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Dec 4, 2013

Watercolor Wildflowers - Two Ways

Hello there and thank you for stopping by today. Today kicks off the beginning of the MFT December Release Countdown. Be sure to head over to the MFT Blog for full set and die reveals for the day.

My cards today use Lisa Johnson's new Grand Peaceful Wildflowers. This set is the "big sister" to the previously-released Peaceful Wildflowers, and SIZE MATTERS. I am LOVING the new GRAND size of these flowers. They are so gorgeous!

I skipped the "normal" paper and ink routine and incorporated two different styles of watercolor for my cards today.  

Blurred Watercolor


To achieve this look:
  • ink up the stamp carefully using one color for the stem and leaves and another for the flower head
  • Mist watercolor paper (90 lb, Canson brand) lightly with water and blot with a paper towel to remove standing water (too much water is not a good thing)
  • stamp flower (if ink starts to run too much, quickly blot with a paper towel)
  • stamp additional flowers in desired formation (ink every time you stamp, rewet paper if needed)
  • when paper dries a little (you can speed it along with a heat tool) stamp additional foliage as filler after stamping off so the ink is subdued
  • use air art tool from SU to splatter dye ink from markers onto watercolor paper (I used a light yellow and hot pink)
The sentiment was stamped on a die-cut using Brilliance Graphite Black Ink.



I sewed around the perimeter of the watercolor paper and roughed up the edges with my fingers.


Guided Freehand Watercolor


To achieve this look:
  • carefully ink up stamp using a green for the stem and leaves and another color for the flower head
  • huff on stamp (breathe hot air on it) and stamp onto Smooth White Card Stock
  • squish the ink pad color you used onto a smooth surface (to transfer some ink), grab a small cup of water and thin paintbrush
  • wet paintbrush lightly and pick up ink, go over the stamped lines on the entire image, in the same color
This technique will give your stamped flowers a hand-painted look. If you go out of the lines a little, don't worry, just smooth it out and keep going. I love the velvety texture on the red flower! 



I stamped the Typewriter Text Background over the flowers in Natural ink that was stamped off before I watercolored them. Each flower was stamped on a Pierced Rectangle.


The background panel was stamped with the Woodgrain Background in Versamark and embossed in white. I sponged all the edges of the card stock layers with Natural ink.





These products and many more will be available for purchase in just SEVEN days, on December 10 at 10 PM EST.  Be sure to check out the MFT Blog to see what the rest of the team has come up with today.





33 comments:

  1. Lovely effect with these stunning flowers

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  2. Love the softness of the cards. Thanks

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  3. Lovely watery effect. Looks wonderful and soft. Thanks for sharing :-D

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  4. Your cards are wonderful. I love that Grand Peaceful Wildflowers stamp set.

    Hugs,
    Mary Ellen

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  5. Fabulous cards! Those flowers are gorgeous!

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  6. Loving the watercolor effect!

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  7. Thank you for these lovely samples!

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  8. Over the top gorgeous cards Jodi.

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  9. Wow! Love the watercolouring!! These are just gorgeous Jody!!

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  10. Love the water colors...thank you for sharing!

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  11. Love these cards!-Jen Naus

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  12. Your cards are so lovely! Thanks for sharing your techniques on how you achieved each one. They're beautiful!

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  13. these are looooovely, Jody. thanks for the written how to. I REALLY love that first one.

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  14. Love the soft look of the watercolor!

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  15. Those are absolutely beautiful! They are my favorite cards of the release so far! Gorgeous techniques.

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  16. Gorgeous! That misty look is absolutely is a warm and hazy summer day - such a happy card!!

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  17. Gorgeous water coloring cards!!

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  18. Yes!! I like the your hand painted, watercolor technique!

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  19. Your cards are Gorgeous! I love the Sympathy card . It is just so pretty and peaceful. I will have to try your techniques that you shared.

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  20. This card is gorgeous. I love the look of watercolor. I'm going to have to try this technique for sure.

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  21. Wow what beautiful cards!

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  22. Jody, these images are great for the watercolor technique! Very pretty images.

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  23. Really enjoy the watercolor effects!!

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  24. Wow, love these cards. So thoughtful of you to show two techniques. Love them both. I'd love to do the first one in my journal, soft enough to add writing. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Beautiful! I especially love the watercolor card!

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  26. Gorgeous!! The freehand watercolor is my FAV!!!

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  27. You've gone beyond just stamping into a beautiful art form. These cards are so pretty. Makes me want to try it!

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  28. These are gorgeous and beautiful cards. Great Job!

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  29. Oh GF, these are beautiful!

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  30. Thanks for sharing the techniques used for your cards. Very pretty!

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