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Waffleflower brings us the the charming, whimsical art of Helen Dardik to us in these irresistible clear stamps!
The first thing I wanted to do with this little cutie, is watercolor her in neon hues and give her an little interactive fun!
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I am using a watercolor "resist" method by first heat embossing the images with black pigment ink and clear powder on watercolor paper. I like this method better than stamping with Versamark + black embossing powder because I always get stray embossing flecks where I don't want them, no matter how hard I try to clean things up prior to heating.
After swiping some fluorescent hues of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers over the top of the embossing lines, and onto the exposed areas of the watercolor paper, I blended the colors together with a small tip Pentel Aquash water brush.
These markers are water-based, and water-activated and unlike your typical "marker", they don't have hard tips but instead feature real, delicate brush bristles--wonderful for quick and easy watercoloring! Apply the color like you would apply gentle paint brush strokes and avoid using hard pressure so you do not mash them.
Her hair was colored in with Black, and I traced the outline of her face with Flesh, which makes a perfect natural skin tone.
When using these markers to colorize, I prefer to apply the color tight to the inside edges within the embossed lines on detail images and then pull the color out with the Aquash. However, in this instance, the images are quite bold and in some instances, solid; with these particular images, it works well to load some color directly onto the embossed lines (it will remain wet and sit on top of the embossed surfaces), and also swipe some onto the exposed areas of the paper, close to the edges of the images.
After pulling the colors and blending with the water brush, if there is any residual color sitting on top of the embossed lines, I blot it away with a dry paper towel to avoid any unwanted smears with my fingertips as I continue to work and handle the project.
I added an extra element of fun to this design by using an Action Wobbler--one of my favorite, quick ways to make an "interactive" card.
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