Monthly Archives: September 2015

Inktense and Gelato backgrounds

occwater3-2Day 3 of the Watercolor mediums online card class was about using pencils, crayons and other mediums. I thought it would be fun to see if I could create a background with inktense pencils and a stamp.  I used this triangle background stamp and colored it in with a rainbow of inktense pencils, then spritzed it with water and stamped it on the card. I really loved how this background turned out.  The colors merged beautifully.  occwater3-1For the next card I tried Gelatos. I tried to create a background like Shari Carroll, but it turned out a hot mess, so I used a stencil and colored with the gelatos and spritzed it, rubbed it with my fingers and I preferred this :)  I was using a cold press watercolor paper, so it has tooth and you can see the grain of the paper. I think this method might be better with smoother hot press paper, but I guess it depends on your preference…

The elephant and rabbit is from a Mama Elephant stamp set called “Ella and Friends”.  I colored this in with zig markers and water.  The little elephant is adorable!!occwater3-4occwater3-3I hope you enjoyed the class as much as I did.  If you haven’t done it, I highly recommend it!!

Thanks for stopping by :)


No line watercolouring

occwater2-6I’ve been doing the Online Card Class for watercolor mediums.  This was trying the no line coloring technique from Day 2.  This was a challenge to get the contrast going, especially with such small spaces…  I used the Monster Hugs stamp set from Simon Says stamp.  I used the Sakura Koi watercolors. I love how they are pretty bright.  I also colored the hearts and letters with some wink of stella marker for sparkle and also dotted some wink of stella in the background.occwater2-7So, I have to show you my first attempt at the no line coloring.  I used distress markers for this, but I should have stayed with browns for the bears – I just wasn’t happy with the colors or the coloring, but I will just have to practice, practice, practice…  This stamp set was Mama Elephants Bear Hugs.  I also learnt that there was not much difference between ripe persimmon and mustard seed distress inks in the tiny area on the honey pot…  All good lessons :)occwater2-8Thanks for stopping by :)

Watercolour background

occwater2-3So, I’m on day 2 of the watercolor Online Card Class and just loving it.  Had so much fun doing some watercolor backgrounds today.  I finished them off with these cute monsters from Simon Says Stamp “Monster Hugs” and “Blocked Greetings”occwater2-2These monster are just too cute..occwater2-1

I didn’t have much black card stock and these cards really needed a black background to pop, so I totally faked it with a nice thick copic marker on my white card stock.

occwater2-4Thanks for stopping by. Can’t wait to do some more playing tomorrow :)

Watercolour stamping


Thank goodness for the online card classes. I have been struggling to get to card making lately, but I love these CLASSES.  This one is the watercolor “exploring mediums”.  I love watercolor – I love the loose feel and look, it’s kind of relaxing.  I was inspired by Debby Hughes class (Day 1) where she colored her stamp with water color markers, then stamped it onto paper and spritzed. I love the effect, how you can make out the shape, but it’s all blurred and melted into each other. occwater6

I used the Mama Elephant “Freestyle Florals” stamp set and zig markers.  To finish off the card, I mounted it on black card stock and used a thanks die cut in black and covered with wink of stella.

For the next card I did the same technique, different colors, less blues and more water.  I was just trying to get a couple of leaves on the card, but I spritzed too much and you couldn’t really see the leaves, so I thought I would add more leaves and make a background instead.occwater3I wanted to add a bright colored butterfly, so I used a Stampin’ Up butterfly die cut.  I watercoloured the card stock before cutting out the butterfly. I scribbled zig markers on my card stock, spritzed with water and waited for it to dry. Then I cut out the butterfly.occwater1Here’s the final cardoccwater4

I love how it turned out with the bright background and bright butterfly :)occwater2Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the class as much as I am :)