Tuesday, May 4, 2010

That Ol' BROWN Magic??

I have been watching Karen Barber post some of the most SCRUMPTIOUS cards lately using this what-seemed-to-be-impossible technique (dubbed "black magic" 'cause it is traditionally done on black cardsock - but any dark color works pretty darn well!). I finally p/m'd her the other day to ask her if I could use SU's watercolor pencils to do it instead of the pigment pencils I had read as a suggestion on her blog. She let me know that she had recently tried the watercolor pencils and actually liked them BETTER, so I was tickled to try this technique (finally!)!

It was also surprisingly EASIER than I thought it was going to be! Basically, stamp a solid-type image in Whisper White craft ink (or any white pigment ink will do!). If you are impatient (like ME!) and don't wanna wait for it to "air dry" ... speed up the process by zapping the image with your heat embossing tool. Once it is dry, feel free to color it to your heart's desire .... that's pretty much IT!! Don't be afraid to press down hard and really color that baby!! Shade, color, and shade some more! As this is my very first attempt, it is NOT quite as luscious as I had hoped for, as my learning curve taught me a thing or two! However, it is good to note that accenting the whole image with some strategically placed white-gel-pen highlights really adds to the overall effect. I hadn't looked back at any of Karen's samples before doing this and I got a bit carried away, but I still like the finished product, and I {{{heart}}} this technique!! Smiley from millan.net Definitely gonna try it again ... I think I feel a video tutorial comin' on (since I FINALLY found the new video camera I bought for Christmas that seemed to "disappear" .... HOORAY!). Lovely, eh? (I should also mention that I initially created this for the Free for All challenge over on SCS last Friday - which was to create a "May Day" flower-themed card).

Have a lovely Tuesday!!

Stamps: Watercolor Trio
Ink: Soft Suede, Whisper White, white gel pen
Paper: Tangerine Tango (hooray for its upcoming return!), Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, So Saffron, Whisper White
Accessories: Watercolor pencils, Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder, large oval punch, Whisper White taffeta ribbon


Kadie in Arizona said...

Wendy: Don't you just hate it when things disappear? You can't find your camera - I can't find my mind!

LOVE the technique and let me be the first to tell you.....LOVE IT!

Thanks for sharing yet another one of your AMAZING creations. I'm lucky to call you friend.

coldwaters2 said...

Beautiful card Wendy I love the technique you have used and the images and colours are gorgeous

Lorraine x

Christi said...

Gorgeous! What an awesome technique!!

Pam said...

This is too pretty to be believable that it wasn't done by a computer or professional artist!!! You HAVE to do a video tutorial. I read your instructions...but that's just not good enough for me. I'm a "have to see it" person. PLEASE do a video tutorial.....SOON!!!!!

patricia smith said...

That is amazing! I am anxious to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

Cherie said...

Wow! This is gorgeous! Can't wait to see your video! TFS

TN Granny said...

You always amaze me your such a talented artist and I love that you share your knowledge. Your card is amazing.
God Bless,