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Sat 07

Fall Gratitude
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  The latest stamps from Memory Box have really inspired me to break out my watercolor paints.  For my card today, I used a mix of Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and some Peerless Watercolor paints.

I love to use Zig markers to outline images and then soften them with a waterbrush to fade to white.  Let me show you what I am talking about:


Step one was to stamp my image onto 140lb coldpress watercolor paper with a black Versafine pad.  Allow the ink to dry completely.  Versafine will take quite a while to dry on watercolor paper.  Next, trace around your image with a light brown Zig marker.  Notice that I worked in small sections.  I outlined a small part of my image and then softened it with my waterbrush:


I work in small sections because if you let your marker dry too much, it makes it more difficult to blend.  I continued the process of outlining and softening with the waterbrush until the whole image was outlined:


It is important to allow your paint to dry completely before painting the leaves.  If the background is still wet, then the paint in the leaves will bleed out into the background.

I colored all of my leaves with red, orange and yellow Peerless watercolor paint.  You could use absolutely any watercolor paint you like.  I simply picked up my colors with a waterbrush and colored within the lines.


Here is a closeup of the card to show you how I finished it.  I stamped a strip of paper and colored it exactly like my leaves in the circle.  To add a bit more depth to both card pieces, I edged the watercolor paper with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and a sponge.  As a final touch, I took some watered down dark brown paint and splattered it onto my card to give it a splotchy look that I think matches well with a fall theme.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have a great weekend!



LOVE this card!!!

Lovely card. I like the effect you achieved outlining and fading out from the image. Thanks for the how to. The sentiment is something we should all take to heart.

Just beautiful! Tfs

Beautiful work on this card, Laura. Thank you for showing us how you did it!

Amazing sentiment and the whole design of your card is just delightful! Fabulous stamp, thanks for your inspiration and explanations!

Gorgeous watercoloring and design!! Hugs, Darnell

wow that is gorgeous, love how you colored the background, and how you did it first, I will have to give that a try :)

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