Clear & Sheer Class – Day 1 – If Friends Were Flowers Watercolor Cards

What a week it’s been. After battling a severe allergic reaction and being 3 days without internet, I’m glad to be back with you again. I was tickled pink to be given the Clear & Sheer Online Card Class by a dear friend.

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In case you’re interested, it’s all about using vellum and acetate on cards and there have been many ultra cool techniques that made the class totally worth the small price!

Day 1 was all about attaching vellum… it’s often a challenge to hide the adhesive since vellum is transparent. I’ve been wanting to try a watercolor technique the talented Kelly Latevola showcased on the Newton’s Nook Blog a while ago. You can see her video HERE. I had also received some of the Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and I wanted to compare them to my Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I’ve been excited by the vibrancy I’ve been seeing in projects using the Zigs. My results were surprising…

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The more vibrant card on the left was done with Distress Inks and the softer colors on the right were the Zigs. Perhaps they’re lighter because it was done as a watercolor technique and not direct to paper. To attach the vellum sentiment, I wrapped the strip around to the back and secured it with adhesive. It still wanted to lift up a bit, so I stuck a drop of blue near the sentiment and covered it with a sequin. The vellum butterflies had enough embossed design on the body to cover any adhesive and the wings float free.

A couple of other things inspired this card –

One was this month’s Newton’s Nook challenge to use this sketch…

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Well, my project is roughly divided into three sections, but I took huge creative license and put a butterfly in the middle instead of a tag…. I’m hoping Newton and Hobbes won’t complain too much, but a tag just didn’t look right. : )

Another influence on this card were Verve’s April Diva Inspiration Challenge colors:

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Materials used:

  • Newton’s Nook: Beautiful Blossoms and Beautiful Wings stamp sets
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper
  • Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado Linen White embossing Powder
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks:
    • Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutters, and Spiced Marmalade
  • Copic Markers:
    • BG13; C1, 3, 5; E29; RV34; Y32; YR02, 04; V09
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – clear
  • Foray Transluscent Inkjet Vellum 30#
  • Recollections Neon Pink Opaque embossing powder
  • Recollections Detail embossing powder – Ebony
  • Recollections Shimmer card
  • Craftin’ Desert Divas sequins – Sweetness Mix
  • Tombow: Xtreme permanent adhesive and mono liquid glue

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Materials used:

  • Newton’s Nook: Beautiful Blossoms and Beautiful Wings stamp sets
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper
  • Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado Linen White embossing Powder
  • Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens:
    • 025, 031, 041, 050, 070
  • Copic Markers:
    • BG13; C1, 3, 5; E37; RV34; Y32; YR02, 04; V06
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – clear
  • Foray Transluscent Inkjet Vellum 30#
  • Recollections Neon Pink Opaque embossing powder
  • Recollections Detail embossing powder – Ebony
  • Recollections Shimmer card
  • Craftin’ Desert Divas sequins – Sweetness Mix
  • Tombow: Xtreme permanent adhesive and mono liquid glue

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I’m going to enter one or both of these cards (either linked from here or Instagram) into the following galleries and challenges – You can click on each one for more information:

Barring further Internet issues, I’ll be back tomorrow with some cool projects from day two of the Clear and Sheer class!

G’nite for now!

-D.Ann

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4 thoughts on “Clear & Sheer Class – Day 1 – If Friends Were Flowers Watercolor Cards

  1. Wow wow wow, D. Ann!!!! These are both simply stunning. I totally adore the gorgeous colors and your vellum work is just fabulous!! What a frolicking riot of wonderful colors, patterns, and textures. I gaze at your delightful cards and suddenly find myself transported to a beautiful and magical wonderland. (Maybe I need my doctor to adjust my meds! Hahahaha!) Thanks for sharing your cards. I am looking fwd to seeing what other things you learn!!!
    ❤ J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  2. What gorgeous cards! I love the vibrant rainbow colors! I’m also surprised that the zig version is so much lighter but both are beautiful! Thank you so much for linking up to our Inky Paws Challenge!
    -Jen {Newton’s Nook Designs}

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