Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Watercolor New York - Awesome Stamp!

One of the things I love about Technique Junkie Stamps is that Pat Huntoon keeps updating the stamp line with new stamps every month!  That is so fun!   This is a stamp that was added to the line a few months ago, but I only recently got this stamp.  And since I really enjoy watercoloring, it was a perfect stamp for me!  So I have three cards made to showcase this stamp for you today.  I hope after you see the stamp made into these three cards, you will say I love this stamp and I must have it --- NOW!! 

For this card I used the Antique Glimmers technique trying to keep most of the gray area at the bottom of the card stock.  I used Shimmery White card stock from Stampin' Up.  It is a beautiful card stock. It takes watercoloring very well.  I inked the image with Stazon black ink so the amount of water I used would not  cause the image to distort and blur.  After I stamped the image on the card stock with the Antique Glimmers applied, then I used Peerless Watercolor paints which Pat sells on the Technique Junkie website.  These colors are very intense and of so very portable!  I used these paints to deepen the colors and to add additional texture to the image.  The word stamp is called Good Friend --  -- and I think this saying is so very true.  We have friends from many years ago and they are truly a treasure for us!  I stamped it on vellum with a hint of mauve and adhered with adhesive from my Xyron machine.
This is the second card I created with this stamp.
I stamped this image with Stazon ink on watercolor paper.  Then I spritzed a fine mist of water all over the card stock  and I applied just dabs of the intense color from the Peerless watercolor palette.  I spread the colors on the area where I wished it to be.  Then I quickly grabbed my heat gun and dried the card stock to stop the blurring.  Then I  squeezed a small amount of water from my water brush onto the next areas I wanted to add color and spread it around. Then I added a few dabs of that intense color on the wet area until I got the look I was looking for.  I grabbed the heat gun again and dried the card stock. Then I repeated this process until I was finished with painting.  Then while the sky was still damp I sprinkled  tiny bits of Perfect Peals to sort of imitate rain. The stamp for the verse is called Dance in the Rain -  I thought it was perfect for the gray, rainy NYC skyline.  I stamped it with Stazon black right on the sky.
Have you ever seen or used the Peerless watercolors?  They are just wonderful to use with a water brush where you put water in the barrel of the brush.  Makes them easy to use, and very portable.
My last card for you today still uses this same Watercolor NY stamp but I have applied a different technique.  I truly wish you could see this card -- the scan doesn't do it justice.   I used a technique from the December 2010 Technique Junkie newsletter called Deconstructed Collage.  The base layer of the card is stamped with black Stazon on Stampin' Up's Shimmery White card stock on three pieces of card stock.  Then I painted Twinkling H2Os all of this layer.  The same colors were used to paint the other two sheets of card stock. Then I cut out sections and built up the layers.

I used a yellow marker to color areas for windows.  I used a Star Dust glitter gel pen to add highlights here and there.  There are a total of three layers.  Can you see the layers?  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Mae West Sentiments -  I only used a small section from the stamps.  It is stamped with just a black marker on vellum and quickly covered with black embossing powder, and finally heat set. Because all ink dries so slowly in vellum, it is easy to heat emboss.  I used one of my Zyron machines to apply adhesive and adhere to the skyline.
I hope you have a look around the Technique Junkie website.  There is so much yummy stamping goodness to discover.  There are not just stamps but lots of other things.
And if you see a stamp that interests you and to see cards made with that stamp, hover over the stamp image with your mouse. You should see the words "Quick View."  Click on that and a larger image of the stamp will show up.  Now you should see the words "View Details" on the right. Please click on that and you will see cards or projects some of the Design Team members (or Pat herself!) have created with that stamp.   I will say that not every stamp has samples in a gallery because this is a relatively new feature for the TJ website.   The Design Team does not own every stamp that Pat produces.  Oh, we wish we could but money is a limitation for everyone!  Go look and see what you can find!
Judy Jackson


Jerri Jones said...

Beautiful cards Judy! I love the watercolor look with that stamp. I've been wanting to try the peerless watercolor sheets. You have inspired me even more.

Tish said...

Love the cards and thoroughly enjoyed your tutorial. I will definitely do some of these. by the way, I still cannot access the 2009 issue for the antique glimmer mist technique. I can get all, but not that one. Guess I need to ask Pat.
Tish in tampa

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Great group of cards. I would have never thought to use the SU shimmer white cs. Must try it. Sadly,I hear it's retiring. And yes, I wish I owned every stamp too :)

happyDiane said...

Some great techniques, peerless are sure fun to play with! Like the last one with all of the different layers.

Sally Lynn MacDonald-inkyheart said...

I love it - and I LOVE how you used just a piece of that Mae West sentiment. YOLO! Who knew how timeless that sentiment was. LOL. Great diverse results with your watercoloring. I have to get that stamp now!

Aimeslee Winans said...

Love your cards and the techniques. xoxo