Saturday, August 29, 2015

Faux Watercolor

Happy Saturday, crafty friends! It's Marcie here, from Sharp Designs. Something I love about the cardmaking industry is that there are always cardmakers out there just thinking stuff techniques, ways to use old product, stretching your supplies; it's endless. It's perfect for this particular cardmaker because then all the hard work is already done for me. Lazy cardmaking at it's best. 

With that in mind, have you seen Jennifer McGuire's video on no-water watercolor?  I was intrigued and wanted to try it out for myself. I pulled out some of my favourite stamp sets from the Butterfly Reflections, Ink shop, and got to work! 

I created two cards using a similar layout, colour scheme, and pretty florals. 

After stamping my cluster of flowers from Watercolor Flowers by My Favorite Things, I flipped the cardstock panel over and coloured the back of the flowers with a Copic blender marker making sure to saturate it completely. Flip it back over and you get a soft, blended watercolor look as the blender marker reacts with the dye inks. I used Hero Arts Shadow Inks for this and the results were great. The little 'enjoy' from Brushstroke Birthday and some clear sequins finished it off. 

The next card uses the same technique, but with the Color Layering Let Love Grow set by Hero Arts. Some masking helped me to position the big flowers where I wanted them. I don't know about you, but I LOVE the font in this set. So fun and pretty! The blender marker seems to really soften the edges of where the flowers are stamped. 

Thanks for stopping in, and checking out my 'lazy cardmaking' today. Don't forget the new Lawn Fawn is in the shop and ready for you to snap it up!