Hi, there and welcome back. The card I’m sharing today may look like a complicated water coloring of a rose, but is quite simple and very effective. This “Easy Does It” watercolor technique can be used on almost any stamped image. Here’s how it’s done.
Let’s get started:
CARDSTOCK & PAPER DIMENSIONS:
1. Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Blackberry Bliss Cardstock You could use a Rich Razzleberry base, but I liked the dark Blackberry Bliss better, because it contrasted the roses better.
2. Cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Watercolor Paper
STAMPING & WATER~COLORING:
1. Take the Watercolor Paper and a wide soft watercolor brush and apply just water across the center of the paper.
2. Now there are two ways to do this next step, I dragged the Crushed Curry Ink Pad across the wet area of the Watercolor Paper. I then blended it in with my wide watercolor brush. The other way you can achieve this watercolor background is after you wet the center of the paper, take your wet watercolor brush and pick up your ink directly from the ink pad and apply it right from the brush. Set this aside to dry.
3. On the dry Watercolor Paper stamp your image. This rose is from the Stampin’ Up! Stippled Blossoms Stamp Set (retired). I inked up the stamp in Rich Razzleberry and stamped it. Because the Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pads are not waterproof, you can take a smaller wet watercolor brush and just pull the color until you achieve the look and gradation of color you want.
4. I then proceeded to stamp another rose and used the same technique on the leaves using the new Cucumber Crush Ink.
5. In the top right hand corner of the Watercolor Paper I stamped the sentiment from the Blooming With Kindness Stamp Set in StazOn Black Ink.
1. Just adhere the Watercolored Paper to the Blackberry Bliss card base with Multi-purpose Glue. Since the Watercolor Paper is thick and dimpled, I find the glue works best.
And, that’s how you do the “Easy Does It” watercolor technique. Give it a try.
Embrace the day and be creative,
Watercolor Brushes come in many different sizes, range dramatically in price and are traditionally made of the red sable hair that comes from the pricey little critters of fur coat fame. By consensus it has been determined that the finest watercolor brushes are made of the hair found on the tips of the Russian Male Kolinsky red sable’s winter coat. This particular hair has a great ability to hold a load of paint/water and still keep a resilent, sharp, and durable point. Sable brushes always snap back. So, the best Kolinsky sable is extremely expensive. Of the lesser quality sable brushes that use a mix of male and female tail hairs, some have excellent working qualities and some don’t.
Watercolor brush shapes usually found in a watercolorists arsenal are rounds, flats, with the addition of mops. I use Windsor Newton Series 7, which are quite expensive, but I’ve had these brushes for a very long time (over 35 years) and they’re still like new. If you can’t afford the Windsor Newton brushes, may I suggest the Silver Watercolor Brushes? These can be found at Dick Blick and Amazon.