– [Kristina] Hi, everyone, Kristina here.
Welcome to another card video.
Today I'm going to be exploring using digital stamps with watercolor.
In the past with digital stamps, I've only ever used Copics because I can print them outand directly go to coloring, but for today I'm using theseimages from The Greeting Farm.
These are brand new images.
They're adorable (laughs) And I really wanted to watercolor them, so I printed them out, and I'm going to showyou two different methods to get these printed imagesonto watercolor paper.
Now, if you have a printerthat has waterproof ink and it can handle watercolor paper, you are so lucky (laughs) because I don't have a printer like that.
So I'm gonna show youhow to get around that because if I tried towatercolor these printed images that came straight of myprinter, I would have a big mess.
So this first method I'musing is with a light pad.
You could also hold up theseimages to an open window with lots of sunlight streaming through, and maybe you've got thelights off in your room.
What you want is to put theprinted image on the bottom and then put your watercolor paper on top.
Kinda tape them together or directly to the surfacelike I've done here so that they don't move.
And then you can very lightlytrace the printed images with a pencil.
So I'm going over eachone of these images.
And as you probably saw when I showed you the initialimages, they do arrange, they are arranged together in a scene.
But I wanted to adherethese to my card separately and put foam adhesive in between them, so that's why I'm using them individually.
This second image, I actually put it alltogether as a whole scene and kept it all as one.
I'm gonna be painting it all together and then just adhering it as one piece.
Now, this is another method.
I'm using some graphitepaper or transfer paper, and I'm turning that over so that the graphiteis touching the surface of my watercolor paper.
I've taped everything in place, and now I'm tracing itwith the pencil again, but this time I'm tracing directly on top of that printed piece.
And what this is doing is it's pressing that graphite paper intothe watercolor paper and transferring just alittle bit of graphite onto the surface of my watercolor paper.
Now, for some areas this worked well, other areas not so much.
It was very, very faint, so I ended up goingover each of these lines with my pencil anyway.
So I think in the long run, my preferred method is to use a light pad or put it up to a windowor something like that.
If you don't have transfer paper, you could also scribble onthe back of that printed piece with a pencil and then just, you could do the same thing, and it would transfer thegraphite from your pencil that's in the back of thesheet to the watercolor paper.
So this image that I'm workingon today is actually gonna go on a card that I'm giving to someone who we are in the middle ofwatching “Picard” together.
And if you have notwatched “Picard” (laughs) on CBS All Access, it is completely worththe subscription price.
I think it's so well-done.
And I'm not a big “Star Trek” fan myself, but my older brother is, and so I know just enough aboutthe backstory of “Star Trek” to really appreciate this.
And even if you don't knowanything about Picard, it's still a really good show.
So I want it to look like the two people in the scene are watching the show, and so I wanted to put the logo onscreen, so I looked it up on my phone, and I very roughly drew the logo on this television that's the image fromthe digital stamp set.
So I'm putting some Drawing Gum on so it can keep the letters white, and then I'll be painting over the top.
Now, when you're using Drawing Gum, you wanna make surethat it's completely dry before you start painting over the top, so I actually set this asidefor a little bit of time, let it dry completely, and thenI moved on with my project.
So the paints I'm usingtoday are actually inks.
They are Tim Holtz Distress Inks.
I just smushed the mini inkpads onto a slick surface.
This is an Art Impressionspalette over on the side.
And then I'm bringing thosecolors in and painting.
So this is actually areally, really easy process doing this little wash back here, and I'm really happywith how it turned out, especially because on theoriginal image with the logo, it's showing a field.
There's a horizon lineand things like that.
But it's overall veryyellow, orange, and brown.
And I'm kinda making this very abstract because most of it you won't even see because the two people on thecouch will be in front of it.
But I think it resembles that logo, the kind of photo logo that CBS has been using forall the promo materials.
I think it looks just similarenough to be pretty cool.
So then I'm gonna goon and paint the couch as well as the two people on it.
And I want this to looklike my couch at my house, which is a very neutral shade, so I started with Pumice Stone and then went over thetop with Walnut Stain.
And that kind of just toned it just enough that it looks similar tothe color of my couch.
When it comes to painting the hair on both of these characters, I kind of really struggled because it has been such a long time since I have watercolored people and watercolored thesekind of cartoon characters with all this hair.
With Copics, it's easy.
It's no problem.
I've done that so manytimes over the years.
But watercoloring is another beast, and it took me a little bit of time to kind of get into the groove.
And by the time I get to thesecond card for today's video, I will have figured that out.
But for now, you're (laughs)gonna kinda see me struggle through the painting of the hair, mostly on the one on the right with her hair in a bun because I wanted it to look like dark hair but not so super dark.
I wanted there to besome lighter areas too.
And so I kinda really struggledtrying to get this to work, especially because I wasadding so much detail to it that I was trying to fill in the gaps between what was on the original image and where the hair wasgoing where I was painting.
The other person on the left, that one came together alittle bit more easily, and I wish I would've donethe same style on the girl.
But she had that bun, and I wanted to make that more detailed.
So I ended up just going overand adding more and more color until eventually it was super dark.
Not my favorite, but I stillthink it looks pretty good.
I ended up having to add blackto darken up those shadows 'cause otherwise it was justa big brown blob.
(chuckles) But all in all, I think, as they say, you're your own worst critic.
And I think watching thisas I'm editing the video, I'm like, ooh, that doesn't look so good, but when I look at thefinal images on the card, I don't mind it.
So I think this is a lesson that I keep learningover and over and over, which is if you don't like how it looks, walk away for a bit, come back, and it's probably not asbad as you thought it was.
I'm removing the Drawing Gum, and it's revealing that whitewatercolor paper underneath.
And then I trimmed out these three images.
I think I forgot to mention I'm using ARCHES watercolor paper today, so it's pretty thick.
This was one of the moredifficult papers to cut out.
There's also some greetingsin that digital stamp set, and I put one on some white card stock and printed it on my printer, cut it down to be exactly five by seven, and then adhered that to the front of a five by seven card base.
And I planned it just soit's positioned perfectly to put these images right above.
Put some foam adhesive onthe back of that television, just using that finished scene as a guide for where to place it.
And then I'm going to put foam adhesive on the back of the people on the couch as well as foam adhesive on the back of the little side table with the bowl of popcorn.
So the last thing I'm going to do is I'm gonna take a white gel pen and just add somehighlights onto that popcorn because as I was painting it, it lost all areas of white.
So I wanted to just add that back in, and then this card is finished.
You'll see that at the end of the video, but for now I'm gonna moveon to my second image.
And I'm just going to turn on some music and let you guys watch the painting.
This image goes rather quickly.
I am painting it to looklike me sitting on a couch.
I do not have a blue couch.
You'll see me paint thisblue here in a minute.
Kinda wish I did 'cause it's a nice blue.
But I did paint the cat tolook like one of my cats.
And if any of you in real life, of people I know in reallife are watching this, you probably know which cat that is, and that would be Daphne, because Daphne is the cat that just wants to be up in everyone's business.
(laughs) She wants to be in the middleof the action at all times, and so of course if I'mon my laptop on the couch, Daphne is right there.
All right, so I'm gonna turn on some music and let you guys watch the painting.
I'll be back when I'm finished.
(upbeat music) Okay, all of that painting is complete.
Took my scissors, andI trimmed this one out.
And instead of cuttingright up onto the line, I left a little bit of amargin around that image, and mostly because the wires on the headphones aroundthe earbuds were away from the actual area of the image, and I didn't wanna have to worry about cutting up against those wires.
I'm now using some sentiment strips or reverse sentiment strips from CZ Design and Simon Says Stamp.
And this one right herewas perfect for this image.
It says, “Let's Skype soon.
” So I put some foam adhesive onthe back of my painted image and then adhered it to the front of 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch card base made out of some Neenah EnvironmentalDesert Storm card stock, adhered that greeting on the very bottom.
And then here are both ofthe cards all finished.
These were so fun to watercolor.
I hope you'll check outthese digital images over at The Greeting Farm.
They have so many imagesthat they've added recently that are very just perfect forthe current times we're in.
They specifically have ones with the characters wearing masks and living their bestquarantine life at home.
So there's a lot of different options if you wanna do some reallyrelevant and timely cards.
Thanks for watching today.
I will see you guys inanother video very soon.