Tuesday 30 September 2014

Polkdoodles Digi Queens - Week 5

 Hello and welcome
Hi there and good morning, well it's my turn to share my Digi Queen DT card with you today using one of the fabby digis from the Nikky Hall and Polkadoodles. I didn't get chance to see the new Winston CD collection before I went on holiday but once I did, I fell immediately in love with it. When I was looking through the CD I spotted this gorgeous image of Etty bear, and I knew instantly that I wanted to watercolour her.

My card is made using a 6" x 6" white card base matted with some Polkadoodles digital paper.  The completed stamped image was matted and layered onto complimentary card stock together with die cut flowers and some ribbon.

Here's What I Did
I firstly printed it onto thin watercolour card and I used distressing ink pads and pens, but if you would like to create something similar you could easily used watercolour pencils or similar. I also have a scrap of the same watercolour card at hand so I can test my colours on it first before going to my stamped image.

When I'm using distressing ink pads I always put my directly colour onto a non porous surface eg mat (splodge away), a white plate or tile, and take my wet paint brush to it.  I never take ink straight from an ink pads as you could dilute the ink in it. I always dilute my paint down with some water, give add a very light wash first.  I then slowly build up my colour (the brush should be wet but not dripping), adding more while the paint is still wet. 

To add more definition and shading I'll wait it the area is dry and add a the same colour but with slightly less water. and for deep shadows I add a darker shade.  If you make a mistake or your colour leaks to an area you don't want it to be  - wet the area, agitate the are (don't scrub or over work it) and dap with a paper towel to remove the paint. 

In case you're wondering about the sky, I  created it using a cloud template (which I cut out my hand) and Tumbled Glass Distressing Ink and a piece of cut and dry foam.

If you decide to use watercolour pencils you could try a few technique I've learnt about along the way-
1) Go direct to your image on your watercolour card - draw around the edge of the image where you want the colour to be, but don't go to heavy to start with because you can built up the colour as you go.
2) You could scribble onto a scrap piece of watercolour card and lift the colour from there using your wet brush and then take the paint to your image.
3)  Another way is to shave some of the pencil lead and dip your paint brush into the shaving and then paint your image.

I'm no expert and don't confess to be, but the key is definitely practice.  If you want to know more and learn more, I'd definitely check out You Tube, there are lots of talented people who have created some fantastic tutorials.  So go on and download one of Nikky's fab digi stamps onto watercolour card and give it a go - what are you waiting for!!!

If you would like more information or help with anything I mentioned - just leave your question in the comment box, along with your email address. Alternatively send me a private email using the contact box at the top of the page.

Here's What I Used
Digi Stamp: Winston CD Collection available from the Polkadoodles shop
Paper/Cardstock (CS): Digital Paper 'Pretty Papers' from Polkadoodles, Papermainia CS, Craftwork Cards Super Smooth Digital CS
Distressing Inks: Fur & Postbox - Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain / Bird & Nose - Antique Linen / Cheeks & Paw Pads - Worn Lipstick / Dress & Bow & Postbox Plate - Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seeds, Wild Honey / Sky - Tumbled Glass / Roses - Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, Fired Brick / Leaves &amp Grass - Shabby Shutter, Peeled Paint / Bird - Antique Linen / Flag - Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door / Ladybird - Barn Door, Fired Brick, Walnut Stain / Envelope - Antique Linen, Worn Lipstick
Dies: MFT Die-namic Blueprint 8, Britannia Multi Rose Small, Medium and Large, Tattered lace 'Embellishments
Other: CraftArtist2, Ribbon, Maratha Stewart Leaf Punch, Candi, Gems, Pens, Pearls
To see more fabulous designs to inspire you why not check out the fab makes from the Digi Queen girls over at the Polkadoodles blog.

Thank you for dropping by - why not leave me a message I'd love to hear from you.
Thank you everyone!
 x Janine x 


Ali said...

Such a bright and cheery card!! The flowers look fab xxx

Squirrel x said...

Gorgeous Janine, your colourwork on this is fabulous hun. I used to use WC pencils and always used a scrap of card as a palette. Hugs xx

verybellemakes said...

She's so cute! Love the way you've built up the layers, and those flowers are so pretty :)

8kidsandstillfindtimetocraft said...

Oh my so pretty and so sweet love it x

Sandra H said...

So pretty x