Saturday, July 4, 2009

First USA Card!

Well, here it is!

As mentioned in my last post I used the Stampin Up Markers to colour this image and for my first attempt at watercolouring I am pretty darned pleased with the results! The main outline is stamped with Timber Brown Staz On. You MUST use a waterproof ink (Staz On works for me) or your outline will bleed and you will end up with a mushy mess. I started by applying the colour in the shadows (with the brush tip of the marker) and blended with a watercolour brush across into the highlighted areas. I found it easier to then let this area dry and come back with the same colour to apply a darker shadow over the top. I blended this just very slightly to get rid of the pen line... Details were inked with the smaller end of the marker.

(Dontcha love her dirty feet?!)

If you try this technique just play around and have fun. If youre not sure what the colour will look like then practice on a scrap piece of paper. Remember that the watercolour paper will absorb alot of water and will dry fairly quickly so you can always go over an area again if you dont like the result.

By the way the colours were from a DCBD challenge (number 132) and the layout was from a Mojo Monday Challenge (week 71). I would have liked some more 'girlie' colours for my 'girlie-girl' but went I with the plan!

If you ever get stuck for inspiration just do some blog hopping and get some ideas! Its not stealing!... Generally everything we craft bloggers put out there in cyber space is open for what we call CASE - ing, CASE = Create And Share Everything... Obviously we dont want you to copy our projects EXACTLY and pass them off as your own but you are free to use them as inspiration for your own creations.

More colouring to come in the next few days... Im on a roll!!!

C xx


Kate Lewis said...

Hi Carolynne and congrats on your first US card! Your colouring is fab!! Happy 4th of July! Kate x

Kate Lewis said...

thanks for your comment! We were in San Antonio, it was a Texan who told me about the ban but I guess she was wrong! unless it's just San Antonio! Anyway, glad to hear there were lots of displays to be enjoyed! Hope you're enjoying Texan life! Kate x

stampin abi said...

love the card carolynne! great colouring!

AuroraDawn said...

Wow Carolynne, that has to be the BEST colouring I've seen with SU markers, you HAVE to do a tutorial.

Beautiful card, congrats on your first US card.