Friday, February 1, 2008

Watercolored Serenity

I am so excited for you all to see the new set, "Serenity"! Not only are the images beautiful, but the sentiments...for me...are just so timely! It seems that there are so many people in my life needing some encouragement right now. I truly can't think of a more uplifting and heartfelt way to encourage someone, than a card handmade with love!

One of the first things that I wanted to try with this set, is the technique called "Wet Watercolor". I love that this set has a solid image and an "open" image to match...which lend themselves nicely to this techniuqe! :-)

To create this card, I started off with some watercolor paper, markers, & the solid flower image.

First, I used my markers to color directly onto the stamp (Lavender for the flowers and Olive for the stems).

Next, I used a fine mist spritzer and sprayed my watercolor paper. How much you spray your paper will determine how much your ink will run. I like to spray mine until the paper is very damp, but not running off the paper. I then stmaped my already colored image onto the we cardstock, and left it there for a couple of second (this allows the ink to fully transfer and blend).

After my paper was dry (with a little help from my heat tool...LOL!) I then colored the "open" flower image with my markers...this time adding some shading with some coordinating colors (Almost Amethyst and Certainly Celery). Then, instead of spritzing the paper, I sprayed the stamp that I had just colored (you can see the water on the stamp in this photo). I didn't spray as much on the stamp as I did the paper because I don't want the ink to run as much, so it will provide a little bit more definition.

To put the finishing touches on this, I took a wet watercolor brush and "smudged" the image that I had just stamped (this helps to blend the images together a little better), then added some sparkle with my Clear Spica Glitter pen.
After seeing my finished flowers, I felt the patterned paper that I had selected was too "strong" I added some vellum cardstock over it to sort of mimic the soft muted blossoms.
Make sure to check back tomorrow...Charmaine will have another "Sneak Peek" for you! ~Laurie
Stamps: Serenity Paper: Watercolor paper, Old Olive, Lavender Lace, Vellum c.s. (Stampin' Up!), Patterned paper (K & Co.)Ink: Old Olive, Old Olive & Lavender Lace markers (Stampin' Up!)Accessories: Ribbon, Olive lace trim, Paper piercer, Clear Spica Glitter Pen, Water Spritzer, Sewing machine, Nestabilities


  1. Wow! This is just LOVELY! I never had much success with this technique, and now I know it's because I was doing it all wrong! LOL! Love your card. Every detail is perfect.

  2. This is a beautiful card. Love the colors and the fact that you put a piece of vellum over the C.P. to soften it.. Nicely done

  3. This is beautiful. That you so much for the instructions. I am just getting started and appreciate anyone who will share and teach. Thank You so Much!

  4. wow, a really interesting technique, thank you so much for the tutorial! :)

  5. Your card is so beautiful! THanks so much for the tutorial -- I'll try it today -- I guess I'll have to settle for Petal Prints from SU to get a similar-looking card. The new stamp set from Verve looks like it will be so nice -- can I see more?! Jeanne

  6. Wow! Your watercolored look is amazing! Gorgeous card.

  7. Just lovely Laurie, so soft and pretty. I appreciate the watercolor stamping tips too. Ithink the vellum was the perfect touch and I like how you sewed it on.

  8. As usual its amazing, you give me so much inspiration for my stamping. Thank you.

  9. Wow, this is great!!!! I can't wait to see the new set!!! :)

  10. This is Beautiful Laurie.
    Nice tutorial..I will definately
    try this.
    Thanks for sharing.


  11. this is my FAVORITE technique!! I love how it looks with this stamp set and has sold me on it!! beautiful card!!