Friday, February 19, 2010

April, April ….

der weiss nicht was er will :-)
Hello ladies.. i am certainly ready for some better weather.. even if it is a little Spring shower :-)

I would like to say a bit more about the coloring today on my card. When i went the other day to my local Art Supply store i had a guy who really knew a lot about water coloring and he explained a little bit about the different papers. So, of course i went home with 2 different styles of papers. All by Arches – i love usually Fabriano but the extra white was sold out, i went with 300 gr one hot press and one cold press.

The sells person told me that the cold press is much easier to color in because of the bigger pores of the paper. The color can be moved with the brush a little easier and can be re-wetted (is that a word?) to fix little mistakes vs.. the hot press since the surface is so smooth is not as easy for beginners to color with.


After i came home – this was my first image i colored in with my ink refills'. I am actually pretty happy with it considering it was one of first images after 1.5 years with my Copics. The coloring is really a bit easier with the cold press, however i find it very hard to get a nice crisp image with my Stazon pad to the paper due to the bumpy surface.


Iam sure you know the stamps: this one is an other cutie from last years Hanglar Stanglar 2009 Easter Collection stamps
Papers: Basic Grey
Embellishments: Scottish Terrier Charm (sent by my friend Carole)
Hero Arts (pearl stickers), Offray (Organdy Ribbon), Melissa Frances (ornate flower embellishment – airbrushed and stickled), Stickles (Diamond)
Coloring: Stampin up refiller (Celery Green, Summer Sun, Blush Blossom, Pretty In Pink)
Tim Holtz (Vintage Photo)

Be sure to check out all the samples for inspiration posted by the Design team Bea came up with a sketch for this week, hopefully you will play along and post your own creation on the Friday Sketcher blog where we have "In Style Stamps" sponsoring a sweet prize this week!
The fabulous Sassy Sketcher girls:
Aud, Bea, Carole, Jacque, Jacqueline, Jeanette and Tanja!

This card is sold to Sonja K. Thank you so much dear Sonja!


Christina C. said...

Oh, Claudia, I loveeeee this Hanglar cutie. Your coloring is breathtaking! Thanks for explaining the difference between cold and hot press watercolor papers.

Tanja said...

Tolle Karte! Die Farben sind ein Traum, einfach wundervoll!

Knuddels Tanja

Roberta Laliberte said...

You card is beautiful Claudia! Don't be afraid of Hot pressed paper. It is not that hard and you can get some amazing results with a few techniques like misting water on it while damp. The smooth surface is much better for stamping too.


Juls said...

wow everything about this card is amazing! Hugs Juls

Marley said...

absolutly stunning.. amazing colouring!! xx Marley

Chris said...

Welcome back to watercoloring - your results are just amazing, you have such an eye for it!

Leah the Orange said...

thanks for the explanation, Claudia! i always wondered what the big difference was between the hot and cold press - it's so great that you found a guy who KNEW what he was talking about in an art store! most of them "just work there".

Randi said...

You really know how to make wonderful cards, girl!!! ;)

Maria said...

Gorgeous Claudia! I love the layout, your colouring (of course) and the image is a fave of mine. I have also found it difficult to stamp images on cold press paper due to the bumps. I thought maybe it had been too long since I used Stazon on watercolour paper so am glad you mentioned it as well. Have a great weekend, Maria

Heidi said...

Claudia! This is just beautiful, I love the look of the water coloring. Oh man, I used to watercolor before I got the copics. Actually said I would never buy the copics and now..... ugh, am I going to go back to watercoloring? You make it look easy but I know better. Ok, when we get together you will have to show me. LOL!

Debbie said...

This is adorable... love the little April calendar in the back and the colors are devine...

gila said...

OOOh wie wunderschön, alles passt perfekt
lg gila

E.T said...

lovely card.. absolutely adorable!

Tammi said...

You def. haven't lost your touch with watercoloring, gorgeous coloring and card! I know what you mean about the Stazon so I only use wcp that I can use Versafine ink with, it gives a nice crisp image. Love the added calendar and charm! Have a nice weekend. ~Hugs

Tanya Rudd said...

This is adorable! Love your coloring.

Trudy said...

What a stunning card Claudia. So beautiful. Great image!!
Hugs Trudy

Gunilla/Nilla said...

This is a stunning card!
Love the spring colours and the layout is just perfect.
Your colouring is amazing.


Angela said...

Your colouring is beautiful, love the colours too!!
Have you tried Versafine, as I usually find I always get a sharper image with this.
Angela x

Grenouille Greetings said...

This is lovely! Fabulous painting and lovely papers and design. However, this has been our first day of sunshine amidst days and days of rain and I am hoping for a sunny April! Warmest wishes, Lesley

scrappyjan said...

THis is adorable!!!
hugs, Janiel

Aud said...

WOW! This is gorgeous! Love the colors and papers! Your coloring is fabulous!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

Big hugs,

Nancy said...

Oh Claudia I love your coloring on this adorable image! Everything is just perfect and you did a awesome job!

HazelQ said...

Gorgeous card Claudia!! I love how you colored the image, it looks soo cute! It's always a pleasure visiting your blog and finding gorgeous creations, thanks for the inspiration :)

craftymum said...

Gorgeous card Claudia. I wish we could get these stamps.
Love sarah XXX

Anonymous said...

Wow I'm just...speachless, I love all on this card, the colors are wonderful and your colouring s perfect, she seems alive !!!
Mag :)

Debby said...

wow fabulous coloring such a lovely card !

alina said...

A very beautiful card, Claudia!
Hugs, Alina

Pinkllilac said...

Beautiful card Claudia lovely detail and the papers and colouring are gorgeous.
Hugs Linda

Drea S. said...

Wow, so eine tolle Karte! Ich finde sie echt gelungen, auch die Farben sind ein Traum.

Drea S.

Kelly Schelske said...

Oh, very nice work Claudia! You're a pro at any coloring!!

Anonymous said...

Amazing card Claudia, I absolutley love it and your colouring is just beautiful. Thanks for the tips about the wc paper :)
Have a great weekend.
Carole x

Anonymous said...

Amazing card Claudia, I absolutley love it and your colouring is just beautiful. Thanks for the tips about the wc paper :)
Have a great weekend.
Carole x

Kim said...

FABULOUS Claudia! Another stunning beauty! Your coloring is amazing no matter which medium you use! Wonderful work hun!
Hugs~ Kim

Michelle said...

Stunning results, it would look as if you have been using this technique a lifetime!

Bribrie said...

Trés belle carte ! Les paiers magnifiques et les couleurs sont éclatantes. Bavooo

Jacqueline's Weblog said...

Gorgeous! So wonderful and super cute.
Hugs Jacqueline

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dawnmarieg said...

Hi Claudia, stunning colouring, great information about the paper and just a gorgeous card. Hugs Dawn Marie.xx

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is really beautiful! I'm lost for words...
Hugs /Hanna N

Merilee Lane, Where Life is But a Dream said...

Thanks for the information concerning papers, etc. I will keep this in mind when I go to my art store next.

The card is gorgeous. Your work is absolutely beautiful and I am so inspired by it. I love to visit your blog daily to see what you've created next.

Thanks for sharing, Claudia!

megastamper said...

vielen dank claudi für so ein geniales beispiel zu meinem sketch, sie echt toll aus und man glaubt eigentlich nicht, dass es dein erster versuch mit distress ist.
ich wünsch dir ein schönes wochenende.
ganz liebe grüsse,

BA said...

ciao claudia
your card is stunning, your coloring perfekt and the paper and colors you used are fabulous
have a great weekend
xoxo BA

Alyssa S said...

This card is gorgeous and your watercoloring is stunning! Thank you for explaining the differences in the hot and cold press papers!

Michele Spera said...

so pretty claudia! Love the look of the ink refills!:-) You did a really nice job:-)

Marion said...

bsolutely stunning card Claudia. Just love the image and colouring is superb.

Kimba-Slydog said...

Wow, Claudia, die Karte ist einfach wunderschön!!!!!!! Traumhaft!!!

Hier ist das Wetter eine Katastrophe. *lach* Seit 3 Monaten haben wir nun schon Schnee. Das hab ich noch nie erlebt. Jetzt war 2 Tage wärmer, dass der Schnee größtenteils schmelzen konnte, nun fängt es wieder an zu schneien. Ich freu mich so auf Sonne und Wärme.

Schicke dir liebe Grüße,

Anonymous said...

Your watercoloring turned out just wonderful. I would love to know your connections for getting Hanglars! Another beautiful card!

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Candy said...

Many thanks for you views on the difference between hot and cold press watercolour paper.
You have done a magnificent job on this wonderfully cute image.
The whole card is a beauty!
Hugs, Candy

Cami said...

Beautiful card, Claudia! Your watercoloring is so pretty, but then, whether you use Copics or inks, your talent for coloring is always wonderful. Thank you for the info on the Hot and Cold press papers. I can relate to the Stazon not stamping evenly but it still has a nice look. Love your card! Hugs, Cami

Shelly said...

This is gorgeous! Your coloring is FABULOUS!!! I love it!!!

scrappinpeg said...

Thanks for the paper info Claudia. I didn't know about any of it. You are making me want to try the RE-Inkers now.... Your coloring is always FABULOUS! No matter what you use.... LOL
have a fun weekend. Try to rest on SUNDAY! You stay a busy momma!

doris said...

... aber ich weiss, dass deine Karte wieder ein "Traum" geworden ist... "Hammerstark"!!

Ganz liebe Grüße

COCO said...

oh your card is very very gorgeous !!!
I love your coloring He is very perfect and very beautiful papers !!!
hugs coco

Litta said...

traumhaft schön Deine Karte!! Auch die anderen Karten unter diesem Post sind wieder wunderschön geworden!!!

LG von Litta

craftyb said...

beautiful colouring Claudia...such a pretty card! bx

Loz (Aus) said...

Love the colours and theme. We're almost hitting our Autumn (Fall) over here... thank goodness! It's too hot!! Your card looks "Autumn-ish" also! Love it x

Sinikka said...

wow stunning colouration!!!!

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