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Friday, September 4, 2015

A Little "Hollah" for Watercolor!

Hollah!  I love our new watercolors.  Seriously, they are divine!  You may have seen some watercolors like this in your local craft store, and they do look the same as ours, but looks can be deceiving.  I have done a little checking, and all of the ones that I've seen that look like ours in the craft stores are a lower quality of paint. Ours are much creamier.  Creamy is important when it comes to soft, gorgeous, flowy, watercolor. The cool news is that our creamier paints are still very affordable!  I'll be sharing the supplies you need to watercolor (with links, here in the body of the post, as well as in a supply list at the end of the post) as well as a quick, easy tutorial below.

Close To My Heart Watercolor Paints

Along with your paints, you'll also want to pick up some paint brushes and watercolor paper.
Paint Brushes

12" x 12" Watercolor Paper

I used the awesome National Stamping Month exclusive card stamp set for these cards.   This set is only $13.95 this month (available only in September), or you can get the 3 set bundle for only $34.95. When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before you check out.

I personally think that's an awesome deal and would get all three (in fact, I did!).

Watercolor Tutorial:

  1. For these cards, I began with a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of watercolor paper (this is a must.  When using regular paper for watercoloring, you will get pilling and warping). I used a paintbrush and water to just "paint" the area of the paper with water that I was going to be watercoloring.  After that, I dipped my brush in water and then in my paint and, using a back and forth motion, painted over the wet area of my paper.  I started in the area I wanted darkest and worked my way up. I used a large brush because I kind of wanted a little bit of the brush marks to show. This created the bottom of the card.  I set this aside and let it dry for about 5-10 minutes.
  2. I then added a strip of Gold Shimmer Trim (love that bling!).
  3. I then stamped the large "Hello" or "Oh, Hey" in a stamp pad that coordinated with the watercolor that I used on that card.
  4. I added a bit of detail by embossing the smaller word and 3 stars with my Versamark pad, Gold Embossing Powder, and my Heat Gun.
  5. Lastly, I mounted this to a standard size White Daisy Cardstock top fold card (I just cut a piece of White Daisy Cardstock to 4 1/4" x 11" and then folded so the fold was on top).  Voila!  Pretty cute!
 Suggested Shopping List (get these puppies on my website):
Subtotal:   $64.65

Don't forget that when you spend $50, the September Stamp of the Month (Paper Garden) is only $5 ($12.95 savings), so you'll probably want to add that too! When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add this elegant set before you check out.


Katie Skiff said...

CUTE!!!! Those rock Karen!! Great job!!

Michele said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I am loving the water color techniques.

Sheila Bennett said...

Beautiful cards! Love how you used the watercolors on them.


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