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  • Christmas in July Blog Hop

    Christmas in July Blog Hop

    Welcome to InKing Royalty’s July Blog Hop!  Can you believe we are half-way to Christmas?  It might seem a bit early to start looking at wintry scenes and holiday goodies, but there are so many great products in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog that we want to share before the Holiday Catalog is revealed next month.  Today’s Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature each artist’s take on Christmas in July.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

    This time around I’m doing something very different. I’m not sharing any stamped images. Only stamped sentiments and inks from Stampin’ Up!

    I’m an artist, specializing in watercolor and illustration (pen and watercolor). These are a few of my own watercolored images, but instead of using my traditional watercolor paints, I used Stampin’ Up! inks and my aqua painter! Then when completed, I added a stamped sentiment from the Oh, What Fun! stamp set (snowman and wreath images) or the Teeny Tiny Wishes set (home at Christmas image).

    Watercolor Snowman

    Watercolor Snowman

    For the snowman watercoloring, I used tip top taupe, early espresso, basic black, night of navy, real red, pumpkin pie, and old olive inks. It’s important that you use a LOT of water from your aqua painter so that you don’t apply the color too dark in the watercoloring process!

    Also, don’t watercolor the whole thing. The places that are void of color (or very light with color) show the light in your image. That is the key to getting professional-looking watercolor.

    Another big tip that took me a while to understand completely, DON’T use black to add shadows. I used only the tiniest bit of black on the hat and the buttons and eyes. If you look closely, you can see the browns, tans and even blue that I added to get the right color. Black alone is usually too harsh. Also, black in real life is honestly comprised of many colors, so it translates better when you do the same!

    Watercolor Snowman

    Watercolor Home at Christmas

    Watercolor Home at Christmas

    This is a drawing I did of our home (well part of it anyway) that I watercolored. (I absolutely LOVE illustrating homes and buildings! It’s become a big passion for me!) Then, I decided it would look great as a card. So, I scanned it, then printed the image on card stock much smaller than the original was, and added the Merry Christmas sentiment. I really love how this turned out. I think this will be our Christmas card this year if I don’t change my mind as we get closer. 🙂Watercolor Home at Christmas

    Watercolor Christmas Wreath

    watercolor Christmas wreath

    I have a very special place in my heart for wreaths. Well, to be more accurate, I’m obsessed with them!! I watercolored this wreath using tip top taupe, early espresso, real red, delightful dijon, cucumber crush, emerald envy, garden green, and old olive inks. It took a LOT of different greens to get the varying shades and depth needed for the wreath to look fabulous.

    watercolor Christmas wreath

    What I love about all the wonderful Stampin’ Up! products is that you can create beautiful, simple cards using stamps and templates, and if you really want to stretch yourself, you can create works of art from the very same supplies! I hope you enjoyed the cards and watercolors I shared with you today, and my wish is that it inspires you to create something truly yours as well for this coming Christmas season, or just because it’s Wednesday.

    Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hopBrian King at Stamp with Brian. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

    Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

    1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
    2. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
    3. Linda Heller at Where the Rubber Hits the Road…
    4. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
    5. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
    6. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
    7. Imogene Thomas at
    8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
    9. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
    10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossom with Becky
    11. Natalie Bradley at << you are here

    16 Responses so far.

    1. Lynn says:

      I love snow men and your image would make a great stamp for the rest of us.

    2. Candy Ford says:

      Wowee, your talent is amazing! Thanks for showing how the Stampin’ Up! products can be used for so many different things!

    3. Amy H says:

      Really love that snowman!

    4. Love your art! So beautiful!

    5. Linda Heller says:

      Stunning work! I’m blown away you used our inks to watercolor your designs so well. I love the Tip Top Taupe hat:)

    6. Brian King says:

      These are just amazing, Natalie! My goodness, you’ve really gone overboard to create awesome art. Love seeing our sentiments added to your paintings.

    7. alison gibson says:

      just wanted to say how beautiful your watercoloured images are I wish I had half your talent the snowman is perfection.

    8. So very beautiful! You are just full of talent. I love seeing all your watercolor and how you incorprate Stampin’ Up! with it. Thanks for all the watercolor tips…