Distress Watercolor & Copics

September 23, 2017

Hi! Welcome to first actual blog post! Today I'm sharing a card inspired by one of my favorite crafty blogger/YouTuber Kelly Latevola. Her YouTube videos are not only inspiring and educational, but they always seem to make me smile or even laugh out loud at her "story time" tales. Back in May she did a tutorial on the Wplus9 Youtube channel where she used Distress Inks to create a watercolor background, stamped the image over it and then used Copic markers to detail the images. I was so in love with the card I decided to try my hand at it. So I ordered the Modern Anemones and Modern Peonies stamp sets from Wplus9 and waited (not so patiently lol) for my happy mail.

I started by trimming a piece of watercolor paper to A2 size. To create the background I used Faded Jeans, Weathered Wood and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks. I applied the inks to my craft sheet and spritzed with water. Then I used a piece of acetate to do the ink smooshing technique. I also used a paint brush to add some random splatters to the background.  

After I was happy with the background I began stamping my images. I knew I wanted to make kind of a spray like Kelly's card so I started with the largest peony in the center section. I made a mask to cover the peony and stamped an anemone on each side. I then masked the anemones and added a second one to each side. I created masks for those as well and stamped the leaves to fill out the image.


Once I was happy with the image I created I removed all the masks and used my Copics to begin detailing out the images. Unfortunately I didn't write down the colors I used, but I picked ones that were similar tones to the background. I added white gel pen to the centers of the flowers and heat embossed my sentiment in the lower corner. To finish it off I added some sequins from Simon Says Stamp, trimmed my piece to slightly smaller than A2 and mounted to the front of a black card base.

I'm really happy with how this turned out. My colors are less vibrant than Kelly's and I did not add the drop shadow that she did, but I really love this look. It makes shading with Copics a little easier because you are mixing colors from the background and it doesn't have to be as perfect as coloring a blank image. If you have not checked out Kelly's Youtube channel or blog I highly recommend her. Especially if you are looking for tips on coloring. She does great watercolors and copics. Leave a comment and let me know if you've ever tried this technique. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to subscribe so you never miss a post. XO ~ Amy



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