Woohoo!! I’ve made my first card using the new Stampin’ Up! Watercolor pencils. Have you tried them yet? If not, they are a must have!! They are so much fun to use. I find using them is must faster than using traditional watercoloring methods. They also provide more consistent results. I was able to control the color better with them.
If you’ve used them, please leave a comment below, letting me know how you use them!!
Using Watercolor Pencils to Color
Since it was my first time using watercolor pencils, I decided to use them the traditional way. I know this won’t last long, but since it was my first time I didn’t want to do anything too crazy.
To begin the project, I pulled out my brand new rubba, “Mediterranean Moments.” I selected a smaller image since I had no idea how it would go. I stamped my image using Archival Gray onto Shimmery White card stock. Shimmery White is my favorite and go-to for all watercoloring. And it shimmers!!!! LOL. It’s so beautiful.
I then lightly colored in the images using the watercolor pencils. I didn’t color in anything exactly. Just some quick scribbles in the center of each image. Once this was done, I grabbed my Aqua Painter and got busy! Here’s where the magic happens. The Aqua Painter worked magic on my coloring. The watery paintbrush turned the messy scribbles into watercolor paint. It looked like magic happening before my eyes!
Some of the images, however, were too light. I wanted deeper color. For those images, all I did was color them (very messy…) over top with another layer of watercolor pencils. I then repeated the process with the Aqua Painter. It made the shade darker and more vivid.
Finishing Off the Card
After painting the scene, I knew I wanted the image to be the focal of the card. Oh is it a sweet image. I cut out all kinds of sentiments, etc. but I found they detracted from the focal image, so I didn’t use them.
Instead, I put some subtle Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate behind the image and used some beautiful Bermuda Bay ribbon to give some texture to the card. A peek of some matching sequins in the ribbon is always fun (and I love it when I have matching embellishments in my arsenal).
I hope you enjoy using the watercolor pencils! Let me know what you think.