Sunday, 30 September 2007

Water colouring - I love it!

As I don't own many image stamps, I have to rely on other forms of media - stickers, dingbat fonts, image stamps that are downloaded etc etc for my main focal image.

I downloaded some dingbat fonts from 2 Peas in a bucket by David Walker and whilst I liked them when I first downloaded them, because they were quirky, I didn't begin to absolutely adore them until I water coloured them, using the advise of Sophia Landry at Moonlight Inker. Her advice has been priceless!

I now can't wait to water colour images using the tec
hniques I have learned and am practically making up for lost time!!

I am showing you a few cards I have made lately using this technique, having added a little glitter to them here and there just to make them pop off the card a little.

The first one is the new card I had to make for my Spanish Colleague's new baby card. The photo doesn't do it justice (if I do say so myself LOL!!) as it looks adorable. This card and the giraffe are hands down my most favourite cards I have made to date.

The second one is for my ex-boss who's little boy was born a year ago tomorrow on my Chelsea's birthday! He is so cute! I added glitter again (are you surprised?) to his little markings and again it looks much nicer IRL.

Once again I am showing a couple of cards made using the Pink Petticoat images - many of you are mistaking these images for Bella stamps - so please visit Liz's website (link on left) and take a look at the Lola Rose and Lilli images that she has in the boutique.

The advantage of these images for me - remember I live in the jungle in crafting terms, even Antarctica has a craft shop! - is that you can download them and them print them onto whatever you want. I print them onto water colour paper and then I use water colour pencils to colour them in. I was using Marvy Le Plume water colour pens t
o add colour, but I have found I get much better results with the pencils.

If anyone is interested in doing a swap with me for these images I would be glad to hear from you - this way you get to try out the Lola Rose images and I get to colour some
thing new!! Drop me an email if you are interested.

The last card was one I made using a Dufex sticker. I'm not keen on using stickers on my cards, as people either love them or hate them, but I have so many of them I had to use them somehow! This one came out not so bad in the end. The trim is one I have had in my collection for about 10 years (no kidding!!). I bought a meter of just about every trim they had in the shop about ten years ago with a view to making some dresses for my DD, but when Thomas came along and we discovered his illness I found I didn't have any spare time to do anything and so they just got put in a box in the back of a cupboard. Then I discovered card making and they have all come out of hiding! Funny how things work out isn't it?

Anyway hope you like them.


Andrea said...

Fab cards and great colouring. Happy birthday to your daughter

All Pink said...

Thank god ,i have found you ,your cards are brilliant with the water effect ,(i have brought the digbats, printed, added water colour and the mess i get in )so i gave up ,if you could give me any advise i would be for- ever grate full , Dawnx

Kim Pearce said...

Hi Abi, I found your blog from a link on Liz (PP) site. I have loads of her stuff if you would like me to send you some more. I have just started watercolouring in images and was very interested in reading what you had said about tips you got from Sophia Landry at Moonlight Inker. I have been to have a peek and hope I can achieve such lovely results as you have. I haven't tried colouring in the PP images yet but it really does make a difference doesn't it? Also I have some of the David Walker Dingbats and must try colouring them too since reading your blog!! Anyway you can contact me at if you want. Cheers, Kim.

Helen & Co. said...

Hi Abi,
Love these cards - the holographic type matting looks so effective!
You asked about the flower on my card - I know it came from America, but I really can't remember what make - sorry!

Andrea said...

Hi Abi, I hope you got your ribbons. I've tagged you, check out my blog for details.

Flossie's Follies said...

These cards are wonderful, you have been busy. I use stickers on my cards sometimes, have to have tons of them. Have a good weekend.

Angelina said...

I think these are great! You make such fabulous cards! Love them!

Vera Matson said...

cute stamps and cute cards! I like these even better than Bella!