Sep 19, 2008

BC65 - Create, Inspire and Be Yourself

HAPPY FRIDAY! - For our Blogger's Challenge this week we were assigned,  "Watercoloring".  Now as many of you know that technique is not exactly one I excel in.  I have tried watercolor pencils, crayons, working with reinkers and an Aqua painter and let's just face it,  I'm "Challenged" when it comes to watercoloring.  I have the worst time working with an Aqua Painter and always get way to much water out of the darn thing no matter how much I try not to. 

So for today's challenge I took the "easy" way out (At least for me) by using Watercolor Crayons and coloring directly on the stamp and misting with water.  Since I was out of Watercolor paper (except for a cheap brand that really stinks) I decided to go with Whisper White card stock instead.  I still think it came out pretty decent even if it didn't bleed as much as it would have on watercolor paper.

My stamp is from (Penny Black - Carnation) Carnations happen to be one of my all time favorite flowers so I had to have this particular image.  I colored it with Regal Rose, Rose Red, Old Olive and Garden Green crayons and then lightly misted the stamp a few times before stamping it on the card stock.  Then I stamped my sentiment (Hero Arts - Treasure the Moments) in Palette Noir Black ink.  I added 3 Dew Drops (Island blossoms) and some Rose Red Grosgrain ribbon and a Prima Flower with a Rose Red Brad. 

The background paper reminds me of a "watercolor wash" even though it's pre-printed it still has that effect. It's from http://www.-cut-it-up.com/   I added a strip down the side of Regal Rose & Rose Red.  I used my crimper on the Regal Rose (does anyone use a crimper still?  Well obviously I did but I mean is that really out of style now?) The focal piece was mounted with foam mounting tape.

This is another card being sent to a fellow stamper that inspires me.  She's known as Debbie Olson of Thinking Inking.  I love her cards so much.  She has a real elegant style of stamping so I hope she enjoys this card.

That's it for today.  Be sure to check out all the other wonderful watercolor creations by clicking on the Bloggers Challenge Icon.  You won't be disappointed.

22 comments:

thestampspot said...

Great card Ida, same technique as me! Love it!

:) Marcia

Lynn Mercurio said...

A truly beautiful card, Ida. Such a lovely image and wonderful sentiment. Awesome job.

Nikki Bond said...

What a gorgeous image and sentiment! Toooo funny about my goof up yesterday....that rooster is soo stinkin' cute though! LOL Great job ths week! {SMILES}

Elena said...

I thought I am the only one with no luck in water coloring! I have the same problem with too much water! But I think that you are just to hard to yourself because all your cards are just wonderful and coloring is so amazing! This card is so elegant and soft! I like how the stamp worked on the Whisper White cardstock. The background paper goes so well together with the water colored effect stamped image! Like the ribbons in the corners!
Love this card!!!

Patti Chesky said...

I think it is a gorgeous card!!! I love the colors and the layout!!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Ida, this is BEAUTIFUL! I think you achieved a gorgeous watercolor look with the flowers, and the background paper you used is a perfect compliment! Fabulous job!

Connie said...

Stunning card...I'm sure Debbie will LOVE it...just her style...

Kerry D-C said...

Striking card, Ida!! lovely blend of colors!

Kristen said...

Ida,
Excel or not, your card is GORGEOUS. I LOVE it. Stunning.

Maria said...

Your card turned out beautiful and you did a great job watercoloring the image!! As for the aquapainter, squeeze it only once and initially on a paper towel. If too much water gets on your paper, blot your paper with a paper towel. Be sure to use a good watercolor paper, at least 90lbs. One more thing, there's different aquapainter brush sizes, buy the small brush tip. It's great for smaller images.

Maria

Chrissy D said...

Ida- this does not look like you need help watercoloring! What are you using to color? Your work is beautiful and I LOVE this card! TFS!

agreenegg said...

Hi Ida,
I received your message on my blog and wanted to stop by to say hello! I love your card - the colors you chose are beautiful together. So pretty! Thank you for sharing your inspiration with us.

Blessings,
Cyndi

ps - Now that I found you I added you to my google reader so that I can "tune in" everyday!

Kimberly Gajewski said...

What a beautiful and elegant card Ida! The colors are lovely! Great technique! :D

Lisa Bohler said...

I love how soft and elegant this card is...Very nicely done!

Barb Hardeman said...

This is so pretty Ida! What problem do you have watercoloring? It sure doesn't show here. The technique you used for this card is perfectly excecuted! Your choice of background paper is right on as are the embellishments.

StampingSelene said...

Oh wOW!! This one is stunning!!! I love the overlapping words over the image..

wendy Groszkiewicz said...

That is so beautiful! I love it! The flowers work perfect with the watercolor crayons. And that is some gorgeous paper!

MJ said...

Wow, very pretty! I love the ribbon flower and baubles. Great card.

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Gorgeous! Love the shimmer your card has and the fabulous watercolour technique!

Joan B said...

Beautiful job. Every detail is perfect and the watercolor shimmer works.

Peggy Maier said...

SO pretty, Ida! I love carnations too & you've done a great job!

Chrissy D said...

This is simply gorgeous!!!! Love it! TFS!