Sunday, June 08, 2014

Watercoloured Fern

Hi everyone.  Today I'm honoring my friend Nancy from SCS (stiz2003) ... she is Queen for the Day this week and not only is she an amazingly talented card maker, but she also leaves the most encouraging and supportive messages.  Thank you Nancy!!

I CASE'd this card of Nancy's, focusing on her beautiful leaf die-cut.  I don't have any of the gold leafing that she used, instead I watercolored my fern die-cut using diluted green re-inkers and some gold paint.  Thank you for the inspiration Nancy.  Enjoy your week!! :)

I had fun playing with inks and water for this card and found an easy way for me to "watercolor".  First I die-cut the fern from watercolor paper.  Then I used my painter's palette to mix up three separate pools of green ink, diluted with water (pear pizzazz, old olive and garden green).  I misted my leaf with water and then used a paint brush and add lots of the lightest green, basically covering the whole fern.  I dried the fern with my heat tool, which also sets the colors.  I repeated this twice more: using the medium green and then drying; and then using the darkest green and then drying.  The darker the shade, the less I added, concentrating more on the center of the leaf (leaving the lighter shade showing more at the tips of the leaves).  After drying for the last time, I splattered my fern with A LOT with garden green and diluted gold paint.  So happy with how it turned out.  And absolutely no stress, which isn't always the case for me when watercoloring :)

This is also for this week's challenge at SCS, CAS #275 - Quick and Stackable.  It's not a super quick card, but the majority of the time was drying with my heat tool ... so it was simple.  I popped up the fern, but it could as easily been glued flush on the card front.  Either way, it's fairly thin and easy to mail. :)

That's it for me today ... off to play and make a few more of these! :)

Stamps:  Sunny Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  110 lb. white (Neenah); Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Garden Green (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Fern die (Cheery Lynn), paint brush, paint palette, water mister, Gold acrylic paint (Lumiere)

SCS - CAS #275


Anita in France said...

What a stunning watercolour effect on this gorgeous fern, Loll ... thanks so much for the tips on how to achieve it! Anita :)

Bonnie said...

Beautiful, Loll! Just beautiful! Nancy will be thrilled!

jasann said...

lovely card!!!

Cathy said...

This looks awesome Loll, love the batik look you've created on the leaves. TFS how you created it, Cathy x

Brenda said...

Oh Loll, I love this fern and the way you water colored it! The effect is just stunning. Thank you for giving us your tips on how the achieve this effect. Now I can't wait to try it out! I need a pretty fern die. lol I loved Nancy's card too. Hugs, Brenda

Susan said...

What a great way to CASE Nancy's card by watercolouring instead of using gold leaf - you got lovely variation in your leaf the same way Nancy did in hers!

Kylie said...

What a fantastic variation for the gold leaf. The watercolouring is wonderful and your card is perfectly CAS xx

Unknown said...

This gives an amazing effect Loll and enables you to control where the various markings go, rather than watercolouring a large piece of w/c paper and then trying to pick an area to diecut. You've made a stunning CAS card.

Karen x

Anonymous said...

Hello Loll...I figure I better catch you up or you will think I am terrible. I was in hospital after back to back surgeries. They almost killed my so I have been slowly recovering. I hope all is well with you and your very lovely cards!

JJ said...

This is gorgeous Loll, so clean and fresh. Beautiful.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Deepti said...

That fern looks so real, as if u have plucked it and placed it on ur card :) love how u achieved these amazing effects !

BożenA said...

each of your cards is a true work of art. I am deeply impressed, I'm looking forward to the next installment of your talent.

MaryH said...

This is just as gorgeous as can be. I know I'd like stress free w/coloring, as that is a real challenge for me! (even after the class, which I did none of the homework! Bad me!). The leaf is beautiful and the card is stunning. TFS how you did the technique. Hugs

Sue McRae said...

Gorgeous fern!