Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Pinterest Challenge

Happy Hump Day!! I hope you are all enjoying this Wednesday. Two more days until the weekend!!

Remember yesterday when I said that I went to book club on Monday night? We sat outside the whole time and apparently I was dinner for a lot of bugs. I did not realize it at the time but late last night, the itching began. This morning was even worse and huge welts appeared  up and down my legs. I made the mistake of taking a Benadryl and it has KNOCKED ME OUT pretty much all day. Don't you hate that? If I had taken it last night, though, it would kept me up. I wound up buying anti-itch medicine early this morning at CVS to use when the Benadryl wears off.

Today I am sharing my card that I created using my Zig Clean Markers. I was inspired by the new "Pinterest Inspired Challenge" blog. It was to use the pin below to create a project.

This is a new blog and I urge you to check it out. The design team made some stunning cards. Here is the card that I created:

I primarily chose the colors for my inspiration. I also attempted using this technique from the Simon Says Stamp Blog. Instead of using a Penny Black die, I used a My Favorite Things butterfly die to cut my "stencil."

I then used my Zig Clean Markers to paint in the butterfly. I chose to use greens and blues from the Pinterest image for the butterfly. I then accented it with Spiced Marmalade Distress ink that I watered down and painted onto the background.

I have to say that I had a difficult time using these watercolor markers. I am just not a natural at it. I tried to use light washes of color but somehow, it came out really dark. I do love how the watered down Distress Ink background came out, though.

After the image was dry, I die cut it using my brand new "Cross-Stitch Rectangle" dies from My Favorite Things. I adhered it on an angle to a Paper Trey Ink "Tropical Teal" A2 top folding card.

Next I cut a strip of black card stock, stamped and heat embossed a sentiment. I then adhered it to the front of the card using foam adhesive. My last step was to use a few sequins randomly around the card.

What I learned making this card:
  • I need to be more patient when I use the Zig markers. Patience is NOT my strong suit!
  • I also think that I would to better actually  "coloring in" an image then free handing it like I did with this stencil. 
  • Detail is hard with watercolors unless you use the right brushes. I have them but was trying to use my water brush rather then get out a million different sizes of paint brushes.
  • I tried two different kinds of paper to use with these markers. First was Bristol Board. No, it is not a watercolor paper so it did pill. However, I like the way the color layered on this better then the watercolor paper. 
  • I used Ranger watercolor paper on this card but I am not a huge fan of it. I think it has too much tooth to it. I TRIED to buy true white watercolor paper (more expensive then the TWO kinds I already own!) but need to go to an art supply store I think. The ones I have are just too off.
I thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog. Have a great night!!