Hi all! Its the first of the month and so a new challenge starts at Happy Little Stampers! This month, our watercolour theme is “Animals” so we look forward to seeing your creations with animals in them.I used some stamps from Clearly Besotted, who make the cutest animal stamps, and my Spectrum Noir watercolour markers called Aqua. These are really great to paint small objects, notably the stamps we use for cardmaking! Because of their brush tip and marker tip, they can be controlled so much easier than normal watercolour brushes and paints. I first stamped my frog stamps from Clearly Besotted using Spectrum Noir’s pebble waterproof ink from the Finesse range. This will ensure that the outlines will not run when I start water colouring. I used Spectrum Noir’s watercolour paper which is extra white. I then started adding colour by first outlining the areas where I wanted the darker shades to be and then with a water brush, I blended the colour in by bringing the colour into the white areas.
Now with the fine marker tip of my Alpine Green Aqua marker, I added spots to the frog, in areas where I first put down the colour, to add depth. The fine tip of this marker really allows you to go into small areas and corners of your stamped images. Then with a white ink gel pen, I added more spots, but to areas which I wanted to stand out so the images would be more 3D.
I next started colouring the little cocktail drinks I wanted to add behind these two frogs as this card is going to a pair of close friends who love hopping around town together tasting great cocktails! I decide to colour in their 2 favourite cocktails, Aperol Spritz and a Long Mint, which is like a Long Island Iced Tea but with lemonade instead of coke, and mint.
I used the same method as with the frogs, going in with my first colour, in this case, Flame Red, to the bottom of my glass and then blending into the white areas. For this image though, I wanted a gradient from red at the bottom to yellow at the top, so I added a little of Sunshine close to the Flame Red and when I blended it in, it turned orange and then yellow.
Once that was done, I started colouring in the Long Mint which has a light greenish colour to it so I used Alpine Green again to line the bottom of the glass and added Lime next to it, so that when it blended, it would give a lighter green. Once I finished water colouring my little cocktails, and they were dry, I used my white gel pen again to add the highlights on the glass of my cocktails and the fruits.I then fussy cut the 4 images and arranged them on to my card. For the Autumn coloured border, I first wet the areas I wanted to colour, and then used the above-mentioned markers to drop in colour by simply touching the brush end tips to the wet paper. To finish I splattered black and white acrylic ink onto the border and stamped the sentiment with Spectrum Noir waterproof ink Noir Black, also from the Finesse range.
Well I hope you liked my card and I look forward to seeing your cards in the link-up. Do pop over to my fellow teammates’ blogs to see the awesome cards they created for you just to inspire you to join int he fun.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day doing something you love!