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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  1. Your card is adorable. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,

  2. I love how you turned the pile of ducks into a birthday card, by just adding a few hats and balloons. Fast and simple, ridiculously cute.

  3. Ducks are too cute! I love Art Impressions stamps. Your coloring is really great and who wouldn’t love this stack of sweetness. Thanks Nina

  4. Oh my word, Nina, this is SO SWEET! Love how the ink smooshing looks for the background. The duck stack is just adorable! Great job!

  5. Such a sweet card! You create the best scenes. Love those ADORABLE ducks! Thanks for the inspiration!

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