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Happy Monday Everyone! This week we are talking COLORING! 5 tutorials over 5 days with 5  mediums to help you have some more colorful fun with your cards.

Vera is kicking the week off with a fun and easy watercolor style background then coloring her image with WaterColor Markers…

When working with watercolor, or in this case using Distress Inks like watercolor, for best result you need to use watercolor paper instead of regular cardstock. If you use regular cardstock you might end up with spots, paper pilling or uneven coverage due to the amount of water, I used Canson watercolor paper.  Let’s take a look at the card before we go into detail on how I made this card. I used the clear stamps Preppy Pups and sentiments from Everyday Smiles to create my card.

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To save on paper, I trim the paper to the size I needed. Then using a wide foam brush I dampen the paper by brushing it with water. This is the most important step when you work with watercolor, the dampening process help prepare the paper for even coverage. After that is done, I dab 3 distress inks on a piece of acetate. I used Peacock Feathers, Broken China and Tumbled Glass. Going from top to bottom, I brushed the color in that order, you can add more layers for brighter color.

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Now, since I am going to stamp on this paper, it’s very important to let the paper dry completely otherwise you’ll end up with a smudge or with feathering. To help speed up the process, I used my heat gun. Then I stamped the image and again run the heat gun over it.

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I wasn’t worried about the light blue coloring where I stamped the image. It’s so light that when I added the puppy color, it wouldn’t even show. To color the puppy, I used ZIG Clean ColorReal Brush Watercolor marker. Simply scribble the marker on a piece of acetate just like I did with the distress ink and use a watercolor brush to pick up the color. I only used one color for the body, and simply used more or less water to change the vibrancy of the color .

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As you can see on the card, there’s a bit of smudge around the nose. That’s where I started my coloring and the image wasn’t dry enough that a little bit of the ink smudged a bit. I decided to leave it the way it is so it looks more natural. :)

So, what do you think? Will you give watercolor a try to color your SOG images?  I hope you enjoy today’s  tutorial. Let us know if you try this as we would love to see your work. Thank you so much for stopping by here and hope your week starts off wonderfully!