Hey, welcome back! We’ve had a few winter storms over the last few weeks, and I’m getting a little tired of ice and snow. So to fight the winter blahs, I’ve got a spring card to share with you, and I’m stamping with watercolor markers. I’m using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, but any watercolor markers would work for this technique.
I’m working with my homemade stamp positioner (the Wishihadamisti) to layer my images today. Watercolor markers don’t always stamp perfectly the first time, so you may have to double stamp. A stamp positioner makes it much easier, but it’s not necessary. You can always use an acrylic block instead, and line up your images by looking through the stamp.
After I stamped the first layer in Lemon Yellow, I removed the stamp and added the second layer. Sunny Studios has a guide on their website to show you how to line up the images. I lined up the second layer, and colored the stamp with Yellow. And let me warn you, these markers can stain your clear stamps. I don’t know if it’s all watercolor markers, or just the Zigs, you’ll have to play around with them and let me know.
I added a stem and leaves the same way, stamped in Pale Green. Then I scribbled the Cobalt Blue marker onto my page protector, and now I can use it like watercolor paint. I wet sections of the paper with my waterbrush, and added color from the puddle. Make sure you don’t get too close to the stamped image, or you might have color where you don’t want it. Add more ink as necessary. While the panel dries, let’s work on the background.
This is the Plaid Background stamp from Catherine Pooler Designs. You need a stamp positioner for this, because you need to stamp in the same place several times. I scribbled a section of the stamp with a marker, and stamped it down. You’ll need to stamp each section twice for good coverage. Then move on to a different section, until the whole panel is filled. Since I used colors next to each other on the color wheel, they blend together well. If I’d also added pink, I’d need to keep it away from the green, because they don’t blend well. I used Yellow, Light Green, and Cobalt Blue for the background.
After my panel dried, I heat embossed a sentiment in white from JustRite’s ?? stamp set. But it doesn’t show up against the pale blue background. So I added Broken China Distress Ink to the panel with a Mini Ink Blending Tool. It darkened the color just enough to make the sentiment pop. Then I rubbed the sentiment with a paper towel to remove any ink left on the embossed image. Much better!
I also used my stamp positioner to add the third layer to the flower (Bright Yellow), and the second layer to the leaves (Light Green). Since the stem only has one layer, I drew a fine line down the left side of the stem. You can make super fine lines with the brush tips.
I wanted to center a strip of vellum on the card front. I’m using my page protector again, and the graph paper inside it to center my vellum on the panel. Who knew page protectors had so many uses? I carefully flipped the panel over, and attached the vellum to the back of the panel with tape runner.
I adhered my panel to the card base, and used foam tape to pop up the daffodil panel. You could add sequins or other embellishments, but I think I’ll leave it alone.
Are you craving Spring right now? What do you do to fight the winter blahs?Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!