colourQ 255 and Seize the Sketch 27

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's Tuesday so that means there's a brand new palette at colourQ.  This time around the colors are inspired by this beautiful curtain that would look fantastic in my bathroom!  I'd actually like it better as a shower curtain as I'm not much of a window curtain kind of girl (not to mention my cats would probably think I installed a curtain purely for their entertainment)!  This card is also made using the latest sketch at Seize the Sketch designed by Cathy.  Sadly, Cathy has the dubious honor of presiding over the last challenge at Seize the Sketch.  (Insert sad face here).  



I mentioned last week that I was watching the videos for the watercolor Online Card Class.  Over the weekend I got around to watching some more and was intrigued by the lesson where we learned how to take a stamped image and make it look more like it was watercolored.  After going through all of my stamps twice to find an appropriate image for this similar to the ones used in the video I settled on a little leafy stamp.  Despite being warned that this technique was advanced and required lots of practice I went full steam ahead, made this card, and posted it as if it was the Mona Lisa (a little shot of confidence that I learned from my friend Linda).  Once the leaves were stamped I pounced them with a wet brush, the idea being to soften the edges and spread some of that color around.  Then I went in with my markers and added little dots of color which I then pounced with my wet brush.  

I've got to say that seeing it here doesn't thrill me.  It really does look better in person, but here it looks like I made a card then spilled a glass of water on it.  Blah.  I should have listened to the experts and practiced a bit more before unleashing my supposed creativity on all of you!  Ha!

Of course, you know that the girls at colourQ have got an amazing array of cards to show you using these colors and the girls at Seize the Sketch will also knock your socks off with their cards this week.  Wouldn't it be nice to send Seize the Sketch off with a bang?  I encourage you to play along with our last sketch!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Pocket Silhouettes, It's Your Birthday (SU)
Paper:  Classic Ivory (Flourishes); Old Olive (SU); watercolor paper
Ink:  Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party (SU)
Accessories:  Basic Pearls (SU)


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24 Responses to “colourQ 255 and Seize the Sketch 27”

Vicki Dutcher said...

I like these soft pretty flowers!

OH Babs said...

I like the card and will place it in the Pinterest folder. So sorry the challenge is closing - it is one of my favorites.

Jessi Fogan said...

Stahp being your own worst critic! I think this is amazingly beautiful - and I bet it is one of those techniques that is just hard to feel like it's 'done right'. Also glad to know I'm not the only one who doesn't do window coverings because of the cats :)

Lesley Croghan said...

I think your card is so soft and pretty, Jen. Love the technique you used. So happy you were on the STS team. You are a great pal and I appreciate your dedication and support! Hugs!

Katie Melhus said...

What delicate and lovely windows full of flowers - so pretty, Jen! I'm going to miss being a part of the STS team with you!

Lyn Wallan-Smith said...

So beautiful <3

stampwithsandy said...

Jen, I love, love, LOVE this! So soft and water-colory, and I promise it does not look like you spilled something on it! I would love to take that watercolor class if I can get results like this. I will miss the honor of designing with you at STS! Hugs :)

stampwithsandy said...

Oh and PS I have always regretted not buying Pocket Silhouettes and now even more so, so off to ebay I go!

Sherry Eckblad said...

Jen like always I love your card. I have enjoyed being on STS with you and know that we will stay in touch through blogging.

Bonnie said...

This does NOT look like you spilled a glass of water on it, Jen! I love the dainty little watercolor leaves! I think this is gorgeous! Into my CASE file.

Marybeth said...

This thrills me! I think it's absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful watercoloring! It was nice to be on the STS DT with you if only for a short time,Jen!

Kristi said...

I absolutely love this and don't think it looks like you spilled anything on it! I am always drawn to cards made with my favorite retired stamps and this one is definitely getting pinned.

Lee Ann Barrett said...

Well done, well done! I think you are being too hard on yourself. Your watercolor look is gorgeous and I love the simplicity of the design. It has been an honor working with you on the STS team!

Lisa said...

Sweet and wispy Jen, perfect for summer!

Deepti said...

This is so pretty :) love the soft look :)

Lori said...

This is so gorgeous, Jen! You are not giving yourself enough credit girl....LOVE it! It's been such fun working with you here at STS...take care! xoxox

Karren said...

This looks very arty and fluid - so I think you nailed the technique. Great card!

Linda Callahan said...

So sometimes Mona takes a drink and dribbles a bit on the flowers - still a masterpiece! I am teasing.....seriously I love the result! Very soft and pretty....my watercolor equipment will be decorating my shelf for a while...

Rose said...

Jen i LOVE this beauty!!!! thrilled to have been on STS DT with you :)

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

Spilled a glass a water LOL - too funny! I think your card is STUNNING!!!!!

Deanne :)

icardeveryone01 said...

Jen from where I'm sitting, your water-coloring looks fantastic! Gorgeous... and love the stamp you chose - perfect for sketch. I'm sad to see STS go =[ I had just found and fallen in love with it!!
=] Michele

Louise Sims said...

Fab card, glad to have joined in with my first Colorq challenge :-)

Patti said...

Poppycock! Jen, this card is a show stopper!! I love every tiny detail. The watercolor looks exquisite!

Patti

Colleen Dietrich said...

I thought I recognized Pocket Silhouettes used on your card! It looks very sweet. :)

So sad that this is our last STS challenge. I've been having fun here, and it was a pleasure to be on the team with you.