Happy Saturday, everybody! It’s been months I think since I uploaded a Saturday Stamp Day. Eek! Where did the time go? So, here I am! On Thursday, I shared a link to the adorable I’m A Puffer For You set from Hero Arts Hero Arts Clear Stamps, I’m A Puffer For You ( EH | SSS | AMZ ). Those pufferfish make me smile. I mean… look at those cute little faces!
In today’s video, I’m showing you how to make a watercolored background with Mini Distress Inks and how to color these pufferfish with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Make sure to read my blog post until the end because I’m sharing another coupon code for 10% off Photo Boards®.
I had a lot of fun making this card. I started out by creating a watercolor background with a variety of Mini Distress inks. I simply added a wash of water to my paper first to get the colors moving. Then I started mixing the different colors with a lot of water. Next I heat set the watercolors and misted some water to add some flicks. I went back in with the colors afterwards until I was fully satisfied with the outcome.
After creating my watercolored background, it was time to do some stamping! I stamped the waves with Mermaid Lagoon ( EH | SSS | AMZ ) and the fishes with Archival Jet Black ink ( EH | AMZ | SSS ). This time I used Archival Jet Black ink because I was working with water, so since that ink is water- and smudge-proof, it was the perfect match!
I colored these cute pufferfish with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers. For the first time I was able to get some really nice shading! So here’s what I’ve experienced! When you’re using these markers, try to pick two colors from the same color family: one darker shade and one lighter shade (your highlight). Once you picked out your markers, use the darkest shade first. Then, blend it out with a water brush ( EH | SSS ). Next, use your lightest color and simply blend away until you no longer see the harsh edge between the two colors. Finally, blend your lightest shade with the rest of your card stock. Et voila! 🙂
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