Sunday 9 January 2022

Simple Watercolouring


Hope you are all doing well.
Meet today's card.  I was in the mood to do some watercolouring; something I haven't done for quite awhile.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I cut a piece of heavy white cardstock 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".  I took a piece of acetate, rubbed some Spun Sugar Distress ink onto the acetate and sprayed with water.  I bent the acetate and 'kissed' it to my cardstock, then dried the ink.  That gave me a bit of a colour base to start stamping my flowers onto.
  • I positioned the Lotus stamp into the corner of my cardstock, inked with some black Versafine Clair ink and stamped.  I clear embossed it as I knew I wanted to use lots of water and colour and I didn't want it to bleed.
  • I stamped the lotus again onto some sticky paper and fussy cut it out to create a mask.
  • I masked the flower and stamped another one beside and then above it.  I embossed them as well with some clear embossing powder.
  • I rubbed some Abandoned Coral onto my non-stick craft sheet and using a wet paintbrush, diluted it.  I added some clear water to the flowers with my paintbrush, then added some of the colour into the flower petals. 
  • I still had some ink left on my mat, so I splattered it over the flowers to add interest.
  • I dried the flowers before watercolouring in the flower heads with some Squeezed Lemon Distress ink using the same technique I mentioned above, then the stems with some Peeled Paint.
  • After I dried the flowers, I diluted some Tumbled Glass DI ink and painted in the background, adding more ink close to the flowers and blending it out.
  • To add even more interest to the background, I used the Chain Weavers stencil from ACLD and gently went over the blue area that I had watercoloured using more of the Tumbled Glass ink.
  • When dry, I placed the panel into my Misti and stamped the sentiment from the Lotus set.
  • I glued it onto a piece of pale pink cardstock, then onto a 5" x 5" white card base.

Here is the stencil I used on the background.

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Adding my card to these challenges:
CASology- RENEW 
(After making so many Christmas cards, I am renewing my love of florals for Spring)
613 Avenue Create- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- Inked Lotus (Altenew)
Inks- Distress Inks (all mentioned above); Versafine Clair
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Stencil (ACLD); Lawn Fawn clear eb powder; sponge daubers;
paintbrush; acetate sheet


Mac Mable said...

Such an artsy and wonderfully watercoloured card Karen with great techniques and love the addition of the stencilled background x.

Pat said...

This is really beautiful Karen and I love the added bit of stencilling in close to the flowers and wonderful spattering...a gorgeous card mf. x

Cindy Jones said...

Love it!

Christine Alexander said...

beautiful Karen, love the touch of stenciling around the flower ♥

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh Karen this is exquisite - love the background you created for your beautiful lotus flowers
Stay safe

I Card Everyone said...

Very pretty in pink, Karen!

cuilliesocks said...

A beautiful card Karen, beautifully watercoloured with a pretty background, Kate x

Betty said...

Karen you areaways an inspiration for me to get out my distress inks and watercolor! Beautiful card.

marilyn said...

I just love this soft and somewhat ethereal too! Thanks for posting how you created the very helpful to so many of us!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Sigh! So very beautiful.
Faith x

Bobby said...

It's amazing how coloring with the acetate gave wonderful hightlights and shadows on your lotus, Karen. Having the blue background really makes them stand out. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Just Us Girls.

sandie said...

Hi Karen, I like your take on our challenge at CASology. And I love to these these fresh flowers. Gorgeous background and lovely mix of colours and super to use the stencil in such a subtle way. Super masking too. Thanks for joining us at CASology x

Crafting Queen said...

Beautiful card, love the soft colours. Thanks for joining 613 Avenue Create. Anesha

Vicki Dutcher said...

Oh my! Fabulous use of water coloring those flowers! Awesome card - Thanks for joining in at JUGS

Chrissy said...

Beautiful water colouring, love it..
Thank you so much for joining in with us at 613 Avenue Create..hope you will play along again..


Bonnie said...

Your watercoloring is so lovely, Karen! I'm in awe of your masking and the background is awesome! An altogether beautiful card, my friend!

Carol said...

Not only is your inked background pretty, but those flowers!!!!!!! Striking card Karen! So happy you chose to share it with us at Just Us Girls!

JanR said...

Love this, Karen! Those flowers are so wonderful and your watercolouring is fantastic!

Unknown said...

Beautifully done! The background is lovely! Thanks so much for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
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