Sunday, August 22, 2021

Birthday - Gold and Watercolor


This is my first try at gold embossing and water coloring.  I am usually quite timid with trying new things.  Actually it took me ten tries to get the embossing correct.  I don't know what I was doing wrong.  I used an embossing buddy, but still ended up with embossing powder everywhere I didn't want it.  I did the painting with my Arteza water color pens.  I found them very difficult to use.  I watched a You Tube video first.  She put a small amount of paint on and then spread it out with a wet brush.  I don't know why, but I could not get my paint to spread the way she did.  So frustrating.  I guess I need to keep practicing.  Anyways, I used a stamp by Simon Says Stamp.  I love the pretty.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes

Int'l Art & Soul - CAS

Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goes

CCC Digi Creations - Use Flowers

Happy Little Stamper - Off the Edge


crafty-stamper said...

Love the watercolouring and looks beautiful gold embossed.I find wetting the image then putting a bit of paint on nand letting it spread works for me
Carol x

Pat K said...

These are so beautiful Diane. Good job on sticking with it. The results are gorgeous. xx

Monica C. said...

This is beautiful, Diane. I am sorry that it was so frustrating for you. I also have issues with embossing and have found that I need quite a bit of powder on my paper and then wipe it off with a microfiber cloth once the paper has cooled off.
As far as the Artezas - they don't stay wet very long and once dry it takes quite a bit of water to get them to move. I do find a waterbrush works better than a paint brush, I think because the bristles are a bit firmer.
You talked about the opacity of my watercolors on the black cardstock. Metallic watercolors are more opaque than normal ones and the shine really comes to life on dark backgrounds.
Hugs Monica

crafty-stamper said...

Hi Diane just popping back to say-Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create and hope you will join us again
Carol DT x

Aimeslee Winans said...

Well, your tenacity with the embossing paid off because this is a gorgeous card. I don't know what paper you used, but sometimes that affects it. Last month I splurged on the 90+ set of Zig Clean Colors precisely because I'd read so many reviews about the Artezas being so hard to blend out. Not that the Zigs are that much better, but I've read multiple people take a brush and apply a tiny bit of glycerin (or blender pen) to the coloring area first. Definitely a learning curve with these no matter what brand. xoxo

Leslie said...

Your card is beautiful! Be very liberal with your embossing buddy even if your stamped image looks powdery - the more the better. I honestly don't watercolor much but when I do, I use my Zigs or distress ink and a Niji water pen. The trick is wetting the area you are coloring first, and then applying the watercolor. It kind of runs where it wants to, lol. At any rate, you did a beautiful job!

Chrissy said...

Beautiful water colouring and this was the stamp that I did my first water colouring too..I use a childs water paint set, I find the colours are real and the paint is easy to spread, I always add my water first then a dot of colour then spread..happy painting..
Thank you so much for joining in with us at 613 Avenue Create..hope you will play along again..


JD/ Jill said...

This is so pretty! Love to see Gold embossing, You're inspirng me to give it a try again, It's been a while...

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