Good morning! I’m back with my final guest designer post for So Suzy Stamps! You can find my first two posts here and here! For my last card I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. No-line watercoloring is a technique that always intrigues me…However I struggle with it because I am a fairly impatient person and I have ruined many a project by not allowing it to dry fully. 😉 But when I saw the adorable Two Cats in a Tree stamp I decided to give it a try!
I started off by freehand painting the sunrise background using a waterbrush and watercolor sample dots from Daniel Smith. Since Suzy is from New Mexico (and there’s no way I could freehand paint a forest, ha!) I decided to google ‘New Mexico sunrise’ and used some of the desert mountains photographs as inspiration! I painted the purply mountains first and then allowed them to dry completely. Then I used a very pale yellow to draw the shape of my sun. In retrospect it probably shouldn’t be quite so high in the sky since my sentiment references morning but oh well…you live, you learn. Next I painted in the sky with various shades of pink, orange, and yellow paint, blending with lots of water. Once the background was totally dry I stamped the Two Cats in a Tree stamp with Antique Linen distress ink and then used the same sample dots and a waterbrush to paint over the lines of the stamp to color my image. I let the paper dry between colors so there wouldn’t be any color bleeding.
I let it dry overnight and then added the sentiment from the Happiness is… series and a black stitched frame that I colored with a clear sparkle. Finally I attached my watercolor panel to a white card base and that was it! A big BIG thanks to Suzy and the So Suzy Stamps design team for being so welcoming and encouraging this month! These ladies ROCK and I am honored to have had the opportunity to guest-design!
Thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful day!
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