Hello crafters, how are you doing today? Actually today feels a bit weird, as I am doing this blog post on Thursday 2nd June and scheduling it for Saturday 11th June (organised huh?). So today, it’s freezing, wet, grey and horrible. I hope by the time this pops into your inbox, it is sunny, hot and lovely! We can hope!
Today, I am sharing my fourth card for the challenge set by Anna Kossakovskaya which is definitely proving quite a challenge – but one that is interesting and I am enjoying.
Here is my card for today
I tried to mix it up a little bit and introduce another set of stamps with my focal set. And instead of Copic colouring, I decided to go down the watercolour route. Now I am not sure whether this really classes as a CAS card – after all, it wouldn’t be easy to replicate quickly, but that is probably because I tried a new technique today! Masking with drawing gum!
I started off with stamping the bird and the balloons with waterproof ink onto watercolour paper. The Simon Says Stamp balloons are from my box of unused stuff – so another tick for me! I also stamped a few little details on the balloons, and the little bows at the top of the strings.
About a year ago, I saw Kristina Werner using drawing gum as a mask for her watercolouring and I bought a bottle. Guess what! It has been in my cupboard since, and today I decided it had to come out. All you need to do is paint it over the images you want to mask. Simple! As it was drying (about 7-8 minutes) I picked out the Distress Inks I wanted to use and stamped the sentiment onto the panel.
Once the gum was dry, I used the wet-on-wet watercolour technique to add some blue sky behind the balloons. I used a couple of colours and did two or three layers. Then the magic happens, you just rub off the dried gum with your finger and it reveals the perfectly clean images.
A little bit of watercolouring later. the birds and balloons were finished. I drew in the strings by hand. Finally I stamped some diagonal stripes down the left side of the base panel, added clear embossing powder and heat set it. I mounted the watercolour panel onto craft foam and adhered the whole thing to the base card.
That finishes my card for today. I was really pleased with how the drawing gum worked and will definitely be using this again.
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Supplies Used: Clearly Besotted Some Birdie Loves You, Clearly Besotted Diagonal Stripes, Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black, Pebeo Drawing Gum, Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, white cardstock, watercolour card, craft foam, double sided adhesive.
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