Thursday, 15 February 2018

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Colouring Theme

Hello and welcome to Stampin' Dreams Blog hop. This month's theme is a personal favourite as it's all about Colouring. I'm excited to share today's floral cards using watercolouring techniques and love the effect that each one gives.

1. No line watercolouing with Brusho Crystals

Brusho Crystals are just amazing and love the burst of colour when activated with water. The colours used are Yellow, Gamboge, Prussian Blue and Leaf Green. The more powder you add, gives an intenser colour of the pigment. Less is more and a small amount of powder goes a long way and achieves a softer, subtle look.

This is the preliminary layout watercolouring with Brusho Crystal powders. Daffodils have been stamped and masked to create the multi layered layout. To create this, stamp the daffodil images on a large post it note or paper with low tack adhesive on the back and fussy cut, you will need at least two. I have used a light coloured ink - Antique Linen distress ink as it will blend once coloured in. This technique takes time but the results are amazing. It's like you painted it yourself. 

For best results, start with a petal or leaf at a time and alternate them so they have time to dry to avoid colours mixing or bleeding next to each other. Apply the darker colour first in areas that would normally be darker and pull the colour out using clean water with the paint brush. This will give a gradation in colour. You can always dab off any excess paint or mistakes with a paper towel. Watercolouring is very forgiving and is meant to look organic.  

Stamp set used is 'You're Inspiring' from the Occasions catalogue. Love daffodils and looks stunning multi-stamped and coloured. The sentiment is from 'Picture Perfect Birthday', the lovely calligraphy compliments the overall style and feel of the card. I have used Misti stamp positioner tool to be able to double stamp and get the best crisp impression as it has been stamped on Arches cold press watercolour paper that has a textured surface. Light splattering with ink using Prussian blue to add interest in the background as well as some clear sparkling sequins. Card front mounted onto fun foam for an even raise and mounted on to an A2 top folding SU Crumb cake cardstock.

2. Zig Clean Color watercolouring with stamp masking.

This is another way of watercolouring a stamped masked background. This shows more of detail as I have used black ink - Lawn Fawn Jet black ink as it can be used with both alcohol markers and watercolouring. I would recommend using the SU black archival ink for watercolouring. 

I have used Zig Clean Color Brush markers for watercolouring with a water brush, as they're fast drying and gives bright and vibrant colours perfect for the daffodils. This image is very fine and detailed and the fine tips of these brushes makes it a lot easier to colour with. 

The colours used are: #50 Yellow, #51 Lemon Yellow, #52 Bright Yellow,  #41 Light Green, #45 Pale Green.  Cardstock used is Strathmore Bristol smooth and is perfect with these markers.

The beautiful sentiment is the 'Waterfront' stamp set from the Occasions catalogue and has been white heat embossed on black cardstock and die cut out using the circle from Stitched Shapes Framelits. It has been foam mounted and added a silver heart for embellishment. A few added dew drops placed in the background for interest. Card front has been mounted on with fun foam onto a Crumb Cake top folding A2 cardstock.

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. Stamped masking is a great way to highlight this beautifully drawn daffodil and create your own custom backgrounds as well as scenes using one image. Be sure to continue to hop around and see all the amazing projects for more colouring inspirations. The Stampin' Up! sets used can be purchased through the lovely and wonderful Jessie Holton. Thank you so much for stopping by, until next time - Happy Crafting! :)

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  1. Wowzers! Love how you've shown two completely different looks with the same stamp set. They are both gorgeous, but the first card is my fave. Thanks for joining in with the Feb Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop! xx

  2. These are stunning Juana ! I can’t choose a favourite, love them all ,

  3. Hi there, Juana! Nobody colours like you!!! You certainly have lived up to your reputation - those cards are magnificent! I particularly love the Brusho one! I'm in awe!

  4. Oh my goodness! Your no line watercoloring is beyond words! LOVE!

  5. Your coloring is amazing! Stunning cards. The Brusho one is super!

  6. Absolutely stunning, Juana! Thanks for the inspiration! (((HUGS))) across the waters

  7. Wow, love them all! I like the no line one. I want to try that technique!

  8. Your creations are always so lovely, Juan. You have not disappointed with your Daffodil creations. D xox

  9. I love how you added the blue in the background, so striking!

  10. WOW, just wow! Stunning cards, Juana. You have an amazing gift xx

  11. These are true works of art. Thanks for giving us a bit of behind the scenes. I loved reading about your process. I need to try to channel a bit of that!


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