia completely blew me away with its style and simplicity.  She made the technique look so easy and hand painted.

So this is my version, the stamp set, and oldy but a goody - SU Fifth Avenue Floral.  I didn't quite get the contrast Tasnim did or the great colour blending.  But I did enjoy familiarising myself with Distress inks and watch them work with water.  I fiddled around with a few of the stamps, picked the rose for the card but couldn't bear to part with the lily(?), so made it into a bookmark.

What you need
Cardstock - SU Melon Mambo, black;  Reeves watercolour paper
Stamps - SU Fifth Ave Floral;  Clearly Besotted Butterfly Wishes;  PTI Life is Sweet
Ink - Archival Jet Black;  Ranger Distress inks (Seedless Preserves, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberries, Antique Linen, Ripe Persimmon)
Crochet thread, ribbon

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Watercolour for Cardmakers

I know I say this every time one of these great classes comes along, but it bears repeating - the contributors are SO talented.  Watercolouring has never really been my thing, I think it can be a bit messy looking to me but not some of the creations that have been on display.  

This first card is a re-creaton of one of Shari Carroll's cards, same stamp and treatment, except she faded it out around the edges which looked amazing.  I was trying to get the technique right so just kept alternating the colours.  I couldn't get the distress markers to work as well as Shari did, so opted for Inktense pencils.

What you need
Cardstock - PTI black, white;  Reeves watercolour paper
Stamps - HA Looped Flower pattern
Ink - Versamark
Embossing powder - Coloriser clear powder
Inktense pencils
Die - MFT hello

This second one is a combination of a few people's work, from Day 6 I think.  I really enjoyed the detail shown in the Jean Manis video.  The idea of stamping in Archival ink then clear embossing worked really well,  her colouring was exceptional also.  I tried to emulate her background shading but completely messed it up, this requires more practice on my part.  

Jennifer McGuire's card also caught my eye, again the colouring was stunning.  Both ladies used Distress markers and found them much easier to use on Tim Holtz watercolour paper.

What you need
Cardstock - PTI black;  SU light grey;  Tim Holtz watercolour paper
Stamps - Clearly Besotted Thinking of You
Ink - Archival ink (Jet Black)
Embossing powder - Coloriser clear powder
Various Distress markers

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