Yippee for Yana: Watercolor Clematis Card for Mom

Hi friends! Happy Monday! If you’re anything like me you’re ECSTATIC to see that the amazing Yana Smakula is BACK as a guest on our blog after a short traveling hiatus. Read on and enjoy!! 

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Hi everyone, this is Yana Smakula and welcome back for another Yippee For Yana video!

Yippee for Yana: Watercolor Clematis Card for Mom

Today I’m sharing a watercolor floral card I made for my Mom using some new and old products from Simon Says Stamp.

It has been ages since I last picked up my watercolor supplies and did some water coloring. I’m always fascinated by Debby Hughes and her watercolor masterpieces so I decided I would channel my inner Debby and try to watercolor this clematis. My watercolor skills are far from being the best, but it doesn’t stop me from trying and practicing and we all know that practice makes better.

I stamped images from the Mom’s Clematis stamp set on watercolor paper, I am using Arches Cold Pressed watercolor paper, and I stamped everything in Versa Fine Onyx Black ink using my mini MISTI stamping tool. It’s handy to stamp these using some sort of stamp positioner watercolor paper is usually textured and you do need to apply a fair amount of pressure to get good impressions on this paper. I also did some masking by stamping images on masking paper, cutting them out and applying them over the original to be able to stamp additional leaves and flower buds next to the main flower.

Yippee for Yana: Watercolor Clematis Card for Mom

Once my stamping was done I moved onto coloring. I went with the easiest method for me – and that’s using my Daniel Smith watercolor and a water brush. I opted to use purples for this card and used mostly Imperial Purple color from my palette. I colored one petal at a time, this is not something I typically have the patience to do, but it is the right way to do it, and also I painted in layers, coming back to each of the petals as the previous layer of color had dried.

I also used green for the leaves and this is Undersea Green, also from Daniel Smith. To add some color variation to this image I added a lot of shading using a different color, Shadow Violet, and I think that’s what made all the difference and made this image more lifelike.

My biggest takeaway from this project is patience. A good watercolor piece requires a lot of patience and layers. This is not something I have so I often struggle with having great watercolor results.

Yippee for Yana: Watercolor Clematis Card for Mom

I also decided I’d do a simple watercolor wash in the background and for this, I used same Undersea Green color and simply diluted it more to have a lighter, softer green around my Clematis cluster.

Next, I took this piece back to my MISTI and stamped a sentiment for this card, it reads “Mama, you are incredible in every way”.

At this point, I reached for my colored pencils, Polychromos by Faber Castel and used them to add finishing touches. Next, I splattered some Hero Arts White Irridescent Shimmer over the image to give it more of a messy look. I love using this product for an effect like this.

Yippee for Yana: Watercolor Clematis Card for Mom

I decided to add some simple stamping to the background and this is where Simon’s new Sketchy Lines background stamp came in. I created additional masks to mask the entire image cluster, positioned the stamp over my image, inked it up with Simon’s Fossil ink and stamped adding some interest to my background. The masks protected my flowers and leave and allowed the sketchy lines to be stamped on the background only.

I also decided I wanted to add more purple to this card to tie together with the flowers, so I white heat embossed a part of the sentiment on purple cardstock. To put everything together I created an A2 kraft side folding card base, used a piece of fun foam to adhere my watercolor panel over it. Finally, I foam mounted the skinny sentiment strip and embellished this card using several sequins in purple from the Birthday Cake sequin mix.

Have fun stamping!

WATCH THE VIDEO:

Yippee for Yana: Watercolor Clematis Card for Mom

SUPPLIES:

Simon Says Clear Stamps MOM’S…
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Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp SKETCHY…
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Arches COLD PRESSED WATERCOLOR PAD…
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Daniel Smith IMPERIAL PURPLE 15ML…
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Daniel Smith UNDERSEA GREEN 5ML Extra…
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Small WATERCOLOR BRUSH Pen SWCBP100…
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MISTI MEMORY MISTI PRECISION STAMPER…
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MISTI CUT-ALIGN Tool 00713
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Crystal Ninja CRYSTAL KATANA Mixed…
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Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink…
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Tonic DELUXE ADHESIVE Nuvo Glue 200N
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9 x 12 WHITE FUN FOAM 12 Pack 118711
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Hero Arts EMBOSS WHITE DETAIL…
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad…
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun…
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EK Success POWDER TOOL Applicator…
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Simon Says Stamp Sequins BIRTHDAY…
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  1. Beautiful watercolor work on your Clematis! A GORGEOUS card I’m sure it will cheer your mom up … after all it’s purple… royalty you know !! ;) <3

  2. Beautiful card! I love the way you colored it! The addition of the Sketchy Lines background stamp really completed the look!

  3. Just gorgeous, Yana! You did a fabulous job channeling Debby, and although you might think it, your watercoloring skills are fantastic.

  4. I love to see you back Yana, I hope you had a wonderful time traveling.
    A gorgeous card Yana, I love clematis, they reminds me of my father who was very fond of them and grows them in his garden. It was strange to see you watercolour but the result was stunning.
    Thank you so much for showing.

  5. Missed you! What do you mean you’re not a water coloring expert. Pretty darn good. Lovely card that any Mom would love to receive. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Yana, you certainly can’t tell that watercoloring is not your favorite way to create cards! This is beautiful!

  7. So beautiful! I love Clematis flowers! I have a very old one growing on my front yard fence! Not beautiful purple like yours, but its beautiful none the less!

  8. It’s great to have you back, Yana! Your watercoloring is beautiful and I love how the purple clematis turned out. The addition of the background stamping gives your card a vintage look.

  9. Gorgeous card and great video! I love the look of watercolor and will have to try it more often. Yana made it look so easy and loved all the great tips for masking and filling in areas with colored pencils!

  10. Fabulous card, Yana. From the watercoloring to the stamped background and sentiment, the card elements come together so well. Thanks for sharing your card and the very helpful video.

  11. It’s always a delight to see Yana. And the colors you chose to paint with are gorgeous! It was totally worth taking the time to layer the watercolor. Thanks for sharing.

  12. This is lovely! My parents have a clematis with flowers in the same pretty purple color, and it is gorgeous and loaded with blooms.

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