Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Glitter Queen October Blog Hop - Day 2

Hello and welcome to day two of the Glitter Queens October Blog Hop! Today is Tuesday and that means it is Technique Tuesday at the Crafting Elegance blog. In honor of Technique Tuesday and the Glitter Queens Blog Hop, today's project features a fall themed greeting card using the the famous water coloring technique.

Water coloring is one of my favorite ways to color. Although it may seem intimidating it is quite an easy technique to coloring stamped images. Today's card uses the new Gently Falling stamp set which is featured in the 2011 Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini catalog. This stamp set comes with two sets of stamps for creating beautiful leaf images. One set of stamps is the solid image of the leaves, while the other set is the line art image of the leaves.

Water Coloring Technique Instructions

The water coloring technique was used to make the background designer paper. To make the background, take the line art image set and stamped various leaf images in black Stazon ink into a random pattern onto Stampin' Up!'s water color paper. It is always best to use Stazon Ink when water coloring so that your outline image does not run when it gets wet. I also highly recommend using water color paper when doing this technique, so that your paper does not buckle when painting your images with water.

Next I took my aqua painter paint brush, squeezed a small amount of water to the tip of my brush, then dipped the brush into the selected SU classic color ink pads to paint my leaves.  To insure the color of the leaves were variegated, I colored only small sections of the leaves at a time until I achieved my desired color pattern and intensity. To soften the intensity if the color, simply add a bit more water to your brush when coloring.

After coloring in the images, I then took my En Fancis background stamp and stamped the entire paper with Crumb Cake Classic ink. Then I stamped and water colored a few extra leaves, cut them out and attached them to the card with Stampin dimensionals. Finally I added the greeting, a piece of ribbon and an antique brad to finish the card. Leave a comment below to let me know what you think of today's project.

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Thanks for joining me today.  Don't forget to join us tomorrow for another Fall creation. Next on the hop is Anji Clements. Click here to visit Anji.  If you happen to have missed a few Glitter Queens along the way, check out the links below.

Happy Stamping!

Stamp Set: Gently Falling, Sincere Salutations
Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, SU Water Color Paper
Ink: More Mustard, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Basic Grey, and Old Olive Classic Ink Pads;                         
      Black Stazon Ink 
Accessories: Victoria Crochet Trim, Antique Brads


  1. Wow...what a beautiful card! I love the technique. I will have to try that. TFS!

  2. This is a lovely,elegant card. Thanks

  3. this is so lovely and I love that beautiful brad too.
    Eva :0)
    I have a giveaway on my blog

  4. Very pretty card, Candice! I love the variegated look on the leaves! I adore these fabulous fall colors! I will check back again tomorrow for your final show and share this time.

  5. Gorgeous card, I shy away from watercoloring but your technique sounds great, will give a try. The leaves and background are just stunning.

  6. Beautiful Card, reminds me Fall is upon us, the colors are great.

  7. What an elegant Fall card I just love to water color it gives such a soft look. Great job with your day 2 project. TFS :)

  8. Beautiful card, thanks for the tips also. Love the background!

  9. Lovely card and great coloring.

  10. Love this card and this stamp set. Just signed up for your Christmas newsletter and am looking forward to it. TFS
    Kristie G.
    thisday at ne dot rr dot com

  11. Beautiful project. I am so glad you shared this technique. I love the blog hop and am a fan of the Glitter Queens. TFS


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