A sketchy technique (for me!)...
Retro Rubber Challenge #12 part two...


Happy Monday!  I got a chance to do some watercoloring this weekend and am enjoying practicing and creating with watercolors.  I signed up for the online watercolor classes through Kristina Werner quite a while ago.  Only $25 and lifetime access to the lessons.  It is a handy tool to have in your arsenal!

Today I am playing along with three challenges – I did not set out to do this – I made my project and then was scoping out some challenges and came across three that happened to work with this card.  So I will be linking up with The Curtain Call (bouquet), The Paper Players (CAS watercolor) and SugarPea Designs (celebrate spring).

I will try to be better in the future to explain some of the techniques that I use when I make my cards.  (Thanks Deb! And thank you for the stamp set!).  I started off with the Stampin’ Up! (SU!) butterfly basics stamp set.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

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I taped the paper to a hard surface and then broke out my distress ink markers.  Whether I use the markers or the ink pads, I color/smoosh them onto a clear block so that I can pick up the color with my paintbrush.

I liberally brushed clean water over the heat embossed image.  (Something important to remember is wherever the water goes, so goes the color!) Then, using a small paintbrush (I pick the size according to the area I need to paint), I wet it and then dab in the ink on the acrylic block.  After that I paint the area and repeat as necessary with either the same color or new colors.  I add clean water to the paper as needed if it gets too dry.  This is not a perfect science, and if you are like me, I like a nice clean image.  But with watercolor I have learned to go with the flow! (pun intended!)  And it’s OK to go outside the lines!  In this case, because I used white embossing powder, I needed to go outside the lines to be able to see the image. 

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For the sentiment, I watercolored a large enough space to be able to stamp the sentiment.  I used my heat tool to dry after I was done.  You could let this dry naturally but I wanted to complete my project.  After drying, I stamped the sentiment in memento black ink.  I added a few small pearls and then layered everything.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Tomorrow I post my project for the Retro Rubber Challenge blog.  If you have brads (and really, shouldn’t you?), then create a card and link up HERE to the challenge!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! watercolor paper and tangelo twist.  Papertrey Ink kraft.  Stamps:  SU! butterfly basics and herb expressions.  Other:  Distress inks, memento black, white embossing powder, and pearls.


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Sandy M

Wow this is gorgeous, Jane! I love how you heat embossed the image and then watercolored abstractly. Simply stunning. Thanks for playing along with us this week at The Paper Players!

Monika Davis

Beautiful card Jane. Love the heat embossed image with the soft water coloring. Thank you for playing along with us at the Curtain Call.


Beautiful card, beautiful flowers, beautiful technique, beautiful sentiment! A beauty all around! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Players this week!


Very soft and pretty! Love the colors. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players!


Beautifully water coloured and love the white embossed image! Thanks for joining us at The Curtain Call.

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