Postage Due-Less is More Week 74

Nacho Average Challenge #1-Watercolor Countryside

 Welcome to the first weekly Nacho Average Design Team Challenge.  The Nacho Average Design Team are members of Tammy Fite's Stampin' Up! Downline. Each Tuesday, a new challenge will be showcased and handcrafted creations will be shared by the Design Team.  Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's website (links are below) for inspiration and ideas.  We'd love to have you join in the challenge as well.  A linky tool with challenge requirements have been added to the main Nacho Design Team website so you can upload and share your creations.


Countryside 007

For our first challenge, I used the old truck image found in the stamp set Countryside. I stamped it on watercolor paper using black Stazon ink and then colored in the image using ink pads and blender pens. (see some basic watercoloring tips below)

Here is the sketch:

Nacho Average 1

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!







Watercoloring Tips:

I have always been a little intimidated by watercoloring.  I wasn't quite sure how to get the different shading, it always seemed like my paper would pill as I added water, and it just never look right.  Well, I have discovered that the key is using watercolor paper instead of regular white card stock!  That may not be new to you, but it was a major revelation for me and it makes watercoloring turn out so much better.  I always say that you need the proper tools to do any project successfully.  For watercoloring, you simply need to use watercolor paper.  And stamp the image using Stazon.  Stazon is permanent ink and will not bleed when water is added.  Problem solved simply!

I have also learned that using blender pens give you more control, especially when you are coloring in smaller spaces.  Create a palette on the inside of the lid of the ink pad by squeezing the top of the closed pad.  Open it up, and you will have a small pool of ink on the inside lid.  Dip the blender pen into the palette to pick up the color and fill in your stamped image. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Countryside

Ink: Black Stazon, Marina Mist, Summer Starfruit, Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray marker for Color Spritzer Tool

Paper: Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Watercolor Paper

Accessories: Blender Pens, Big Shot, Houndstooth Embossing Powder, Petal Cone die, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, brads, Color Spritzer Tool

Happy Stampin'!