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Garden's Edge in Soft No-line Watercolor

Monica Zerpa

Posted on August 23 2021

Hello everyone! This is Monica here with my very first post for LDRS Creative. For this project, I wanted to share a bit of my essence, a technique that I constantly go back to and a style that is very me. A simple no line watercolor design.

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For this card, I stamped the Garden’s Edge Slimline flower stamp on a piece of bristol smooth cardstock with a neutral color, water based ink pad and used my watercolor markers to paint it. I was after a nice and soft look, though it might seem complicated, all it really takes is to add a few light strokes with the tip of the marker to one corner of each petal or leaf and then blend it with a water brush. Because the idea is to create shadows and highlights, just as in nature, the key is to leave some of the parts of the image, without color at all. Like I said above, only add a bit of color on one side, and that will be your shadow, extending the color to the rest of the petal, which will be the highlighted area. The key is to start with a very light hand, you can always add more color later.

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For the background, again using a water based ink, I loosely added some color in the white areas of the panel until it was all covered. Then, I freely splattered some white gauche on the entire panel and I also added a bit of shimmering powder for more interest.

When it was all very dry, I stamped the “You are absolutely Wonderful'' sentiment from the same stamp set, added a platinum embossing powder and heat set it. I trimmed this main panel to a 3 ½  X 8 ¼ , and I used foam tape to mount it on a 4 X 8 ½  light gray cardstock panel and then, to the card base of the same size. Finally, I added a few iridescent embellishments for extra sparkle and dimension.

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Thank you so much for stopping by and for reading about this project. I hope you like it and that it inspires you to try this technique. 

Hugs, Monica.

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2 comments

  • Pam: August 31, 2021

    This is a beautiful card. Love the no-line coloring process. This stamp is one of my all time favorites. I have made several cards with it and plan to make more.

  • Andre M.: August 28, 2021

    This is a beautiful card, fabulous colouring of these lovely images!

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