Clean & Simple Watercoloring for PP200

The Paper Players are celebrating their 200th challenge this week, and each member of the design team has selected a past challenge.  We are challenged to pick one.  Well, I don’t like to play by the rules, so I picked TWO of them.  Yesterday I shared a single-layer card for Ann’s Schach’s challenge (see it here).  Today, I’m sharing the card I made for Jaydee’s Clean & Simple Watercoloring challenge.  Here’s my card:

Today & Everyday, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP200  Here’s the banner for Jaydee’s challenge this week:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Today & Everyday.  This new stamp set has three images that are designed for watercoloring or coloring with Blendabilities – Chinese lanterns, Russian stacking dolls and an Italian scooter.  I just love the sketched images – they are definitely worth a second look if they haven’t it made it to your wish list (they are on page 168 in the catalog).
  • Watercoloring.  You’ve likely seen a lot of projects lately with Blendabilities.  Blendabilities are alcohol-based markers, so you want to use a Tuxedo Black Memento Pad for the base image.  With watercoloring, though, you want to use Jet Black Stazon.  To color each of these images, I gathered ink with my AquaPainter and brushed the ink onto each lantern, starting on the left side of each.  I intentionally left a portion of each lantern unpainted to give the appearance of light pushing through.Today & Everyday, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP200
  • A Perfect Frame.  I chose three bright, cheery colors for the lanterns – Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Coastal Cabana.  I bordered the watercolor paper with a thin border of Basic Black.  I created thick borders of Daffodil Delight and Coastal Cabana around the central panel, bordering each with a thin border of Basic Black.  I played around with all three of the bright colors but decided against Pumpkin Pie – the combination of orange and black looked too much like Halloween – definitely not the look I was going for.  🙂

Stamp sets:  Today & Everyday  Papers:  Basic Black, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Watercolor Paper  Inks:  Jet Black Stazon, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Coastal Cabana  Accessories:  Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. I am loving your borders lately 🙂

  2. Wow you watercolor like a pro! I love these little lanterns, perfect for party invites and Summertime all occasion card gifting! Nicely done and so cheerful!

  3. Love it. Perfect for a summer party invite.

  4. Absolutely beautiful! Water colors are perfect and love the borders…well done!

  5. Hi Brian:

    Gorgeous card today. I smiled when I saw the lanterns and then “you light up my life”. I mean really, you can’t get any cooler than that! Your layering always blows me away. Here is what appears to be a simple card but really, there is a lot to it. You know how when you watch a figure skater during the Olympics and they do amazing things but make it look simple. Well, that’s what you do. You make an amazing card that looks simple until you really look at it and realize what it involved both in thought and materials. I just love that about your work.

  6. Such a beautiful card and I love the colors! And I agree … your watercoloring is lovely.

  7. Brian….you have made this woman very, very happy she ordered this set!!
    Thank you – the card is brilliant.

  8. Simply beautiful card. I really like the effect you get with the AquaPainter and I think your color choices were perfect. Super job Brian

  9. Oooo. Brian , I love it , you did great !!!
    I need to practice more on water coloring Did you see mine , I made for my hubby on Father’s Day ???? Not that nice !
    Hugs frenchie .

  10. I agree with Lucy. Perfect party invite. Lazy summer night parties in the backyard with beautiful lanterns swaying in the breeze. You hit it spot on. Oh yes, I’m glad you broke the rules.

  11. Like how soft and simple your card is today. Am loving all the layers too. Thanks!

  12. Beautiful! Everything about it is perfect!

  13. You did a great job on this card….as usual. You especially impressed me because you put the “light” in the correct place on each lantern. Did you have some art classes?

  14. Gorgeous card–and a great color combo!! I am also loving all your tips about layers and am trying to use them more–it really does make a difference!

  15. Awesome card…. love your watercoloring and of course the layers.

  16. You’re a master at framing your designs Brian! : )

  17. I know blendabilities are a big hit right now, but give me watercoloring ANY day! Love the effect you got with your watercoloring, and I love the black-matted borders! Thanks for sharing this with us at our Paper Player’s 200th Challenge!

  18. I really love this card…will have to check out that set!

  19. Great card, Brian! I absolutely love the color combo and your water coloring looks awesome. Thank you so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players for our 200th challenge! 🙂

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