The Most Beau­ti­ful Day

CardMaker - - Let’s Color! Watercolor Techniques - De­sign by Col leen Schaan

1. Form a 41/2 x 53/4-inch card from water­color pa­per. Set aside.

2. Us­ing red ink, stamp a lined flower im­age near bot­tom cen­ter of a piece of water­color pa­per.

3. Stamp flower im­age onto a sticky note and cut out to cre­ate a mask. At­tach mask on top of lined flower im­age; stamp a sec­ond lined flower to lower left as shown.

4. Cre­ate a sec­ond flower mask; at­tach to sec­ond flower. Stamp leaves as shown with green ink.

5. Cre­ate masks for both sets of leaves; at­tach masks to leaves.

6. Ap­ply ink di­rectly to flow­er­ing branch stamp with mark­ers. Color stems and leaves with light green and flow­ers with light red.

7. Lightly spritz col­ored stamp with wa­ter and stamp around leaves as shown.

8. Re­peat steps 6 and 7 as nec­es­sary to cre­ate de­sired fi­nal im­age. Re­move masks.

9. Us­ing a wet paint­brush, pull color from stamped lines of each flow­er­ing branch.

10. If de­sired, add depth and de­tail with dark green and dark red marker ink used di­rectly from a pal­ette.

11. Color stamped leaves with light green, dark green and brown water­color pen­cils. 12. Us­ing a wet paint­brush, blend and paint each leaf. 13. Dip a yel­low water­color pen­cil into wa­ter and ap­ply di­rectly to high­light ar­eas on each leaf. 14. Us­ing Ge­latos, color di­rectly onto ap­pro­pri­ate layer stamp for flower im­age. 15. Spritz each layer and stamp over cen­ter flower im­age. Let dry com­pletely. 16. Mask lay­ered flower and re­peat steps 14 and 15 on lower flower im­age. Let dry com­pletely. 17. Us­ing water­color paints, paint back­ground with a blue gra­di­ent wash. 18. Trim water­color pa­per to 4 x 51/4 inches; ad­here to red card­stock and trim a small bor­der. 19. Stamp sen­ti­ment in up­per right corner with black ink. Doo­dle lines with black pen. 20. Ad­here to card with foam tape. •

MA­TE­RI­ALS

Bazz­ill Ba­sics kisses card­stock Can­son water­color pa­per Al­te­new Beau­ti­ful Day stamp set IMAG­INE Crafts Me­mento ink pads: rhubarb stalk, bam­boo leaves, tuxedo black Faber-Castell Aquarelle water­color pen­cils: 104, 162, 166, 187 Win­sor & New­ton water­color pan set Tom­bow Dual Brush mark­ers: 177, 195, 847, 885 Faber-Castell Ge­latos: bub­ble gum, mango, cherry Copic® black fine-tip pen Small paint­brushes Sticky notes Paint pal­ette Spray bot­tle with wa­ter X-Press It ad­he­sive foam tape Liq­uid glue

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