Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Impression Obsession Spring Release Hop- Day 3

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Greetings friends.  I am in a blue state of mind today...  blueberries instead of sadness though.  I really had fun with a new clear set called "Baby Bird" because it contains a sweet bird (look for a card with that soon), sprigs of blueberries, and assorted foliage.  I have a feeling I will be using the set a lot.

To make the card, I stamped the blueberry sprigs onto 140lb watercolor paper with black Versafine ink and colored around the images with grey Zig Clean Color Brush Marker and a waterbrush.  If you color completely around an object with grey, then it makes it look like the image is popping forward.  The reason why I started with the grey is that it was so light that I could just color over the branches knowing that I would later go back and color them green.  That was a lot faster than coloring around each individual stem. 

Once the grey was completely dry, I colored the blueberries and leaves with more Zig Clean Color Brush Markers.  Tip for coloring the blueberries...  add a touch of blue and purple marker to the base of each blueberry.  Soften the color by using a waterbrush to drag the color from the base to the tip of the blueberry.  If you aren't getting a gradient of color, wipe off the waterbrush to get rid of any extra paint and try again.  The top of each blueberry should have a watered-down/lighter look to it. Here is a closeup:


For the bottom of the card, I made own pattern using a Cover a Card background stamp that I often use when I want to create a "homespun/country" kind of look.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Baby Bird Clear Set CL837
Berry Much C19734
Cover a Card Ticking CC126

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29 comments:

SmilynStef said...

Love how those beautiful berries just pop.

Jan Elmore said...

What a delightful card. Great visual image!

Beachsidelynn said...

Love your card. Thanks for the tip about the background coloring. This stamp set is going on my must have list.

Beth Norman said...

i learned something new--using grey around the edges. Lots of work went into this beauty.

Chrisi said...

BERRY MUCH ... love that!

Susan Eliot said...

Your watercoloring is fabulous! And thanks for the tips!!

Ginny said...

This is a favorite as blue and blueberries are favorites of mine.

Dee Earnshaw said...

wow the colors on your card are just gorgeous - great sentiment too:)

Sheila said...

Love the stamp set and love your coloring, what a beautiful card

Martha M said...

I love the blue berries, not the usual fruit stamps. Thanks for the coloring tips.

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the colors.
Fantastic card.
thanks for sharing.
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Cathy said...

Great card, your colouring looks fantastic, Cathy x

Elaine M said...

Great coloring - really like the ticking at the bottom of the card. Beautiful job

Patti J said...

That blue is stunning - love your coloring!!!

Miriam Prantner said...

Beautiful coloring, love how bright and vivid the colors are!

sharon g said...

I MUST BUY THAT STAMP! I love all things blueberry. Your coloring is wonderful!

Sue D said...

So sweet. I like your coloring.

craftymom205 said...

Great card.

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

Your card is really lovely !
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Corine cusin-panit said...

love colors of this stamp!!!
xxx
coco

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Love your beautiful design.

Helen said...

A truly stunning card Laura! Those berries look good enough to eat! Love your colouring! Thanks so much for sharing!

Helen Gullett said...

Such a lovely and beautiful thank you card.
Your coloring work is fantastic!

Denise Bryant said...

Pretty card with beautiful coloring!

Colorado Crafter said...

Love seeing all these new spring stamps!!! So many things to add to my IO wish list which is always a long one anyway!!

Karen @ Misplaced Mojo said...

Seriously, your painting of the blueberries is just gorgeous! It makes me want to eat blueberries and paint at the same time :-)

D.Ann C said...

Blueberries!! Hooray for a stamp with them!! We used to go pick 100 pounds every year... yum!

lynda said...

Beautiful card, Laura! Your coloring is fantastic on these berries. Love, love, love this.

Cynthia Cole said...

Lovely watercolor card!