Hi Friends and welcome to my very first post as an Ellen Hutson Design Ambassador! I can’t stop smiling and doing little happy dances. To celebrate, I’ve created a Thank You card … to say Thank You for all your ongoing support of my creative endeavors and to Ellen Hutson for this amazing opportunity.
For the longest time, I was reluctant to create floral card designs and then I met the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Floral Series and fell “head over roses” for floral images. Today, I’m using the beautiful Mondo Chrysanthemum with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and the Big Scripty Thank You Die set.
Zig Colors: Green Shadow-049, Light Carmine-021, Carmine Red-022, Pink Flamingo-222, Pink-025, Light Pink-026, Dark Pink-027 and Orange-070.
I started using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers this summer and I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that I wanted to share with you. These might be obvious to others but it was a game changer for me when I learned of these tips/tricks from several crafty friends:
- Paper matters! While you can use watercolor paper for Real Brush Markers…I prefer a smoother surface for my cards. This is where BRISTOL SMOOTH SURFACE Paper comes into play. This paper and real brush markers is like Peanut Butter & Jelly or Macaroni & Cheese.
- Ink matters! You want to make sure you use an ink that is suitable for watercoloring (hint: Memento Tuxedo Ink is not going to work—it bleeds into the color). My favorite is VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink. Not only does it work incredible with watercolors it also leaves a crisp stamped impression. *Currently, this is not in stock…but it is restocked frequently and well worth the wait!*
- Embossing Powder Helps! and is a girl’s best friend when attempting to color in the lines. The embossing powder creates a little wall to help keep your water and pigment contained. I usually either emboss my stamped images in White Embossing Powder or Clear Embossing powder. Here’s my watercolor stamped images routine: (1) Prep with Anti-Static (2) Stamp with VersaFine Ink (3) Apply Clear WoW Embossing Powder —I have the Big Jar (4) Heat Set Embossing Powder with Heat Gun (5) Start the magic of coloring.
- Water Brushes Save Messes! If you are like me and have a tendency to spill EVERYTHING…you’ll want to invest in some different size “self-contained” water brushes. I tend to like a small detailer brush but a medium to large size are also great for quick backgrounds and quick coloring.
- Tiny Spaces are painted spaces too! If you need to paint into tiny spaces on an image without too much water, rather than grabbing a small detailer watercolor brush and water pot, I enjoy using a Tombow N00 Colorless Blender Brush Pen.
- Direct vs. Indirect Color Application Matters! I tend to like bold colors so I take a more direct application approach. Instead of placing the color on a palette and then adding water before applying to paper, I add little bits of color to the paper and then apply water directly to the image. Both ways work magic…Direct application gets you bright bold color with immediate dark to light shading while Indirect lets you apply layers of color for more subtle to saturated color control.
To create my pops of color Chrysanthemum Thank You Card:
Stamping & Embossing: Prep Bristol Smooth Card Panel with anti-static pouch. Stamp two offset floral images on the side of the card panel with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.
Coloring: Using the Direct Method and starting from the inside of the flower to the outside petals I added Zig color to the Chrysanthemums. After coloring the Chrysanthemums I added a mint-like soft background just around the edges of the florals…still leaving some white space on the right side of the panel.
Die Cutting: I die cut the Scripty Thank you from white card stock several times and stacked them together for extra dimension. Then I die cut the Scripty Shadow from Lawn Fawn Pearlescent Vellum for extra softness.
Finishing the Card: For a little extra pop, I added Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and then adhered the watercolor panel to an aqua card stock base.
I hope you enjoyed my card today and it inspires you to take out those Zigs and watercolor your favorite floral.
Big Paper Hugs!