When I have line-art stamp images with lots of open space I love to try different ways to add colour. Recently I’ve been a bit obsessed with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers so I decided to do something different for today’s project. I know that not everyone is comfortable colouring, but I find it very relaxing. Today’s bookmark features one of the camellia images from the So Much Love Stamp Set and ‘watercolouring’ technique.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
I began today’s project by cutting a 2″ x 5-1/2″ strip of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper.
Next I chose the large camellia image and “you made my day” sentiment from the So Much Love Stamp Set.
First I stamped the camellia across the bottom of the Watercolor Paper with VersaMark ink. Then I sprinkled the sticky ink with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Power and tapped off the excess. Once I’d removed a few stray specks I melted the rest of the powder using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
With that done I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink and embossed that with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.
Then I was ready to begin colouring my camellia image using Stampin’ Write Markers and a Water Painter.
There are a number of different ways to use Stampin’ Write Markers for ‘watercolouring’. One method is to use the brush tip of the marker to scribble some ink onto an acrylic block. With this method I use the Water Painter to pick up the ink from the block and then paint my image.
Today though I decided to show you you another method.
Using the brush tip of the marker I drew a line of colour on the first petal. Then with my Water Painted I ‘pulled’ the colour from the drawn line out into the rest of the petal. This is possible because the ink in the Stampin’ Write Markers are water-based rather than alcohol-based.
It’s a quick and easy process and I filmed it in real time so you can see what I did.
The colours used for my camellia were Magenta Madness, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight. These are three of the five colours in the 2020-2022 In Colors.
Today I went over each area of the image just once, but you can always go back and add more colour or other colours if you want.
As you saw in the video, once I’d finished all my painting I punched the top of the strip with the Fancy Tag Topper Punch.
To complete my project I threaded some Seaside Spray 1/4″ Metallic Ribbon through the slot and secured it in place with a Mini Glue Dot.
I really love the flower images in the So Much Love Stamp Set as they provide so many different possibilities. Funny enough I’ve yet to colour them using Stampin’ Blends, but for some other ideas see these previous blog posts:
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Fancy Tag Topper Punch in a bundle with the Fancy Phrases Stamp Set using a single item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the stamp set and punch separately. Although I didn’t use the stamp set today, I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to look at this option.