Today is my first time joining the creative Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators in the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop crew. I’m super excited to be hopping with these talented crafters and sharing my colouring project.
My colouring project starts with the You’re Inspiring stamp set which is new to the Occasions 2018 catalog, with availability through May.
The daffodils in this set remind me that the Western Pennsylvania, USA winter weather of snow and freezing temperatures will soon be replaced with Spring flowers; the first of which is often the sunshine yellow daffodils. I can’t wait to see the daffodils each year to mark the beginning of warmer weather and the celebration of Easter and arrival of Spring just on the horizon.
Since Winter typically doesn’t care if the daffodils have broken ground here in Pennsylvania, my card includes a splatter of watered down Whisper White Craft Ink to mimic snow. This splatter was added after the image was stamped and colored with the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor pencils.
Layering colors of these pencils can allow you to achieve color variations. The stems and leaves used almost every color in the box to gain the shading seen here. Old Olive alone would have left the colouring flat or more subdued, as you will see below. In addition, the White pencil provides highlights & tonal changes- it is probably the most important pencil in the set!
The burlap ribbon was cut lengthwise to decrease the width; the smaller width then used as a simply tied knot or faux-bow.
This same rustic ribbon, snowy garden florals, and color palette was used in the spotlight card below.
Other than the Early Espresso die cut “Friend” from the Lovely Words dies, the images all came from this same You’re Inspiring stamp set.
Here you can see how creating a focal point with more watercolor pencil work can offset the background florals which are colored with less vibrancy. Having just one small area to which layers of color is added speeds the process of making the card as well, since less time is spent blending and shading colors.
While watercolor pencils can be used with water, do not forget that they work well as a dry medium as seen above. Another tip to remember is that all images need not start on a Whisper White or Very Vanilla base if you are colouring. Try a Crumb Cake base for a rustic look or do the Black Magic Technique discussed here last Thursday to color on darker cardstock. Experiment & enjoy those Stampin’ Up watercolor pencils!
Thank you for stopping by to visit me, Joanne Hodge, on the Hop today. Now it is time to head to the next blog and see what colouring project Angie McKenzie has to share.
You don’t want to miss any of the creative ideas these demonstrators from around the world have for you today. Make sure you see them all.
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And in case any global visitors are wondering what this week in Pennsylvania weather looks like, here’s a photo of a typical morning weather event with just a light dusting of snow:
Yes, I’m ready for warmer temperatures and flowers!
Until next time…