Flying Home Watercolor Bird House Cards

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Today, I'm sharing a couple of cards I created with the ready-to-color Flying Home stamp set.  It's a keeper!

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Flying Home Watercolor Bird House - two cool
Flying Home Watercolor Bird House Cards

I designed this sweet card to highlight the Flying Home stamp set at my Kickoff Party and I got several comments about how much fun it was to use the Watercolor Pencils.  After the release of the Stampin' Blends, I didn't reach for my pencils as much.  But after going back to them to make this card, I'm reminded of how much I love the soft, watercolor look of this coloring technique!  Have you played with your Watercolor Pencils lately?
Flying Home Watercolor Bird House - berry
Background Basics—I like to use the Thick Whisper White cardstock for a nice sturdy base, especially when I don't have many other layers on the card.  I created a focal point foundation with a 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" piece of the Berry Burst Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack. It's matted onto a 3-3/8" x 3-3/8" piece of Basic Black, then mounted onto the card front.
Flying Home Watercolor Bird House - berry 2

Sweet Sentiment—I stamped sentiment from the Perennial Birthday stamp set in Archival Black ink right under the square.  I'm getting lots of great use out of my Perennial Birthday stamp set…you know, the one that goes with the Perennial Birthday Project Kit!  It's a fantastic and very versatile set all on its own!
Flying Home Watercolor Bird House - berry 3

Watercoloring—I stamped the Flying Home image onto Whisper White card stock using Archival Black Ink.  Remember, Memento Tuxedo Black ink is water-based, so it's best for alcohol-based markers like the Stampin' Blends.  In the case of Watercolor Pencils, you need an alcohol-based black ink to prevent smudging and smearing the ink. 

I colored each area with Watercolor Pencils, laying down just enough color, but not fully coloring out to the edges.  Then, I allowed the Blender Pen to do its magic!  As you color, the pen dissolves the pigment and allows you to fill the areas with a light wash of color.  If you want it darker, or want to add shading, simply let the area dry, color on more pencil, then blend again.  I love this look!  I used Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate and Calypso Coral pencils on this image. 
Finishing Touches—After coloring and allowing the image to dry, I die-cut it with the Layering Circles Framelits 3" circle and popped it up with Dimensionals. I added a simple White Baker's Twine bow to the bird house string with a pinched Glue Dot. 
Flying Home Watercolor Bird House - coral
Two Cool—The second card starts with a 5-1/2" x 1/2" strip of Pear Pizzazz cardstock across the front of the Thick Whisper White card base.

Flying Home Watercolor Bird House - coral 2

Coloring Changes—I tried out some different color combinations on the image and backed it with a piece of Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper.  The sentiment, from the Waterfront stamp set, is stamped in Archival Black, then accented with a Glitter Enamel Shape.  So sweet!

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