Thursday, January 12, 2017

Watercolor markers two ways

Hello, I am glad you are here!  I have two cards to share today, both using watercolor markers to color the image, all the same color markers too.  The difference is that one I blended out with water and the other I did not.  It was fun to see what kind of difference that made.

I started by stamping on mixed media paper with archival ink.  Here is the version where I blended with water.

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I fussy cut the image (not so easy with the thick paper) and applied it to some textured cardstock.  The background was some light blue textured cardstock that I embossed.


Here is the second card - you can see the deeper colors.  I colored the darker hue of marker to an area first and then blended it out with the lighter marker.  I really find that the mixed media paper works well for watercolor markers.  Some other cardstocks absorb the marker too quickly and you get more streaks and less blend.


I added white gel pen to the image to accent the details and to break up the colors a little. The same accent patterned paper was used on this card, but I used a smooth cardstock for the base with some tone on tone stamping.



I hope you enjoyed my cards today.  Which is your preference?


(I thought I would like the lighter colors better, but I really found myself loving the chartreuse in the deeper colors!)

Supplies:  Power Poppy Short Stacks stamp set, Archival Ink, Hero Arts Leafy Vines, Hero Arts Soft Pool shadow ink, Tombow water based markers, Elizabeth Crafts Embossing folder, K&Co Susan Winget matstack, Strathmore Mixed Media Paper, Darice white textured cardstock, other cardstocks from my stash, self-adhesive gems, Spellbinders Labels 4, white gel pen.

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
ModSquad Challenge blog - Sequins, Rhinestones and Glitter

15 comments:

  1. Although both cards are really pretty and so well coloured but my preference is the darker one too x

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  2. Awe! These are so pretty creations Heidi!! I really love them BOTH, but I can see more boldness in the second one like you mention. I happen to be drawn to both soft and dark colors and noticed that when I create, I reach for softer tones...I don't know why...but I do love BOTH! :) The birds remind me of a couple of parakeets I had as a child. TFS! HUGS

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  3. Oh I love the pretty parakeet and what wonderful designs Heidi.

    Hugs Diane

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  4. Great tip about the mixed media paper. I'm going to try that. Super cute cards, theyva both fabulous!

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  5. Hi Heidi, a great stamp and you have coloured it to almost the same as Ben my bath loving Budgie! Two great cards love the more vivid colours of the second card. Have a great weekend... Megan

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  6. Playing with inks can be so much fun and you always get such different results! I really like the green bird with the more colorful cups, as well as the rounded sentiment. I usually prefer lots of color as opposed to pastels but these are all very pretty!

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  7. Oh my gosh...this is so much fun to look at your card two ways!
    I love them both but have a fondness for the brighter colours. I always love them on other peoples blogs and yet do not have enough courage to try them enough, on my own!

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  8. To be honest I love them both because they have an individual look of their own. I thought it was going to be the blended one but when I scrolled down, I saw another awesome card. I love how you fussy cut the budgie and placed them on your teacups.

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  9. They are both terrific but I really love the first one just a bit more, lovely blending of the colors and love how you colored the bird in that one too!

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  10. Loving them both really Heidi but think maybe the bright colours on the second just takes 1st place for me;) Viv xx

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  11. I am so happy to see a Power Poppy image here. This one is a favorite of mine. It cute parakeet reminds me of a childhood pet that we had. You did a great job coloring it and fussy cutting it. You get two chances for a great prize. I hope we will see you again. Thanks so much for joining us at the Mod Squad Challenge this week. Barbara Mod Squad DT member.

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  12. Both are beautiful cards. Hard to decide which I like best. Will have to dry Mixed Media paper...never used.

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  13. very pretty...love the spring colours you used...

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  14. I love both of your cards. The cup stacks are awesome. Great colors, too.

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