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Peonies with a Touch of Gold

 Hello my fabulous friends!

Kassi here, and I’m back with another guest design project! Today I’m mixing watercolors and foil again, for an elegant look that is SUPER easy to achieve! Let’s take a look!

Today I’m working with the absolutely beautiful With Love, Peonies digi stamp. Isn’t it a stunning floral?!?!

I printed this GORGEOUS peony image onto some Bristol Smooth cardstock using a laser printer. From there, I did some super basic watercoloring.  One of thing about watercolors is that imperfections can add to the overall effect… so don’t overthink it! Just have fun!

Bristol is technically a paper designed to be used with pen and ink, not watercolors, so it can’t handle too much water or overworking the areas. If you are using traditional watercolors, you’ll want to keep that in mind. My printer doesn’t like printing on my nice thick watercolor paper though, so I make do with this.

After everything was completely dry, I ran it through my  laminator with some gold heat reactive foil. The foil sticks to the toner lines, giving a beautiful foiled outline to the flowers. 

One thing I noticed when foiling on Bristol cardstock is that when you have really thin lines, sometimes part of the line will flake off.. I think this is because the toner can’t set as well into the Bristol paper, so sometimes it flakes off a little instead of just adhering the foil… however, I really like the slightly distressed look. It makes it twinkle when it hits the light instead of just flash! So embrace the imperfections!

Thanks for letting me share some watercolored inspiration with you this month! Be sure to check out Evelin T Designs website to see the full line of clear and digital stamps, as well as lots more amazing inspiration! 

hugs!
~Kassi

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Happy Birthday Critters

 Hello my fabulous friends!

My name is Kassi Hulet, and I’m so excited to be guest designing here this month!

If you are familiar with my work, you may have noticed that I love watercoloring animals and flowers using the no line technique.  That love made this image absolutely perfect for me… 

This is the adorable  Sending Joy digital stamp. Isn’t it super sweet?!

I knew I wanted to  do some no line coloring with this image, and I also wanted to do some foiling… to do this, I created two layers of the image in photoshop.  The first layer I set the opacity to about 12% (this creates the very light lines that seem to disappear once colored. For the second layer, I selected just the words, and left that layer at 100% opacity so the ink would nice and dark there.

I printed onto some Bristol Smooth cardstock using a laser printer, and colored the whole piece using Zig Clean Color markers. I love these adorable animals and wanted to keep them super soft and sweet… 

You can obviously stop here, and it looks fabulous, but I wanted to add just a little extra pop…

I ran the image through my laminator with a little gold foil… Where the toner from the printer is full strength, the foil sticks beautifully, and where the toner is only at 12%, it is too weak to foil.  This makes selective foiling like this a breeze! 

Be sure to check out all the other fabulous clear and digi stamps over at Evelin T Designs! I’ll be back later this month with another project featuring another one of my favorite Evelin T Designs images!

See you soon!

~Kassi