Sunset Cityscape with Zigs + Distress Inks

Hello there friends! I am so happy you have stopped by today! I have a fun card to share with you featuring the Newton Dreams of Paris stamp set and Zig Clean Color markers!

I love the Newton Dreams of Paris stamp set; it’s one of my favorites! When I was creating this card I envisioned a fun cityscape below the big hot air balloon, so that it appeared as if Newton was looking down and daydreaming of a fun evening in Paris!

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I started by stamping the balloons onto watercolor paper and coloring them with the Zig markers. I then fussy cut everything out and set them aside while I worked on the background.

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For the background I started by stamping the Eiffel Tower onto the right side of the card; I then used Worn Lipstick and Mustard Seed distress inks to create an ink blended sunset sky. I added water droplets using my Distress Sprayer bottle and then dried everything well.

After the distress ink was dry, I used my Zigs once again to add in my city scene around the Eiffel Tower. I used dark gray markers for the buildings and then dark green for the trees (these are hand painted in). For the grassy hills in the foreground I used a couple of lighter markers as a base coat, so that they would be a bit lighter than the elements in the background. I added darker shading to the top portions of each grass hill for some dimension.

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For my sentiment I chose to use the “bonjour” greeting and I heat embossed it with white embossing powder. And for final finishing touches, I used my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to added lots of shimmer on the balloons, as well as a bit of Glossy Accents and white gel pen details around the rest of the card.



If you liked today’s card, be sure to check out some of my other recent watercolor projects! Click on the photos to be taken to the corresponding post.

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3 Responses

  1. Marianne says:

    This one is so cute!! The colors are spectacular and really make the card stand out!!

  2. Tatiana says:

    Gorgeous amazing coloring! Absolutely adorable!

  3. Teresa Doyle says:

    This is “Oh SO cute!” Love it!

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