Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Freshly Brewed Projects Blog Hop - For the Guys

Hello again, and welcome to another Freshly Brewed Projects Blog Hop. Today we have the theme - For The Guys, and as Fathers Day is coming up next month in Australia, it is a great way to use the inspiration for you to create some cards for a special guy in your life. But wherever you are in the world, there is a special man, son, son-in-law or friend who would love to get a hand made card.


 I have chosen to use the stamp set - A Good Man. This set is perfect for the water colouring technique, and I have chosen the simplest form of this technique this time, choosing to use Stampin' Up! Water Color pencils 1 and 2 packs. 


This detail view shows how beautifully the w/c pencils blend with a little water. Something I love about them is that you have a lot of control over colour placement yet you still achieve the lovely fluid effect of water-colouring. It is such a quick technique that can easily be overworked, so the trick is to leave lots of white space and not colour in the entire area. The "painting" part of this technique took less than 1 minute for this card.

You can get more depth of colour by applying stronger pencil strokes before adding the water. You can also get variety in colour by using different colour pencils on the image before applying the water.

When I was at art school I was taught never to cut water colour paper, but to tear it. So I used a steel ruler against the paper and tore along the edges. I love the slight roughness achieved - it just seems to "go" with this technique and the texture in the paper.


I teamed the image with patterned paper from the Boho Indigo Suite, matted onto Night of Navy A4 card and embellished with some Terracotta Tile Scalloped Linen Ribbon. 

My family loves the beach and we are all looking forward to the summer holidays when we can relax and enjoy the sunshine. We've just accomplished a lifelong wish of purchasing a house at the coast, so there will be lots of beach time for us in the future. And that thought is my inspiration for this card. It's a really good thought as I sit here on another cold winter morning.

I plan on giving this card to my husband who works 7 days a week. It's time he slowed down a bit.  I wonder if he will get the message!



Please see the list of products below and click on any product that you wish to purchase. Feel free to contact me if you'd like more information on the water-colour pencil technique, but for now check out the samples from other creative Stampin' Up! demonstrators. You'll get some wonderful inspiration! 

You are with Ann Craig now, so just continue the hop by selecting the next name on the list.

·       Libby Dyson

·       Jessie Holton

·       Narelle Fasulo

·       Leonie Schroder

·       Kelly Kent

·       Ann Craig

·       Debbie Yeomans

·       Jeanne Moss


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  1. I love your card, Ann! What great watercoloring. I struggle with this technique, and you do it so beautifully.

  2. Love this card, Ann. I somehow can't imagine you husband doing this but it's a great card :) Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love your use of white space so that gorgeous watercolor is the main focus that catches the eye. Truly spectacular.

  4. Stunning Ann - first class watercolouring! Kelly x


Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope you found something to inspire your creativity. Let me know you have visited by leaving a comment. I would love to hear what you think about my craft projects.
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Best wishes, Ann.