On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a Black Stazon Ink pad, two aquapainters and blender pens in a packet of three!
I truly love my Watercolouring, and those of you who have been to my classes will know that I mean REAL watercolouring, wet on wet, on proper thick yummy watercolour paper. Lucky for me,I can get a particularly good quality watercolour paper through Stampin' Up!
I always stamp my images with the Jet Black Stazon (giant sniff - ohhh love that almond paste chemical smell that takes me right back to the printmaking studio at Box Hill TAFE 20 years ago!!). The Stazon stays on! It doesn't run or bleed when you drown the paper in water.
I use the aquapainters for this task, filled with water and give a good squeeze to get it flowing nicely. Do have some paper towel on hand though, just in case the ink gets a little over-excited! I like to pick up ink out of the lids of my Classic Stampin' Pads for my colours. If you don't have the Classic Ink pads, but do have Stampin' Spots, you can press a Stampin' Spot onto a margarine lid or piece of acetate to create a pallet for yourself.
This card uses just four colours, starting with Bashful Blue, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke and Real Red. Allow the first layer to dry thoroughly and then work back over it for more depth of colour. In this example, once it was all dried and the colours rich enough, each berry was given a dob of Crystal Effects to make it shine like a real berry.
The lovely little bird is from the pretty Christmas stamp set Blessed Season. I wanted a little touch of something a bit pretty on the inside of the card too, so using the Always Artichoke ink pad, I stamped just a portion of the holly from the image onto a panel insert.
For something a bit different - with definite CUTE factor, I stamped on Whisper White cardstock with the Jet Black Stazon, but this time coloured ever so gently with the Blender Pens. This is a very controlled way of colouring - unlike the wet on wet with the watercolour paper.
How insanely cute is that little bird from the set For the Birds? I love the whole set, but I particularly adore this sweet little chap!
Well, that's enough samples for one day! Four days after the Caulfield Craft & Sewing Show, my hubby and I headed south, on the boat to Tassie with a car full of stamps and samples to attend the Tassie Stampin' Day which my team hosted in Launceston. I'll be back tomorrow to show you some of the photos and tell you all about the crazy, fantastic day we had!
See you then! Kathryn.