Using Zigs to Watercolor an Embossed Image

I don’t know about you, but I received a few crafty goodies for Christmas this year! One item I added to my stash is a set of 36 Zig Real Brush Markers. These are so fun to play with- they have a brush tip that lays down a vibrant amount of color. Then, you can use a wet brush or water brush, and spread out the ink since it acts much like watercolors.

To break in my markers and get a feel for how they work, I turned to one of my favorite BRUTUS MONROE stamps and used an embossed resist technique with it. This technique is so forgiving with watercoloring because the raised edges of the embossed image helps to hold in the color.

Brutus Monroe stamp colored with Zig brush markers. First, I stamped the image on the smooth side of some watercolor paper. The image I used here is from the stamp set, BOTANICAL BANNERS. These flowers have become a go-to for many of my cards and I just love this set!

Once the image was stamped out using EMBOSSING INK, I embossed it using ALABASTER EMBOSSING POWDER. With my image stamped and embossed, I was ready to color it in with my Zigs.

 I used just a bit of color in the areas that I wanted to be the darkest, and then used a water brush to help spread the colors out. I chose hues of reds and pinks for the roses, and some greens for the leaves. Like I mentioned earlier, the embossed edges really help you out when doing watercoloring or using Zigs like this.

After my image was colored in, I decided to do a bit of color around the outside of the image. I thought adding a little light blue would add to the image and help it stand out some. I still love my white space, though, so I didn’t color in the whole background- just a bit around the image.

 I finished the card by stamping and embossing a sentiment on a strip of vellum. The sentiment here is from the set, BREAK THE RULES. I wanted a birthday card since I send so many. Always need a few extra in my card selection!

After the sentiment was embossed in GILDED EMBOSSING POWDER, I added some white sequins and matted the watercolored panel on some black cardstock. That finished the card!

Thanks so much for stopping by to see today’s card. If you want to try some watercoloring on your images, don’t let it intimidate you! Its such a fun and forgiving medium to play with, especially if you emboss your image first.

Until next time,
Marie Nicole



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