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. I love, love, loved this card! What cute little ducks! What a cheerful card to send or receive!

  2. so so cuutee this duck Image
    and loovee the way you coloring them with water color
    so adorable card so many coloring but worth so well

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