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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

My First Watercolour Card - Less Is More Week #278 (Sketch Challenge)


I want to send out a special "thank you" to Debby Hughes, of Lime Doodle Designs, who recently shared some advice regarding watercolouring and gave me the courage to finally take the plunge!

There are so many amazing "artists" out there in blog land - including Debby - who make it look so easy and effortless. Seeing their beautiful work only makes me look at my own attempts critically. I can't tell you how many "fails" ended up in my paper recycling bin!

So, even though I'm a bit late to the (watercolour) party, I'll definitely be taking Debby's advice to practise, practise, practise!

When I saw the sketch challenge over at Less is More, I knew I wanted to create a watercolour card, and I had one specific stamp image come to mind immediately.

Here's the lovely sketch:

And here's my very first watercolour card (that didn't end up in the trash LOL):

The image was heat embossed in black on Strathmore Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper, then coloured with my Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolours. Once dried, I then diecut the panel with a stitched rectangle die, added my sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink, then mounted it on coordinating solid coloured cardstock.

I'm looking forward to playing around with my watercolour mediums and developing more of a comfort zone with them. This card definitely isn't a game changer, but I'm pleased with the way it turned out.

Appreciate you stopping by to take a look!

Stamps: Penny Black Delightful; Simon Says Stamps Scripty Greetings


  1. Your watercolouring looks fantastic and I love the soft effect of the background. Great take on the sketch challenge and a card that anyone would be pleased to receive :)

  2. I think your adventure into water-colouring has started really well, this looks really lovely, and although simple, we do like to see areas of completely white space on submissions to our challenges!
    Thanks so much fro joining us.
    "Less is More"

  3. Beautiful card. Fantastic colouring for a first timer. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge. Gayatri xx

  4. I love the trail of flowers across your card, Susi and I think your watercolouring looks fabulous! Great to see you at Less is More :)

  5. Susi I love your watercolouring and yay for liking it too! I tell you it's addictive. The stamp is fabulous, so much visual interest.

  6. I LOve it, Susi! Perfectly wonderful - now I hope to see more!

  7. You've really hit the spot with that fantastic watercolouring Susi. If this is your first water colour card I look forward to seeing the next ones. The flowers stamp is gorgeous too. Thanks for joining us at Less is More.
    Sharon xx

  8. You did a great job for your "first" attempt! The beautiful blue background is lovely with your flowers. Yes, keep practicing....hoping to see more of your masterpieces in the future!!

  9. You will love watercoloring Susi. There are so many awesome techniques. You have the best WC paper and paints to place your techniques. Your 1st card is so beautiful. TFS

  10. Just lovely, Susi ... you've watercoloured this gorgeous image beautifully ... the soft background blue really makes the flowers pop! Look forward to seeing more! Hugs, Anita :)

  11. Your first? I'd never have guessed, great card- hope you do more watercolours. I find painting quite relaxing x

  12. What great watercoloring Susi - so pretty!
    Thanks so much for joining us this week
    “Less is More”

  13. Water coloring scares me too and I know that I need to practice it more to get better at it. Congratulations to you that you stuck to it and are debuting the results here! I think this came out beautifully. The soft blue background really makes the colors of the flowers stand out!


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