Friday, February 13, 2009

Living In Color -- Signs Of Spring!

Today is the final day of our sneak peeks at Flourishes for our February release and the last day offers a little something extra! Not only is this final set my favorite-- gotta love these great spring images-- but the design team is putting their "focus" on watercoloring it!

The Flourishes Focus today on the Newletter is a tutorial by the fabulous Christine Okken. Not only did she give you a step by step tutorial on how to get great watercolor effects, she challenged the rest of us to pick up our waterbrushes and give it a try!

So, here's a peek at my card with the new Signs Of Spring set!

I am such a rebel, I didn't pick up my brush-- I picked up my blender pen for a faux watercolor look! Want to see how I did it??? It really is one of my favorite techniques!

I took all the colors of marker that I wanted to use for my daffodils and I scribbled them on a plastic palette. This is actually an old spacer place for my Wizard that I am now "repurposing!" I have three shades of yellow, three shades of green and two shades of brown. Christine's concept of starting light and then adding darker shades for shadows is exactly the same here, I am just going to use a blender pen to pick up my color from my palette. I start by stamping my daffodils on my tag with Palette Burnt Umber ink. It's a permanent ink that really works beautifully for not just watercolor but Copic markers too!
I started by picking up the medium brown marker from my palette to create some shadows around my image....

Then, the rest is just coloring. I started with the light yellow and then added darker shades where I thought shadows might sit. I colored my stem and leaves the same way. After I was finished, I used a texture stamp (it's one I've had forever of just dots) and I stamped all around my image using Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger). You could also use a stipple brush to get this effect. I also added a part of the flourish from the Wedding Essentials set in the corner to add a little extra pop along with a light green rhinestone! Distress the edges of your tag, add a little circle accent at the top from green paper plus some yellow polka dot ribbon and you're almost done! I paper pierced along the sides of some paisley decorative paper, matted my tag to this piece and then set this all on my yellow cardstock base. And... voila!

Here's a final peek!
Want to see what the rest of the DT cooked up with the Signs of Spring set and their watercolors? Just check out these fabulous ladies places!

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Faith Hofrichter
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

So, head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter to see Christine's fabulous watercolor tutorial! While you are there, leave a comment to see if you can walk away with a Signs of Spring set of your very own! There are also details too about tonight's big Release Party! We'd love it if you came! It will be a ton of fun with games, giveaways and more peeks before the sets go live in the Flourishes store! They will be there to see in their full glory at 9 pm Central sharp!!!

TGIF! I'll see you back here soon!

27 comments:

Latisha said...

I just love this Julie...its something I can do >"< OMheck have you seen all the samples, my card is hiding in the corner LMBO
These girls (you included) have some serious skills (said that like Napoleon Dynomite lol)

Karen W said...

Totally gorgeous, can't wait to get these new sets!!

Janine said...

Hey Julie this is gorgeous!!! Have a great weekend.

NancyK said...

Very pretty - Oh I love how those daffodils look - thanks for the tutorial on how you did this!

Norine said...

this is so pretty love the coloring and that flower
hugs
Norine

Jerri Kay said...

Okay, I can see I'm going to be in the poor house this month, all these new stamps are fabulous! You girls have done an outstanding job with the designs!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

So beautiful! I love the ribbon through the tab and your colouring is awesome!

Gvendalen said...

Lovely card! Beautiful colors and details.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Creative watercoloring with a beautiful result! I love this Julie!

Silke said...

Julie - this is so beautiful!!! Love how you made the tag your focal point on the card!!!

denise g. said...

You have eased my eyestrain and about made me weep. This is so pretty. Your coloring is THE best. I can almost smell the daffodils. Thank you! Hope you and Mr. K. have a very Happy Valentines Day!

Kimberly Crawford said...

that is GORGEOUS! Oh my goodness!!! Amazing!!!!! LOVE the muted colors and the paisley background!!!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Darling card, Julie -- I love it!!! Great little tutorial!!!

ChristineCreations said...

Oh Julie...this is gorgeous! It looks so rich, and your shadows are stunning too. Beautifully done.

Markie's Mom said...

Oh! LOVE the tag!!! FABULOUS card, Julie!!!

Cindy H. said...

Beautiful!! The daffodils look so dimensional.

Ann said...

OOOOHHH! Beautiful!

Jan Castle said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial...will try the blender pen technique.
Jan

Bev said...

Beautiful and great instructions! tfs

Janet said...

Absolutely gorgeous - I love the daffodils - beautiful. have a great weekend.

Leslie Miller said...

Gorgeous, Julie! Love these sweet and delicate blooms. Your shadowing makes these look like they were cut out and popped up. Fabulous! My blender pen and I don't get along, but I've never tried it quite like this. Maybe I'd have better luck. Thanks for sharing the "how to"!

Anonymous said...

Julie - Once again you make it look so easy! Each sample is equally gorgeous! I want to try your version too. Now, I have to buy all these different colors of ink and markers etc. As I look at the snow coming down outside - I am definitely wanting this set to get spring back on track. Can you imagine all the fun cards/tags people could make for Daffadil Days! Thanks for sharing!

Chris R. from Iowa

Carla said...

Great tutorial, and beautiful project!!

Velta said...

As always...Julie Your work is beautiful ... of course with Flourishes...it kinda makes it fun...you always put your best into everything you do :)

Jerri Kay said...

A beautiful card Julie, I love your tutorial with water coloring using a blender, just fabulous!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is an absolutely beautiful spring card!! Great watercoloring and design!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

Elena said...

Your coloring is samazing, Julie!
Thank you for sharing the tutorial!!!