Hi stamping friends and welcome back. I’m using the Hello Lovely from Concord and 9th for my share today.
There is an amazing selection of mediums in our industry to watercolor with and today I chose to use the Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens. All you need are the pens and a water pen/brush to create beautiful water colored cards without a big mess, and if you are travelling, they are perfect to take along. I used the sets Summer Holiday and Winter Skies.
I’ve noticed a trend lately of leaving some of the image in black and white when water coloring. I like it, so I decided to give it a go here.
Colors used for the Hello Lovely Concord and 9th card:
- Flower – Indigo Dawn
- Large Leaves: Aqua Splash and True Turquoise
- Smaller Leaves: Aqua Splash, True Turquoise and Azure Blue
- Background: – watered down Obsidian Black
I black heat embossed my image onto Ranger Distress Watercolor paper,then colored the images. The raised embossed lines provide a dam to keep the watercolor inside the images and allow me to watercolor the background without the colors bleeding into each other.
For the flower, I used just the purple and blended it with my water brush. For the Large leaves I blended the two turquoise blue colors allowing some of the sections of the leaves to stay darker than the other. The smaller leaves are done by adding a bit of the two light turquoise pens, and then just a dot of the dark blue before it dries, allowing it to blend itself. I LOVE how those look.
Finally, I blended out a bit of the black ink with some water, and used it to shadow my background.
For a pop of color I used some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Navy Blue as my final embellishment before adding my White Heat embossed sentiment.
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I’m giving away the card. I’ll do a random draw from all comments left here and on my Facebook and Instagram pages too. Deadline is also Sept 18 and winner will be announced here on my blog on the 19th.
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for the Hello Lovely from Concord and 9th Card:
Sandi this is beautiful! I think I will add this stamp to my wish list!!
thanks Chala, it’s not a new stamp, been around for about a year, but I just got it, so it’s new to me, haha, and a blast to watercolor
Kia Gibson-Clapper says
Beautifully done using the Nuvo Aqua Pens Sandi. I too love the look of a bit of the black and white. The stone card stock is the pefect added touch. Love it all.
thank you Kia, I thought the stone card stock would tone down that purple flower just a bit haha.
Deborah Smart says
Beautifully coloured, Sandi! I’ve been wanting to try those markers – they look great 🙂
thank you Deborah, they are amazing to create with and no mess….you can use them for many different techniques as well
Amy Koenders says
Beautiful card Sandi! Love the neutral background with the bright flowers, perfect! 🙂
thank you Amy, that purple flower is hard to hide, haha
Phyllis Sinclair says
Love your card with the uncolored flowers. Makes for a striking card.
thanks Phyllis, I think it really adds some interest to the card, so glad you liked it.
Darlene Fellows says
Lovely card! Thank you for showcasing the Nuvo pens. The colours are beautiful.
thank you Darlene, they have an excellent selection of colors available, more to come.
Bunny Dobbie says
This turned out beautifully. I love the new way watercolours are being packaged. In markers and brushes. So much easier for travelling. Keeps us creative on the go!
Thanks Bunny and I agree, and so much less mess when you just want to sit and create a quick card.
Hilda Burton says
Beautiful card, Sandi. Love your coloring. Enjoy your day!
thank yo Hilda
Wow Sandi—this is over the top gorgeous. Thank you for the very clear instructions to ensure we have the same results when we try to watercolor.
Thanks Priss, I’m really quite in love with these pens because you can do so much with them, they splatter great too!
This is another stunner, Sandi! Thank you so much for sharing and making your creations looks easy – can’t wait to try this technique.
Thanks so much Laurie, and yes, this one is easy, the pens let you get creative without a big mess
Susan Powell says
WOW!!! Sandi, this is STUNNING!!!
thank you Susan
Absolutely beautiful. What else can i say, love how the flowers poped by using the gray cardstock
thank you Nancy, I thought a really muted card base would make the watercoloring really stand out, so glad you agree
Gina Goodling says
SANDI, I really appreciate your talent especially with your clear and concise comments on your videos and posts. Your card photography gets an A+, too. This card is striking with strong contrasts, bravo, another winner!
aw, thank you my friend. I try hard not to waste time in both my blog posts and my videos.
Lovely card your work makes me want to try watercoloring. Beautiful work
aw, thank you Franca, these pens make watercoloring super easy you should give them a try
Jane Booth says
So pretty! Which never comes as a surprise as I really love your cards! That is how I originally found you way back when… 😊
aw, thank you Jane, and thank you for following me, much appreciated
Denise Bryant says
Love this pretty image you used! The pens look awesome to use. I’ll have to try some!
thank you Denise, and do give them a try they are super easy to use
Shelly Lowery says
OMG, I love, love, love this card!!! It is perfection with the gray and blue tones that real makes the flower pop. I am ordering that stamp tonight. And loved what the other bloggers did add well, especially the bird. Thank you for this blog hop. It was great fun!
thank you Shelly, and thanks for hopping with us, much appreciated
Thanks for the great demo! I was not familiar with Nuvo – Aqua Flow Pens so I had to do some research. They look like a great addition to a crafter’s supplies.
thanks for watching SandiLou, they are definitely a great addition, so fun to work with
Carla Hundley says
Beautiful card! Love
the colors, especially
Carla from Utah
thank you Carla, that purple really does pop doesn’t it, haha
This is stunning Sandi! Thanks for both the video and the PDF instructions.
Mary-Anne V says
This is a stunning image and you did such an amazing job of coloring it. I love the Vivid colors and the great emphasis on the image.
thank you Mary-Anne, it truly is a beautiful stamp, you’ll be seeing it again for sure, haha
Meghan Kennihan says
Gorgeous coloring and the colors you chose are perfect!
aw, thank you Meghan