Saturday, January 12, 2019

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Take 2

Thanks for all the positive comments on my initial Leading Lady post.  I'm so appreciative of your support.  Now it's time for Take 2.
This week I wanted to show you some ways to add color without the traditional art of coloring, since that's not one of my talents.  I often use solid images, but I'm not restricted to them.  Here are some cards with open images & techniques anyone can do.
First up is a card using the adorable snowman from Snowy Holiday
Using a couple solid circles from Scenery: Dotty, I stamped 3 times, overlapping the circles, with Distress Inks weathered wood & faded jeans on a watercolor panel.  Then I spritzed to make the ink run.  I used my heat tool before repeating the process & adding splatters.  When it was completely dry, I stamped the snowman in Delicata Sapphire Blue several times using a stamp positioner.  Then I stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist.  The gray ink didn't really change the blue, but just made the image a bit crisper.
I added Shimmer Pico Embellisher to parts of  the snowman for clear sparkly dimension.  The sentiment is from The Big, the Bold & the Happy & I added a few clear sequins.
Next is a fun Valentine's Day card using a die from Essentials: Tilda Cutaways that makes an opening for a gift card.
I began by white embossing Mini Scenery: Bed of Roses on Bristol paper so I could color with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  They are great for a messy watercolor technique that doesn't require staying in the lines or adding shadows--perfect for me!  I used 3 purple markers & a blue gray, mixing with a little water.  After it dried I cut out the gc holder & then spritzed with shimmer spray.
The white embossed sentiment strip made with words from The Big, the Bold & the Happy was mounted with foam tape.  The background is done with white dye ink & Scenery: Pennsylvania Polka Creative Screenings.  I didn't want the actual gift card to detract, so I covered the back of it with a scrap of Bristol paper colored with the blue gray Zig & dry embossed with little dots.
My last card is another example of messy watercoloring.  This time I stamped a beautiful leaf image from In Bloom: Renee's Leaves across the top of a white panel in Distress Inks pine needles & evergreen bough. 
Then I "stamped" the ink pads on a flat palette, added water & picked up the color with a small brush to paint the leaves--again not staying in the lines.  When it was dry, I stamped in a darker blue green dye ink for more definition & then in Delicata Silvery Shimmer purposely not lining up the stamp.  The sentiment from In a Word: Thanks was stamped in dark gray ink to match the mat.  I left off embellishments, but did add some silver splatters.
Hope I've given you some inspiration, even if you do traditional coloring.  Remember to leave a comment on my first post to be in the running for a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card.
Want an additional entry into the drawing?  Just leave a comment below telling me if you've used any of these coloring techniques.
I'll be back next Saturday for more fun with wonderful Winnie & Walter products!  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  If your blog address is in your profile or comment, I will visit you.



31 comments:

  1. Your cards are amazing. I have never used any of these techniques but now I want to! thanks!

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  2. Love the three different ways of coloring and all the cards are so pretty. I have watercolored with my Zigs and it was messy, but not intentionally!

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  3. i have used the messy watercoloring but not the first one you used with the snowman - three great cards, Greta - love the design of the last card.

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  4. I'm a control freak and haven't tried this kind of messy! But loving your techniques and will work at it! I like all the texture and shimmer on your rose gift card. And I need to remember everything you did on the thanks card.

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  5. All adorable cards... Love the snowman

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  6. Sweet and beautiful cards! Love your gorgeous and creative designs. The shimmer is awesome.

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  7. I am not a great colorist, so I have used the messy watercolor technique a number of times. I like your tip of stamping over the image an additional time or two to redefine the lines. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards. They always have such a wonderful arty look which I love!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  8. Pretty effect with the coloring techniques! I have not used these ideas.

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  9. Your cards are gorgeous, Greta! Love your inspiring colouring techniques, Jo x

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  10. I don't do much coloring myself either so I can really appreciate today's post. I love the monochromatic look of the snowman card ... and what a fun little way to color!

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  11. Love your "coloring alternative" tutorial -- such fun ideas! Love all three of your beautiful cards as well!

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  12. Wonderful variety and thanks for sharing these techniques. I haven't done any of them before.

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  13. I left you some love on the W&W blog.! These are all fabulous Greta!

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  14. Wonderful cards - I love the snowman! I haven't tried any of these techniques before but they look like fun!

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  15. Thanks for sharing the great techniques. I haven't tried any of them. Love the sweet snowman and the green leaves, though simple, are just gorgeous.

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  16. Fabulous Designs! I love that they all use different techniques!!!

    Theresa

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  17. Greta, these are AWESOME! I have never tried these but I LOVE THE LOOK! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  18. Gorgeous Greta. I love the gift card holder and yes, I love using embossing as a resist. Hugz

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  19. I love these cards and only one of the techniques have I used before and that is taking the stamp pad and adding ink from it to a smooth surface palette and then spritzing with water so that I could use it for watercoloring. And using the Misti is a great tool to have for overstamping the image again to get a more defined line on the stamp.

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  20. you are absolutely rockin' it as the leading lady this month, greta! all three cards are fabulous!

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  21. This is a terrific trio of beautiful cards, Greta! You are an awesome Leading Lady and I learned a lot from your explanations on how you did the messy watercoloring! Thank you! Hugs, Darnell

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  22. love that last card so much! i have done some watercoloring like that but didn't turn out that nice!

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  23. 3 very different, but very clever techniques on your cards, Geta! Love those wonderful leaves and wonderful Zig coloured roses! I have used the Zig pens often, and have used the paintbrush to add colour to leaves, before overstamping. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  24. Sweet cards and great techniques for those that are not comfortable coloring in traditional ways. I love the ziggies.

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  25. Beautiful makes Greta, so clever too.
    Faith
    x

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  26. I was excited to see that you are Leading Lady this month, as I always enjoy seeing your cards. When I began stamping, I only used stamps that didn't require coloring, because I had no idea how to even start. Now I'm trying to improve my coloring techniques but always look for simple ways to add color without all that tedious shading and staying inside the lines! These are beautiful and fun alternatives. I've used the heat embossed method with loose water coloring several times and will have to pull that out of my bag of tricks again soon.

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  27. Gorgeous set of cards!!! One of my fave coloring techniques is embossing. Love the effect!!!

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  28. Fabulous inspiration Greta and such wonderful cards. Loving the messy look to the water colouring, as it makes them so unique and artsy.
    Such a fun CAS first card......glorious and such a beautiful second card and the third one is so elegant.
    I have tried doing the watercolour technique that you did on your second pretty card but not tried the other two techniques.....They are on my to do list x. Thanks again for the step by step and the wonderland inspiration x.

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  29. Lovely cards! I'm a fan of messy watercolouring as I have no talent for staying in the lines or making things look realistic!

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  30. I love the arty look you managed to create with these cards Greta ... Each one is so lovely!

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