Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Trying A Water Color Technique

Today I tried something entirely new for me - a water color technique using Distress Inks and Distress Markers. My friend Virginia Lu has a new challenge blog - Virginia's View Challenge. The first challenge is Water Coloring. A few days before I saw Virginia's new blog, I had actually tried a water color technique which was a total failure. I decided to try again so I could enter Virginia's challenge. I'm actually a bit pleased by this result - at least I didn't want to throw it away - LOL! I do hope to improve on my technique by making more water color cards.

For the flower, I used 3 Distress Markers, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Barn Door.  I stamped the CTMH image in Black Versafine ink.  I used the lightest marker in the middle of the flower, then the two darker colors going outward.  (I just scribbled since I was going to fussy cut the image.) I sprayed the flower with water and moved the paper around so the ink flowed. I dried the image with my heat gun and then fussy cut it. Later I added yellow to the inside with a Sharpie.  For the background I squished Peeled Paint and Mustard Seed Distress Inks on my craft sheet.  I sprayed the areas with water and dipped my paper into in, moving the ink around.  After heat drying it, I scribbled Faded Jeans in the center, sprayed it and heat dried it.  (I felt that the area behind the flower needed to be a bit darker for contrast.)  I used several colors on the leaves and fussy cut them also.  I popped up the flower and added sequins and a sentiment.  I distressed the edges of the panel with scissors and CTMH Dutch Blue ink. I sponged blue ink on the white card base. After gluing down the water color panel, I added clear Wink of Stella to the flower and was done.

I'm entering these challenges:  Virginia's View Challenge #1 - Water Color; Make It Monday #181 - Anything Goes; Through the Craft Room Door March 4 Challenge - Anything Goes.


  1. Aw... this is really AWESOME, Sheila! I am so glad that the new challenge prompted you to try something new and you are "a bit" (I'd say "you should be VERY") pleased with the result! The shading of the flower and green are lovely! I also love the subtle shine from the WOS pen! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Virginia's View Challenge!

  2. Really great technique Shelia and a gorgeous result..
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  3. Wow Sheila your water coloring turned out awesome! I don't water color much either, but you have inspired me to try it again. Your card is beautiful. I love the water color look-a look that I love anyway. Glad that you gave it a try again because you rocked it this time!! Hugs

  4. Lovely card, thank you for joining TTCRD this week.

  5. Oh my goodness, Sheila! This is just wonderful! I think you have found YOUR technique, Girl! I have tried this w/c and can't do it for fudge. Your 1st attempt and you got a winner. Love the rose coloring - got the shading just right; and the background is wonderful! I'm so glad you didn't throw it away. Proud of you, I am! Really liking this one. Different from your pencil one earlier (and it was pretty too!) but you hit this right out of the ballpark, my Friend! TFS & Hugs. Happy wkend.

  6. such a lovely card Sheila, love the main image so striking and beautifully coloured in.

    thanks so much for visiting my blog from MIM :)


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