Sunday, May 28, 2017

So in Love with Calypso Coral

I have lots of Calypso Coral going on today! It's one of my favourite colours for flowers. I had one last play with the So in Love stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue. Sadly, it is not carrying over to our new Annual Catalogue. On the card above, I've used the "No Line" Watercolouring technique. This was my first try at this technique and I think I've still got some practising to do! Here are some tips, if you'd like to give it a go:

• Stamp on watercolour paper with a pale coloured ink. You can use the colour that you will be colouring in with, stamped off a few times, or a light colour such as Smoky Slate, stamped off twice. It needs to be light enough that when coloured you won’t be able to see the line and yet dark enough that you can still see where to watercolour
• Take your time. This technique CAN’T be done quickly and is best done in layers.
• Make sure you have CONTRAST in the spaces where a line would divide your image. If you don't have enough contrast between light and dark, everything in your image will end up just blending together and won't have any definition.
• You might want to work on one area, and then move to another that isn't adjacent so that the first one has time to dry and any new colour from the second area won't blend into the first.

The flower on my second card is much simpler. I just stamped it in Calypso Coral ink on a sheet of the Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper. The beautiful tag and ribbon are part of the co-ordinating Embellishment Kit

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