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Watercolor Pencil Technique provides depth and texture to stamped images.
The Special Reason stamp set is perfect for this watercolor pencil technique. I am not a big fan of spending a lot of time coloring images. I don’t know why it is, but I lose interest quickly. Even as a child I don’t recall completing entire pages in my coloring books very often. As a result, this technique suites me well as the Watercolor Pencils are used primarily to enhance an already stamped image!
Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
Since I have not used this Watercolor Pencil Technique with other stamp sets yet, I can only share how it worked with the Special Reason stamp set. When I first attempted this technique, I found that inking up the image and stamping it made it too dark. I then tried stamping off, but I didn’t like that result either. Ultimately, I settled on using a stamping sponge to apply the ink to the stamp to get the desired look. Even when using the stamping sponge to ink up the stamp, you have to be careful to not over apply the ink!
Another technique used on this card is masking. As the name implies, images are covered in this technique to achieve a desired look. In this instance, masking is used to place part of the leaves behind the flower. I created the mask for the flower using the Stylish Stems dies with post-it notes. (The Stylish Stem Dies are no longer available. However, a mask can be created by fussy cutting around a stamped image.). To keep the gap between the flowers and the leaves from being too big, be sure to leave an edge of the flower showing. The mask needs to be re-positioned for each leaf. Once again, I found that stamping the image fully inked was too much, so the leaf is stamped off once before stamping on the card.
How the Technique is Done
Choose complimentary Watercolor Pencils to shade your images. Shading is done is layers with the darkest layer added last. Once the desired shading has been done, the shading is blended with a blender pen.
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Supplies used for this card project
Special Reason stamp set, Suite Sentiments stamp set, Very Vanilla cardstock, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Calypso Coral ink and cardstock, Petal Burst folder, Blushing Bride 3/8″ stitched satin ribbon, Stamping Sponges, Watercolor Pencils, Chocolate Chip Marker, Pear Pizzazz ink, Blender Pens.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog today! If you enjoyed this project and would like to duplicate it, please be sure to purchase the products you need from my online store. Please note that after May 22nd, the Special Reason stamp set will only be available while supplies last as it is being retired! Thank you so much for your support!
Please come and visit me again as I will be creating more stamping happiness for you soon!