Watercolor Markers

January 10, 2018

Watercolor Markers - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for coming by!  I’m working on a birthday card for my son, who’s a pizza lover.  He’d probably eat nothing else if I let him!  So when I saw this Favorite Puperoni stamp set by Simon Says Stamp, I knew he’d love it.  I’m using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens today, but Tombow and Distress Ink also have watercolor markers that will work.

Watercolor Markers - Colorful Encouragement

Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens work best on Bristol cardstock, so that’s what I’m using today. This panel is 6″ x 4 1/2″. I stamped my puppy in Versafine Onyx Black ink, and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  You could also use black embossing powder, but I already have clear, and it doesn’t leave stray black dots anywhere.  Win-win!

Watercolor Markers - Colorful Encouragement Watercolor Markers - Colorful Encouragement

These markers are easy to work with, and there’s a wide range of colors.  I have a pack of 48, and that’s more than enough.  One of their best qualities is how they blend, so you need to layer your colors.  I colored the image, using markers and a waterbrush.  Then I went over it again with different colors.  I added more color around the areas that would be in shadow, like around his neck.  Here the colors I used:

Dog: Mustard (67) and Dark Brown (62)

Pizza Sauce: Scarlet Red (23) and Wine Red (24)

Pepperoni: Wine Red (24) and Dark Brown (62)

Pizza Crust: Oatmeal (64) and Beige (72)

Ears: Dark Brown (62) and Pink (25)

Paws: Black (10)


I love the close up of that little face!  But the image looks like it’s floating, so we need to ground it.

Watercolor Markers - Colorful Encouragement

I used my t-ruler to draw a straight line on either side of the image using the black marker.  And if you don’t have a t-ruler, you need one.  They’re great for lining up sentiments, drawing straight lines, and keeping your card square.   Combined with a pencil and scissors, they even take the place of a paper trimmer.

Watercolor Markers - Colorful Encouragement

I used my waterbrush to bring the black line down and make a shadow under the image.  But the line bled upward, making the line fuzzy.  So I went over the line again with a waterproof marker.  Simple fix!

Watercolor Markers - Colorful Encouragement

I die cut the panel with Postage Stamp Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp.  Finally I stamped the sentiment and attached my panel to the card base with tape runner.  You could use foam tape instead, to add dimension.  And I skipped the sequins this time, but they would be really cute, too.

Do you need birthday cards?  Check out my birthday card board on Pinterest for ideas.  While you’re there, check out my other boards, and let me know in the comments if I can make any improvements.  I’ll be back again soon!


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