Sunday, 19 August 2018

ESAD Colour Your Season Blog Hop

Happy Sunday everyone! I am participating in a blog hop tonight with a bunch of talented ESAD members.....

.... and we are showing you all things Colour Your Season. Colour Your Season is an exclusive stamp set that has coordinating dies that is only available for a limited time. Also released, was an exclusive set of watercolour pencils, that which I will be showcasing for you today. 

I decided that I wanted to utilise the new embossing mats for the Big Shot. These allow you to use your dies as embossing tools rather than cutting, how versatile does that make everything?! Instead of using dies though I've used the masks (stencils). The sample below shows the mask used as it was intended.....

I've used the shimmery white embossing paste, they can also be used by sponging ink through them too. I used the new set of watercolour pencils to colour the image on Whisper White cardstock and then blended with my blender pen.

For the sample above, you can see that the clouds are embossed into the cardstock, I did this with that same mask/stencil with the help of the new embossing mats. If you look closely, you may notice that the clouds do not go across the image. To achieve this I created my own diffuser. For the colouring I used the watercolour pencils on the Smoky Slate cardstock and used the no line technique, blending was done without any water, I just shaded like you would with colouring pencils. Just because they are WATERcolour pencils,doesn't mean you have to wet them!

To do this I stamped the image and cut around it and then used the negative to cut out a thick cardboard diffuser. As you saw the positive was not wasted and used on the first card with the wet embossing.

Here it is loaded up on the Big Shot, the sandwich I have used is -: Base Plate, Blue Rubber Mat, Cardstock, Mask/Stencil, DIY Diffuser. A tip for you!, make sure your diffuser is the right way up, so that when you stamp your image it is in the same orientation. Yes, I learnt from experience! For my next go I actually stamped the image first and that made lining up everything super easy! I just forgot to take another picture, oops!

I also made another card stamping the image with Versamark and heat set with Black Embossing Powder.....

I had a little accident with the Black Embossing Powder on her skirt so instead of throwing it in the bin I stamped her skirt on a piece of DSP and fussy cut it out. Waste not, want not!

Time for you to hop on over to the very talented Libby Dyson, just click the arrow below...

Thank you so much for stopping by, if you get lost at all along the way there is a blog hop participant list at the end of my post, from there you can click on any name and be taken to their blog.

Inky hugs
Megan xx

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  1. Amazing colouring with those pencils, Megan! The colours look so vibrant. Haha love your fix for the embossing mishap x

  2. I love this stamp set & both of your cards Megan xo

  3. WOW Megan you colouring is just delightful, makes the balloons look so realistic <3
    I love how you have created your background embossing...clever chick.
    Cheers Shaz

  4. What beautiful colouring on the balloons!! Gorgeous cards!

  5. Love your colouring Megan, just awesome. Thanks for hopping with us

  6. great coloring of the balloons with the pencils.

  7. Both cards are lovely Megan, love how you kept the image area un-embossed with your diffuser. Clever lady ;)

  8. Amazing colouring, I love the card where you've used the mask to recreate the stamped image.

  9. Really really clever cards Megan and beautiful colouring. The embossing using the mask is pretty neat too! X

  10. Oh you are a clever cookie! I love the embossing using the mask and the watercolour pencils used without water. 2 things I have never thought to do. Definitely must now! Genius! x

  11. LOve your cards and the embossing with the mask - just amazing colours!