Water colour effect using blending pens

This week I watched a video from Linda Bedinger on how to get a water colour effect using blending pens and I thought I would try it the other evening at our team zoom meeting while we talked!!

The colours are used on Vellum paper and I cut each sheet into four pieces and worked on them individually. There were a few tries before I was happy with the result but I love how it turned out.

The first two colours I used were Dark Misty Moonlight and Dark Shaded Spruce. I used Methylated Spirits and a stiff paintbrush to get the effect. You scribble randomly on the vellum and then use the brush dipped in the Methylated Spirits to spread the colour by just tapping it on the vellum. (I didn’t have any Diggers Isopropyl Cleaning Alcohol that you can also use – found in Bunnings.) It dries quite quickly and you can add more layers of colour to the vellum until you are satisfied with the result.

I added Basic White behind the vellum to bring out the colours used, wrapped this in Reversible ribbon and placed it on Misty Moonlight card stock. The sentiment is from Oval Occasions stamped on Basic White and is backed on Just Jade card stock.

For the second card I used Dark Magenta Madness and Dark Mango Melody on the vellum. Again I backed this on Basic White and used Versamark and Gold Embossing powder to add a stamp from Forever Blossoms on the vellum. Again I used Oval Occasions for the sentiment and some gold thread underneath the sentiment and gilded gems. The leaf is also gold embossed and the sentiment is stamped in Blackberry Bliss.

It is actually interesting when you use different card stock bases because you get a completely different effect. I had thought of using Mango Melody or Magenta Madness for the base, but decided on this occasion to use something completely different.

Hope you like both these cards!

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