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!

 

Chalkboard Cards

Chalkboard Card - PinkHi friends. Today’s cards were totally cased (Copy And Shared Everything) from something I saw online. The flower colors look so vivid and really pop against the black “chalkboard” background, and the white ink of the greetings and outline also lend to the chalkboard feel.

Chalkboard Cards

Chalkboard Cards

I used Hero Arts’ white unicorn ink and the stamps are from Stampin’ Up’s Secret Garden set. I thought they were so striking that I made quite a few color and sentiment combinations. Thanks for visiting my blog today!

A Fond Farewell

Crafty Ladies

Crafty Ladies

Last weekend was so bittersweet.  Some crafty ladies and I visited the Crop-A-Doodle-Do one last time before they closed for good.  You probably know how much I enjoyed my crafty weekends there, and I am really going to miss the farmhouse and the terrific folks who worked there.  Also, I think we witnessed one of the most spectacular sunsets ever with its fiery reddish-orange glow cast all across the farm.  I will miss the serenity and peacefulness found only in the country.

Fiery Sunset over the Cornfield

Fiery Sunset over the Cornfield

Colorful Sunset Reflection on Farmhouse

Colorful Sunset Reflection on Farmhouse

Anyhow, I was able to get a start on my Christmas cards but they will be a work in progress until I finally mail them out in December.  There are a lot of steps to them, but I think in the long run they will turn out really pretty.  It was fun to break out the heat embossing tools and supplies once again and even though it can be a little messy, the end result is so classy and beautiful.

Vellum Poinsettias

Vellum Poinsettias

In contrast to my poinsettias, Judy was working on a summer project and used the napkin transfer technique that we learned last weekend a Stampaway.  So cute!

Judy's Project

Judy’s Project

After a while I was weary of playing with the poinsettias, so I happily broke into my newest Stampin Up set called Secret Garden.  With a little inspiration from Pinterest I made these cheerful-looking cards.  I was really happy with the way they turned out.

Stampin Up, Secret Garden

Stampin Up, Secret Garden

Well, I guess our Crop-A-Doodle-Do fun is over but looking back we learned a lot from each other and made a lot of fun memories.  Thanks, ladies, for making it so terrific!