Wishing Better Days

Wishing Better Days_3Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! Today’s Sunday Spotlight features a great watercoloring technique: watercoloring without lines. This technique is a lot of fun to use to create a more “hand painted” look to your card and looks fantastic when finished. I love how soft the lines are, and how much the color can really pop, without the distracting outlines of the image to take away from your design.

For this week’s Sunday Spotlight, I have a video to share on the making of this card… I hope you enjoy!



Tips & Tricks

Wishing Better Days_2When stamping your image to watercolor without lines, use a light, water soluble dye ink in a like-color to the other hues in your project’s palette. This will allow the stamped image to be “hidden” beneath the other colors you will be applying over top. For my image, I use Tim Holtz distress ink, in Antique Linen.

I covered my stamped image in a wash of water before applying my colors. This allows the colors to blend more easily and cleanly.

Pay attention to your water usage to control the blending of your colors. The more water you use, the more your colors will run together.

To add tiny details, use a water soluble pencil or distress marker; once the details are applied, you can come back in with a damp brush and lightly soften the lines. Use very little water to maintain the definition, but enough to soften the harsh lines of the marker/pencil.

When stamping my sentiment, I applied the distress inks using a blending tool. I used a base coat of Wild Honey and a few light taps of Fired Brick. I then covered the ink with clear embossing powder.


Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge


This card’s color palette was inspired by the Color Challenge over at the ColorQ blog and is also entered in the Simon Says Stamp “Old & New” challenge at the Monday Challenge blog, the CASoloy “Date” challenge and the “Something New” challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog.



5 Responses

  1. wienerhoneymooners says:

    Your creations are amazing!!! I had to PIN the poppies in the amazing white with watercolor I believe, so lovely!!!!
    Thanks for joining us this week at CASology!!!!

  2. Judy1223 says:

    Wow, Nina Marie, that butterfly is gorgeous, but so is the whole card! I love the splatters of watercolors, the Wink of Stella, and the beautiful colors! Thanks for playing along with us at CASology this week!

  3. Beautiful water colouring! So lifelike! Thanks for sharing your technique too, and for joining us at CASology this week.

  4. This card is absolutely stunning! I loved the concept and your explanation of no-line watercoloring. You’ve blended the butterfly’s colors so beautifully and that sentiment is so perfect for so many trials that life brings us! I also think the background is striking. This is the perfect mix of subtle and powerful and I appreciate the inspiration this post brought. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of your artwork!

  5. Lin says:

    Your butterfly looks wonderful, Nina Marie! Thanks for sharing your pretty card with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

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