Hi, I’m a guest on the Wplus9 blog today, and I’m also sharing this cosy watercolouring here too! I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.
Watch below or in HD on YouTube.
Let’s jump straight in! I used the Cookies & Cocoa set for this card in a style I’m drawn to – that of a focal point of no-line watercolour on an otherwise clean and simple card. I started with a piece of Arches Cold Pressed watercolour card in the Misti and stamped the outline cup image from the Cookies & Cocoa set in Antique Linen Distress Ink three times and popped the marshmallows image on top of each cup.
I painted the cups with Daniel Smith watercolours. I chose three colours for the cups which were inspired by some candles I just bought. Although I enjoy all the bright traditional colours of the winter season, I’m always more drawn to muted shades and so for this card I challenged myself to use the muted colours I love. I mixed a grey-green, a dilute pink and a dusky, grey-purple. To finish off the painting, I added a light shadow beneath the cups which I blended out with plenty of water. This helped ground the cups and stopped them looking like they were floating in mid-air. Then I took a little white gouache and added a few highlights. Gouache is an opaque watercolour and will show up even when painted on a darker colour. Once I was happy with the watercolour on the cups, I splattered a little of the green watercolour mixture around the card, and then I added splatters of a solution of Perfect Pearls. This is one of my most favourite ways to add sparkle, highlights and that ethereal look that I like.
I stamped accent images from the Cookies & Cocoa set on the cups with clear embossing ink and white heat embossed – two snowflakes for the cups in the foreground and a heart for the pink cup at the back. I then trimmed the panel down and foam mounted on a Desert Storm card base. For the sentiment, I chose the “It’s time to get cozy greeting” from the Cookies and Cocoa set. I treated a scrap of Slate card with a powder bag, stamped the sentiment in clear embossing ink, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set. I then used a scalpel and ruler to trim the piece into a banner to add to the card. I struggle with straight lines and find this method to be the most reliable as I can use the lines on the clear ruler to ensure I’m cutting things straight. I foam mounted the sentiment banner on the card and used a T-square ruler to ensure I had it on straight.
To finish off the card, I added a few sequins in toning pastel colours to bring in a little more sparkle for the season and kept those in place with Nuvo Deluxe adhesive.
Thanks for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed seeing these cosy cocoa cups come to life.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D
What a pleasure to watch you at work. Oh my goodness Debby how I wish I had your knowledge for water colouring. This is such a sweet stamp set.
What a very cosy card, it’s so awesome to watch you paint, so awesome. Thank you very much Debby for sharing and showing.
Debby, this card is delightful…using the no-line watercoloring creates such a classic look to your painting. Thanks for sharing this card and the video from which I learned so much just watching you.
Absolutely dreamy! I could watch you watercolor all day…
I loved to see this video! Thank you for sharing! It is Lovely to see and I learn new things every time. Thank you also for the video on Friday’s Class in the Online Card Class: Clean and Simple Holiday. It was so helpfull and I enjoyed it to make something similar after that video!
Really enjoy this and watching you make it. I have to be honest and say I would have never thought of using those colors but I really like it. You put so much detail in to the coloring of the mugs, the shadows, the snowflakes and sequins. I am truly impressed. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Holidays. :o)
Just beautiful! It is great to see how all of this amazing new design on Winter Holiday themes. Thank you!