Good morning! So it’s been a few weeks since I made my first video, and boy, oh boy… am I humbled by the wonderful feedback I received. Thank you for such sweet, supportive comments, friends. I’ve been diligently working on my second video, and truth time… the following video is my third attempt at the same video haha!!! I’m so technologically inept that I had to refilm this twice. Yikes. Anyway, in this video, I focus on blending two shades of Zig marker together before using my damp paintbrush to create depth and dimension on a flower with a single layer of petals… using one of my personal favorites, the Hello Lovely stamp set from Concord and 9th.
In case you can’t watch the video, I start by heat embossing the beautiful floral spray image from Concord and 9th’s Hello Lovely stamp set into the corner of an A2 panel of Canson Montval watercolor paper using some White Satin Pearl embossing powder.. (If you’d like to hear my thoughts on why I prefer Canson Montval paper, here’s a link to my first video in which I discuss my reasons for this preference.) I love the pretty, pearlescent sheen that using the pearl embossing powder creates… so much prettier and more feminine than just plain white. It is amazing what a difference the shade of embossing powder can create. White embossing powder creates a much softer, more feminine look, whereas in my most recent post for Where Creativity Meets C9, the charcoal embossing creates a much bolder look. It never ceases to amaze how huge a part color plays in our projects! Fascinating!
As I state in the video, I watercolor the large central bloom with Light Carmine and Tea Rose. First, I lay down the Light Carmine, then use the tip of my Tea Rose marker to blend the two colors seamlessly, finally using my damp paintbrush to smoothly pull out the color and create an even fade. I added color to the smaller flowers using Sugared Almond Pink and Pink Flamingo. The three different types of leaves were colored with three different shades of blue-green: Turquoise Green, Persian Green, and Emerald Green.
The halo surrounding my floral spray is one of my favorite things to paint. Most of the time, I am persnickety about leaving blotches, blooms, and harsh water lines in my watercoloring, but with the halo, I want it to have a looser, almost imperfect look. To achieve this, I go back in with multiple layers of color (in this case, Shadow Mauve), letting my very wet paintbrush (instead of the lightly damp paintbrush I normally use with the Zig markers) go where it may to create pools of color in some spots, while also almost bleaching it in other spots.
For the greeting, I used probably my all-time favorite die series from Concord and 9th: Happy Card Frame dies with the Kind Add On die. I cut them from some pretty teal foil from a DCWV stack, then popped them up with dimensional adhesive. I stamped the greeting from Concord and 9th’s Kindhearted stamp set onto some strips of pale pink card stock, then popped those up with dimensional adhesive as well. The final touch was a few sparkly sequins scattered about the card front.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my second foray into video-making! This floral stamp is one of my all-time favorite stamp sets to color with, as you’ve probably noticed with the sheer volume of posts using this stamp set (lol!), but I hope I’ve given you a few tips and tricks to use the next time you pull out your Zig markers! Have a marvelous day, friends!