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4/24/2018

CAS Watercolor for April

Hi, and welcome to another watercolor attempt by yours truly. Linking in at the last minute, sorry to say, to the April CAS Watercolor, and this month's theme is Birds. Thought of several ways I could try to watercolor something, using a die with a wash of color; but finally decide to use a stamp gifted by a very sweet friend (thank you!) and try the Zigs again.

http://caswatercolour.blogspot.com/2018/04/cas-watercolour-april-reminder.html
 
 
 
 
Stamplorations clear stamp
 
Versamark inking using the Misti - inked twice, to get a good image
 
- embossed with Brutus Monroe Gilded Gold
 
- Watercolored with Zig markers.
 
- gold mat was just white c/s that was inked with Versamark, embossed with the Gilded Gold.
 
- dry embossed an edging frame with a S/Binder rectangle.
 
To get the darker shading in places where I wanted it, I used an under layer of Lilac, then various red Zig markers. At first I thought I'd ruined the image with the purple as it showed very magenta, nothing like a Cardinal color. A few layers of red covered it, and did what I'd hoped to accomplish. As I look at the photo, I wonder if perhaps a light blue background would have been a better choice?
 
The eye was embossed solidly, which looked odd, so used a drop of Nuvo to make it look like an 'eye'.
 
Off to link up with the April CAS Watercolor Challenge, scrambling at the last minute.
Thanks for joining me today. The rain seems to have stopped, the sun is trying to come out, so Blessings and Hugs.
 



38 comments:

  1. Glorious bling with the embossing and love how the 'red' turned out. Creative idea to do the eye with the novo drops. What an eye catching card Mary x

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  2. Lovely bird image, looking beautiful in gold and your coloring is super, this almost looks like painting on glass. I like that you didn’t use blue for the background and this light brownish blends well with the gold and is neutral, not overpowering the colors of the bird.

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  3. I think that your water colouring looks great, fabulous shades on the bird and beautiful colour on the background, just perfect! Very well done!

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  4. This is gorgeous Mary, beautiful colours.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  5. The red and gold looks really stunning Mary, very classy card.

    Kath x

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  6. Smart thinking about the eye Mary. Looks fabulous. Hugs Veerle x

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  7. Beautiful card Mary, love the gold embossing, Cathy x

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  8. This turned out so pretty with those blended vivid shades of red making up this beautiful bird. I love the gold and especially how the Nuvo drop saved his eye and made it stand out perfectly! Gorgeous card, well done!

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  9. You shaded this beautifully, Mary! Thanks for the tip about the under layer of lilac to achieve darker reds! I'd have never thought of that. Love the gold embossing too! And I LOVE Brutus Monroe embossing powder so thanks for introducing it to us.

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  10. You did a great job in colouring the birdie plus I like the background too

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  11. Lovely card and I like the red bird and gold embossing, that Misti sure does come in handy in so many ways!!!

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  12. Oh my Mary your card is gorgeous,i love this ,well done my friend xx

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  13. Your beautiful cardinal flew in plenty early, Mary! Love the coloring with the gold embossing and framing! I like the neutral background! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

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  14. Oh wow, Mary, so stunning! The cardinal looks amazing!! It's so artistic and gorgeous!! I love, love it, my friend!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  15. This is so stunning. A cardinal in Gold is so regal.

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  16. WOW!! Love your beautiful cardinal card Mary. Great watercolouring with the zigs. The neutral background is perfect and let's the bird be the star. Great design! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour! xx

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  17. Mary your watercolouring is spectacular, that cardinal pops off the page framed with the gilded gold embossing powder. Gorgeous card :)

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  18. Wow Factor, love this gorgeous card and the gold looks stunning...x💖 [Aussie aNNie's Blog]

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  19. WOW simply stunning, luv Sam x

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  20. Love the stamp with the bird and text and the eye does look like an eye! your colouring is gorgeous, lovely shading Mary.
    Faith
    x

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  21. Such a beautiful bird and love tbe gold embossing with the red for the cardinal Mary and wonderful layering with the white and black which really makes it stand out. I did run out of time for this one and am sad as I love the bird theme this time but you just crept in there and with this beautiful card. x

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  22. Loving your gold outlined cardinal. The watercoloring turned out great with the magenta under the red - the shading looks fabulous!
    Beautiful job Mary.

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  23. Oh Mary, I think this is one of the most beautiful cards you've made. I love the coloring and touches of gold and the all around card. It is really lovely.

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  24. Wow I think it looks great. I like the layers and that it is the focal of the card.

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  25. What can I say but WOW!!! This is really beautiful Mary! I love the embossing and the coloring of the cardinal! I also love how you framed it with gold and black and adhered it to the white card base.
    Hugs,
    Pam

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  26. OMGOSH Mary your bird is awesome, beautifully coloured, I love the colours and design. Love your whole creation, Kate x x

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  27. Hi Mary,
    I commented on your card this morning but I think something maybe wrong as you still havn't had any more comments today.
    Will try again now.
    I love this wonderful card and your work is excellently created.
    Love the wonderful gold embossing and your colouring of the Cardinal is awesome and so beautiful.
    The background is so wonderful too, and the embossed edges look stunning.
    I think the background colour looks fine but it would be interesting to seeit in blue sometime maybe.
    Lots of crafty love and hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

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  28. Beautiful card and I love the gold with the red on the bird.

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  29. Hi Mary, What a lovely Cardinal card.

    Hope you are having a nice day. Sue

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  30. Love the beautiful embossed stamp and rich red
    Carol x

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  31. lovely card..
    Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!
    🙂 Karen

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  32. Wow, love how you did this bird Momma Mary! It looks amazing embossed and water colored and on top of that amazing background. I like that you gave him an "eye" too. Well done! Hugs, Brenda

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  33. So pretty! Great water coloring!

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  34. Stunning card! All the embossing and the way your did this is simply amazing. I love it....and as you can see, I'm attempting to play catch-up.

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  35. This is a beautiful card Mary. I love the bright red against the gold embossing, stunning.

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  36. Wow! Love everything about your beautiful creation!

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