Friday, 13 July 2012

Watercolour wonder with Everything Eleanor

Okay, it's official - I'm in love again! No, Ewan McGregor hasn't moved into the neighbourhood - it's those Watercolour Wonder crayons! My house is thick with dust as I considered it my duty to see what the crayons were like so I could let you know... well that's my story anyway! This week's challenge at Addicted to Stamps is to make a card using the colour blue - and there are three blues in my tin of Subtles crayons so it was obviously meant to be! Come and see what I've made:


A couple of days ago I made this softly coloured card using the crayons and an aquapainter, but for today's card, I used a blender pen with them and the effect is so much more intense. The flowers were stamped in Basic Grey and then I coloured them with the Marina Mist crayon. These crayons look just like a child's wax crayon and colour like one too at first. I think, although I can't be sure yet, that they are slightly resistant to ink at this stage. I used the blender pen to smooth the colour of the flowers out, then gently added shading with a Marina Mist marker before blending again. I coloured the leaves with the Certainly Celery and Wild Wasabi crayons before sponging in the background.


I didn't think it needed much embellishment so I just scored a double frame for it using my Simply Scored and added a sentiment. Very simple but HUGE amounts of fun! Needless to say, I already have the rest of the crayons on order... By the way, the leaf is from another set that I love called Happiness Shared which I consider very apt!

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Happiness Shared, Thank You Kindly
Ink: Basic Grey, Not Quite Navy, Pear Pizzazz
Card stockVery Vanilla
Other: Markers, Subtles water colour crayons, blender pen, Simply Scored, stamp-a-majig
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Talking of happiness (!) I went to see my youngest son perform in his school play yesterday. He played a boy who has forgotten his PE kit and is forced to wear something from the lost property box - but the only thing that will fit him is a pink leotard and tights... Now I don't know many 11 year old boys who would agree to wear an outfit like that in public but my son has never been one to let his dignity stand in the way of a comedy moment and he brought the house down!

More excellent crafting weather is forecast for the UK this weekend, so enjoy it! I'll see you very soon,

Hugs,

30 comments:

  1. Totally stunning Vicky - I love this! Di xx

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  2. WOW! Beautiful blues, Vicky. There are so many different colouring mediums around right now, and they all give fabulous results...including your crayons. They certainly give a wonderful rich colour and your blending looks amazing! x

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  3. Forgot to say that I love the stamps you used, too x

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  4. Ah...I love all that blue! Beautifully colored too.
    So cute about your son and the play....know he was just precious - tights and all! LOL!
    Lynn

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  5. Absolutely beautiful Vicky, this is so much more than a card, it's a stunning piece of artwork.

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  6. Oh my Vicky you and those crayons are a match made in heaven they are beautiful ( well in your hands anyway). I love the stamp set and your perfect design as Nikki says this a stunning piece of art work and am so glad that you shared this with us t Addicted to Stamps. As for you son dont you have a video to show us ........if not maybe next time Im sure everyone would love to see him in action.

    Marie

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  7. Simply beautiful Vicky! I have my eye on this set too! Gorgeous colouring, and a great design.

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  8. Vicky what a stunning card great stamps and gorgeous colours

    Anne

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  9. So glad you made the right decision yesterday Vicky - I love your card the fabulous blue tones in this collection look gorgeous together. Thanks for joining in our Blue challenge at ATS this week - Jacqueline xx

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  10. Gorgeous - and such a funny story about your son, he sounds like a hoot! M x

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  11. I admire your style Vicky this is just lovely.
    suzi b xx

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  12. So many wonderful cards this week; you are spoiling us and this one is especially beautiful. I love the way you have softened the effect with the blender pen and made use of the softer basic grey to stamp the image initially - so much nicer than black ! I always tell my ladies that it's those subtle little touches that make a project successful and it's so true. Thanks for the weather forecast by the way - we're off to the Lakes today for a week !!!!! It does not bode well ! Have a great weekend ! Hugs Jane x

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  13. You're sure making a good case for those crayons! Lovely card xxx

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  14. Vicky, this is just divine... Beautifully stamped and coloured and the scored frame is just the cherry on top. I only received my Simply Scored today so hopefully I can borrow this idea from you. Thanks so much for playing along at ATS xx

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  15. Thank you so much for neglecting your housework to bring us a review of these crayons! Your commitment to crafting is outstanding! The blues are so vivid with the blender pen and it's a really lovely effect. I had to laugh at your son's role in the school play... clearly he's another Hayes committed to his art! Thanks so much for joining in with Addicted to Stamps this week :)

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  16. What a beautiful card, I bet it's fab irl. I may have to have a go with these crayons. I do think your son is phenomenally brave, there aren't many boys who'd risk that, are there?!

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  17. I don't think my son would have agreed to that costume at all; he always wants to be a tree when he has to be in a play!
    Your blue floral arrangement is so delightful, beautiful job.

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  18. So beautiful, Vicky! I makes me want to sit down with my crayons! Have a good weekend.

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  19. Gorgeous...just gorgeous. Love the intensity of the blue and the swathe of flowers across the card.
    Another triumph!

    Louise xx

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  20. It's gorgeous.I love the subtlety of the blue on the flowers.

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  21. Vicky what fabulous stamping and what a gorgeous card I love this well done Hugs Elaine

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  22. fantastic stamping Vicky and that flower is gorgeous! may have to ask my SU lady for these stamps hugs Karen x

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  23. Vicky this is stunning! It has so much depth I thought it was decoupaged, the coloring is fabulous:) I love the story of your son's debut as an actor bet you had a tear in your eye!
    Val x

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  24. Fantastic colouring, the card is absolutely gorgeous.

    Have a great crafty weekend!

    Maarit

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  25. So Ewen McGregor is the one eh???
    I bet hubby is happier that you've fallen in love with your new watercolour crayons instead!!
    I love how you've shaded these flowers with them...it looks like you could lift them off the card :0)
    hope you have a wild weekend with your new love :0)
    Jenny x

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  26. Hi Vicky, Your card is beautiful, wonderful colouring:0) I think I'm loving your son's confidence, I'm so glad it went well for him, top marks!!! LOL xxx

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  27. HI Vicky, this card is gorgeous, love the blues and your colouring is fabulouse ! Awesome work at your blog, will become your 350th follower ! Shirleyx

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  28. Absolutely gorgeous Vicky - love what you've done with these crayons (must admit to having a tin of these but never using them..... YET!!!). Thanks so much for joining us at ATS this week. I would have loved to see your son in his pink leotard and tights - obviously a serious actor in the making! lol

    Karen x

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  29. This is absolutely STUNNING! Fabulous stamping--LOVE the use of the flowers from Everything Eleanor! ;)

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  30. Vicky your card is stunning. Love your colouring. Thanks so much for joining the challenge fun at Addicted to Stamps this week.

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x