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Up With Love No-line Watercolor

Hello crafty friends! As you know, I love the critters from Mama Elephant, a lot. Today I paired them with a beautiful diecut and some no-line coloring.

For this card, I started by diecutting the Doily frame from Mama Elephant. I cut it out of Canson Montval 300 gsm watercolor paper. I also cut the love ya sentiment, also from Mama Elephant, from that same paper three times. Because i wanted the doily edge to really be a doily edge and not be blocked by having a notecard behind it, I cut a notecard to fit just on the edge of the doily frame, big enough to adhere the frame onto it, small enough to not show through the lacey outcuts of the frame.

I put all of my diecuts aside apart from the inside rectangle. I put that in my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform and stamped 2 of the lovely critters onto it in InkOn3 Fade Out ink, perfect for no-line coloring. I usually stamp it twice to have it a little more visible while I’m working. While I had the stamps in my Stamping Platform, I also stamped them onto some post it notes to create masks of the balloons and the critters.

I fussycut the masks and put them on the panel. For the cloud background I used the Rolling Clouds stencil from My Favorite Things together with a blending brush and Victorian Velvet Distress Oxide inks (my favorite pink shade). I then lifted the masks and used my anti-static powder tool on the panel, especially on the critters and the balloons. Sometimes when you use masks before watercoloring, the residue glue on your paper resists the watercolor a little bit. It’s very annoying, I’ve found that using some anti-static powder after you remove your masks helps most of the time (it’s not the best method, but I know of no other, if you do, let me know!)

I used my Mijello Mission Gold paints and a small size Nuvo paint brush. I’ve started doing something a little bit different from my usual painting technique. I used to start by putting a very concentrated color into the shaded parts of the image and fading it out with clear water. Recently I’ve started working more in layers, the way watercolors were intended to be used. (That being said, do whatever works for you! I just tried this out and it worked better for me, that’s why I’m mentioning it). Now I start by putting down a very watered down version of the color over the entire area and adding layers of shading after the first one is completely dry. The shading I do still do by putting the concentrated color down and fading it out with clear water. But I do this in multiple layers and it adds a more concentrated color and more depth to your image.

When that was completely dry, I put my card together. I layered the sentiments on top of each other using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then cut it into two separate words, making sure to not just leave a straight cut, but rounding the edges of the cut a little bit to give it that nice die cut finish. I put double sided tape all around the edges of the notecard and put my frame down on top of it, I then added some more double sided tape in the center and inlaid the rectangle with my critters on it. I finally adhered the sentiment with some more Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, and that’s it!

That finishes up this card! Please let me know if you have any questions. Make sure to follow me on Instagram, I post a new card every day! And subscribe to me on YouTube for video tutorials. In the supply list you can find all the products I used. Where possible I’ve used affiliate links. If you choose to purchase through these links, I will make a small (5 – 10%) commission to no extra cost to you. This helps me out a ton! You can also use code STUDIOKATO at checkout in the Crafty Meraki store or the Joy Clair Designs store to get 10% off your purchase!

  • Clairefontaine DCP 250 gsm
  • Canson Montval 300 gsm
  • Mama Elephant – Doily Lace
  • Mama Elephant – Up With Love
  • Mama Elephant – Love Ya Script
  • InkOn3 Fade Out ink
  • Mijello Mission Gold
  • Double sided tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

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