Thursday, April 10, 2014

Some watercolor hellos

I wanted to make another card for the AEI♥U Watercolor challenge.


This time I used their Petals & Stems stamps, and stamped on watercolor paper using worn lipstick, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, and peeled paint distress inks.  When I had just about covered most of the white space, I then spritzed the panel until the colors started to bleed together.  They also got a whole lot brighter than they originally were!  Because of that I decided on the Hello sunshine as my sentiment, using the sunshine from their Simply Said Hello set.  The hello is die-cut, and I added some sequins (Teresa Collins and Lawn Fawn) for a little dimension and sparkle.

ETA: I'd like to enter this first sunshine card into the Moxie Fab World's Hip on Handwriting challenge.

I decided to do this again, but use cool colors (peacock feathers, salty ocean, broken china, and mowed lawn distress inks) and the same supplies as above.  Look at the difference!


This version hardly ran at all when it was spritzed!  I think I used the same amount of water, but here the colors faded instead of brightened.  These are all "newer" colors of distress inks......wonder if the formula has changed from the originals?  Or did I use the "other" side of the watercolor paper this time?  I don't know enough to know the difference.  There was more white space between my stamping here, but still, the colors barely bled........if anyone has an answer, I'd love to know it!

To change it up a bit, I added a "normally" stamped flower and leaves from the same set, using the same inks, fussy-cutting it out and popping it above my watercolored panel.  I like this version, too, maybe because these are more "my" colors........

Challenge 4

This was really lots of fun, and a great use for solid stamps!

ETA: I played some more after this post and got better results with my cool inks - see HERE.

25 comments:

Betty said...

Both of your turned out to be so lovely - funny the difference when spritzed tho.

Vanessa said...

Love them both! So beautiful, Lin!

Jacqueline said...

Lin, I think you just discovered a new trend! Gorgeous!

Barb said...

They are both so lovely, Lin! Fab technique!

This happens to me with the Distress Markers too - I can easily blend some colors when watercoloring but hardly at all with others. I'm as stumped as you are.

Joni Andaya said...

What Beautiful cards Lin!!! Fantastic take :)

LauraJane:) said...

I REALLY like the sunny yellow card Lin... NO clue as why the inks reacted so differently on the blue card. I have contacted RANGER with a different issue about a re-inker..They gave GREAT customer service! Got to LOVE a company that sticks behind their products:)
Thanks for stopping by my Flickr stream and your kind words.

joy said...

Love your cards, Lin! Seems we had the same idea for a background; but I didn't use distress inks on my butterfly card. I have no answer for the blending problem either - kinda' strange that some of the colors reacted differently.

Theresa's Studio said...

Love both of these beautiful cards!

Petti said...

Really gorgeous!

Cat Craig said...

You have a wonderful eye for color combinations. Both cards are lovely Lin.

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Beautiful! The first one is stunning! Must try it!

Dawn T said...

Isn't amazing how different inks can make such a difference to the same design. Both cards are delightful.

Karen Dunbrook said...

so pretty Lin....they have such a great feel of airiness and warmth...

Jackie said...

They are both beautiful. I've tried the stamping and spritzing thing and just made a mess. Maybe I should give it another try.

walchowDesign said...

Two beautiful cards with the watercolour technique, Lin!

Cathy said...

Beautiful cards Lin, love the watercolour effect, Cathy x

Clare said...

These are both so darn pretty! I love the contrast of the watercolored backgrounds with the dark, fun sentiments! And I'm glad you were able to find the solution to the spritzing problem! :)

Barb Ghig said...

You have really done an amazing job with this Petals and Stems stamp set, Lin! I love both color combos and the details on each card are just beautiful! Stunning water coloring techniques!

jintyoo7 said...

FABULOUS, Lin - both are truly beautiful :)

Lyndal said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all your watercolouring Lin!

donna mikasa said...

Beautiful cards, Lin! I love how they both turned out and the gorgeous bloom on the second one! Thanks so much for joining the AE Watercolor Challenge!

Diana Fisher said...

So soft and pretty! I love the technique you used for the challenge. Thanks for playing along with Avery Elle!

Yana Smakula said...

great background on both cards! Thank you for joining us at AE's challenge!

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

Oh Lin, both of these projects are awesome! I love that you're playing around with different effects and color palettes. You always inspire me to think outside the box and give new things a try. Thanks again for playing with us at the AEI♥U Challenge - we're so happy that you did!

Katie Gehring said...

Lin, both of these cards are just gorgeous! I love the effect you got by spritzing your distress inks. I am going to have to try that, but first I need to get some distress inks.... (you may have just enabled me... LOL!) Thanks so much for joining us for the AEI♥U Watercolor Challenge!!