Watercolor Cosmos Background with Bibi Cameron

Hi friends! Happy Sunday! Please give a warm welcome to first time guest on our blog, Bibi Cameron! You may have seen some of her gorgeous work on our blog hops! I became an instant fan when I saw the beautiful ways she brought our Picture Book French Bulldog to life. (I am biased as I am a proud French Bulldog Momma.) :D You can see this amazing inspiration by clicking HERE. Now onto the amazing inspiration, she made today! Read on and enjoy… it’s a stunner!
Watercolor Cosmos Background with Bibi Cameron
Hola from Scotland! its Bibi Cameron here and  I’m thrilled to have the chance to share with you my passion for cardmaking and watercolors! Yay! Since I saw Cosmos Background Stamp I knew it had to be mine!! it was love at first sight as I could imagine myself lost trying to find many ways to add colors to the gorgeous image.So this was my first try, completely inspired by the design of a shampoo bottle with beautiful purple and pink flowers on it.
I also use  Praying For You wafer die by Simon Says Stamp!   Loving the look and feel of the sentiment when using gold mirror cardstock by Tonic Studios. Isn’t it pretty?
Watercolor Cosmos Background with Bibi Cameron

So all this started with uncertainty…  I didn’t know what the outcome might be so I grabbed my Tim Holtz Platform and I stamped the Cosmos image several times on different cardstock colors (even on Vellum).  However, the one stamped on watercolor paper caught my attention after seeing how pretty the stamped image looked when I tried to stamp with a contaminated  Versafine clear ink pad… It did look clear but also a bit grey… gorgeous!

Watercolor Cosmos Background with Bibi Cameron

I also used my  36 color set  Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. Incredibly affordable and versatile.  I like to dilute these paints with water, mixing and blending them with other colors to get new shades.

To apply them I  used a rounded Silver Velvet brush # 4,  and a super fine brush to add details ( lines – dots) as well…

 So I started by applying a very light wash of color (loads of water and very little pigment) on dry watercolor paper.  Sometimes I allow the paint to dry before applying another wash of color,  Other times  I apply a new wash of color when the paint is still wet …  Or I also use the brush with a little paint (almost dry) on dry paper to create texture and lines.
To add shadows I just apply a hint of brown or black paint here and there. I also try to apply lighter colors at the edge of the petals and go darker at the center.
I do not pay attention to where the shadows should go and I don’t mind if I get hard lines or cauliflowers. I kind of like a quirky watercolor composition, expontaneous, unprofessional, imperfect but very fun.. every time is something different and unpredictable.  I love that!

 So I put Spanish guitar music on and  I  enjoyed applying many washes of color to get a highly pigmented tone.Last but not least I added details….  the sentiment, a couple of sequins and using markers I added black and white dots over the flowers.

Watercolor Cosmos Background with Bibi CameronHave you tried watercolors yet?  I would really encourage you to give it a try.  

I hope you like my card and a big thanks to Simon Says Stamp Team for having me today.

Happy crafting

Watercolor Cosmos Background with Bibi Cameron


Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp COSMOS…
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Simon Says Stamp PRAYING FOR YOU…
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RESERVE Tim Holtz Tonic Craft TRAVEL…
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD…
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Tonic HARVEST GOLD Mirror Card Gloss…
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Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 COLOR SET
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Silver BLACK VELVET Brush Size 4…
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Silver BLACK VELVET Round Brush Set…
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Simon Says Stamp Pigment Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#…
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Neat and Tangled WILD ORCHID Sequin Mix
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Tonic Studios 6 x 12 INCH GUILLOTINE…
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Thanks for reading, and thanks to Bibi for being our guest!

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  1. This card is awesome, I love the Cosmos Background stamp. That is deffinitly a stamp that is high on my wish list.
    Thanks for this gorgeous example!

  2. I’ve tried watercolors but haven’t been
    too happy with the results. Need to keep
    trying. The card is beautiful.
    Fantastic layering of the flowers.
    thanks for sharing

  3. BEAUTIFULLY DONE! This is such a fantastic stamp and there are so many ways it can be used. I can only imagine how wonderful the time working with it must have felt. Especially accompanied by your music!

  4. Bibi, this is stunning! I have Gansia Tambi’s but being as I am a newbie at water colouring I haven’t used them a lot yet as I am a little intimidated by it. LOL However, I am determined to learn. This Cosmos background looks amazing water coloured.

  5. This is so beautiful and a great reminder to be relaxed and calm when watercoloring. :) Thanks for sharing and for the great tips!

  6. Hello from our side of the pond, love this watercolour of the cosmos flowers, just brought the very paints you’ve mentioned now need to save for the stamp then I can try. Thanks Bibi.

  7. I keep saying I’ll try watercolor but put it off. I have a set of colors to try. I would love to see you in action. I love this card and the stamp.

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