Hi everyone. It is Holly posting today. Chrissy is away on a road trip, so I’m jumping in to share this watercolored flower card with you. I pulled out this stamp from the Flowers and Whimsy sheet from Art Neko because I wanted to try watercoloring it. I stamped it with Versamark onto some Fabriano Studio Hot Press watercolor paper and then covered it with clear embossing powder. After shaking off the excess powder, I melted the powder with a heat tool.
Zig Clean Color markers are water based, and they have some very fine brushes on the coloring ends of the markers. I pulled out three colors – a pale blue, a deep green, and a deep red. I outlined the flowers and leaves with the pale blue color first, and then I went back over the blue with a wet paintbrush to pull the color out. After I waited a little bit for the paper to dry, I colored in the edges of the leaves with the deep green color. I did not fill in the entire leaf – just the edge. Then I used my wet brush to drag some of the green color over each leaf.
Once again, I waited until the paper was dry before starting in on the pink flowers. I used a deep red color on just one edge of each petal, and then I used the wet brush to pull the color out onto the rest of the petal. That deep red color turned into a vibrant pink during this process. That was a fun discovery!
After my piece was completely dry, I cut the paper down to a smaller size (3″ x 4″) and matted it with a dark green cardstock. I stamped this sentiment with green ink onto a scrap piece of the same watercolor paper and cut it out with a circle die. The sentiment can be found on the Friendship, Get Well, and Thank You’s sheet from Art Neko.
I found a small length of this pink ribbon which coordinated beautifully with my flowers, so I tied it around the bottom of the floral piece. This piece is attached to a sandy gray card base with some foam tape. I added some more foam tape to the sentiment and adhered that next to the flowers.
I hope this card inspires you to experiment with coloring. It is fun to see what happens when you try new things!