This year I am doing a Special Class of the Month for my customers and we started the year with a fun class on one of my favourite techniques - water-colour.
Stampin' Up!® has released some wonderful water colour pencils in the Occasions Catalogue, so I took advantage of that to indulge my love of teaching and water colouring. This class (and all the special classes) are product based classes, so the participants receive the product they need to complete the projects, instruction on 3 great projects and a variety of techniques, all from the one class.
Look at these gorgeous colours - and they all coordinate with Stampin' Up! card stock and inks. You get 12 lovely colours, plus white, and the pencils are smooth and easily applied to a number of different surfaces.
I used a variety of stamp sets for this class as I wanted to demonstrate how versatile all
our stamps are and how the stamps from the Annual Catalogue work really well with this technique and product too.
The first card we made used an old favourite set - Wetlands. You'll find this on page 133 of the Annual Catalogue
I designed this as a card suitable for the males in our lives. The main focus of course, was the technique of using the w/c pencils to create a background. We used w/c paper as the base, stamped the images from Wetlands, using Archival Black ink and let that dry for a few seconds before applying the colour. I showed the class how to use the side of the pencil rather than the tip to get a softer more uneven effect, and then we spritzed the entire piece with water. For a smoother finish you can work back into the colour with an Aqua Painter.
You can see in the detail how the texture of the paper shows through, and you can enhance this using your Aqua Painter to soften some edges (like I did at the horizon). You can also spritz with more water and let a bit of serendipity occur.
I used Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Pacific Point for the sky. A combination of Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and a touch of Melon Mambo in the water and Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso for the sandy foreground
W/c paper is great for accepting water and allows you to work quickly and freely.
I finished off the card by matting the stamped image with Basic Black. A few rounds of Linen Thread add to the rustic effect and the edges of the w/c paper have been distressed.
The base card is created by stamping one of the Timeless Textures stamps around the edges, using Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake card stock. I think it adds to the beachy effect. What do you think?
I will blog separately about the other projects, so don't forget to come back to visit during the week.
Meanwhile if you would like further information feel free to contact me.
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