Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: Watercolor Birthday Scene

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Hello everyone and Happy Monday! It’s Nina-Marie here with you today for a brand new Studio Monday post featuring stamps from Art Impressions!

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I love cute and whimsical images, and the Duck Stackers stamp set from Art Impressions is a new favorite of mine. I’ve never used Art Impressions stamps prior to this video, but I know I need to get more after using them here! They are very high quality rubber cling stamps that stamp beautifully. Art Impressions also has a lot of fun people stamps too, for those that prefer those over critters.

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I have paired the Duck Stackers set with the Simon Says Stamp Wild Beauty and Cuddly Critters Accessories stamp sets to create a super adorable birthday card… with the fun party elements from Cuddly Critters Accessories, these little duckies are ready to PARTY!!!

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For my coloring I used Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolors; for most everything I only used one color shade and just altered the pigment to water ratio to create lighter and darker shades. The color tubes I used were Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Orche, Cadmium Orange Hue, Alizarin Crimson, Indian Red, Sap Green, Hooker’s Green Light and Turquoise.

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And because I love putting my critters in a scene, I did exactly that in this card! However, I wanted to make sure the duck stack stayed the center focus of my design, so I kept the background very loose and “impressionistic” by ink smooshing heavily watered-down distress inks (Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron) onto my background panel and blotting the most intense areas up with a dry cloth. I then added some grass blade details using my Cotman watercolors.

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