Monday, October 12, 2015


If you asked me what my favorite medium is I would have to say that watercolor and sprays are probably at the top of the list.
and guess what?
it's a watercolor challenge at  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.


I have to say this is one of my favorite projects I have created in a while.  The background just came together and then the butterfly is always on the top of my list to stamp.

I started with a nice heavy watercolor paper in the background and then I used some pretty sprays on a project which I pooled up the color on the water color paper and let them dry.  After that it was a matter of creating circles in various sizes by outlining them with watercolor pencils and adding shading with water color pencils on the circles.

I stamped the butterfly onto the background and it didn't get stamped as dark as I wanted it to so I quick threw on black embossing powder and heat set it.  This did a couple of things it helped make the image pop and it filled in where the stamping was a touch uneven. 

TIP:  The sentiment was stamped on tissue paper and decoupaged to the surface. This helps in a couple of ways:  some of us (namely me) like to stamp our sentiments at the end and oops it ends up crooked.  With stamping it on the tissue paper you get a chance to place it on and visually see where  you want it and align it.  The second thing it fixes is if you don't get enough ink or pressure and your sentiment doesn't get a good enough image. By doing it first on the tissue paper you can repeat as needed until you get your image you desire.

Products:  Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Fossilized Amber, Barn Door, Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage, Simon Says Stamp Nested Wafer Circle DiesBlack Embossing Powder, Ranger Archival Ink - BlackStrathmore Watercolor Paper, watercolor pencil,   fine tipped waterbrush,   Stampers Anonymous Perspective, Impression Obsession

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

So now it's YOUR turn, come play along and show us your stamp and punch combination. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in


If you use instagram add  #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too!



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  2. Sorry, Sue, I commented from Chrome and Firefox has my blogger account - anyway, I just love this beautiful tag!

  3. Beautiful! I should adopt the tissue paper technique ;)

  4. Love your beautiful tag, Suzz. The colors are fantastic and the butterfly is gorgeous!

  5. Stunning tag, Suzz! Love the colors and the sentiment is so lovely :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. Gorgeous tag Suzz :-) I love the colouring of the bubbles, absolutely fantastic and the butterfly is beautiful :-)

    Lols x x x

  7. Wow, Suzz! This is like PRO! I picture seeing this kind of artwork in a gallery of some sort. I am really impressed at how you well you wielded those watercolor pencils and I am stunned at how realistic and dimensional everything looks. Excellent work!

  8. Such a beautiful tag! I love the circles on the background, and your butterfly is amazing! Lovely work!

  9. Stunning tag Sue, love the colours and that gorgeous butterfly. I'm intrigued by the tissue paper technique and was trying to see if I could see it but the sentiment looks as if it has been perfectly stamped on the tag, amazing! Cathy x

  10. Wow! The background is amazing and looks almost printed ~ it's that wonderful! A stunning piece of artwork and I think one of my favourite pieces you've ever made Suzz ~ I adore it! :)

  11. Suzz this is a masterpiece! love your tag, background is wonderful! Thanks for sharing your tip!!!! Barbarayaya

  12. Ohh wow Suzz, this is so pretty! Love that butterfly and love the way you've colored those circles. Hugs, Sandra

  13. I love this Sue!! Those circles are amazing, such perfect shading! One of the most gorgeous backgrounds I have ever seen. The butterfly and sentiment are wonderful too.

  14. This is gorgeous Suzz! I love the vibrant colors and the circle background is fabulous.


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