Tuesday, May 12, 2015

One Layer Simplistic Blossom Card- A Watercolor Experiment :-)

Hi Stampers!!

Ok, I admit, Clean and Simple is so difficult for me!!  I so admire the designers that can lay down a few colors and images that created such gorgeous masterpieces- my hat goes off to you!! 

I keep trying, but trust me, this is not easy for me- lol!!  This card is another one-layer card that I created for the One Layer Simplicity OLS16 Blossom Challenge using the CAS Colours and Sketches #123Challenge and the Splitcoaststampers’ CAS324 Thank You! Challenge (see detailshere and gallery here).

I decided to pull out some of my neglected retired stamp sets and give them some "love" with the no line watercolor technique (which did not turn out as I hoped and I had to "re-draw" the lines) :-)

This is my second try at the first two challenges listed... I had created another card with this color challenge and simplicity challenge in mind, but even though the focal image is only one layer, the rest of the card appeared to be too "detailed" to be simplistic- I will share this one another time :-)  


Again, if you have not already done so, I hope you will find the time to visit the above sites to check out the wonderful Design Team samples as well as their fantastic galleries!

To create this card:

Using Sahara Sand Classic Ink, stamp the flower from the retired set, Bloomin’ Beautiful onto a piece of Naturals White cardstock. 

Spritz the paper with water and use an AquaPainter™ to apply Tangerine Tango and Soft Suede Classic Ink to the image.

Allow to dry a bit and add shadows with the Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write marker.

Here is where I had to add additional definition to the outline using a Faber-Castell® XS Black Pitt Pen marker (maybe I should have inked the image using Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink to start with, huh?).  Plus, I neglected to show the pitiful hand-drawn line that I tried to create around this image - the card is now 3.5" wide x 5" tall since I cut off that line- lol!

I also think that the no-line watercolor technique may have worked better with real watercolors versus our Classic Ink...plus watercolor paper versus Naturals White...oh well, again, art is about having fun and experimenting! 

Stamp the sentiment with Sahara Sand Classic Ink.

Ink the retired background stamp, En Francais with Sahara Sand Classic Ink, lay the image face down onto the background stamp and randomly press your fingers to achieve the background.

Quick, simple and the card is finished!

Stamp Sets:  Bloomin’ Beautiful, En Francais, Short & Sweet

Ink:  Sahara  Sand,  Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango Classic Ink; Stampin’ Write Markers- Sahara  Sand,  Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango ; Faber-Castell® Pitt Pen XS Black Marker

Paper: Naturals White

Accessories: Water Spritzer Bottle, AquaPainter™


Thanks again for stopping by- I hope all of you have a wonderful evening!   Tomorrow morning I will be sharing my design for the Mixed Media category of the new Card Concept Challenge- now, this card will not be Clean and Simple :-)

7 comments:

Jane said...

Love your smudgy watercoloured flower. And well done with the CAS! Thanks for playing at CC&S.

Heather said...

Oh my, my! Your combination of watercoloured flower and muted background text is elegant and beautiful.

Skylark said...

I think your watercoloured blossom is beautiful and perfectly CAS for our CC&S challenge. Half the fun with creative art is experimenting, there are always new techniques to try and I think you've done a great job. Stef x

Patricia H. said...

The flower seems to glow against the texty background! It's a lovely card, and I'm glad you shared it with us at CC&S! :)

Lizy Bartaby said...

This is absolutely stunning Julie! I love the masked background and the flower truly looks 3D!
Thanks for joining us at CAS-Colours and Sketches this week :)
Lizy xx

Brenda said...

Beautiful!

Brenda said...

Beautiful!

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