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Just Add H2O – Spotlight water-coloring with inktense pencils

Hello my crafty friends!! Today I have another post in the Just Add H2O series. For this one, I explored a new technique and a new medium.

Just Add H2O - spotlight coloring with inktense pencils

The technique of spotlight coloring is really simple to understand – stamp a large continuous image and color only part of it, leaving the rest uncolored. To make the continuous image – either we can use a stamp that has the whole image in one, or we can build one up using multiple stamps. I used a continuous stamp here which has the little scene you see above, but the same technique can be done with flower bouquets and more.

To enhance the fact that only part of it is colored, we can combine the image with die cutting. We can die cut a shape and color the image only inside that shape. We can then either in-lay the die cut / colored piece or adhere it raised up. I did all of these steps for this card here :-)

I started by die cutting a rectangle panel from the largest stitched rectangle on which I stamped the bird on a branch scene from wplus9 A New Day stamp set. I also stamped the sentiment from the same set right under the branch. Then I used a washi tape to hold a circle die (Hero Arts infinity dies) in place while I cut the image around my bird.

Just Add H2O - spotlight coloring with inktense pencils

For coloring the bird I used inktense pencils. They are quickly becoming one of my favorite watercoloring medium. I love the convenience of a pencil for detailing and the beautiful rich colors I can get just by adding a little H2O :-)

When I was happy with my coloring, I adhered the stamped-uncolored piece of the rectangle onto a card base made using SSS Sunshine card stock. I also die cut a fun foam circle which was smaller than the one with the bird, and used it to adhere and slightly raise the colored image over the uncolored image.

To finish the card, I added a couple enamel dots and also foam mounted one more additional sentiment from a PinkFresh studio sticker sheet.

Supplies List

For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!

Wplus9 A NEW DAY Clear Stamps CL-WP9AND

Strathmore WATERCOLOR PAPER PAD 5.5×8.5 Bound 298103

Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468

[SSS] Derwent 24 INKTENSE COLORED PENCILS Watercolor 0700929

[Amazon] Derwent Colored Pencils, Drawing, Watercolor, Art, Inktense Ink Pencils, 24-Pack (0700929)

Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842

Hero Arts Nesting CIRCLE DIES DI199

Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies sssd111455 In Stitches

Pinkfresh Studio PFRC101316 2 Sheet Felicity Word Stickers, 4″ by 6″, Multicolor

Darice 106-118 40-Pack Foam Sheets, 6 by 9-Inch, Assorted

Doodlebug Sprinkles Self-Adhesive Glossy Enamel Embellishments, Bright Glitter

Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# SUNSHINE SS9


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