We have a color challenge this week over at the Global Design Project project blog. I love this vivid color pallet.
It has been a while since I have done any water coloring and I really wanted to try out the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper (149612). Every water color paper has its own personality, and this is no exception, but I am very pleased with the results. It holds up to the water quite well and I didn't experience any paper pilling.
I stamped the holly from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set (150464) on the smoother side of the paper in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with Whisper White embossing powder. I was very impressed with how well the images stamped. I used Stampin' Up! ink refills as my watercolors along with an AquaPainter.
After heat embossing, I did a light wash of Smoky Slate ink on the background and let it dry completely. Next, I painted the leaves and berries with Old Olive and Lovely Lipstick ink. I started with a light hand and then added in darker shadows.
I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from Toile Christmas and used the coordinating Christmas Cardinal dies to cut it out. For my first attempt at this card I stopped with the light background wash and the results is the alternate version (below). I wanted to continue to experiment, so I carefully deconstructed the card and added more color to the background. I like both versions, but it really comes down to a personal preference.
Be sure to check out what the other talented designers/players have created for this great color challenge at the Global Design Project Challenge Blog. We would love to have you play along with us this week.
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Have a blessed day!