Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Spot Challenge #121 - Card Sketch with Stampin' Up! Freezin' Fun Bundle

Hi There!  I hope your week is off to a great start!  I'm sharing another Christmas Card today for the new card sketch over at The Spot Challenge Blog!

Do you ever look at a sketch and immediately know what you want to use on it?  Well I do sometimes and definitely did on this sketch.. Stampin' Up!'s new Freezin' Fun Bundle is perfect!

So today I learned some things.  The first thing I learned was that I do much better watercoloring animals than I do using my Stampin' Blends.  It just seems a lot easier for me to get contrast, shadows and color variation using a Water Painter and ink.  It's so easy to just smoosh a little link on an acrylic block and start painting.  For the lighter areas, I just dilute the ink more with water and for the darker areas, I use it more at full strength.   The 2nd thing I learned.. always use watercolor paper when watercoloring. lol  So I did use watercolor paper when I stamped the animals so there was no issue with that.  I did a little shadowing under the trees with my Water Painter and Balmy Blue Ink and that worked out ok but the sky.. ugh!  I had regular Whisper White cardstock layered over Thick Whisper White and tried to softly add some blue which turned into a big mess.  I was able to cut another piece of watercolor paper and do a light wash in Balmy Blue and then dry it and tuck it under the hill.  Quite the operation but I got it done!  I love Stampin' Up!'s  Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper.. it is great quality!  And the new Water Painters are awesome!  They come in a set of three for just $12!  Such a great value!  
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

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