Thursday, February 12, 2009

Day 3 and a challenge

Day 3 of sneaks and today I'm showing you a few cards from the Signs of Spring stamp set.  The Flourishes Design Team are all showing cards that are water colored today.  Have you ever wondered how some get that beautiful water colored look in their stamped creations?  Wonder no more, today's Flourishes Focus is all about adding that gorgeous wash of colors.  For a tutorial from our own Christine Okken, go to the Flourishes Newsletter blog, she will walk you through her process.  I have to admit, I was scared when I found out this week we were to water color an image from this set.  Water coloring is all about trial an error, it does not come easy for me, but I tried and thats all that matters.  I hope you join us for this water color challenge, if I can do it, you can do it too!  While you are at the Flourishes blog be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win this stamp set.
I stamped my image in a yellow toned ink, once the ink was dry I went into the flower image and took my brush with just water on it, to get a base coat down, for me its easier this way, it makes blending easier and you get a softer wash once you start adding color.  Patience is your friend when water coloring (for me anyhow lol).  Because I was using textured paper, I wanted a simple design and since I mail most of my cards, it needed to be post office friendly :)  
"Water Colored Daffodil"
materials used:
bazzill textured green paper, water color paper, true black card stock
Signs of Springs stamp set from Flourishes llc
sheer polka dotted May Arts ribbon, dimmensionals, Spellbinder dies
water color ink, paint brushes

~Be sure to visit the rest of the design team to see all of their water colored beauties~

This was the first card I made with the Signs of Spring stamp set, so I feel I must share it and do the artist Marcella Hawley justice (my water colored card isn't my best work).  I had some Making Memories Chloe's Closet paper that screamed to be used with this set, I love how things just come together in your mind and it actually turns out when you put it on paper.  I was going for a modern vintage feel if there is even such a thing, and I happen to love this card.  Those mini library clips and the button just pull everything together so nicely.  I distressed the edges of the paper with a Tim Holtz distress tool, then crumpled the paper a bit and then using a dauber, I inked up the edges and parts of the paper.  The daffodil is colored in using Copic markers.
"Vintage Daffodil"

Materials used:
vintage cream card stock, Making Memories Chloes Closet paper
Signs of Spring stamp set from Flourishes llc
satin ribbon, mm button, mini library clips from SU
Adirondack Espresso ink, Copic markers, Tim Holtz distress ink, Tim Holtz distressing tool, dauber

If you are not busy later be sure to join us in the Flourishes forum on SCS at 7pm est for the release party, I hear they are giving all three sets away!


~amy~ said...

Wowza Latisha...gorgeous watercolored beauties!!! BTW, Peachy Cheap is killin' me sista....I missed the deal for today...felt flowers...dang!

NancyK said...

Hi Latisha - both cards are super! I really like what you did on the second card - the design is great and the image is perfect!

Etha said...

ohhh very pretty!! love the soft effects on the flower!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

These are both beautiful Latisha! I love the soft tones of the first stamped in yellow and the design on the second is so fun!

Chris said...

they are both beautiful!! my fave is the one with the black, of course! >"<

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Both are very pretty Latisha! I like the clean and crispness of the first one, the fun clip and distressing on the second one. Both are wonderful!

Julie Koerber said...

Both your creations are so pretty Latisha!! Your watercoloring looks so soft and realistic -- like you hand painted it! Very cool!

Silke said...

Latisha - your watercoloring turned out so pretty!!!! I totally love the second card so fun, hip and creative!!!

Kimberly Crawford said...

Yep, my socks are knocked off!! both cards are AMAZING, Latisha!! Love the colors of the first card and the whole design!
The second one is perfect!! LOVE what you did with the smaller daffodil!!!!! :)

flourishes said...

For someone that says she can't watercolor..hummm this is a great job. That's what Friday Focus is about getting comfy with the precieved difficult areas..Both are amazing!

ChristineCreations said...

Latisha! Beautiful work...such great vivid color in the first (and no you should NOT be hiding in any corner girl)....and the second has such cool texture and design. Great creations!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Both are beautiful! I especially love the design of the second one with the smaller daffodil. All around cool design!

Leslie Miller said...

Latisha, your watercolored daffodil is very soft and sweet and dreamy looking and I love it! Both cards are so pretty. The second has a lot of your fun personality showing in it. Totally adorable!

Deb Neerman said...

Oh, yumminess!! The watercolored card looks like you REALLY watercolored ... not just colored in a stamped image.

And I adore your modern-vintagy card! Perfection!

neverenoughrubberstamps said...

Great Card! I'm in the mood for spring!



Jen said...

Love the water color look of the top pretty!

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