Monday, April 16, 2012

Barely There

Growing Green is, sadly, one of the sets that will be retiring May 31st.  I have to admit that this is the first time I've used this set.  My daughter bought it a while back and since she wasn't using it, gave it to me to store for her.

This week is One Layer Week at the Less is More challenge.  We're also to do 
"This can be in any form you wish, faux stitching, hand written or drawn elements on your card, zentangle. As long as you create something with 'ink' by hand"

And at The Paper Players challenge this week, Jaydee says to do a Clean and Simple card with WATERCOLOURING.

It just so happens that we did watercoloring on Saturday at Scrap & Share.  Peggy showed us how she watercolors with Watercolor Crayons.  I'm ashamed to say, I've had some for a couple of years and never got the hang of them.  I used them on the greenery behind the flower.  You can see that I still haven't quite got the knack.  I wet the stamp with an Aquapainter and colored directly on the stamp.  It's really tricky getting the right amount of water.  I've got some strange looking practice pieces!  Then I used the aquapainter to color in the leaves by swiping it across the crayon.

I inked the flower with a Blender pen and colored it with a blender pen and marker.  Although this isn't legitimate watercoloring, it's the method I'm most comfortable with.

The DOODLING comes in at the vase.  I drew it with a Blush Blossom marker and colored it in with a white gel pen.  Doodling is terrifying to me!  I've ruined quite a few cards with some doodling.

I used the Adorning Accents scallop Embossing Folder across the top for a little interest.  And the paper is some Acrylic paper that I've had since before retiring.  The tablet was in the Lost and Found and about to be thrown out.  I'd forgotten about it.  It has a lovely linen look and holds the water pretty well.

I've got a lot more to learn about watercoloring.  There are so many different techniques that I'm bound to find one that I'm comfortable with.  In the meantime, I'll just dabble some more.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! (unless otherwise noted)

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Growing Green
Ink:  SU Markers (Melon Mambo, Blush Blossom)
Paper:  Acrylic Paper (non SU)
Other:  Adorning Accents Scallop EF, Watercolor Crayon (Wild Wasabi), White Gel Pen

I had a few minutes this afternoon to play in the Craft Room, but my mojo took a break.  Hopefully it will return soon.

If  you're interested in seeing the Retiring Stamps list for Stampin' Up!, there's a link on my sidebar.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you've enjoyed your visit.


jimlynn said...

Beautiful card! Love the water coloring and the flower is so very pretty. Also love the way you used the border at the top. Outstanding card!

Emily Keaton said...

So beautiful, Bonnie! I just love the soft look of this card. It's delightful!

(Sorry I haven't been able to stop by much recently--real life has been calling, rather LOUDLY, I might add! It was a treat to be able to stop by to see your creations again.)

Ann Schach said...

How clever to use the Growing Green greenery behind the flower, Bonnie! It makes a perfect backdrop! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

Chrissie said...

The effect of your watercolouring on the leaves is really gentle Bonnie. I must admit that it sounds like an interesting technique to actually colour the stamp using watercolour pencils and one which I think sounds really tricky, so well done you!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Aileen said...

Your vase of flowers look lovely with the watercolouring. x

Victoria said...

Beautiful soft colours in this one. I'm still waiting for doodling inspiration to strike.... hmm...

Cynthia said...

I love your dabbling!! What a sweet,peaceful card. Really beautiful!

Ballie (Bennarda) said...

Wauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuw, wath a lovely card.Nice colour.
Bye-bye Bennarda (Ballie)

Darnell J Knauss said...

I love your soft watercolored card and you did great with the doodled vase! It reminds me that I have a bunch of watercolor crayons that I never use ... hmmm ...

Faith A said...

I really like the deicateness of this Bonnie, so pretty

Butternutsage said...

sweet soft and delicate is what comes to mind when I look at your card Bonnie. Thanks for the inspiration!

Benzi said...

Very pretty, Bonnie! I love watercoloring but never tried this method. Doodling...I am too scared to even try. LOL

Susan said...

I love the look of watercoloring...but I still struggle with it. It always looks smeared when I do it! LOL! I think your card is lovely! Your vase looks fine to me. I throw a LOT of my doodling away! LOL!

Mandi said...

Such a lovely technique, love the subtlty. Bonnie
Really lovely
Thank you very much
"Less is More"

Lesley said...

How pretty Bonnie and I love your doodled pot! Wow! Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players.

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Bonnie, This is wonderful, I love your pale and delicate colours, it's just so pretty, Gay xx

Colleen Dietrich said...

So soft and beautiful! You know, one of the things that kind of turned me off about SU is that things retire much too frequently, things I love to use. It makes it much more difficult to use SU stuff for submitting to publications, 'cause they want current stuff. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for SU because that's how I jumped in to this craft, but I find them kind of limiting. :(

jaydee said...

Bonnie, so soft and pretty. What a great way to combine the challenges. Great use of this set.
So glad you were able to join the Paper Players this week

Anne Marie Hile said...

Bonnie, this is simply stunning! I love the pop of pink and the simple embossed scallop detail. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)