July Technique Blog Hop-Watercoloring

Welcome to the July Technique Blog Hop


It’s month seven of our year-long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products.  This month we are playing with watercoloring and you won’t want to miss the amazing and fun cards we’ve got for you today.

We hope you got the chance to hop with us each of the previous month; but if you haven’t, it’s not too late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing.  If you missed the previous months, you can click on the month to be taken directly to the start of that month’s hop.

January-Emboss Resist   February-Ink Layering   March-Inlaid Die Cutting   April-Shaker Cards   May-Spinner Cards   June-Step Cards

We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today’s hop and if you become a follower on my blog you will be entered in a card bundle give-away when I reach 100 e-mail subscribers (although my Networked Blogs and Bloglovin followers will be included in the drawing).
Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com or a Stampin’ Up gift certificate (Winner’s Choice).

If you arrived here from my friend and fellow blogger, Theresa, you’re in the right place.  If you came here first, you may want to start the hop at the beginning so you don’t miss anything and have the opportunity to comment to be entered to win.  However you came to be here, I’m just so happy you’ve joined me today!

My first card features a water colored background with embossing which I made after watching a Jennifer McGuire video.  The rose was also water colored after embossing in white.  I water colored several leaf stalks as well to add a bit more interest to the front.  I’ll talk more about the techniques I used in my water coloring technique series in the month that follows.

Yellow Rose wm 1

Since the technique hop included ink smooshing, I also tried my hand at that to create the background.  Then I stamped the image and slightly water colored that to add some definition and dimension.

The Caterpillar wm 1


Another video that intrigued me was about water coloring die cuts, so I decided to give it a go.  The die I used was very delicate, so I may have to try this again with something a little beefier.  I do like the result, though.

Hello wm 1

For these next three cards, I used the same stamp set, Moon Lake from Stampin’ Up; each card with a different water coloring technique.  I happened upon a tutorial offered by LW Designs for six masculine cards with watercolor techniques.  Since I hadn’t worked with this medium previously I decided to give it a try.   I used Moon Lake and Glorious Grunge stamp sets on this card and then created a Bokeh background.  I like the soft look it gives to the card.

Moon Lake 3On this card, I used Kosher salt on the card after everything else was done to create a speckled background.

Moon Lake 6

I covered this card with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) to make a cracked glass effect.

Moon Lake 4

Stay tuned if you’d like to know more about these three cards as I’ll provide a brief overview.  If you’d like the full tutorial at a reasonable price, you can purchase it at LW Designs.

I have discovered water coloring is not one of my favorite techniques.  First, I don’t like to get messy when I craft, but I had ink all the way up to my elbows.  No matter how many handy-wipes I used to rid myself of unwanted ink, I still managed to get a smudge on my almost complete project…twice!  Second, I like precision in my cards and with water coloring, there’s no telling what you’re going to get.  All in all, it was a great learning experience for me and I might try it again.

Now you’re off to the incredibly talented Claudia.  I know you will love what she has in store for you.  I hope you’re enjoying the projects you’ve seen along the way.  If you were inspired to try your hand at water coloring and would like me to showcase your card here, please e-mail me with a picture.

And here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:



15 Responses to “July Technique Blog Hop-Watercoloring”

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  1. Kim, like always so many great cards you made. I think the rose is one of my favorite too as you will see on my blog (we are too much alike my friend 😉 ) I love the boat one too… awesome job with the coloring. It is great hopping with you again

  2. JenniferE says:

    Sweet cards! Love your coloring, sorry you got so messy doing it! I’ve never tried it.

  3. Denise Sayers says:

    I like them all, but especially love the nature cards at the end. I understand your frustration at messing up a card near the end. It is always a win if I can save it somehow.

    • Kim&Katy says:

      They are serene, aren’t they? I don’t know if you’ll come back to see my response, but do you have a blog? I would love to be a follower.

  4. each card is just more lovely than the rest…I love the flower, the fern and the outdoor scenes!

  5. Sharon says:

    Great cards, Kim. Love the scenic ones. So peaceful. It was fun hopping with you.

  6. Debbie Bonczek says:

    These cards are fabulous. I love that rose card, but then reached the ones with the scenes at the bottom. Beautiful work.

  7. Kelly S says:

    Oh my goodness, Kim – you know how to create a cache of positively gorgeous cards! There is no way I could pick a favorite if I had to! Each one is so delicately created, with such a beautiful design and each so different. I saw that video and it was intriquing – nice to see that you loved it too and created such masterpieces!

  8. Lynn McAuley says:

    Such a wonderful array of beautiful watercolor techniques! Each card has its own unique beauty! Awesome work, Kim!

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