Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Happy Little Stampers June 2017 Watercolor Challenge

HLS' June Watercolor Challenge!
Adding watercolors to your cards is so hot right now.
Beautiful background washes, wet on wet, bright bold colors, or
soft muted pastels. All give our cards that little something extra.

The challenge is Anything Goes, with an optional twist, to mask.
I usually love to incorporate the twist, but I tried a new 
technique, (to me) and didn't do the twist.

My background is done with Marvy Brush Markers, but you can use 
any markers that are water base.

I started with a 4 x 5 1/4" watercolor card stock, and 4 pen colors.
The colors are applied to  an acrylic block, and spritzed with water.
The block is then pressed onto the card stock, to form a washed bg.

I found the technique here:

Tutorial Tuesday Watercolor Series Part I -Creating Designer Papers with Distress Inks and Distress Markers with Heidi Blankenship

Once my bg was dry, I splattered with the darker blue, purple and white paint.

My butterflies are from PTI's Life is Beautiful, 
and Bitty Butterflies Coverplate.

I painted and spritzed my butterflies with various colors and iridescent sprays.
The large butterfly is die cut with vellum, and edged in silver embossing powder.
Sentiment from HLS's 'Especially For You'.

Hope you get a chance to try this technique, so much 'whammy'
for very little effort. Can't wait to try it with other colors!

Don't forget, there's a 20. GC for the winner of this challenge!


  1. That color wash you did with the markers is so cool!! LOVE the blend you used. I love the addition of the large, gold butterfly with that amazing jewel in the middle!!!

  2. I like the fancy body you gave your large butterfly! Pretty card Nancy!

  3. Beautiful, beautiful card Nancy! That background is just GORGEOUS and your butterfly is stunning! I will definitely have to give this technique a try! :0)

  4. Beautfiul acryclic block stamping! I love the texture you can achieve with that technique. Gorgeous colours!! xx

  5. What a beautiful card!!!! Love the butterfly, especially the silver on the vellum!

  6. You got such a great background with that technique Nancy and it makes a perfect backdrop for your pretty butterflies.
    Carol x

  7. That background turned out so great Nancy! Really artsy I love it. I love also that sparkling gem for the butterfly body. Really adds a unique and elegant touch. Jenny x