Hello! It's that time of the week again for another Global Design Project challenge. I'm running a bit late but better late than never hehe. This week it's a Sketch Challenge created by Teneale Williams, she's so talented and love her work. I just love the sketch challenge as it appears to have a watercolour element to it - don't you agree?
Thanks Teneale for this sketch, such a great help design wise and I thought watercolouring would be well suited. As for the stamp image, I was so eager to play with the new stamp set from the new catalogue, "Sitting Here", as part of my pre-order. I have seen many examples of it used from Onstage and just fell in love with the images/illustrations. It's a 2 step stamping, where you can build and layer the images up. Being a photopolymer set, makes this process even easier as you can just see right through for easy placement.
It's best to see my card as a whole that is the front and inside hehe to follow the sketch challenge. Composition wise I would say the inside conforms more to the sketch, but I guess it's open to interpretation - there is no right or wrong as long as you have fun in the end right?
Here is my card:
The sentiment says it all and the watercolouring has a sentimental feel about it. The vibrant colours is greatly thanks to a new watercolouring set I have come across Gansai Tambi and also Brusho Crystals.
The stamp sets used:
• Sitting Here • 141589 (Photopolymer)
• Timeless Textures • 140517 (Clear Mount)
• Kuretake Gansai Tambi
• Brusho Crystals Colours
These are amazing products and have beautiful results - vibrant colours and amazing effects with the Brusho Crystals. You could also use Stampin' Up! inks if you don't have these.
Another handy product to use is Molotow - Art Masking Fluid. Perfect for masking, as you can see I have used this to build up the cat sitting on the bench seat and cushions.
Also the MISTI tool is valuable especially for watercolouring as the paper is textured so helps you to re-stamped over the same image to get a darker impression and get the perfect stamped image!
I have also been using Arches Watercolour paper cold press for watercolouring as it's great quality and can really withstand a lot of water soaking with fantastic results.
To achieve the look, you brush on some water and apply the ink colour. I have used two brush sizes here one medium brush to apply the water and a fine detail brush to colour in the images. Gradually start light and work your way to the darker shades. There's no right or wrong way and the great thing with watercolours is it so forgiving, you can be on any level. There's areas where it't not perfect or a bit messy but it adds to the overall look. You can always dab any excess off with water and paper/towel. I have used some white watercolour pigment to lighten the top section of the blue background as an example, to lighten specific areas that you want. The Timeless Textures also helped lighten these areas with the white heat embossing. I just love the cracked texture and still show some of the colours underneath. As a tip, be sure to dry the colours by using a heat tool before applying a new colour as it can bleed and mix when wet. It all depends on the desired look
In order to make the sentiment stand out and pop, I have white heat embossed it on basic black card stock and used the banner punch to give it a fish tail end. I have popped this on fun foam for an even raise and the same with the front panel. It's mounted on Kraft card stock to compliment that handmade with love look.
The inside of the card resembles more of the Sketch challenge with more white space and a bloom of colour on the top section. I have created this look using Brusho Crystals - Turquoise. You only need to use a tiny amount as it's really concentrated.
I first primed the watercolour with water and added a pre-mixed Brusho Crystal and applied that onto the wet surface to create the bloom, using the tiniest amount and letting the water do the work. I then sprinkled a tiny bit to achieve some speckles and swirled the paper around to let the colour flow out, creating the veins you could say. To create further layers, always heat dry with heat tool as it can mix and become out of control hehe. I have used the Timeless Textures down the bottom for interest and is great for the ink resist look.
I hope you enjoyed my card and have found inspiration to use this beautiful set. The stamp set will be available on 1st June to customers and if you join Stampin' Up! now you can include this as part of your starter kit. By joining you get a better deal and savings when purchasing these great products. You have nothing to lose and so much creativity to gain.
For more great inspirations, please head on over to the Global Design Project to see the creative entries using the Sketch challenge from so many talented crafters.
Thank you so much for stopping by and hope to see you again next time. Cheers! :)
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