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May 8, 2014

Watercolor Watering Can DJKASE ~ NBUS #130

Hello my friends!

If I make a CASE of one of my own cards, can I copyliment myself as a DJKASE?

Interesting concept and that's just prezackly what I did for class homework today. A special artist joined in the class videos and she made a brilliant card using the one and only watercoloring technique that I have attempted in the past. The one where you use markers and water and paint your watercolor scene.

Like this one I did:
You can find the first one I ever did here, back in April 2012. Wow, I can't believe that was two years ago! I hope to do this technique more often after this as I think it's easy and fun and looks cool. The hardest part is having 27 stamps and markers strewn all over your desk. It's funny that IRL you can't hardly see the watering can handle, but on the camera-doesn't-lie-monitor, you can. Next time I will mask it off.

For my scene, I colored directly onto the stamps and then gently dabbed with a water brush after stamping. The stamps are a combination of a NBUS set from Rubbernecker called "Create A Garden," Rubber Stamp Tapestry, SU, and Stamps by Judith. The sediment is SU. The sweet frame of dotty vellum is a snippet from GKW from my ancient stash and the ribbon is PTI "Winter Wisteria."

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For my sketch inspiration I used this week's CASE Study work of art by the ultra-uberly talented Wida Miller, our Muse! This is her inspiration card for us to CASE (copy and share everything).
Since I used snippets, I am taking my watering can over to Pixie's Snippets Playground to show my playmates if they aren't too engrossed in the baby lambs and lilacs.
Pixies Crafty Workshop
Also, I'm entering the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is to feature flowers.
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
For details on the rules, prizes, and sponsors, please click on the challenge links!

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That's a SASS (short and sweet as sassafras) wrap from me today.

I'm going to continue with the class but take a day off from posting. It will give you a chance to catch up with my posts and it will give me the chance to catch up with you! Click here: Online Card Class to register for the class if I have done a good job of encouraging you to take it! I don't think it's too late and it's hella fun!!
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73 comments:

Laura Norris said...

Beautiful CASE of your own card Darnell! I love that watercoloring technique too, easy peasy lemon squeezy! But it looks like you worked really hard on it.

Jean said...

Fabulous job - this looks handpainted!

Irish Cherokee said...

An Uber der Top card. Love the coloring of the flowers in the water can.

jimlynn said...

You're rocking the water coloring class with beauties like this! LOVE it!
Lynn

Bonnie said...

So pretty, Darnell! Sigh, I still am so far behind. Fortunately I have a lifetime to catch up. Hope that'll be a long time. I'm gonna need it! Meanwhile, Jack is doing great with watercoloring!

Michelle said...

Wow, Darnell, when the original is gorgeous, why not do a DJKASE and make it gorgeous-er? Beautiful work!

Harriet Skelly said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Darnell! I love this technique and think I need to get an AI set to try this. I tried putting a few images to make a scene and it totally didn't cut it!!

Barb Ghig said...

Oh my, what a BEAUTY this is, Darnell! Your flowers are absolutely gorgeous, and I love how 'natural' everything appears on your scene! Somehow, you also managed to maintain your classic clean design, too...I am so impressed! A+++ for you, girl!!!

Marcia HIll said...

BEAUTIFUL card Darnell! You created such a soft and delicate looking image, but yet the color just makes it all "POP"! Very nicely done! :0)

Sharon Underwood said...

GORGEOUS, lady! I love the image and you did a great job with the watercoloring. I love it!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Your water colouring is beautiful. You are too funny DJKASEing yourself:) Have a great weekend, Shirleyxx

Linda said...

Darnell, I think you have created some of your most beautiful cards in this watercolor class. Great job. Love this card.

Benzi said...

GAW-GEOUS, Darnell. Wow! I love it. I used to do water coloring with a brush and haven't tried it in soooo long. I need to have a go at it again.

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I had to delete some of my comments. It just would not publish and I kept pressing "Publish your comment" and it did....three times. Ugh!

Bobby said...

What's better for a watering color class than a watering can? You did a great job with the technique. I haven't gotten to the marker one yet. I'm having so much fun getting inky that I'm behind on my visiting.

Cathy said...

This is beautiful Darnell, such a pretty result. (SASS also stands for School Ancillary Support Staff, that's me!) The class looks like a lot of fun, Cathy x

Lisa said...

Darnell your wispy watercolored wildflowers and grass look amazing!! GREAT card!

Jacquie Southas said...

This is so soft & pretty - just beautiful!

aileen (mum) said...

Beautiful card, it does look hand painted. I love the vibrance of the colours. The purple and green are very eye catching.

Irene said...

Just beautiful Darnell, I love the colours and design.
luv
irene
xxxx

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, I am sorry I have missed so many of your gorgeous cards, things have been a bit hectic here.
I love all your watercoloured designs, each one is so soft and delicate. Today's card is stunning, the flowers look so pretty and realistic and the colours are perfect.
I hope you have a good weekend.
hugs Sue xx

Asha said...

FAB-FAB-FABULUSH! Your water-colouring is spot on, Darnell. LOVE the greens and purple combo. The layout is perfect for showcasing your beautiful work.
hugs, Asha

Andrea said...

great card Darnell I struggled with this technique last night think it might be the stamps ...I dont have that many that are not line stamps or not sure how to use the ones I do have ...I need to work on my imagination!..but still having great fun and catching up again ...Its very addictive I love the gallery too great for inspiration I found some techniques I really really like ...will post the results later today /tomorrow ..I'm having fun...crafty hugs...talk to you gain soon Andrea x

Petra Swart said...

WOW, Darnell, I can't stop looking at your absolutely beautiful watering can and flowers!! You did a fantastic job with this technique - looks like a lovely painting on your card!! Great card!!!
Greetings from Africa.

Hannelie said...

Oh how I wish that watering can was standing right in my desert garden Darnell!
This is such a beautiful card!

Lee-Anne said...

Love, love, love, Darnell! Fabulous work...awesome colors!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

very special it is Darenell love it! oh and did not notice the handle till you mentioned it being using some NBUS (or NMUBS) and thinking of you last two days!! Shaz in oz.x

Gerrina said...

I think this counts!! Love the crisp and beautiful card! The purple makes it so bright.... Enjoy your weekend, Gerrina

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Beautiful card
lovely design
have a lovely weekend
hugs Tamara

Casandra Bennett said...

Deliciously purple! I have been trying to leave a comment all week, but my internet has been sketchy. Your creations are true works of art, Ms. Darnell. :)

Redanne said...

Your DJKASE of yourself is brilliant - give yourself a huge pat on the back for this one Darnell - it is stunning! Love, love, love it, you would pay a lot of money in a shop for that! Brilliant... Hugs, Annie xxx

Hettie said...

Very pretty there Darnell. And in purples too.
Hugs
xx

Cheryl said...

Beautiful card! I saw these stamps on Rubbernecker last night . . . you sold me!!

Roxie said...

Beautiful coloring, I really like how your grass turned out. Thanks for sharing!

Ros Crawford said...

Such a lovely card!! Well done to you!!

scrappymo! said...

This is such a pretty look. What a wonderful technique!

alexandra s.m. said...

Breathtaking Beautiful Darnell!
Happy Mother's Day to You! ♥

Alanna said...

WOW Darnell, this is SO gorgeous. You really rocked this.

Chark said...

this is stunning!

Sue said...

Fabulous this is Darnell..have a great weekend huggles Sue xx

Diane said...

Beautiful CASE of your card Darnell, gosh your water-colored can is so pretty.

Hugs Diane

Anita in France said...

Simply beautiful, Darnell ... you DJKASEd yourself perfectly! Love how your 'dabbing' created such a delicious scene ... gaspable! Hugs, Anita :)

Diane Jaquay said...

Your flowers look amazing, beautiful card!

JanLee said...

This is just lovely! Great job!

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Fabulous job with the watercolors and I'm so glad you finally CASE yourself (smile).
Hugs!
Loly

Verna Angerhofer said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. Great spring colors too.

Karen B said...

This is gorgeous Dippy. Absolutely love it and your original is fabulous....what a sweetie Mr is; those lilacs were beautiful.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Deepti said...

This is gorgeous !! I love the water coloring u did and wondering why did u not do it for last two years :)

Deepti said...

This is gorgeous !! I love the water coloring u did and wondering why did u not do it for last two years :)

Teresa Kline said...

fabulous card, luv the watercoloring, you did an amazing job! So glad you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

sparkle & shine *~*

Greta said...

Wow--this looks like a watercolor painting, Darnell! Fabulous!

Cat Craig said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely outcome. Your efforts are well worth it here. Love this bit of beauty Darnell!

JD/ Jill said...

Beautiful card! Amazing watercoloring!

Susanne Vargas said...

Boy, that's a real work of art, Darnell! Just gorgeous!
Have a great weekend!

Di said...

FABULOUS Darnell! I adore the colours you used - and such a pretty result.

Hugs, Di xx

Shona Chambers said...

So, so pretty! It looks like you spent days painting this, its incredible. You make watercolouring look so good and sound so easy. Maybe I do need to give it a try...

sandie said...

you are becoming an expert and naturally I love the colours of your flowers x

Brenda said...

Gosh Darnell, what is there to say about this card except that it is stunning!!! You are really good at this water coloring! Yes, I am in love with this image and this card! I would probably make a hot mess if I tried to do this, but I think I still might try it, just no one will see it. lol Hugs

Loll Thompson said...

Gorgeous card Dolly. Love your watercolored watering can full of blooms - so artistic! Lolly xx

SARN said...

This is just GORGEOUS Darnell. I love the pretty watering can full of flowers.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

cotnob said...

This is a gorgeous card Darnell, I love your image and pretty colours - this is such a great watercolour technique.
Pauline
x

Shirley said...

A really beautifully painted image and the design is perfect to show it off! A work of art!

Sheila H said...

Very cool to case yourself! It's beautifully done :)

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell...this is just gorgeous! I love your card, so classy and very elegant and such an amazing job with water coloring. So beautiful. Happy Mother's Day!

Maria said...

Love your card, so vibrant! The colours that you used are my favourites.

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cm said...

(My previous post got a blgger-boot...gahhh). First, belated HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!! Second, straight to the head of the class with the amazing case of your card! You are rockin' the water-colouring, my friend! Your watering can filled with flowers: gorgeous!! Love the 'dabbling'!! Hugs~c

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Gorgeous card! Why do you need a class again?? You already have this technique down to perfection.

Geri said...

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!

I am so in love with the vibrant colors...and the purple! TOP OF THE CLASS honors dear friend with this amazing creation!!!

Jeanne J said...

OMG! This is stunning! You should be giving the classes Darnell!

Wida said...

I always wanted to try that technique too!! I think it gives such a realistic look and makes it look like you created the whole card from scratch but you didn't. It's so lovely!