Saturday, September 23, 2017

Watercolour Poppy

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another watercolor birthday card.


The image is Stampin' Up Asian Artistry which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White. The image panel was layered on a black Bazzill, and red and gold Black Ink Decorative Paper.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up It's Your Birthday stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

I've purposely kept these watercolour cards simple in terms of layouts and embellishments because I want the focus to be on the striking images.  In this case, I decided to use some fancy papers for layering.  While these papers are beautiful, I find them a little tricky to use.  Cutting requires a fresh new blade otherwise, it just tears.  Applying adhesive can also be a challenge because the paper is rather delicate and will buckle and shift.  That said, in this particular case the card turned out exactly as I'd hoped.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Friday, September 22, 2017

Watercolour Bird

Hello everyone,

Today's post continues with the watercolour birthday cards I've been crafting over the past number of days.


The background image is Stampin' Up You've Got This stamped in Stampin' Up River Rock.  The image is Stampin' Up Simply Sketched which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on River Rock and Bravo Burgundy.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up All Holidays stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.

I have been having the most wonderful time stamping with watercolour crayons.  This is such an easy but effective stamping technique.  I really like this Simply Sketched stamp set for this technique.  They are quite easy to colour and I love the natural elements.  This card is a particular favourite.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Watercolour Butterfly

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour card has a lovely stamped background.


The image is Impression Obsession Butterfly which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on a white of unknown origin.  The image is layered on a piece of shaving cream and re-inker paper and a rust Bazzill.  The background image is Impression Obsession Large Flourishes stamped in Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel and highlighted with Copper Pearl Liquid Pearls.  The sentiment is Gina K Framed Greetings stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso.

This is a background that works!  The lines of these flourishes work really well with the watercolour image.  I'm loving the warms colours of the stamped image and am thrilled that they work so great with this scrap of shaving creamed paper that I did almost a year ago.  This is a card I just love!

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Watercolour Dragonfly

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour birthday card is also Asian inspired.


The image is Stampin' Up Asian Artistry which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on Stampin' Up Sahara Sand.  The background image is Stampin' Up Watercolour Wash stamped in Altenew Limestone.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Warmest Regards stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.

I really like using background stamps and thought I'd give it a try with a watercolour image.  I'm not sure if I like it or not.  It's still a somewhat clean and simple card and the ink colour in the background works well with the image panel.  I just think there is something 'off' but I can't quite figure out what it is.  I still like this card a lot, I just wish I could figure out what bothers me about it.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Watercolour Bamboo Birdie

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour has the more Asian look and feel that I was hoping for with yesterday's card.


The image is Stampin' Up Asian Artistry which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on a piece of Ranger alcohol inked glossy paper and a gold of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite on more Recollections White and layered on more gold.

This is a favourite!  It's quite clean and simple with the focus all on the image.  I stunned myself with how well the image stamped!  I found this scrap piece of alcohol inked paper in my stash and it worked perfectly with the colours in the image.  It's awesome when that happens!

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Monday, September 18, 2017

Watercolour Blooms

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour birthday card has a couple of beautiful blossoms.


The image is Stampin' Up Asian Artistry which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi, and Colorbök Energized Ombre.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Altenew Lava Rock and layered on more Rich Razzleberry.  The ribbon is Multicrafts.

This is a great stamp with which to use watercolour crayons.  It wasn't exactly the card I had in mind when I was stamping the image.  I intended the card to have a more Asian feel but I didn't have a coordinating oriental-styled printed paper that would work with the colours in the image.  The layout is a little staid but it's still a very lovely card.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Watercolour Tulips

Hello everyone,

The next dozen or so birthday cards use watercolour crayons instead of ink for stamping the images as well as a host of Stampin' Up stamps that I dusted off.


The image is Stampin' Up Blessed Easter which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Short & Sweet stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.  The focal panel was layered on Stampin' Up Rose Red and Garden Green.

This is one of my favourite stamping techniques.  I find it only really works with red rubber stamps.  It can be tricky, not enough water and the image won't stamp or, too much water and the image bleeds horribly.  I really have to dig out my not readily available supplies for this type of stamping so I tend to do a whole bunch of images at the same time.  With the seventy birthday cards in this series, I figured this was the perfect excuse to play.  I have a dozen or more images that I'll turn into some really great birthday cards.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle