Friday 10 January 2020

Power Of Hope & Free As A Bird

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A peaceful scene created with the Power Of Hope and Free As A Bird stamp sets
This rather peaceful card is a variation of another card I made recently with the Power of Hope stamp set - Free during Sale-A-Bration (bundled with a 3D embossing folder) with a purchase of $180.

The little birds resting on the Cherry Blossom Tree are from the Free As A Bird stamp set and the greeting is from Good Morning Magnolia.

I stamped the images and greeting with Saddle Brown Stazon ink and then watercoloured with the following inks:
Blueberry Bushel, Petal Pink, Seaside Spray, Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.

  • I like to work out my composition on a scrap piece of paper before committing to my good cardstock.  I draw an outline the same size as my finished piece .
  • Use watercolour paper - it's designed to handle the fluid and is, therefore, easier to work on and will give a better result.  I have a cupboard full of a variety of watercolour papers but, for cardmaking, my favourite is definitely the Fluid 100 (see product list below) as it a good quality weight, has a smooth enough finish to support clean stamped images and is sufficiently bright.
  • Decide on colouring medium before commencing so that you can use an appropriate ink for stamping.  IE if you decide to watercolour, use a waterproof, solvent based ink such as the Stazon I have used.  If you're going to use alcohol inks for colouring, make sure you use a water-based ink for stamping - such as Memento Tuxedo Black or any of the Stampin' Up coloured inks.
  • I painted the "grass" area with water and then painted with quite diluted green ink - starting with Soft Sea Foam and then gradually adding some Pear Pizzazz towards the bottom.  I added more pigment towards the bottom of the piece (the foreground) and for shadows since these areas are usually darker.
  • To maintain a cohesive colour palette - if I used a colour in one place, I also used it somewhere else.  For example: the Early Espresso used for the lady's hair is also used for the deepest shade on the underside of the tree branch.  Petal Pink appears for skin and cherry blossoms; Real Red is used for the roof, belt, parasol and in the cherry blossoms.
  • Unless you want them to bleed/blend one into the other, make sure adjoining areas are dry before painting.

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'Til next time!

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