Hey everyone, Today I am sharing a video tutorial on how to create these gorgeous watercolor leaves on our Tree of Seasons stamp set. This is the perfect quick card for all your friends or family that have autumn birthdays. While creating this card, I kept visualizing all the gorgeous color combinations you could create for Spring, Winter and Summer cards as well!
I began by stamping the tree from our Tree Of Seasons stamp set using the mini misti. Make sure to leave the tree in position for a second time stamping the image for a richer and darker tree. I then began by stamping with Scattered Straw ink as my background ink. Next grab your medium tone ink, here I am using Dried Marigold Distress Ink. Slightly offset the leaves for a more 3D appearance. Finally, use your Fired Brick ink for a dark rich tone and again just stamp slightly off the other two colors. After you are done stamping these three inks, use a #2 watercolor brush and combine all three colors together. This creates a beautiful and soft watercolor image.
Now is the fun part! Ink up a plate with your Dried Marigold ink and grab a watercolor brush. Now quickly go over 3/4 or 1/2 of the yellow and orange leaves. This will make them pop with color. Next use the Fired Brick and do the same thing, You can see in the photo above how the bottom of the leaves have a darker appearance? If you don’t want to use a watercolor brush, simply grab a distress marker in this color. It will create the same effect.
After you are done watercoloring & the cardstock has dried, grab your misti for a second time and stamp the tree again. This will create a darker and richer tree image and also cover up any bleeding that occurred while watercoloring. Finally, I stamped the “happy birthday” sentiment using the Autumn Blessing stamp set. This is important to do before you create your green hill because you will now exactly where to place your hill. Finally, grab some Peeled Paint distress ink and create a simple hill. An important tip is to not let too much water onto your brush because the cardstock may buckle.
I hope you have enjoyed today’s tutorial. Please leave a comment below letting me know if you have tried this technique before. If so what kind of stamps and color combination did you use? I would love to hear your input!
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With paper hugs and love, Joanna
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