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

The second in the series...

As promised yesterday, here is the next card in the series of watercoloured images from A Flower for All Seasons.

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This one I gave to my cousin who ended up in hospital for a week or so a little while back.

Incidentally, this is a stamp set that I won as an award at convention, and I'm not entirely sure I would have got it had that not been the case, but I'm really glad to have it now.

It really is one of the sweetest stamp sets, and SO much fun to colour in.  No doubt it would have hit my wishlist as soon as I saw what others could do with it, as is generally the case with, well, pretty much any stamp set you could care to mention...!

Which set(s) did you not love on sight but can't get by without now...?

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"Sophie Get Well Card" Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons, Trendy Trees (greeting) Paper: Cameo Coral, So Saffron, Old Olive, Watercolour Paper, Washington Apple DSP Ink: StazOn Jet Black, another large variety of colours that I can't honestly recall, but inclusive of So Saffron, Summer Sun, Cameo Coral,  More Mustard, Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Certainly Celery and Old Olive... I think! Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Aquapainter, Flower Fusion, So Saffron brad, Very Vanilla wide grosgrain, Stampin' Dimensionals

Multi-tasking of the stampin' kind...

Watercolouring in front of the TV is right up there amongst my very favourite ways to pass the time.

And the time does pass, as both activities require a certain level of attention, particularly if I want to stay inside the lines - which generally I do - or the program in question has any tricky story lines to follow.  So colouring just a few images has been known to take up the entire duration of a movie at times...

A couple of months back I found myself in front of Sweet Home Alabama, inking up A Flower for All Seasons for the very first time.  While the movie itself didn't require a whole bunch of brain power, there was eye candy a-plenty in the form of Mc Dreamy and that sweet blue-eyed southern boy, so this turned out to be one of those times where there wasn't a heck of a lot to show for my time once the credits started rolling...

I did manage to have stamped and coloured all four images, with no particular purpose in mind, but I have since found a purpose for two of them.

The other two images, well I have absolutely no idea where they got to.  Most likely pounced upon by one or both of my children and squirreled away in some random bag or box in their toy area.

Do anybody else's kids do this?  Bower birds mine, both of them.

Aaaaaanyway, the first image is my favourite of the four - the sweet sunflower - and I turned it into this card for my dear friend and Godmother of my littlest  (*waving* Deen!)

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One of the best ever tips I have seen for watercolouring is to go around the outside of the stamped image with Going Grey ink on your Aquapainter.  It adds a shadowy effect and gives the picture a real 3D quality.

You can make out the slightest shadow in the close up picture just above....

Coming up tomorrow, the second in the series, and if I ever find the other two images, I'll show you those at some stage too....!

So what do you most like to combine with your stamping, or are you the head down, bum up variety of stamper that just concentrates on the task at hand....?!

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"Watercoloured Sunflower for Deena" Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons, Basic Phrases Paper: Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Watercolour Paper, Haiku DSP Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Chocolate Chip, a large variety of colours that I can't honestly recall, but inclusive of So Saffron, More Mustard, Really Rust, Summer Sun, Close to Cocoa, Certainly Celery, Old Olive and Real Red... I think! Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, 1-3/8" Square Punch, Old Olive wide grosgrain, Aquapainter, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges