Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Watercolor Sympathy

I come to you this month with a CAS card. Peerless watercolors, a corner rounder and a few jewel stickers were used to create this card. A bit of very light distress ink was smudged around the cross to add a bit of shading. 

As I've mentioned before, there is always a need for Sympathy cards and when I saw this gorgeous Cross digi in the Easter section on Pickled Potpourri Designs, I knew that it would also make beautiful sympathy cards and notecards. Isn't it stunning in its simplicity?! I find it comforting and the beauty lies in the meaning of the cross so I wanted to keep the design simple.

The watercolors flow across the cross and add beautiful shading and dimension. The flower too has more levels of color with watercolors. The challenge was keeping the watercolor contained on the stem but it worked pretty well with the fine tip of the water brush. I dip my water brush into a cup of water rather than squeezing water out. It works better for me for controlling the amount of water used. A paper towel is kept nearby to soak up any excess water. Watercolors make me feel like an artist in a different way from Copics. Both are great but watercolors are definitely faster for when you don't have a ton of time to color.

The sentiment is from Rose Sentiments. The personality of the script font softens the straight lines of the cross and ties in well with the flower. The merging of the two digis makes for a wonderful and simple sympathy message.

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Thank you for popping by the Pickled Potpourri blog and look forward to seeing you next month! 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tiptoe Through the Tulips...

It's been cold, cold, cold here in Kansas and I'm dreaming of Spring so I decided to bring Spring alive in this month's post. Tulips are the perfect Spring flower (along with iris!). They're cheery and easy and vibrant and they just make me happy!

 Milk Can Flowers Digital Stamp Set from Pickled Potpourri Designs

I simply adore the Milk Can Flowers digi set. I have a hard time lining up two part rubber stamp sets, even with the stamp platforms. With digis, I can line them up and fuss with them until I have it just right and then print. It's so easy and so fun!

The image is colored with copics and popped up on an embossed background. This makes a perfect note card, get well card, birthday card or sympathy card. By having a focal image and no sentiment, the possibilities are endless.

 Tulip Digital Stamp from Pickled Potpourri Designs

And, here's another tulip card featuring the Tulip digi. It's also colored in copics and is layered on a splashed background stitched cardstock layer and then on a polka dot background. It's another card design without a sentiment so the image can pop.

I normally outline an image in light blueish green to make it pop a little. This one I experimented with a light lavender around the flower and a light green around the leaves. The fun of coloring is that there are always options.

I encourage you to visit Pickled PotPourri Designs to find these and many other lovely digital stamps to use in your own crafty endeavors.

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Have a wonderfully creative day!