Friday, June 5, 2015

#TGIFC06 Coloring With Water!

Hey everybody.  To my regular readers (both of you), guess what I'm going to say now...

It's late here, so this will be short and sweet.  Do you believe me?  Lol.  Do you think that means that you better get comfy because there's about to be a lot of words to read?  Lol!  You know me so well...

But seriously, I think I mean it this time.  It's almost 1am and I still have to make a card for CYCI tonight, and then go to work in the morning.  EEK!  So I'm sorry that I might not be able to hang out with you, but look on the bright side...I'll be back on Sunday :-)

This week at TGIF, we have a Technique Spotlight:
Yep, just in case you didn't read the title to my post, we are colouring with water!!  Just to let you know, it was very tempting to do a flower.  But for those of you who are familiar with my style know that I just need to be different.  So that means NOT watercoloring a flower, even though that's what makes perfect sense.  I don't know why I have to always make things so hard on myself...oh well. 
I started out by grabbing Sea Street.  I thought that I would do a whole underwater scene.  But that was a little too ambitious and didn't quite turn out how I imagined.  But the "Silver Lining" (get it?) was that I discovered a new water technique as I was messing around.  Basically, I used an Aquapainter and soaked up a mixture of blue hues (Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquois).  Then I held the tip of the "pen" just above the paper and gently squeezed until a drip started to form.  Then I touched the drip to the paper, and a dot was born.  At first, the drop beads up, but then the paper absorbs the ink/water and you get the variation of colors and shapes if you leave it alone and let it dry. The trick was to dry off the Aquapainter on a paper towel before soaking up the ink.  This gave a deeper color. Then you just keep creating drops as the colors continue to change (without re-inking).  As you go the colors will get lighter and lighter, and eventually you will know when its time to dry off the Aquapainter and ink back up again.  And you just repeat.  A few times.  Until you have the background that you want.  Simple, but its a pretty cool effect.  I can imagine doing another color combo for a totally different background; definitely something to try someday.
The clouds were embossed with Silver EP.  The large cloud was created using the same stamp and edging it with Versamark and more silver EP (let me know if you want the details, maybe I'll delve deeper on a technique post or a video).  The sunburst was created with a simple technique using the scalloped circle punch, and by coloring the cardstock for the contrast of a deeper shade of yellow.  Finished the card with the Silver Baker's Twine minus the Twine.  That was a test of patience if I've ever had one.  Beginner's tip of the day:  If you're doing the Baker's Twine wraparound and bow, make sure you have plenty of twine when you get to tying the bow.  Not enough twine = frustration. 
 Ok, that's about it.  Hope you visit TGIFC to see what our designers have colored for you.  You're sure to be inspired. 
See ya Sunday.  Thanks for stopping by.  I really have to go now.  No, you hang up first.  Go ahead.  Fine, I'll do it. Bye.


  1. James this is incredible, love this look!! And that custom cloud... Whoa!!! So glad you like to be different! Like this more than a flower!

  2. James, What an awesome technique! I am going to have to try this know what? I think this too would make a beautiful underwater/sea background. I would stamp and heat emboss the coral over it and perhaps the fish or seahorse too! IDK I will have to try it!

  3. I love love love this. Much better than a flower! :)

  4. So, I've been playing around with the larger cloud formation and I have failed. 😕 The only thing I have done that works, is to create the stencil by punching twice, cutting it out by hand, edging with VersaMark, etc. Not good. Yours looks better and I'm pretty sure you figured out a better way. Are you sharing details? Thanks!

  5. This is genius with the clouds! Awesome card. TFS, Louise xo

  6. Totally fun background, I love seeing all the different ideas people are coming up with using Sprinkles of Life set.

  7. Thanks for your comment on my TGIF submission, James - otherwise I might not have noticed you out here in blogland, and that would be a shame. Love your style, stamping & blogging! You can add me to your list of regular readers, now. And, this sounds like fun technique I want to try soon!

  8. I know i'm late visiting your blog, I just found you.I love how you made this card and that you are an awesome stamper and keep up the beautiful work!