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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

watercoloring...

Hello!!   Well... the rain has returned to Western Washington and for once that is a good thing!  And to go along with all the water falling from the sky I decided to do some watercoloring for the current Make It Monday:  No Outline Watercoloring.  Most of the time I don't even get one card made for a MIM challenge, but this week I actually got two done!  Both card use the sunflower image from Botanical Blocks.


The first one I watercolored the previous day and actually threw away after it was done.  I used some Ranger Distress Makers and Ranger Old Paper Distress Ink.  I wasn't super happy with it which is why it got thrown away.  But this morning I decided to give this technique another try using reinkers.  But before I started I decided to get my rejected efforts out of the recycle basket and give them another look.  I decided that my first effort wasn't so bad and made it into a card.   I used the Counting My Blessings mini set and one of the word dies.  The card base was embossed with a piece of burlap.

 
I will admit that the second card is my favorite of the two.  I think I did a better job with the technique and actually got some shading and more depth to the colors.  Kept things simple for this card.  Roughed up the edges, added the sentiment and some hemp twine and then matted it with some yellow cardstock.

ETA:  Since I did emboss the card base I'm going to pop this into the current Simon Say's Stamp Wednesday challenge:  embossing.

Thanks for stopping by...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Ranger Watercolor paper; Strathmore watercolor paper; PTI white; SU! Crumb Cake; CTMH yellow; Stamps:  PTI Botanical Block, Counting My Blessings; Inks:  Ranger Old Paper Distress Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa & Tuxedo Black inks; Reinkers:  SU! Old Olive, River Rock, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard & So Saffron; Distress Markers:  Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold, & Tea Dye; white hemp cord; Dies:  PTI Counting My Blessings; burlap

22 comments:

Gay Peplow said...

So beautiful Rosemary, love your water colouring here :D x

Nora N. said...

I like both cards for different reasons. The first card, the flower is so soft and the sentiment is perfect. I love the way you did the middle of the flower on this card. It looks really cool.

The second card I love the rough edges and the twine. The watercoloring is awesome too. It seems to be shaded a bit more then the first.

I found this technique extremely difficult to do and wound up throwing away 3 images before I liked what I had. Yours came out way better!!

Lisa said...

WOW!!! You did a great job on both of these Rosemary, but the second is a knockout!!

Kathryn A said...

These are wonderful cards!!! Love the "Blessed" sentiment, too. I haven't used my set, yet, but I will. Love the layout you've done, and the distressing around the edges.

Marcia HIll said...

I think they both look great! The deeper colors of the 2nd card draw my eye more, but I do like the softness of the first one too! And you dressed them both up beautifully...they are both keepers! :0)

Lisa Lara said...

Did you hear that THUD Rosi? That was my jaw. These are gorgeous. I just love that first one especially. Wow. Gorgeousness.

Greta said...

Threw it away?! You are so not objective about your work, my friend! I do like the depth of colors with the second one, but both are gorgeous!

Judy1223 said...

Both are gorgeous, Rosemary! Good heavens, you are good at every technique you do!

Tenia Nelson said...

Wonderful cards!!

Linda said...

I think both cards are beautiful, but the second is my favorite.

Valerie Nolan said...

Two fab cards Rosie, love the softness of the first flower but the layout on the second card really appeals:) sorry for not commenting lately but we are just back from several mini breaks!
Val x

Viv said...

Wow I LOVE these Rosie, such a fan of watercolouring too as you may have noticed lol.It's been 27c here again today, loving it, hope you get the weather you want too :) Viv xx

Simply Shaz said...

2lovely cards. That image has worked so well for water colouring. Love both of the cards :) x

Tanis Scott said...

Gorgeous! Loving these colors. They both turned out beautifully.

Betty Wright said...

I do not feel so bad since you did it more than once! It is hard! LOL! I am impressed with the trash to treasure card. It is beautiful. I love the second for its vibrant colors. You rock water coloring, Rosemary!

Jingle said...

These are both beautiful! Gorgeous watercoloring! Thanks so much for playing along with the Emboss it! Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog!

natashakara said...

Beautiful! I like the painting on the second one more too, but the first one is gorgeous too. The beauty of watercolor... No two are the same :)

Nancy said...

WOW! I am just now noticing these beauties! You did such an amazing job with this technique! Gorgeous!

Deepti said...

Oh my I can stare these forever, beautiful colors and distress edging is such a stunning effect :) love these

Anita in France said...

These are both stunning, Rosemary ... my fave's the first ... I'm so glad you did a rescue on it! It's soft, serene and so, so beautiful! Anita :)

Barb Ghig said...

OMGoah, Rosemary...you did a fabulous job water coloring your flowers! I love the soft colors, and how your distressed the edges on your papers...so PRETTY!!!

Martha said...

Rosemary, these cards are both FABULOUS & BEAUTIFUL! Well done!