I love watercolouring, it can give such freshness and depth to an image, and what could be easier to watercolour than a beautiful stamped image, that you don't even have to draw yourself!
I have chosen the sweet little bird stamp from Every Moment stamp set, on page 72 of the Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Ideas Book & Catalogue. Make sure you stamp in Jet Black Stazon Ink, so the image won't bleed once you saturate it with water.
Pick your lightest colour - in this case, More Mustard, and squeeze a few drops from the re-inker, into the lid of your ink pad. I use an Aqua Painter to pick up the colour and make sure I have a sheet of paper towel handy too.
Gently do a light wash over the bird, being sure to leave some white showing through, and using a little more ink to highlight things like the beak and wings - dont' fuss too much about it because when the first layer dries, you paint over it again, adding depth with the layers of colour.
Next, select Old Olive and do a wash over the grass - again, leave some white if you like. It gives freshness to the finished image and looks like light bouncing off.
Next, I have chosen Soft Suede & Cajun Craze for the 2nd layers, and as I was doing two cards at the same time, I decided to swap the colours around a little for variety (or just to confuse you!).
See how on the first one I have applied Cajun Craze to the bird, and Soft Suede to the bullrushes, and on the second one, I have done the opposite? I have also added just the thinnest layer of each colour onto the grass as well.
I have still left some white showing, and also made sure some of the original More Mustard is still visible too.
At this point, I decided the background needed more depth too, which is a bit risky, as that should have been done as the very first step. When you add wet-on-wet background colour at this point, you risk all the colours running - I'll have to remember that for next time!
So, what is wet-on-wet? Use your clean, wet aquapainter to wet all of the negative areas (or areas outside the image). Allow it to soak in for a few seconds, then, filling your brush with Old Olive, do a few quick, almost abstract strokes over these areas, leaving some white, making grass like swishes. Don't overwork it, as it will quickly turn to mud. I love how it was wetter below the image, so the green has bled into a watery, blurry cloud, which is exactly what you might want, as that is where the pond would start if there was one in this picture. Notice above the image was much drier, allowing for crisp, clean blades of grass.
Final layer, once it's completely dry, work back into it again with another layer of Cajun Craze & Soft Suede, being very light-handed so as not to create mud.
You can see on the rushes and the chest of the bird, that I have just added the tiniest amounts of ink, that is barely watered down, and I have added just the slightest bit more colour to the stamped grass as well.
All that's left to do is turn them into cards!
If you live in the Ringwood - Lilydale area and would like to attend some card making and/or stamping techniques classes, be sure to check my Term 1 & Term 2 Schedule to find one that suits you.