More watercolor fun with A Muse Studio and Peerless Watercolors

I’ve been continuing my exploration of watercolor and stamping, using my Peerless watercolor palette…

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I created these birthday cards by using a die cut balloon as a stencil. I used one of the A Muse Studio balloon dies and cut a balloon shape out of a scrap of card stock. I then took a very light pencil and traced some balloons onto watercolor paper.

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I used my Peerless watercolors to color in the balloons, being careful to let each color of balloon dry before moving onto the next (to avoid any unwanted blending of colors.) To speed up the drying, I used my Milwaukee heat tool.

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I used a pencil and a t-square ruler to draw in the balloon strings and Copic markers and twinkle stickers to add some “confetti” to this version of the card. For the blue/green version of the card I used sequins to add “confetti”.

I really enjoyed working on these two cards and I’m sure I’ll use this technique for creating birthday cards in the future. If you have any questions I’d be happy to answer, just leave them in the comments!  Thanks for having a look today.

stained glass poppy series… card no. 1

Today, I thought I’d start a little series using the new stamp set called Stained Glass Poppy. This “set” is actually one, large image and brand new in the A Muse Studio 2014 catalog (you’ll find it on page 86).  I’ve been playing with this set and put together three cards, the first I’m sharing today, to show you some of the versatility of this bold image…PoppySeries-1

I started this card by stamping it twice, using Versamark ink and white embossing the poppy image onto a kraft card panel. I then took some watercolor pencils and colored some of the petal sections in blue. I applied water with my water brush tool and then went back over certain sections with more color after the first layer of color dried. You can layer as much color as you like… I kept playing with it but tried not to add too much water in an effort to keep my panel from warping too badly when it dried.

I really like how the white embossing makes the flowers pop off the panel, and the subtle watercolor adds just enough interest. I think this is a great summer birthday card!

I will be back on Thursday with Card no. 2 in the series…