A tutorial with watercolor markers & three cards to share (two broken hearts)

Hello Friends.... how are you this Friday? Today I have a tutorial on the Penny Black blog with watercolor markers. I don't want to pretend that I am an expert with watercolor markers.... this is new territory for me and I am sure that you have may seen this technique around but, I did add a few of my favorite touches.

you are in my ....

All of these images are part of the new Valentine collection at Penny Black and you can check them out here.

you are in my ....

I love this heart. Scroll down for my "broken" heart cards.

you are in my ....

I added lots of fine lines and dot's and I kept coming back when the paper was dry and adding a few touches of color. I love the vibrancy of these Tombo watercolor markers but, any ones will do.

Color the stamp with watercolor markers. Don't worry if the ink from the markers drys on the rubber. 
Note: This particular stamp is a sample that's why it's on a acrylic block instead of a woodblock.


Mist your stamp several times. You might want to practice on a small stamp to test how much water to add to get a nice water colored "stamped" image.


You can fill in colors with a fine tip brush and a tiny bit of water. Make sure to clean your brush between colors. See below


Would you have thrown these away or would you continue to work with them? I am curios :)
The heart on the left is an example of not enough misting with the water.  I decided to see what the result would be to get a second stamped impression. I didn't think either one was good enough for a card but, I persevered and turned them into my broken heart cards. 


This plastic lid is from the recycle bin and I like how it gave me a  large palette to work with. The white paper was taped to the bottom so the colors would show up.  Using your fine tip, damp paint brush, lift your color directly from the palette and apply to the image to touch up desired areas or to enhance the color.


 You might notice that a fine tip black marker added some highlights to each image. Each heart has a different fine tip black marker. (the right is a Copic Multiliner 0.05 and the left is a Sharpie "fine" )

you are in my ....
Two friends have had recently had deaths in their families hence the broken hearts. To create a broken heart start at the bottom and lightly draw a zig zag down the middle of the heart with a pencil. (this first one I started at the top so the bottom has a different look.) Use a sponge dauber to add highlights to the hearts edges with distress ink. Mount on paper and cut out again.

you are in my ....
I love the symbolism of the wrapped hear. I find it so difficult to find comforting words to a person grieving.

you are in my ....
Thank YOU for stopping here I really appreciate it! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Kathy
IF you have ANY questions please email me so I can contact you with a response. :)



Something new...watercolor markers

Hello Friends, How are you?  I have been experimenting with these watercolor markers for days. I have a tutorial for Penny Black this Friday and I decided NOT to use this card because it didn't turn out. I hope you have been checking out all of the great techniques on the Penny Black blog this week?

A big bucket of love
It's almost impossible to show the shading with my photography ... maybe I need a new camera :)

A big bucket of love

I stamped the wrong color for the text in the background. Inked it up without looking...big bummer but, if that's all that I have going on I will be very thankful.

A big bucket of love

Below is the inside.

A big bucket of love
This is a quick post I had to take a break. Have a great evening or day. Hugs, Kathy


wine tag and gift card holder

Hello Friends, Me again :) Today at the SRM blog they are featuring gift holders. I took advantage of this opportunity and designed two. A wine gift tag and a gift card holder. I LOVED working with this felt.

Be Jolly
I pulled some of my nesties (snowflake, inverted circles) and Tim Holtz flowers to create this gift card holder. My SRM stickers stuck beautifully to the felt. Glossy Accents was the perfect "glue". I sewed the buttons to the felt then stuck them on with the GA.

Be Jolly

Inside I put the gift card and a small chocolate bar. This just feels warm and cozy. I hope to create many more.

Cozy & Warm

We have several bottles of wine to give away as gifts and I wanted to add something homemade that I didn't have to cook. This really was so much fun to make and so easy. I started with the largest rectangle ( see supply list) for the wine tag. I used the inverted circle, snowflake and circle to layer. Overall size is 61/4 x 31/4. For the center circle make sure that it fits the bottle before you cut it. 
Cozy & Warm

I hope you are enjoying this festive season. Have a great week! Hugs,Kathy

SUPPLIES: felt is from Papertry Ink

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