Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Market Fresh Watercolour Cards: Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Hello friends. Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop! As summer wraps up here in Canada it seems like perfect timing to share some projects using the Market Fresh stamp set. This one just screamed 'watercolour me'!
It's no secret that I love watercolouring, and I've shared a few tips and tricks in the past, but today you're getting a full on picture tutorial. Let's watercolour that adorable strawberry together. 

Assemble your supplies.
Real Red, Blushing Bride, Cucumber Crush, Wild Wasabi & Bermuda Bay Classic Inks, Aqua Painter, Watercolour Paper, StazOn Black Ink Pad, Market Fresh Stamp Set
1. Stamp image on Watercolour Paper with StazOn Black Ink. Using your Aqua Painter, apply Cucumber Crush and Blushing Bride Ink to the areas shown. These are what I call my highlight and lowlight areas.
2. Apply Real Red and Wild Wasabi in the areas shown and blend with the colour you added in step one. Be sure you don't completely cover the Blushing Bride, you want there to be some very light areas. Allow to dry for a minute or two.
3. Apply Bermuda Bay Ink to the banner portion of the image. Take cues from the stamp itself and add more colour where there are shading lines present and fade toward the middle. Allow to dry. Cut out.
4. Adhere your fabulous watercoloured strawberry to your card front.
5. (not shown) Give yourself a high five - you did it!!

You'll see that my strawberry image is not perfectly stamped. Remember that watercolour paper is textured, so don't worry about these imperfections, it's part of the organic feel of watercolouring. 

And of course once I start watercolouring I don't tend to stop. Here's a few more:
The lettuce is my favourite image in this set. We have lots of chef and foodie friends, so this one will get lots of love for their birthdays! 
And these grapes will be perfect for thank you cards after we visit their restaurants and homes for some amazing meals. 

I hope I've inspired you to try watercolouring if you haven't before, or given you a little hint or two to improve your current watercolour skills. It's NOT hard, and the best part is that every single time you do it, it turns out differently! 

You'll find all the supplies to start your watercolouring adventures in my Canadian Online Stampin' Up! Shop. You can click the links at the bottom of this post to be redirected to my store. 

But before you go, let's go and see what Barbara has to share this week!

Happy Stampin'

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  1. So simple but so awesome. You're totally amazing. Love them.

  2. My favorite!! You rocked his. Love your choice of coloring and the use of gorgeous grunge :)