Edwin and his Balloon!!


Well, I got a text message on my phone yesterday before I headed in to work. Al made it to Calgary okay and let me know he would call later. When I got home from work, we talked on the phone. His flight was fine but when you start out a conversation with, "Now I don't want you to be too upset honey, 'cause it's gonna get fixed.", I tend to start to get upset!! Don't you?? It seems that something happened to my brand new laptop as it went through the x-ray machine at the airport and now the screen looks like someone dumped black paint all over it. Nice. But it's under a 3 year warranty and will be either fixed or replaced, no problem. Thankfully.

Today's card represents a bit of a discovery for me. I've tried the Prismacolour pencil and odourless mineral spirits technique several times before and found that I have gotten a little better but I get discouraged because mine just doesn't look like other people's awesome creations that I have seen. Why is that?? Do they have better mineral spirits, better paper stumps than I do?? Do I just suck?? Hahaha. Well, I think I have discovered the answer........it's the paper!!

I've tried using my Prismacolours on Whisper White, on Very Vanilla....I thought I had found the one with Shimmery White and don't get me wrong!! All these different types of cardstock have their specific uses, but I couldn't find the right one for Prismas. Then I was going through my friend Inge's lovely Magnolia blog and she almost always used this technique and her colouring is SPECTACULAR! I HAD to find out her secret!! Well, after reading through many of her posts, I found out that she uses watercolour paper!!! Hmmmm.....I honestly had my doubts that it would make a difference for me, but I tried it anyway!! Well, it was like an A-HA moment for me, it seemed to make sense!!! The watercolour paper takes the mineral spirits so much better than regular paper that repels liquids!! It allows you to blend the colour with the liquid SO much better!!! SERIOUSLY!! You've GOT to try it!!!

SOOOOOOOOO, here is a card I made using that technique with watercolour paper!! I stamped Edwin with his Balloon from Magnolia in Archival Versafine Black Onyx ink and used my Prismacolours to colour him in and blend. I don't have a lot of the pencils but I found colours that matched some retired SU designer paper along with Chocolate Chip and Brocade Blue cardstock. I used some Beary Patch chipboard and circle punches to create the tag along with a big white textured flower that I sponged and placed behind the tag. I added some CC corners and two little metal clips with some frayed grosgrain ribbon to finish it off!!

Now, it's not nearly as beautiful as Inge's colouring, but I finally feel like I'm on my way!!!

14 comments:

Scrapping Donna said...

This card looks GREAT!!!

Sorry to hear about your laptop.

Donna

Anonymous said...

Love this card, your colouring is great! Rats, now I have to buy some watercolour paper too!! Love the stamp too, Edwin is adorable. Did you remember it's your grandad's middle name too?!! nd

Stampingcaz said...

beautiful Kim. Maybe I need to try that as well, I havent before but I have been like you with the OMS... I love that edwin, I havent got him (YET)

Colleen said...

Hon, your watercoloring is wonderful! I too was shocked at the difference that watercolor paper makes...Your card is adorable...I love the little tag. CUTE

kirstensmom said...

Your watercoloriung is super...I just got some watercolor paper myself and will give it a wirl!! Like you I was feeling hte smae way, so I hope this paper is the answer!!

**Inge** said...

This card is so gorgeous Kim! Great colorwork, WOW:-D

Gosh do I like SU designpaper, it's always so beautifuly colored and the designs are awesome:o)

Hope that your laptop soon will be repared.

{hugs} Inge.

ink'n'rubba said...

Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog, so you have Cornish roots then? Love your colouring and I've been playing with pencils and OMS too, but not tried with water-colour paper so will give it a go.

Lia said...

great card I love them and your colouring is so nice

shel9999 said...

So cute! Your coloring looks great!! Love the little clippies too!

mimihas5 said...

I have never tried using water color paper with prisma color pencils and Gamsol but I will. :) Your card is so adorable.

Mary

Crystal said...

Kimmie, These colors are fantastic together! Love this little guy!

Good luck with the laptop situation.

Ila said...

Fabulous cards..great colors, image and Fantastic coloring!!!

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

His balloon looks beautiful. Hope your laptop is fixable. Hey good thing there is the warranty. I agree with your description of watercolor paper,and I am trying to find a place that is bigger than the little papers that SU sells. If you find any, please let me know. Happy halloween. Chris

Suzy said...

Hi there
Is there a store that is in Canada but is online that we can order Magnolia from? I do love them so much! I know about the Magnolia site but was hoping for a more local source.

Suzy

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