Hello everyone! It’s Michelle here today and I decided to run with the “Free Style” challenge we have going on over here at A Blog Named Hero. I was really inspired this month by these stickers from Penny Black in the Simon Says Stamp Store:
I love the watercolor look of them. While they are gorgeous I cannot use things like this…they still look like stickers to me when I put them on my cards. It’s personal preference. I really wanted the look…but not in sticker form so I set out to create my own and I am going to share with you how I did it.
Water color pencils, a water brush, Distress inks, Watercolor Paper, Archival ink and a Hero arts stamp. I also used clear embossing powder which is not shown
I started by inking my background stamp with Distress ink and then stamped it onto my watercolor paper. Now you can do one of two things. You can add the embossing powder now and heat set and you will have a splotchy but cool effect on the background or you can use your water brush to quickly blend the background and then add embossing powder. Once you have done the background you can start coloring your image. It is important to use embossing powder if you are using Distress Inks. They are meant to work with water and they will bleed if you touch it with the water brush.
Here is a small photo tutorial to give you an idea of how I work when doing mine. There are lots of videos out on You Tube you can search for also. It’s pretty simple though. You want to put a high concentration of color in one spot, most likely where you want the darkest color to be and use the water brush to filter in the color along the image.