New Year, new products, new inspiration…

Hello friends and welcome to our first post of the New Year!  I’m a bit holiday seasoned-out so I was glad to just pull out some new supplies recently acquired from the Love is in the Details store, and mindlessly play.  These FUN little birthday designs printed on watercolor paper were the perfect little canvases to play on….

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…and these new watercolor pencils from Spectrum Noir were the medium of choice!

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In case you’re wondering, how the various brands of watercolor pencils compare…because there are a few to choose from….I did this little color comparison sample.  As you can see from the photo, the Spectrum brand provides a thick and creamy coverage that turns to a beautiful watercolor tint.  Even better, they will be releasing more color collections, and having a bad case of Collect the Whole Set-itis, I will be needing all those colors.

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Before I show you the cards that came out of this therapeutic coloring session, I wanted to show you how you can achieve a fun color blend.  I used two shades of blue pencils and a green and colored the block letters in thirds from top to bottom.  Then, using a water brush I colored the top color, then the bottom color and finally, colored the middle section, overlapping into the top and bottom so they would blend together.

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I did the same for the rainbow CELEBRATE letters and presents on the card on the top left, and an orange/yellow ombre on the Birthday card on the bottom right.

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Here are some close-ups of the individual cards.

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This last card was colored with the new Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua-Wash brushes in the store.  They come in color sets of threes and I used the spring and summer color sets to paint the balloons and alphabets below.

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Thanks for coming by today!  I’m really happy to be back with some new inspiration, not to mention, fun new products to play with and then tell you about!   Have a wonderful day!

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Time to be thinking about…

Hey, hello!  Today is October 25!!  Can you even believe it?  Christmas will be here before you know it!  Have you started making your Christmas cards yet?  ARE you making cards this year?  If it’s a daunting prospect or if you just need a very few handmade cards I’m here to help!

xmascards2I have two sets of stamped cards arriving in the store shortly, for your coloring convenience.  One set is stamped on watercolor paper and is suitable for watercolor painting, watercolor pencils,  or, if you don’t mind the texture, just plain coloring with colored pencils.  This is the set I’m showing you today.  Next week I’ll show you the set stamped on Strathmore Bristol smooth cardstock; it’s suitable for coloring with water based markers like Tombow, Tim Holtz Distress markers, and Kuretake Zigs.  Each card set has 5 cards in it.

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The watercolor card set could also be called the Poinsettia set as 3 of the 5 cards have that iconic Christmas plant on them!  And they’re so easy to paint!  You just flood the whole flower (or in the case of that gimondo flower, a few petals at a time) with water and then drop some red or dark pink paint into the petal where it joins the center.  The water will do the work and wick the color down towards the tip.  If it dries lighter than you like, you can go back again and add another layer of color.  That’s a technique I do quite often - I really like the dried effect of several layers of paint.

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As usual, the card sets contain only the stamped paper and a photo of the painted cards for your reference.  That way you can use them to create any sort of card you like!

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Finally, the last card is a snowman one.  It’s super quick and easy to paint because so much of the image can be left white.  I defined the snowdrifts with a very pale grey paint and after it was dry, I painted on some Diamond Stickles to give it some sparkle.  Hard to see from this straight-on vantage point.

I’ve kept all of the cards very simple, because their charm is really in the coloring, and whatever supplies you use to color them will result in lovely handmade card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!

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This post was written by Norine on October 24, 2017

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