Online Card Classes, Watercolor for Card Makers: Exploring Mediums

Recently I enrolled in the latest OCC which explored nontraditional ways to use watercolor mediums. I rarely have time to do the projects and participate in the classes while they are “live,” but this class was shorter and came at a time when my workload was lighter, so I lucked out.

Watercolor, heat embossing and Distress markers

Watercolor, heat embossing and Distress markers

The first card was made by stamping, masking, and heat embossing the flowers and sentiment in gold onto watercolor paper.   The flowers were colored with Distress markers and then softened with water.  The layering paper was plain white, coated with Versamark, and heat embossed as well.

No line watercoloring, blue bird

No-line watercolor, blue bird

The second technique was to use a stamp with Distress inks, and once stamped on the watercolor paper, water was brushed over the image to fill it in.  This makes a “no-line” image as opposed to stamping it with a black outline and then coloring it in.

No-line watercoloring, red bird

No-line watercolor, red bird

I also watercolored the bird with red, but didn’t quite think my color choices all the way through beforehand.  It ended up looking Christmasy, which was not my intention, but I was happy with the red bird anyhow.

Watercolor, free-hand, Derwent Inktense pencils

Watercolor, free-hand, Derwent Inktense pencils

Lastly, I drew this flower free-hand with Derwent Inktense pencils and softened with water and a few colorful splatters.  I really enjoyed this delicate watercolor effect and have been playing with it all weekend.  I wish I had discovered these pencils years ago because they are so much fun!  I was going through sparkle withdrawal so decided to add a few pretty sequins to set off the flower.

Happy Monday and I wish you a peaceful, productive week.  Get out and enjoy some of this fall-like weather!

 

Word Card Making Day – 2014

Wow, where does the time go? They say that yesterday was the last warm day and now we are heading into fall temperatures, which is fine by me. I was lucky enough to travel on a few trips which kept me busy these summer months, and I have been learning some new skills to add to my crafty repertoire. I have always wanted to learn to draw and watercolor, and through many websites, online classes, and library books I have been practicing the basics. This led to a fascination of colored pencil drawings which can be very detailed and gorgeous.

Of course I have been making cards and have spent many productive hours in my craft corner. Since today is the eve of World Card Making Day, I will share some of my card creations. Next week I will share some watercolor and colored pencil projects I have been working on.

 

Washi Tape Birthday Card

Washi Tape Birthday Card

Washi Tape Birthday Card 2

Washi Tape Birthday Card 2

Missing You card

Missing You card

Thank You Card

Thank You Card

The first two are self-explanatory in that they were made with washi tape, swirl stamps, and a sentiment.  Clean and simple.  The Missing You Card stamp is by Unity.  I colored it in with distress markers and punched with a Fiskars corner punch.  I made a big batch of the Thank You cards for a friend’s husband, and the sentiment was punched with a Martha Stewart Punch.  I like the strong, masculine tone of this card.  Happy World Card Making Day tomorrow!