Saturday, October 8, 2016

CAS Watercolour Challenge #1 and One-Layer Simplicity Challenge #32

There's a new challenge this month - the CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.  I've been working on my water coloring skills.  I'm beginning to see some improvement.  I also love the colors of Autumn! The second card also meets the requirements for the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge this month.


Here's my first card for the challenge....

I LOVE this card.  The colors are so rich and vibrant!  For the water color on this card, I used a panel of Bristol paper and stamped the image multiple times (using a mask for some of the leaves) in Versafine black ink (which is a great ink for water colors).  I colored the leaves with a red, orange, yellow, and green Zig Clean Color markers, then used my Silver #4 brush and water to blend the colors together a bit.  You might notice that there is one leaf popped up over the other leaves...that one was stamped on another piece of Bristol paper and hand cut.  The stamp is from I've had forever in my stash...but I use it often. After coloring all the leaves, I used a stitched rectangle for SSS to trim it down a bit.  I backed it with a piece of dark brown and adhered it to a white card base.The sentiment is also from SSS. It's a little difficult to see on here, but I added some Wink of Stella to each of the leaves.'s my second card for the CAS Watercolour Card Challenge...which also works for the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge this month.

Same leaf stamp...different water coloring technique.  I colored the leaf with water color crayons in red, orange, and yellow.  I haven't really tried using the water color crayons before and wasn't sure what I would get.  I practiced on some scrap card stock first...and trust makes a LOT of difference how much water you spritz on the stamp after you color it with the crayons.  You really need to let the water sit on the stamp for a little bit before you try to stamp with it.  You can also get second and third generation images with this technique.  After I had stamped each of these leaves, the card just seem to need something else, so I added some splatters with "ink" I created with the same crayons used for coloring the stamp. This is also a one layer card.

I'm really going to love this challenge because it keeps me using my water colors!

As always, thanks so much for stopping in.  I appreciate your visit...and I appreciate each and every comment!

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Bonnie said...

Both of these cards are gorgeous, Susan! I love the bold colors of the first one and the softer, more CAS style of the second! I'm so glad you shared these with us at CAS Watercolour!

nancy littrell said...

Both your Fall leaf watercolored cards are simply beautiful. TFS Susan

Loll said...

Two beautiful cards Susan. Just goes to show the totally different looks you can get from one stamp. Love the vibrant colours of your first card ... great masking and fantastic design with popping one up for added dimension.

And LOVE the second card with the watercolour crayons. Have not used these myself, but you really did well ... looks amazing and the splatters are the PERFECT compliment to your design.

So happy you have joined us at CAS Watercolour and look forward to seeing you in many more of our challenges. Loll xx

Michelle said...

Two really beautiful cards, Susan. The colours on both cards make me very happy! :-)

Pat said...

These watercoloured leaves are so realistic Susan and I love the rich colours, and the masking to overlap the leaves is just perfect. The extra leaf gives wonderful dimension and the perfect sentiment too. The second card looks great with the more washy watercolour and the pretty spattering completes the look. When you say watercolour crayons do you mean Faber Castell Gelatos or something else? x

Karen Dunbrook said...

wow...more gorgeous cards!
Thanks so much for playing along with the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge this month.

Debbie said...

Love the simplicity of your second card! What is the StampinUp set that you used? Thank you


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