Watercolouring with Forever Fern

Wednesday 1 July 2020 Bridgwater, UK

Oh my goodness, I've been so busy this week! 

This weekend, Michelle Last is holding a virtual craft event for the Pinkies Stampin' Up! team of demonstrators. We would usually attend in person at a venue in Birmingham (and we would have SO much fun together) however, due to Coronavirus this cannot be possible so we are attending online instead! 

Michelle has two days of crafting and fun planned. I know I have lot's of surprises still to come as I am one of the demos who has not opened their retreat box yet. I can't wait to see what we've got in there!

There are 78 demonstrators attending. I'm so excited, I cannot wait to show them the project I have created for one of our 'make and takes'. 

I've been working really hard on the creative process from designing the project through to filming a video tutorial. This takes a bit longer for me as I do not have that much experience having only filmed one video and only held two workshops. 

Whilst I'd love to share this project with my blog readers too, I am unable to as it has been designed exclusively for the demonstrators attending. So why don't you become a demonstrator and join my team? You would really enjoy the social events and exclusive papercraft projects!

I actually really enjoyed creating my video, so you will be pleased to know that I have set myself a goal to film at least one video per month to accompany my blog posts! Watch this space!

Coming up on my blog, I have designed a series of 9 projects, you can read more about this at the end of this post! 

Today's cards feature the Forever Fern stamp set and coordinating Forever Flourishing dies. I have used a watercolour technique for both cards! I am no expect on watercolouring however, I occasionally have a dabble!

For the card above I have used Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper (with some water applied with my water painter). I created an ombre effect with 3 different inks - Seaside Spray, Mist Moonlight and Night of Navy. Admittedly, you can't see the Misty Moonlight very well but I assure you, it is there!

I've used Shimmery White cardstock for the watercolouring on this card. Shimmery White cardstock is perfect for watercolouring too. I absolutely love the subtle sparkle the cardstock has - I use it a lot at Christmas. I absolutely must remember to stock up on it on my next order!

To achieve the watercolouring on this card, I used my water painter to apply a layer of water to one of the clear blocks I use to attach to my cling and photopolymer stamps. I added a few tiny drops of Pool Party ink and swished it around the block with my water painter. Next I placed the block directly onto the cardstock, waited a few seconds and then I turned the block around 180 degrees and placed it onto the cardstock again. I love the random pattern it created! 

I had to wait for both pieces to dry and found it they had become quite warped (if you have a tip to get around this - please share!) I actually gave them an iron to try and straighten the cardstock, I used a teflon sheet to protect the card.

All of the products I have used to create these cards can be found listed when you click on the small images of these cards at the end of this post. However, before you go, I've have just got to mention the new Pool Party Sheer Ribbon that I've used. OMG it is so beautiful!! Okay, I may be biased as Pool Party is my favourite Stampin' Up! colour, but you just have to see it! It's so delicate and shimmery! 

Stampin' Up!, if you are reading this (unlikely, but possible) please please please release this ribbon in other colours!

Coming up..... don't miss my new Boho Indigo DSP Series starting this Friday 3rd July! Subscribe to receive emails of all new blog posts here so you don't miss anything!

I have 9 projects for you ranging from handmade cards, to stationery, home decor and more! They will all be featuring the gorgeous Boho Indigo patterned paper, also known as designer series paper or 'DSP'.

Every other blog post will contain a project from this series, so expect to see lot's of inspiration over the next month. 


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