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Saturday, March 5, 2011

March Stamp of the Month 5" x 7" Card (Sensational Season)



I fell in love with the March Stamp of the Month at Close To My Heart the minute I saw it. It's Beatrix Potter flavor along with the images that are just perfect for my favorite coloring technique (watercolor pencils) just float my boat!

You can see several cards I made with this set and also find out how to get the set FREE by going here.

I colored the images in this card with my watercolor pencils but didn't use any water. I love watercolor pencils just for coloring. Because they are made to blend with water, they are soft and oh-so-easy to blend and shade with. I also love the effect using a blending pen or waterbrush, but I decided just to color with them plain for these cards.

Watercolor Pencil Coloring tip: Don't use a sharp point to color with. Color a little bit on scratch piece of paper until you get a nice flat angle on your pencil. Color with this flat edge and you will be able to blend and color seamlessly! I hope you can see what you mean in this photo. Can you see how I've made a flat edge on my pencil by scribbling on a piece of scratch paper? That flat edge is the edge you want against your paper as you color. When shading, just start in the place you want darkest and press harder and press lighter as you move in. Also, color in the shape of the edge. The edge of the basket is curved, so I started along the edge I wanted darkest and went in a curve up and down the inside edge and continued inward as I lightened my pressure. Clear as mud? I hope clear as a bell!

The middle basket, I think you can see, is popped with 3D Foam Tape. I still stamped the image below it so that it shows underneath. I love that look! The little flowers come in our new pink button collection (72 buttons included!) and the centers are our mocha opaques (108 gems per pack!); two products that I am currently infatuated with.

CTMH products used: March Stamp of the Month (Sensational Season), Sophia Level 2 Paper Pack, Kraft Color Ready Borders, Cocoa Stamp Pad, Round Sponge, Watercolor Pencils, Pink Button Collection, Mocha Opaques, 3D Foam Tape.

You can order these and other wonderful products on my website, 24/7...especially on a lazy Saturday when you have no make-up on and are in sweats and stripey slipper socks (I wonder who might look like that today....hmmmmm).

10 comments:

Trisha Morton said...

Beautiful as always, Karen! The detail on the baskets is A-Maz-Ing!

Leslie said...

Hi Karen, love the cards and the layouts on your previous post. I will be placing my order and getting that Sensational Season stamp set soon. Thanks for the info on the colored pencils. I have some, but have never gotten a good result, now I can try again. One thing that I have done when I have used the hat pins is to glue the tiniest of seed beads to the point of the pin. It is almost unnoticeable, but keeps everyone from getting stuck.

Sheila H said...

Quite lovely!

Brenda said...

Oh boy were you inspired by this stamp! Such a pretty card, Karen!

Laurel said...

So pretty!

Melissa Laverty said...

Super pretty card, Karen! thanks for sharing!

Jamie Harder said...

Those baskets are wonderful!! Such a pretty card!!!

lvs2dance said...

Very cute!!! I can't wait to see you at the class on the 15th. I miss you friend!

Cheryl Nelson said...

soooooo sweet and pretty!!!

Eileen said...

Everything you do is so amazing. I love looking at your blog. I miss you and Relief Society. I am enjoying my new roll as grandma!

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