Come hopping with us!

If you've been playing or following along at Just Add Ink for a while now, you would be aware that each week there is a new challenge posted.  Well this week there's a fun twist on our regular challenge, and I'm sure you're going to love it!

Before I get into the details of the challenge and my own entry, here's a little how-to on the whole blog hop scenario in case you're as new to this as I am....!

There are ten stops on the hop - all of the Design Team members and the Just Add Ink site itself - and it's arranged in a loop, so it doesn't matter where you start, just follow the links at the end of each post so that you get around the whole lot.

Chances are you've come here from Amanda's blog or perhaps you've just popped in on the off chance that there's something new to see.

Either way, it's great to have you here :)

You're going to want to make sure you see everything, as at each stop there is a technique tutorial!  The challenge from Just Add Ink this week is to incorporate a technique from one of the tutorials into your challenge entry!

I told you this was going to be fun!

Alrighty, let's get started shall we...?!

My tutorial is all about a technique that I just love and never get tired of...

Watercolouring

The cast of characters

The cast of characters

Stamp image using StazOn Jet Black ink

Stamp image using StazOn Jet Black ink

To create a 'palette' of ink in the lid of your ink pad, squish the closed ink pad...

To create a 'palette' of ink in the lid of your ink pad, squish the closed ink pad...

...and you will have transferred some of the ink to the lid, from where you can pick it up to colour

...and you will have transferred some of the ink to the lid, from where you can pick it up to colour

For the first layer of colour, just grab a small amount of ink from the edge of the puddle

For the first layer of colour, just grab a small amount of ink from the edge of the puddle

The first layer is just a base to build on - keep it light!

The first layer is just a base to build on - keep it light!

For the second and subsequent layers, make your ink a little bit darker by grabbing it from the centre of the ink puddle

For the second and subsequent layers, make your ink a little bit darker by grabbing it from the centre of the ink puddle

Lay down a line of ink towards the edge of the image

Lay down a line of ink towards the edge of the image

Clean the excess ink from the aquapainter by brushing it on scrap paper

Clean the excess ink from the aquapainter by brushing it on scrap paper

Blend the colour out into the image with your clean brush

Blend the colour out into the image with your clean brush

Continue with a third layer and further of the same colours, each time using more ink and upping the saturation of the colours

Fourth layer

Fourth layer

Fifth layer

Fifth layer

I also like to colour the background of my watercoloured images to add more depth and realism to the picture, so making sure that your previous colouring is completely dry, let's move onto the background....

Same as for the stamped image, keep your first wash of colour light

Same as for the stamped image, keep your first wash of colour light

As before, a line of darker ink at the edge of the image, followed by blending out with a cleaned brush

As before, a line of darker ink at the edge of the image, followed by blending out with a cleaned brush

The finished process will result in this!

The finished process will result in this!

...and this!

...and this!

It will also result in this, which makes it all worthwhile, yes...?!

It will also result in this, which makes it all worthwhile, yes...?!

From this....to this!

From this....to this!

Here's a quick frame by frame to compare each step in the process....

For the final card, I wanted to keep to a fairly simple layout, so as to keep the focus on the watercoloured image and not end up with anything too busy...

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I used my brand new Tiny Tags set with the matching Jewelry Tag Punch for my little greeting, but as it is so tiny, I felt that attaching it with a standard brad would be a bit overpowering, so I made my own, slightly smaller one...

Using the smaller of the two Crop-a-dile hole punches, I punched out a tiny bit of Chocolate Chip cardstock and stuck it in place using Tombow Mono Adhesive.  Then I squeezed a drop of Crystal Effects onto it to make it shiny and brad-like.

It's actually still quite cloudy and not quite dry here (in fact not dry at all!) as I was too impatient to wait to take the photo's and get started on my tutorial.

Should you  have a go at making your own brads, you will notice that they do end up a nice shiny version of the colour of the cardstock underneath, as opposed to the murky, cloudy whitish/brown number that you can see above :)

So there you have it, my contribution to what is a bumper week of tutorials!

Don't forget once you've finished the hop, your challenge is to choose one of the tutorials, make a project using it as your entry and link it up over at Just Add Ink.

I've seen a few of the projects already and my guess is you won't be able to stop at just one...!

To continue on the tour, just click the image below and keep on truckin'!  Next up is Delys...

Enjoy!

"Just Add Ink Watercolouring Tutorial" Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons, Tiny Tags Paper: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Patterns DSP - Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip, Watercolour Paper Ink: Staz On Jet Black, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White (sponged around edge of Kraft) Accessories: Aquapainter, Jewelry Tag Punch, Crop-a-dile, Crystal Effects, Stampin' Dimensionals