Sunday, July 1, 2018

July CAS Mix Up Card Challenge - Colour Your Diecuts!

Happy summer everyone in the Northern Hemisphere!  It's the 1st of July and the new CAS Mix Up Card Challenge has been posted!
Bonnie is our hostess this month and she wants us to color our die cuts!
This is an interesting concept and one you might not think of doing so let's give it a go!  You'll find links to YouTube Videos over at CAS Mix Up to help give you ideas on different ways to color your die cut pieces.
Here is my first attempt and I'm rather pleased with the results!
I started by die cutting the framed trees out of watercolor paper.
Then I water colored the outside edges with green watercolor paint mixed with water on my craft mat.  When I was done - I dried it with my heat tool before moving onto the next color.
Then I water colored the birch trees using a grey watercolor paint mixed with water.  Drying it when I was done.
And I finished the water coloring using brown watercolor ink on the final tree.
I cut a panel of  Rustic Cream and splattered brown watercolor paint over it by filling my brush with watery brown paint and tapping the brush over my finger so the splatter went on the panel.  This is always tricky as I often flick too much or too big of a splatter - so it's a good idea to try it on a scrap paper first to see if you need to use more or less water with the paint on the brush!
To finish off the birch trees, I used my 01 Black Micron Pen and drew lines half way across on both sides of the trunks.
Then I layered the watercolored die cut over the panel with foam dots and splattered a little more onto the die cut.  I die cut the Direct Message Banner and stamped it and glued it across the frame and layered the panel onto a  Rustic Cream card base.
You'll find Design Team Inspiration as well as links to YouTube videos on ways to color your die cuts over at the CAS Mix Up Blog here.
We can't wait to see how you Color Your Die Cuts!!

We are also welcoming Susan Joyce (Cat's InkCorporated)  as our July Guest Designer so please stop by her blog to say hello!

I'm also linking my card to:
Just Us Girls
 AAA Cards

Happy Little Stampers

Stamps:  Direct Messages - PTI
Paper:  Rustic Cream - PTI, Watercolor Paper - Canson
Ink:  Ranger Distress Gathered Twigs (to sponge edges) Cocoa Bean - PTI
Accessories:  Tree frame die - Ali Express, Direct Messages Banner Die - PTI, Watercolor paints, paint brush, water, 01 Black Micron Pen, foam dots.


Mac Mable said...

You sure looked like you had fun colouring in those die cuts. The framing draws your eyes right in to your fabulous card x. x

Loll said...

Beautiful colouring of your framed trees Julia. Thanks for the tip about making sure each colour is dry before moving on to the next. Sometimes (almost always!), I'm too impatient and then end up with bleeding and mud colour. I love how yours turned out and the splattering is the perfect finishing touch. xx

Bonnie said...

I love your watercolor die cut woodland scene, Julia! Wonderful job of coloring all the elements and the splatter adds a nice touch! A great card using this technique, my friend!

nancy littrell said...

Adding your watercoloring to your die cut trees scene made your scene so interesting and real, Julia! I love how you added your splatters to your scene and added the lines to your birch trees. TFS my friend. Hugs..

Vicki Dutcher said...

The colored die cuts really does add to the end result! Thanks for joining in at JUGS.

Christine Alexander said...

love your mix of die cuts to create this wonderful scene. Great watercolouring :)

Ina G said...

CASimply gorgeous Julia. Such a different layout. Love the splatters and how you made your sentiment. So so lovely.

Susan said...

Great rustic card - perfect masculine card too! Love all the splatters and the banner for the sentiment.

Jane said...

Ow there’s an idea I’ve never thought about. Makes for a scene with added dimension. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

Melissa L. said...

Very cool, Julia. Lovely technique. Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards with your pretty painted die cut.

Jo Manna said...

Such an inviting scene. Love all your watercoloring and the details you've accomplished. The splatters add so much interest too. Beautifully executed, I love it xx

Tracey McNeely said...

Julia your card is so pretty and I love the way you watercoloured your die cuts! Happy summer!

Sue VanDeVusse said...

That framed tree die is fantastic and I love how you have colored it! Stunning creation. Thanks for playing along with us at JUGS!

Papercraft Boutique said...

Such a beautiful serene forest scene you created, Julia! I especially love how you watercolored the trees and added the black lines to the birch trees with your Micron pen. They make the trees look real and give definition. The spatters are the perfect organic touch too. I always enjoy your visual step-by-step tutorials - thanks for sharing them! (I know it takes more time to do that.) Hideko xx

Cheryl S said...

Love your framed trees and how you created so much dimension with your coloring! Thanks for playing at AAA Cards challenges.

Susan Joyce said...

So soft and pretty Julia, love the extra detail using the black pen.

Linda said...

What a pretty die and beautifully coloured too xx

BożenA said...

The beautiful, juicy green color, beautifully colored tree trunks and gentle splashing make the card stunning. Beautiful and delicate.
Thank you for joining the challenge in HLS Watercolor.

Helen said...

Your soft water coloured frame makes a great feature to your wonderful card Julia! Thanks so much for joining in at HLS watercolour Challenge this month!