Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Virginia's View - Water Coloring

Hi everyone ~
I love to create a card using a special technique, so when my sweet friend Virginia Lu started a challenge blog  featuring water coloring, I took out my distress inks and Inktense pencils and got going! Here is the gorgeous inspiration photo from Her Blog



As I was working, the ideas kept coming, so in the end, I have 4 cards to enter in her challenge:



On this card, I stamped the Leafy Vines and Butterfly on to separate sheets of water color paper and heat embossed each one. Then, I inked the card base with Salty Ocean and Broken China, and the butterfly with Peacock Feathers and Mustard Seed, then misted with water. The butterfly was popped up with Glue Dots.



This is one of my all time favorite stamps. I just heat embossed with Hero Arts White EP, and water colored the flowers and leaves with Broken China, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn, stamped the sentiment on vellum, and added a few tiny vellum butterflies and gems.


Here, I used my Inktense Pencils (yellow, orange and red) for the banner, die cut my new PTI Button Stacks in felt, and mounted it onto a woodgrain card base from SSS. I also added those cute little stars from Delish Beads.


For my last card, I couldn't resist playing with my Hero Arts Painted Flower stamp. I think the organic nature of this stamp lends itself to water coloring, so for this card I did selective inking with Distress Inks (mustard seed and mowed lawn), spritzed it and stamped it onto a white card base (PTI Stamper's Select, which is very heavy cardstock). I used an understated sentiment, as I wanted the flower to be the star of the show!

 Well, thank you so much for hanging in there with this 'photo heavy' post!  There are 12 more days to enter Virginia's Challenge, so I hope you'll consider hopping on over there for details and lots of inspiration!  

 

17 comments:

Sarah Gray said...

Wow, Barb! You have showcased all these watercolour looks perfectly! I love the banner and the distress ink background on your first card. Thanks for the reminder - I hope to play along with Virginias challenge at the weekend :)

lostinpaper said...

So many different and wonderful watercolour techniques, you have definitely inspired me to just get to and stop procrastinating... and just make some cards, thanks for the kick!

Virginia Lu said...

I am amazed...these are all.so.beautiful, Barb! Where have you been before this Virginia's View's Challenge? Your talent really shine through in all of these creations! So glad that the challenge inspired you! Big thanks to you for being one of the most encouraging and sweetest blog friend one can ever ask for! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Virginia's View Challenge!

Virginia Lu said...

As I look through these cards, I can't pick a favorite...you make it so hard :)

Deepti said...

Wow!! I just love these amazing collection of cards, so many different looks with the water colors. My favorite difficult to say but I can't have my eyes off the first one :)

Tracey McNeely said...

All such beautiful watercoloured cards Barb! You totally rocked this.

Betty said...

all your cards are so lovely but the blue flower one is my absolute favorite - i bought some crayola watercolors today (50% off) and am going give those a go. love just using the distress inks tho.

joy said...

So very nice, Barb! :Your have outdone yourself with these beauties!

Greta said...

4 beautiful cards, Barb! I really love that butterfly with the vines!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Love all of your creativity in watercolors Barb! Once it starts flowing, sometimes it is hard to stop!!! I think I did 3 cards!!!! Then I told myself, you have others duties girl !! LOL!

Loving your Parade of gorgeousness!!!

KayM said...

Oh my Barb! THese are all so pretty! You do the watercolor thing wonderfully! I am in love with the one with the blue flowers embossed in white! Ooooooh that is so lovely! Makes me want to get my watercolors out to play! ;)

♥Gemma♥ said...

wow wow wow Barb!! These are truly stunning and very eye catching, love them all!!
hugs and xxx
Gemma

Rosemary said...

wow... not one, but FOUR fantastic card! you were really on a roll with watercoloring, barb!

Laura B. said...

beautiful cards, Barb!! I love them all! You've been a busy little watercoloring bee, haven't you:)♥

Jean said...

These are all gorgeous!

Kanan Pandya said...

Beautiful cards, Barb. Each one is so pretty. Love the first card with lovely background, Leafy Vines and Butterfly. The second card is so elegant, love the soft colors. Great banner design for the third card and the last one is CAS and very pretty with yellow and green. Great work. :-)

Loll Thompson said...

Wow ... fabulous watercolored cards Barb. Each one is so unique and beautiful! Loll xx