Tuesday, September 15, 2015

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: Watercolor Your World

One of the cool new product lines in the new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book is the watercolors!  You're going to learn some great watercolor techniques along this month's CTMH Technique Blog Hop.  (If you're already hopping, then welcome from Priscilla's blog!  If you're just getting started or when you're ready to move on, go to Darlys' blog next.)

For my project, I decided to try my hand at painting a sunset-inspired background to go with the September stamp of the month, Paper Garden.  I thought that I would stamp in Black on the colorful background, but as you can see I changed my mind.
For the background, I started with a 4"x5.25" watercolor paper panel.  I began with yellow water color paint (which didn't photo well) and then added the next three colors (progressing to darker colors and working from bottom to top for the color area so that the pain was lighter to dark top to bottom).

Here is our actual watercolor paint, and the colors I chose are numbered in the order that I used them.
To ink up the Paper Garden flowers, I started with Poppy then Pomegranate then Eggplant and finally added touches of Cocoa.
To finish off this card, I mounted the watercolor stamped panel onto Sangria B&T and then wrapped Poppy thick twine around the card front.  I added several of the dark Pink enamel gems to add a little sparkle and dimension.

Thanks for checking out my watercolor project.  You'll learn a lot along the hop, so leave me a comment and then go visit Darlys next.


  1. Beautiful card! I like the ombré effect achieved with the water colors.

  2. Fantastic card - Love it with the Sangria colors.

  3. Great Background. I must try it. Keep sharing.

  4. Absolutely gorgeous! Did you apply the ink with sponge dauber?

  5. For the flowers, I just inked up the stamps directly, starting with the lightest color and rolling edges, etc., in the darker colors. Our clear stamps sure help with color placement! It isn't a perfect art, but I love the results.

  6. Amazing colors, everything is perfect from the watercolor ombré effect, to the rock 'n roll inked flowers. Love, love love the colors! Super great card.


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