Friday, February 25, 2011

Watercolor Wonders

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Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Technique Blog Hop!  SA is celebrating it's second birthday this week.  SA is great place to learn and share Stampin' Up related ideas.  It is free so if you have not joined just click HERE for all the info.

If you are following the hop links you just arrived from Sara's blog where she showed us the chalkboard technique.  Pretty fun, eh?

For my portion of the hop, I am featuring techniques using the Watercolor Wonder Crayons.
The first technique is using the white crayon to make highlights.  Just color the areas you would like to highlight and then dab classic colored ink over the top.  The crayoned areas remain white.  I used the Fast and Fabulous stamp set for this and it really was fast.  I hope you think it is fabulous as well!

The next technique takes a little more time but is worth the effort.  To create the abstract background piece, I very lightly sponged versamark refill on glossy white cardstock.  I heat embossed it with black Stampin' Up embossing powder then randomly scribbled watercolor crayons over the top.  I misted this with water just a tiny bit as I wanted the stroke marks to remain visible.  Pretty jazzy!  Oh and by the way the cakes are painted with the crayons as well.  The crayons are perfect for traditional watercoloring.

For this card I used the watercolor crayons to add color to the newsprint DSP.  The flowers were punched with the scallop flower and boho blossom punches.  Then I scribbled around the outside edges and spritzed with water.  While they were wet I crumpled them up and shaped the flowers.  I plan to try these in a variety of colors.  

My last technique used for the tag on the card is the result of experimenting with gesso on whisper white cardstock.  I dabbed the gesso on- leaving little ridges in it.  After is was dry I colored over top and it gave a wonderful nubby texture to the colors.  In person, it is shiny white with bright specks of color like little candy sprinkles.  Very festive for a birthday party favor set.

I hope you have enjoyed these techniques and are ready to get your Watercolor Wonder Crayons out and try them!

Next on the birthday hop is Kim who will show us the faux flocking technique.  Enjoy!




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25 comments:

  1. Fun techniques! I love the white highlights in the first card!

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  2. Very nice!! I see a simple scrapbook page when I look at your card with the paper flowers - perfect for a 6X6 or 8X8! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Really like how you added the color to the newspaper print. Your projects look awesome!

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  4. OOH, some of my favorite tools! The newsprint flower card is gorgeous! TFS

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  5. The background on the 2nd card is really striking! What a cool way to use the crayons!

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  6. I love the Newsprint flowers, too. Going to have to try that really soon! Great job on all the projects.

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  7. Great ideas. love using the crayon with this technique!
    Kim
    s1itcher46

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  8. Great projects! Loved your hint for the white crayon, which I have never used! lol Thanks for all the ideas!

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  9. Fabulous projects Betty!! Love your elegant first card. So pretty! This is my favorite way to use the crayons. Great job!

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  10. you are so creative! What great ways to use the crayons

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  11. Great techniques, and great cards! I really love the vmark and black ep bg with the WWC's. Can't wait to get my new colors kit for my WWC's

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  12. Creative! Great ways to use the crayons! love everything!!

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  13. Neat variety of ways to use the crayons, Betty! Your embossed background is funky cool. . . .

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  14. Love the ideas! My fav is the first card!

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  15. Very creative use of the crayons, Betty! I especially like the abstract background - very cool!

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  16. all your projects are wonderful, but I love that first card!! great idea on the flowers, I do that with tattered angels glimmer mists.
    Susan

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  17. The first is my favorite--so cool to add classic ink to the white!

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  18. Love all your projects, thanks for the inspiration to use this product.

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  19. Betty, I love how you showcased this technique and that birthday card is a WOW! Hope you don't mind but I helped myself to a couple of your m&m's. :)

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  20. Totally wowed by your abstract background - super cool!

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  21. Love the crayon techniques you demo-ed! The difference in the amount of colour attained is quite interesting. I have never used them but now I think I'm going to need some to try this out.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  22. Love your use of the Two Tags die! You have a great blog and I'm passing on to you the Stylish Blogger Award. Check out my blog for details: http://teadrinkingstamper.blogspot.com
    Davina

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  23. Betty, I loved the creative ways you used the watercolor crayons! You inspired me to use mine more.

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