Welcome to the November 2021 Technique Squad Blog Hop! I’m excited to be a part of this fun collaboration with fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. This month’s theme is No Line Watercoloring. Keep reading to see my project below, then make sure to hop over to the other blogs to check out more great projects featuring No Line Watercoloring.
No Line Watercoloring
This technique is done by stamping an outline image with a very light ink color (stamped off one or two times) and using the Water Painters and ink to watercolor the image. The stamped image should be visible enough so you can see where to color, but not so dark that a lot shows through the watercoloring.
For the no line watercoloring portion, I used the smoother side of the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. I inked up my stamp with Sahara Sand ink and stamped it off two times before stamping it on the watercolor paper. This floral stamp comes from the Blessing of Home stamp set (a new set that will be available in the upcoming January-June 2022 Mini Catalog).
I used Fresh Freesia, Bumblebee, Soft Sea Foam, and Garden Green ink pads for the watercoloring. Starting with Fresh Freesia, I watercolored every other petal (so that a freshly watercolored petal wouldn’t bleed into the one next to it). Once those petals were dry, I did the rest of the petals. Then I repeated this process with Soft Sea Foam and Garden Green for the leaves and stems. And, finally the Bumbleebee ink for the centers of the flowers.
To get the lighter variation of color, I diluted the ink with a small amount of water from the brush. To get the darker colors, I picked up the ink with very little water on the brush.
Once the watercoloring was all dry, I die cut it out using the coordinating die from the Flowers of Home Dies (also new and coming in the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog). Then it was time to put the card together.
I used an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (scored at 4-1/4″ on the long side) piece of Garden Green cardstock for the card base. On the front, I stamped a larger floral image in the top-left and bottom-right corners with Garden Green ink.
Then I die cut the largest rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies using Fresh Freesia cardstock. I cut some Basic White cardstock to 2-1/2″ x 3-5/8″ to fit just inside the stitched area. Using Garden Green ink, I stamped the sentiment in the bottom right corner of the White cardstock piece.
I adhered the white piece to the Fresh Freesia rectangle, then added this to the card base with Dimensionals. The die-cut floral piece was also added with Dimensionals to the left side of the rectangle pieces (with a little bit hanging off the edges).
For the inside, I kept it simple with a 3-3/4″ x 5″ layer of Basic White cardstock.
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