Doodling with Debby: Messy Watercolored Background
Hi, friends Happy Tuesday! I’m delighted to welcome you back to the latest edition of Doodling with Debby with the fabulous Debby Hughes! Today, Debby is spotlighting our super fun Wake Up and Makeup stamp set and some fun vibrant watercoloring! Read on, and be sure to watch the video! Enjoy!
Hi, it’s Debby here and for my Doodling With Debby video feature this month I’m creating a messy watercolor background using the Wake Up And Makeup set from Simon Says Stamp. The joy of a background such as this is it is simple to paint; you don’t need to worry too much about being precise with a loose, messy style adding to the effect.
The idea for this card started when I was with a group of crafting friends and started to play around with the set (see the video for a peek at my first attempt). I sort of liked how this card went but it got to get a bit grungy, and I didn’t think that suited makeup. Also, I didn’t like the fact that there were only two pops of blue. So, for today’s video, I redid this card but kept the mistakes I made last time in mind. This time around I used a more extensive selection of the images from the Wake Up And Makeup set and loosely watercolored around the makeup for a fun, fresh teal blue background and as for the makeup, I chose a warm color palette of reds, pinks, oranges and yellows to contrast with the teal background.
I placed a piece of cold pressed watercolor card in the full-size Misti. I’m using the full size rather than the mini so that I can have the images off the edge to create a dynamic pattern. I arranged a selection of the images, keeping them close together but not overlapping and varying the angles. I then stamped them twice in Versafine Onyx Black ink to get a good impression on the textured card.
Now once the stamps were inky, I used a piece of acetate to protect my card while I arrange the stamps for a second time. This way you don’t get any accidental inky smudges. Once the new position is determined, I then picked up the stamps with the door of the Misti and removed the acetate before stamping onto the card. I filled in any more significant gaps between the makeup with the heart image and then taped the card to a board in preparation for watercoloring.
Thinking back to my first attempt at this card, I liked how I’d added the effect of makeup sprinkled onto the background and the mascara streaks too, and so I added those in first before filling in the rest of the background with a loose teal blue wash. I didn’t worry about covering every inch of the background but loosely moved the color around, leaving gaps around the makeup.
While I’m painting, I have a tissue in one hand so if there are areas where the color has gone down too intensely for my liking, I can sop up some of the colors for a softer look. I certainly did this for some of the hearts and that dropper bottle too. The color on the bottle wasn’t quite what I was after, so I dampened the paint again with a wet brush and then picked up some of the colors.
I’m using a dilute black for the caps and areas which I think would be silver and then for the makeup I’m using some lovely warm colors of reds, oranges, and pinks. In the same way for the background, I’m really trying not to go for a precise look, I’m adding blocks of color and not painting right to the edges for that messy look. And the result is that this watercolored background was rapid and straightforward to create.
Moving on and I wanted to add some splatter in places. Firstly, for the makeup brushes and I chose a dilute red for this and generally over the whole panel in teal to match the background. Then I added more splatter in the form of my favorite perfect pearls solution. This added a lovely sparkly finish to the card. As the teal background had dried its color had lightened slightly and so to balance with the depth of color of the makeup pieces, I added a second layer of teal and then more perfect pearls splatter to finish. I dried the panel with a heat tool and then used a white gel pen to add a few highlight details.
With the background now complete I ran it through my die cutting machine with a Wonky Rectangle die for a fun stitched detail to the edges.
For the sentiment, I picked out the ‘Hello Gorgeous’ greeting and lined it up on a piece of black card in the Misti. I treated the card with an antistatic powder bag to prevent embossing powder randomly sticking everywhere and then stamped the sentiment in clear embossing ink before sprinkling with white embossing powder and heat setting. I trimmed the piece to a banner and added foam adhesive to the back. I then removed the adhesive backer and added some silver thread I’d looped around my fingers to the back. I then added the sentiment to the watercolored background offset to the lower left using a T square ruler to ensure I had it on straight. I then added more foam adhesive to the back of the panel and added it to a side folding A2 card base cut from Ivory card. I find this card a good match for the warm white of watercolor card.
As a final accent you can’t beat a bit of bling, and so I added a trio of Opalescent Diamonds from Little Things By Lucy’s Cards and kept them in place with Gina K connect glue.
Comparing the first attempt next to my finished card and I certainly prefer the brighter colors and teal background of the final version.
Thanks for joining me today, and I’ll see you next time for Doodling With Debby.
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Love the messy water coloring Debby!
Fun and messy card Debby. I love the idea of just being able to put the paint on and not have to worry too much about getting it too close to the images. Thanks for sharing this fun card with us.
Fun card. I can do messy over no line watercoloring. I already follow by email.
wow you make messy watercolouring look so good!
Beautiful! I am learning so much. The number one thing is that I really need a Misti to take my card making to the next level! Thank you!
Love the messy. I’m to OCD to pull that off.
Great card and video.
You never cease to amaze me with your creations!!! This one is absolutely fabulous!!! I love the realistic touches you added!!!Thanks for sharing!!! Big Hugs!!!
Thanks for sharing this wonderful card!
Fun card and
great way to
create the scene!
Carla from Utah
Debby, I love that you talk about the mistakes and ways you changed you mind as you work through your projects. I learn so much by getting to follow your thought process! I love your channel and really admire your work. ☺️
This is both gorgeous and portrays how my counter looks after I try and do my makeup. Except my counter is never this lovely. Thanks for sharing all your fab ideas, Debby!
Oh wow, this is so fun!
Love the watercolour/grungy style! It is such a great contrast with all the lady-things!
SWOON!! LOVE this!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!!
What fun! Love this look!
That is a great watercolor card. Great effects on the card as well. Nicely done.
Wow! This is SO gorgeous! I am going to watch the video a few times then try this technique. I love the outcome.
Thanks for all the tips.
If I did that, people would just call it “messy,” not art! I bet you had a lot of fun!
Bright and cute concept.
What a beautiful card! I love how you remade the card to be brighter and lighter!
Such a creative card! Lovely!
Debby makes me happy! Awesome project.
This is such a fun way to use this set. A great card for a sister or girlfriend. ♥ it!
This card is gorgeous indeed!
Great tips and fab work TFS
Gorgeous card and background, I love all of the stamping!
Love the messy look.
Love the watercolored look, so colorful.
I am so in love with stamp set. I haven’t stopped playing with it all week!! Love how you smeared the mascara wand… I tried didn’t turn out quite the same. LOL
Thanks for sharing!!!
I love your card! The messy watercoloring looks great and I love the colors you chose!
Fantastic card. Love it.
Such a fun card!!
FUN card :)
I NEED to let go of the tight grip on my ruler and try this!
This technique is great for masking mistakes.So, splashing is art.
Love how the “messy” look actually looks just right for this wonderful background. Beautiful.
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This is sheer magic for you! This is the most incredible article I’ve ever seen. You’ve made my day today a lot better with this.