Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday!!! Today Heidi Blankenship is sharing Part Two of her Watercolor Series. She will be showing you two watercolor techniques using one of my all time favorite stamp sets-Shabby Chic Autumn leaves and it's new coordinating SVG Digital Cut File. In today's video you will learn how to create a Bokeh Background using Distress Inks and a stencil. Plus Heidi shows you how to use Twinkling H2O's to create an Autumn Card.
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Here is a look at the first card I am creating in my video using Gold Embossing Powder, Twinkling H2o's and watercolor paper.
Using the CR-03870 Shabby Chic Autumn Leaves Clear Stamps stamp the images with VersaMark ink, add gold embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.
To activate the Twinkling H2O's add water and let them sit for a few minutes. Stir the paint to make sure you get a good even coat of the shimmer on your brush. Paint the leaves with Twinking H2O's. For my card I used the vibrant colors for the leave and then add softer colors for the background. All of the colors I used are in the supply list.
Since I wanted to have very vibrant colors on leaves I did not wet the paper before I started. You will be able to see on the finished card that the embossed areas resist the watercolor. Next I used my heat tool to dry the paint.
For the background start by misting the paper with water. Then use the brush to pull out a little bit of color from the image.
Make sure there is water around the outer edge of the image and then start to pull the color--doing this will help the paint to flow. Be sure to rinse the brush between colors.
Keep adding water to blend the colors. Now I am starting to added a little more color to the background using Golden Opal. Here I am adding a second layer of the Golden Opal. I wanted to darken up the background just a little bit more so I added some Cedar Wood. Something to keep in mind when you are doing watercolor--most of the time the paint will dry a little bit lighter shade.
When I was done watercoloring the background I used a heat tool to dry the paint.
To watch the video for my Bokeh Technique and my second card go timestamp 10:05 on the video. As I was shooting the video it occurred to me that I might not be pronouncing Bokeh correctly. And I was right. You can hear the correct
pronounciation here. The term comes from the Japanese word “boke” (暈け/ボケ), which translates to “blurr”, “haze”, or “fuzziness”.
It's a super fun technique and I hope that my video and written tutorial will inspire you to give it a try. Here is a look at my Thanksgiving Card. For the second technique I am using Distress Inks to create a watercolor background.
Mist the paper with water and then start with the lightest color.
I am just randomly adding colors. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Just be careful not to over blend and end up with muddy colors.
Next I used the heat tool to dry the paint. Now it's time to start stenciling and create the Bokeh look on the paper.
I used three colors of Distress Ink--starting with the lightest color, sponges, and a stencil. Start with the largest circle on the stencil and then the medium and the smallest. The stencil I am using has several circles so I used blue painters tape to cover the other circles. The yellow is a little hard to see in the video but it does show up and yo can see it as you are stenciling.Repeat the same steps using a different color--Spiced Marmalade. You can see the background with the Bokeh look starting to appear.
For the third color I am using Vintage Photo Distress ink. Repeat the same steps with stenciling.
If you wanted to you could stop here with the technique. But if you want to soften the colors just a bit and give the background kind of a dreamy look you will want to continue. Using the same stencil and Donna Salazar Mix'd Media Inx-Jasmine stencil the circles on the background.As more ink is applied the background colors with start to soften.
The Mix'd Media Inx take a little longer to dry which is good for this technique. I used a cotton ball to rub over the entire areas and blend the colors a little more.
Next I used SVG-03870 Shabby Chic Autumn Leaves Digital Cut Files Download for CR-03870 with my Cameo to cut the leaf shapes. Then I used Distress Inks to watercolor the leaves. Mist the leaves with water and then start adding in the color.
Mist the leaves with water and then start adding in the color. Now it's time to stamp on the leaves. I used coordinating stamp set CR-03870 Shabby Chic Autumn Leaves Clear Stamps and Espresso Truffle ink to stamp the images.
Tip: When I am stamping on Exact Cuts I find it easier to ink the stamp and place it face up in an acrylic block. Then line up to paper with the stamp. Ink the edges of the leaves with the Espresso Truffle ink.
Ink the edges of the Bokeh style paper with the Espresso Truffle. I used Espresso Truffle ink for the sentiment and the Antique Linen to ink the edges.
Here is another picture of my Thanksgiving Card with the Bokeh Technique.
Dies: JustRite® Custom Dies SW-04950 Nested Cloud and Tag Dies
Paper: Strathmore Watercolor and Mixed Media Paper; Cardstock-Dark Cherry, Dark Brown; Gold Mirror Cardstock
Ink/Watercolors: Distress Inks-Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen--The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store; Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Espresso Truffle; Twinkling H2O's-Dreamsicle, Golden Monarch, Hot Cinnamon, Playful Peony, Lemongrass, Green Tea, Golden Opal, Cedar Wood, Chestnut Brown
Ribbon: May Arts Gold Metallic String, Burnt Rust Seam Binding--The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Paint Brushes, ButterBeeScraps Bronze Fleur de Lis, Acrylic Bling, Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L™ 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips-Refillable Dispenser 49'
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