Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I keep challenging myself to improve my coloring... I tend not to leave lighter areas when I watercolor, so that was something I kept in mind when painting this image. This is one of the new unmounted House Mouse stamps available through Joanna Sheen. I watercolored using reinkers and Derwent pencils. The main color I used is a Vermillion ink by Impress - isn't that a fun color? So weird how my tastes are always changing.

Here's a close-up on the background panel - it was made by inking the paper with the Vermillion ink pad, then layering Cover-a-Card stamps (Distressed Lines and Flourishes)

I used narrow strips of paper to 'thread' my buttons too - less hassle than sewing them on, and the paper helps anchor the glue too.
Also - see that embossed stitching there on the black panel? I did that by lining up the panel diagonally on plastic canvas, then running a stylus along a ruler next to the edge of the paper, across the squares.

Hope those tips are helpful!
Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Wow. Lovely card. I love poppies. And those paper threads are brilliant. Thanks for these useful tips.

  2. Beautiful!!!!!
    So admire all your work.
    Have a blessed day!

  3. Hi Dina, what a cutie! Thanks for the pencil explaining! It was helpful. And it's always good to try to improve yourself and find out new techniques. And for as aquarel, it's the art to know where to stop and leave blank spots, creative greetz, Miranda