Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Art of Life

I must admit that I have a hard time putting down my Copic alcohol markers when coloring in stamped images. However, I do also love my Stampin' Up Watercolor crayons, which I've had for about five years. There are some stamps that naturally lend themselves to watercoloring, especially floral stamps.

One of my favorite stamp sets is an old Stampin' Up Hostess Set called Art of Life. It was one of the first stamp sets I acquired, and I still love using it. To provide more stamping accuracy and flexibility, I've taken the stamps off their original wooden mounts, and use them with acrylic block handles. I've even cut the flowers away from the stems, and this enables me to color the two parts differently.

I began by stamping a watercolored image of the stems, first using a paler shade of green and then having the central, focal stem in a darker green. The flowers were stamped similarly with the background flowers slightly lighter, and the central flower a darker pink.

There are a couple of ways to use the watercolor crayons. I prefer using a sponge to lightly dampen the rubber stamp. Then I rub the chosen color or colors over the rubber. You can use more than one crayon color to provide two tones or shading/highlights. Or, you can stamp the image a second time with a different shade. The watercolor crayons are so versatile, and every image you stamp comes out slightly different. The amount of water used also will affect your results, so play around!

As usual, I'm never happy designing just one layout, so I've made several different cards. In almost all of them, I used the SU watercolor vine wheel with Mellow Moss ink.