EASTER SUNDAY WITH SCRAP ‘N STAMP
Hello stamping friend, and Happy Easter! However you celebrate, or even if you don’t, I hope you’re enjoying your day. I know, I don’t usually post on a Sunday, but today is a special Easter Sunday with Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team post. It’s my turn to share, so of course I had to include the celebration of the day. I’m using a brand new stamp set that I just ordered, called Dogwood Chapel, by Heartfelt Creations. This is also my first time using any stamps from Heartfelt Creations, and I must say, I’ve had a good first impression!
This stamp set is deeply etched red rubber, ready to use with your clear blocks and stamping platform. They give a nice, clear image, and the details are easily visible.
I used two of the 5 stamps from the Dogwood Chapel stamp set; the chapel and the dogwood branch. I wanted to create a scene as if the chapel is in the background, and you’re looking past a lovely flowering dogwood branch.
I knew I wanted to watercolour these lovely images, so I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black in onto watercolour paper. Just to be sure there would be no ink bleeding, I heat set the outline images with clear embossing powder. To get the effect of the chapel being in the background, I first stamped the dogwood branch, and then stamped it again onto a piece of masking paper. I hand cut the image from the masking paper, and placed it over the stamped image. Next, I stamped the chapel image with the mask in place, so that the chapel is placed behind the branch.
The dogwood is actually the provincial flower of British Columbia, where I live. Here, we most typically see the white flower species, but I thought that may be a bit boring, so I decided to colour the pink variety. I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, first applying the lightest pink over each entire flower. I wanted the colour to be kept very light, so I first scribbled with the marker onto a large clear block, and then picked up the ink with my water brush. Then, I applied the colour to the image with the water brush.
I did this for each of the colours, to keep the application light. It’s always easy to go back and add more colour – but you can’t easily take it away! The photo above shows how I scribbled onto the clear block; you can also use any slick surface, like a piece of acetate, or a water mat, if you have one.
CLOSE UP OF COLOURS
This photo is a close up, so you can see the colours and shading. For the petals/bracts, I used 2 different shades of pink, and added bright green and yellow to the middle. The leaves, as well as the bushes & trees near the chapel are in a multitude of greens – I was even mixing the greens on the block, before colouring! It’s such fun to do – creating your own blend. The chapel was shaded in a light gray, and yellow added to the windows, to give the illusion of it being lit from inside.
The path is coloured in a light brown, and then I added a wash of greens for the grass. To ensure a light blue sky, first wet the paper with your water brush, and then add lots of water to your brush when picking up the ink from your block. Finally, stamp the sentiment from the Dogwood Chapel stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and again heat set it with clear embossing powder.
LAYER PANELS FOR YOUR FINAL CARD
Once you’ve finished watercolouring your image and allowed it to dry, attach it to a panel of light pink cardstock, with foam tape.
Next, attach those panels to a light blue card base, again with foam tape. I was tempted to add some ribbon or embellishments to the card front, but I liked the simplicity of the image, and so left it plain.
GIVE WATERCOLOURING & HEARTFELT CREATIONS A TRY!
Don’t let the thought of watercolouring put you off! You do not have to be a top level artist; starting with colouring in a stamped image is a perfect way to build up your confidence. And using markers or pencils is also a great way to start, if the thought of buying actual paints puts you in a panic! You’ll find links below to the products I used to create this card – all available in a one-stop-shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp. I hope that this Easter Sunday with me of the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team has inspired you to get creative, no matter what medium you choose to use!
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