Friday, 25 November 2016

Star of Watercolour for JAI #338

Happy Black Friday folks :-) No, It's not the 13th or related at all...but a huge world wide Sale day! I hope all those in the USA had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family - such a lovely reason to have a holiday - and are all ready for the sales due to happen just in time for Christmas!

And it's also time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week's photo for us all to use was suggested by me:-) The lovely colours and brushes had me excited to water colour so I hope you enjoy this challenge and can take a moment to pop over and see the fabulous cards our team have made to inspire you too.
Here's the Photo:

And here's one of two cards:

For the background, I used a technique that Shelli Gardener shared at On Stage in Sydney where she used soon to be coming Watercolor Pencils (hip hip hooray!) to colour on watercolor paper and then spritzed the paper with water til the ink ran to create a soft look. 
As I don't have the Pencils, I used Zigs. But first, I embossed the sentiment in beautiful Copper :-)

Here's the before:

I recommend taping the paper down to a board so it stays as flat as possible :-)

And after spritzing and mopping a little with a paper towel...

Water colouring always dries lighter - here's the finished card (version 2).

To finish both cards, there is a sprinkling of embossed stars and some die cuts stars from the same Bundle both in the lovely Copper Foil and some vellum. I was going for a Northern Lights kind of effect so the first one is my favourite :-)

Card stock: Bermuda Bay, Copper Foil, Vellum, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Star of Light
Accessories: Big Shot, Starlight Thinlit Dies, Copper EP, Brights Enamel Shapes
Non SU: Stitched Rectangle Dies (SSS)
               Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: Red Carmine, Cornflour Blue, Turquoise Green, Light                Blue, Violet

Well, I'm taking it easy the next few days having just had surgery for a jaw bone infection in an old wisdom tooth site where they scraped the bone I look forward to seeing what you will create for this fun colour and brush themed challenge at Just Add Ink this week and I hope you get a moment to check out our talented teams's lovely designs to inspire you too as they are amazing!

Happy stamping until next time,



  1. Jan this is gorgeous! I love how you picked one spot for that special pop of bright pink which accents the diecut star beautifully. Hope you recover fast and feel better soon. xxx

  2. Stunning Jan! Love the transition of colours, so beautifully vibrant too! xx

  3. I hope you're feeling better soon, Jan. I LOVE your background - it's so pretty and perfect for the stars.

  4. Beautiful - just so lovely with the watercolour background! Rest up & do lots of therapy (card making!). Kelly x

  5. Beautiful & vibrant card, Jan!! Your background is stunning!! -Katerina

  6. I love that you've shown us your before and after photos, Jan. The purple adds such a gorgeous vibrancy to your card. Sorry I wasn't able to play along this week.

    Hope you're feeling lots better xxx