Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Splash of Watercolor!

Hello all and happy Friday! Today the Flourishes Senior Team is taking this Friday to share a bit of a technique focus that we think you'll love! It's one that's very "hot" in the card making industry right now, watercolor! And... here's the fun part! Not only will we share some great card ideas, the product that many of us used today is actually on sale through Sunday with Flourishes' OVERSTOCK SALE! It's the Letraset Aqua Markers, which are perfect for water coloring!

Ok, on to my creation!

I have to say when I started and stamped with the Chrysanthemum set on my watercolor paper, I had no idea what I was going to do. I literally started coloring with the Letreset markers and.... kept going! Instead of picking up the color from a palette with a water brush, I used the colors below (listed in my supplies section) and just colored. I started with the lightest shades first, added darker colors as I went and then, when I was done, I took my water brush and blended the colors with a lightly damp brush. After I was done, I scribbled my marker onto an acrylic block like this....

I then took my waterbrush, and wet down a really loose area around my image. This would prevent my wash from bleeding into my flower. You can see the voids/white areas around the outside of my image. I like that look, so that's what I was aiming for! I started by picking up just a wee bit of the yellow color with my brush and kept adding until I was happy. Then, when I was done with the yellow, I picked up a bit of the Scarlet with a really wet brush and flicked on some reddish splotches by literally flicking close to the nib of my brush. You can see here what happened! I love the look.

After I was done, I matted it up on some orange card stock, added some decorative paper, rhinestones, paper piercing and my sentiment on a shape cut from the Flourishes Classic Keyhole Die. You can see above that I took the yellow marker and did outline just the "sunshine" part of the sentiment. And that, my friends is it!

Before you hop on over and see all the loveliness that the design team whipped up -- you should know that these markers aren't the only items on sale! You can click HERE, to take a trip to Flourishes' SALE page. You'll find hundreds of items with prices that will be slashed at the time of check out! Just add the coupon code OVERSTOCK25 and 25% will be deducted from your total. This coupon code will ONLY work on SALE PAGE items. There are inks, paper, embellishments, ribbons and even overstocked stamp sets. THAT SALE ENDS SUNDAY! And... while you're shopping, you should know that today is the last day to get your hands on the August New Release Bundle at a discount.

So hop on over and see the beautiful creations from these ever so talented ladies!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a fabulous weekend and I'll see you  back here soon I'm sure!


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ChristineCreations said...

Love your warm and sunshiney background Julie! Awesome card and design!

Allison Cope Israels said...

Stunning Julie! I love the white void you created around your mum; makes it pop right off the face of your card! Stunning! Can't wait to play with all my new Letrasets!

Makiko Jones said...

This is so beautiful! Cool tip and way to color the background! Lovely card!

JoanneO said...

Love the cheerful look of your card. Great colors and layers.

Rosy Newlun said...

What a striking look while using the deeper hues of the colors, leaving the outer areas white. It is a completely stunning card, and I do like the tilt of the second layer.

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful card!Love your coloring,thanks for sharing!!!

Heather Jensen said...

So pretty, Julie! I love the background you created for your image. :)

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful, your coloring is awesome Julie!