Monday, May 12, 2008

Every Day is a Gift

A wonderful sentiment and one we should remember every day! I attempted to watercolor my image today for the Try a New Technique Challenge at Split Coast - to emboss and then watercolor on your card. You can see some tutorials on watercoloring if you click above.

I embossed my plants in detail black embossing powder on watercolor paper. For those who may not know - detail embossing powder gives a clear clean definition to whatever you are embossing - regular embossing powder can give a thicker line - so if you have fine detail on your stamp - you want to use detail embossing powder. If you click on my card - you will see it enlarged and can see the detail better.

Next I colored the plants with Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils and then used my aqua painter (waterbrush) to blend the colors. I haven't done much watercoloring so I'm not very good at the technique. I was happy to try it though and next time I'll be a little better at it (maybe!) Practice makes perfect - right?!

The panel is up on dimensionals as well as the sentiment ovals. I added 3 brads to the top left to balance the sentiment on the bottom right. The potted plants are by Northwoods Rubber Stamps and the sentiment is PapertreyInk - from the Out on a Limb set.

I thought I was going to stamp early tonight - Kent is up at camp helping his sibblings open it for the season so I had no dinner making obligations - but I got involved in paying some bills and balancing the checkbook and other such putterings - so here I am posting at 11 pm again! 5:15 am comes early - so I'm going to scoot off to bed as soon as I sign off here.

I appreciate your checking in today! See you tomorrow - hopefully at an earlier time!!

Today's thought from Poor Richard's Almanac by Ben Franklin: "Nothing dries sooner than a tear."

Stamps: Plants: Northwoods Rubber Stamps, Sentiment: PapertreyInk - Out on a Limb
Paper: Really Rust, Basic Black, Very Vanilla: SU, Watercolor paper, DP: Sandy Lion - Fall
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Versamark Watermark Pad
Accessories: hot gun, dimensionals, black detail EP, oval punches, brads, aqua painter, prismacolor watercolor pencils

4 comments:

mspfd said...

Julia,
This is stunning. Beautiful, vibrant colors. Wonderful use of the sketch!

~amy~ said...

Love your watercoloring..fabulous job!

dpkennedy said...

This is beautiful! Your watercoloring is perfect! Really nice card Julia!

Anonymous said...

Really pretty card and great coloring. Thanks for describing the difference between detail and regular embossing powder. I had seen people list detail in their recipe and wondered if it was the same as regular. I learn something new every day. (grin)

Bev J. (Maxell on SCS)