Sunday, May 11, 2014

Watercoloring Dogwoods

I've seen so many beautiful cards being made that have been generated by the OCC Watercolor class, and wanted to play along, too.


This uses Hero Arts beautiful Dogwood wood stamp, colored in with worn lipstick, peeled paint, and a touch of vintage photo (in the flower centers) distress markers, spritzed with water, then stamped on heavy watercolor paper.  I can't stop using these big words from Winnie & Walter (The Big, the Bold, and the Happy), and added my own "spring", which was masked out of an old Hero Arts word stamp.  After everything was dry I smooshed some worn lipstick distress ink on an acrylic block, mixed it with lots of water and then used a fine paint brush to flick some of the color onto the card background.  The panel was added to a Carnation card base. I really love how this turned out!

Here's another version.  I thought I'd try to mimic what most of the dogwoods I've seen look like (white) and used antique linen and vintage photo distress markers for the flowers.  The sentiment is from a Hero Arts Sympathy set, stamped in Memento Luxe Toffee Crunch.


26 comments:

joy said...

Love these - the second one is very elegant and classy.

joy said...

P.S. Happy Mother's Day!

Barb said...

They are both so beautiful Lin! Happy Mother's Day to you! ♥

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Very beautiful cards Lin, great stamping.

Hugs
Maarit

Betty said...

these are both so gorgeous, Lin! think i'll have to CASE them!

Brenda said...

Oh what beauties Lin! After seeing Barb's post and the link to the WPlus9 video I gave the watercolour thing a try but heck, yours are way more amazing! So back to work I go!

CinnamonSally said...

These are both stunning Lin!!

LauraJane:) said...

Lin, your second card with dogwoods is STUNNING! You have truly captured the beauty of the blossoms with watercolor, a VERY difficult task indeed!
Wishing you a Blessed Mother's day!

Tenia Nelson said...

So so pretty!!

stampingandstitching said...

Lin, these are both fabulous cards! Love the soft, dreamy watercolour look you've achieved and the colours are so pretty!

Leni said...

Very beautiful cards!

Cat Craig said...

Lin Such lovely cards, I especially love your second offering...the muted tones are so perfect together.

Lisa Elton said...

Lin these are beautiful and you did a great job with the watercoloring!! The dogwood are in bloom now and so pretty!!

Dawn T said...

such beautiful cards. I particularly like the white and cream one. I too am in love with the Winnie & Walter bold sentiments.

Theresa's Studio said...

Both of your cards are so beautiful, Lin! Hope you had a great Mother's Day. Must get out my paper pad and do some water coloring.

Gilda said...

Beautiful cards, Lin! I love seeing the 'older' stamps being used.

Diane said...

Gorgeous colors and designs Lin.

Hugs diane

maria f. said...

Oh, Lin. That sympathy card is the epitome of gorgeousness. Perfectly done.

Petti said...

Very pretty! I want to try out too!

Virginia L. said...

This is what simple yet SUPERB stamping is about! Love both versions! Congrats on the Hero Arts Tweet, sistah!

Kathy (krolski) said...

These are gorgeous Lin! I love how different they look just by changing the distress ink colors. Congrats on the HA tweet!

Winnie & Walter said...

Love your watercolor techniques - they are fabulous! We are glad that you can't stop using them :) Thanks for continuing to include us in your projects.

Deb Stamps Life, LLC Deb Walker said...

Beautiful work Lin! Can't wait to catch up on what you've been doing!

Bea said...

Your cards are beautiful and love your watercolor. Do you offer tutorials as I'm new to your site? Thank you.

Betty said...

beautiful selection - i think i have quite of them pinned already - happy 2015!

Daria said...

These are so beautiful. I haven't done this technique in a long time. I'm ready to do it again. Thank you for the details.