Hi guys! Happy Friday! (FRI-YAY!) How was your week? Thank you so much for alllll the comments on my last three posts! Wowza! That was a lot - three blog hops three days in a row. I'm still recovering! LOL. But it's all good - I loved every one of them and I'm always honored to be in a blog hop for my favorite companies. Hopefully you found some new things to inspire you and get you creating. I had a nice week. I went to a fun Blogging event Wednesday night and that always rejuvenates me. Lots of wonderful bloggers here in Sacramento and I always learn something, and my cheeks always hurt from laughing so hard. Lucky is getting SO big. He's five months old already and growing like a weed. He's a curious guy and I run around him trying to keep him out of things. Thank goodness he sleeps a lot too! I've trained him to sleep on his blanket on my studio desk and he is a good boy while I'm crafting. He's learning!!
Today I'm sharing a card I made a week or so ago when I had some free play time in my studio. I am kind of obsessed with Pink Fresh Studio stamps. They are so beautiful and feminine and artsy all in the best way. I used two Pink Fresh stamp sets (with matching dies) and my Daniel Smith Watercolor Dots. All the links are at the bottom of my post. I used a free, flowy water color technique and lots of splatters. I think I've finally found my favorite combination for splatters (more later in the post).
I started with a white A2 card base and layered kraft cardstock and jade green cardstock from my stash. The top layer is watercolor paper die cut with a Memory Box Rectangle Die for a pretty border. Next I stamped and die cut out the bird cage, the birdie, and all the flowers and leaves. I always use Versafine Ink for my watercolor projects. It's a nice deep black that takes the water without smudging. Here is a close up of my watercoloring. Really free form - didn't even worry about staying inside the lines. NO STRESS!!
The background is a light water color wash of a pretty light aqua blue. I splattered everything with both black ink and white ink. The trick is to make sure that all the underlying water colors are DRY. Completely dry. I use my heat tool to dry everything before I go to the next step. I found a wonderful deep black ink that I use for the black splatters. I use Copic Opaque White for the white splatters. Again, be sure to dry one color of splatters before doing the next color. I use a paint brush and splash it on. The smaller/bigger the paint brush will determine how dense the splatters are.
For this project I used my super cool Daniel Smith Watercolor Dots! These are AWESOME for quick coloring of small areas. They are also my go-to when I want to travel with water colors. The concept is that these are 'cards' with globs of watercolors on them. They are dry until you wet them with a water brush or a paint brush and water. EASY PEASY. And, you get a LOT of colors for a small price. CLICK HERE for where I got mine. They are fun and simple to use. I chose bright colors for this project.
The sentiment is from the Aviary stamp set and is perfect with that cute little bird stamp! I stamped the sentiment right onto the watercolor paper. all the colored pieces were attached to the card using foam tape. I played around with the layout until I liked how it flowed.
That's it for today! Thank you for stopping by to see me! I hope you have a happy, fun and fabulous weekend! XOXO
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