Doodling with Debby: Watercolored Echoing Mountains

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday! Welcome to the 1st edition of Doodling with Debby for 2018! I love the long skinny card design with the pretty watercolored mountain. Be sure to scroll on and watch the video for more information and enjoy!
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Hi, it’s Debby here today with my monthly video feature for Simon Says Stamp, Doodling With Debby. I wanted to create a card inspired by two artists. Sha’an d’Anthes is on Instagram as furrylittlepeach. I love Sh’an’s style, and not long ago she created four watercolor pieces which were almost the same size as she is. The four pieces represented City, Forest, Desert and Sea and each had a pattern repeated from top to bottom. I combined inspiration from Sh’an’s beautiful watercolors with the tall skinny cards I always enjoy seeing Kristina Werner create.

Doodling with Debby: Inspired by Artists

The From The Rooftops stamp set from Simon Says Stamp is ingenious and I wanted to use the mountain trio and repeatedly stamp and white heat emboss it over a tall skinny panel. Firstly, I stamped the mountains three times in a pale ink on masking paper and trimmed them out. I knew I’d need a few masks to be able to repeatedly stamp the image without overlapping each other. I choose the hot pressed watercolour card as it’s smooth surface will give the optimum stamped impression.

Doodling with Debby: Inspired by Artists

I lined up the mountains along the bottom of the watercolor piece and stamped them in clear embossing ink. I stamped them twice to make sure I got a good impression, and then I sprinkled them with white embossing powder, tapped off any excess and melted the powder with a preheated heat tool. With the help of the masks, I repeatedly stamped and heat embossed the mountains from the base to almost the top of the panel. I did think about extending the stamping all the way to the top in line with my inspiration from Sh’an, but in the end, decided to include a small area of sky at the top.

Doodling with Debby: Inspired by Artists

I adhered the watercolor panel to a board to help prevent it warping while I watercolored. I mixed up a lovely bright green and starting at the base of the panel, I painted the full strength green mixture at the bottom of the mountains. I then rinsed my brush slightly and using the water on my brush blended out the color towards the top of the mountains and the more dilute the intensity was, the lighter the green. While the paint was still wet, I added Undersea Green directly into the base of the mountains. Being a deeper green, this added more of a contrast between the lightest and darkest areas. As the paint was still wet the new addition spread and blended with the base layer so there weren’t any harsh lines. To finish the watercolored panel, I splattered white gouache to represent snow.

Doodling with Debby: Inspired by Artists

For the sentiment, I stamped the speech bubble from the From The Rooftops set three times in clear embossing ink on black card and white heat embossed. I added three matching sentiments from the set, and again white heat embossed them before trimming the speech bubbles out. However, this set does come with matching dies.

I trimmed the watercolor panel to be three and a quarter wide by eight and three-quarters tall. I then foam mounted the panel on a three and a half by nine-inch card base cut from Neenah Desert Storm card in the 100lb weight. This card will then fit nicely in a business-sized envelope. I added the speech bubbles to the card with more foam adhesive and then accented with Neat & Tangled snowfall sequins which I adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

Thank you for joining me today, and I’ll see you next time for Doodling With Debby!

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Thanks so much for reading today, and to Debby for being our guest!

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  1. You sold out the store with this card Debby!! Luckily I saw your card really early and grabbed the stamp set before it sold out! I love that idea of masking to make a whole card of mountains.

  2. What a fun card! I like the tall, skinny format! I’m going to have to give it a try and see how it works for me. Thanks for sharing your technique!

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