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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Watercoloring using my DI pads

I treated myself to some new crafting goodies on Saturday. I think I have few flower stamps in my stash, and mostly small ones, so I bought a stamp set with several flowers from Tim Holtz.

I stamped and clear embossed the flowers onto watercolor papper. Then I used these Distress inks to color the image:  wild honey, fired brick, walnut stain, forest moss and twisted citron. Finally I masked the image and sponged salty ocean DI.

As final touches I added a few micro beads to the flowers and stamped a sentiment in Norwegian (the definition of "greeting", so very versatile) and heat set it.

This is very different from what I normally make, but I'm finally being more daring using my inks.

This card is for:
TIME OUT Challenges - #54 Home Sweet Home (inspired by blue and orange)
Cards in Envy - Flowers and/or Fantasy
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes


Wendy McCarthy said...

Lovely Pia! Love the addition of the microbeads, very pretty! Xxx

aussie aNNie said...

Brilliantly designed and loving the stamp and colour combo's chosen are fabulous.xx  {aNNie}

cotnob said...

This is beautiful Pia, I love the bright blue background and you have coloured your flowers beautifully.

meg said...

Wonderful bold colours of summer, love that you used inks I'm very wary of using them I think I'm too heavy handed.

Laine said...

This is stunning Pia. I love it and hope to see a lot more! Fabulous!

Deepti Stephens said...

Gorgeous!! So happy to see you trying different techniques and styles! (Y)

scrAPpamondo said...

Very beautiful and clean card, my friend! It has a lovely spring feel! I have never try to colour a stamp with distress inks, but love the effect!! You have used distress markers or the reinker with a brush?
The microbeads look perfect to add dimensione and texture, very well done!

Monika Reeck said...

Oh woooow PIa
I love your flower with this color combo
so cool to see you used the DI and not only black and white card
yaayy you did it so great Pia
and the masking is very well done
no white area there
and the sentiment is sweet
love love this flower card from you
I just seen at TIME out and Pia has changing her photograph of her card I klick to make sure is it my Pia hehe and I am right

Lau W said...

Oh fab !!! Just love that ! wow !

Loz said...

Beautiful image and colouring Pia..Loz

Pat K said...

Gorgeous card. You've put your new craft goodies to good use as this is beautiful. Pat K x

sandie said...

I love this Pia. The flowers are we're a really good buy and beautifully coloured. Suoerb sponging around the flowers and love the touch of micro beads. Love you entered a photo challenge and especially as it is TO x

*Vicki* said...

These flowers are so pretty!! Such a beautiful job with your watercolor!!

Heather said...

I've been missing Pia, ny computer crash - I got a new one but couldn't do a thing with it - I am now back now - -fingers best!!
Your card is gorgeous, beautifully colour flower with a supwe background and with a super sentiment!!

Heather xx

Sandy Trefger said...

Beautiful! Love those pretty flowers against that gorgeous blue background! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy.

Tammy said...

Gorgeous card and fabulous watercoloring Pia! I love that image and the added micro beads, so beautiful!
Tammy x

Janet McLaughlin said...

Hi Pia...I love this! You did a fabulous job with the distress inks and the whole design of this card! You should try new things more often since you are so successful at it!

Brenda's Card Corner said...

Gorgeous Pia! The sunflowers really pop against the blue!


Lisa S. said...

Beautiful colors and I love that flower Pia. Such a cheerful card! xx

Donna said...

Gorgeous card, the flowers are stunning with the blue background!

Asha said...

This certainly is a departure form your usual style and I'm glad you took the plunge. It is a stunner, Pia! LOVE the striking blue bg.
x Asha

Ann Abrahamson said...

I may have to go shopping! I love those sunflowers and adding the microbeads to the centers. Beautiful card, Pia. Thanks for playing along with us over at Cards in Envy!

Mimi said...

Pia! How fun! Come on... Didn't you have fun??? :-) A bright and simple greeting like this will certainly get used... Everyone could have a stash of these! Great make.

Shona Chambers said...

This card is so perfectly inspired by the photo!! The colours you used are amazing and match the cabinet colours so well. And love your simple, CAS design too. Very glad you joined us at TIME OUT!!!

Marina said...

It is different and really shows your versatility and skill - lovely!

Mervi said...

Very striking and artsy look, fabulous card;-))m

Nonni said...

Great use of inks, keep up the good work! I love your natural color palette too! Thanks for taking TIME OUT and joining our challenge!

crafty-stamper said...

Love the floral image and great water colouring effect
Carol x

Sybrina K said...

Pia, What a pretty card! Love the way you used those Distress Inks. Thanks so much for joining us at Cards in Envy. :)

wendipooh13 said...

ohhh lovely flowers!!! Thanks for sharing with us for our flowers or fantasy card challenge at Cards in Envy.