I’m starting to work on my project by arranging images I wanted to use for this card on a piece of watercolor panel inside my Mini MISTI. You don’t have to use a stamp positioner for this project, you can easily stamp a scene like this using a clear block.
Watch my video tutorial below to learn how I made this card.
I picked watercolor paper for my stamping as I planed to use watercolors to color my critters and the background or the night sky behind them. You can chose to color these using any other mediums you like – perhaps colored pencils or alcohol markers. Whatever you chose make sure you are using the correct ink and paper type for your coloring medium.
I used Arches Hot Pressed watercolor paper as this is my go-to paper for stamping and watercoloring. The Hot Pressed means that this paper has very little to no texture which is a preferred quality when you plan to do a lot of stamping.
For my scene I picked a moose, he is standing on a free-hand painted hill; my moose has two love birds sitting on top of his antlers looking at each other. There’s also a sentiment that reads “Warm Hugs and Lots of Love” and finally the background behind my critters and the sky is filled with holly branches and they look as if they are coming from 3 sides framing this scene in a way.
I broke my coloring process down into 2 main stages – coloring the critters and coloring the background. You want to make sure to wait for the coloring to dry when you move onto coloring the background to avoid having a huge mess and avoid colors bleeding one into another.
I did a bit of wet on wet coloring by wetting the surface of the paper first with water and then adding the pigment. I used just a handful of colors for my painting today and all of these can be found in my exclusive Daniel Smith Yana’s Watercolor Palette.
Keep in mind you can use any other watercolors to paint this, even Distress inks can be easily used to color a scene like this. In case you are curious to learn what colors I used here are the name: I went with Transparent Brown to color the moose and branches, Pyrrol Red to color the birds and berries, Undersea Green to color the leaves and Indigo to color the sky.
Once my coloring was done I trimmed my panel to 4 x 5 ¼” and foam mounted it onto an A2 card. I felt like the sentiment on this card wasn’t visible clearly enough so I heat embossed it in white embossing powder onto a piece of red cardstock and foam mounted onto the scene. I believe this helped the red color on the card pop and really tied everything together.