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Mar 9, 2008

Sunny Side of the Street

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on my last blog post! You made my day. :) I hope you enjoy using the DRUNKEN WATERCOLOR technique.

Last night after posting the tutorial, I went back to my stamp room to try it again. This time, I used a lighter shade of blue. Again, for this image I mixed 91% rubbing alcohol with dye re-inkers from Stampin' Up. I also filled my aquapainter with rubbing alcohol. The result is a color that stays true and is much more vivid than traditional watercoloring with water. I can continue to layer color without worrying that the colors will morph or bleed. My paper also stays very flat instead of curling up when watercoloring with water.

After coloring the main image, I sponged the layer with creamy caramel. Then, I used my Tonic paper distresser to rough up the edges of that layer as well as the larger creamy caramel card stock. I wrapped some SU taffeta ribbon around the corners and added a bow that I made using taffeta ribbon and glue dots.

Stamps: Rubber Romance umbrella girl, Many Happy Returns (SU), Pretty Petals BG stamp (SU)

Ink: Palette Noir, bashful blue, creamy caramel, blush blossom, pretty in pink, Versamark

Paper: bashful blue, creamy caramel, black, PTU white, SU print pack

Accessories: SU taffeta ribbon, black brads, Janome sewing machine, dimensionals, bone folder, aquapainter filled with 91% rubbing alcohol, ink palette, word window punch, glue dots

I also colored the image using traditional watercoloring and again, wanted to show you the side by side results. You can see the colors blend much easier using the alcohol solution and the colors stay true. The image on the finished card uses the drunken watercolor technique, but I wanted to show you both so you can compare the results. :)
The photo below will not enlarge for some reason. Sorry. :(


  1. The results of your experimenting are amazing! Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us (who don't have Copics either).

  2. Love your card Jody! I am waiting on my PTI white to arrive. I am wondering if you tried this on regular paper like Whisper White? Guess I will see if it will warp the WW like water does. I do have Watercolour paper I can use too. Just curious how it would work on WW as it is a LOT cheaper than WC paper ;)
    thanks again for the was FABULOUS!

  3. Wow! Beautiful job on this, Jody! Very inventive and wonderfully explained too!


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