Hey you all! Guess what! Today is my anniversary — 21 years together with J! (Can’t believe it!) So of course I had to make him a card! And the August Animal House release from Technique Tuesday was the perfect thing: meet Olive the Octopus!
Isn’t she the cutest!?! I love all those sayings! Almost couldn’t decide between the “I’m stuck on you” or the “you octopi my heart” :)
I had so much fun coloring her in, here’s a closeup so you can see her better!
Wish I would have taken a video, darn! Anyhow, here are the steps that I used:
- First I stamped her on Arches cold press paper with black VersaMark ink and then heat embossed her with clear powder. Tip: it’s really hard to get the solid images like the eyes to come out when using cold press paper, even if you have a MISTI tool, so just do what I do and grab a sharpie marker and fill in any missing bits before you emboss. No one will ever know! :)
- Then I wet her all over with clean water. Once the water reached a smooth sheen with no puddles I quickly started painting her from the top down with quinacridone rose and stopped just below the eyes. I had another brush already loaded with pyrrol orange and started painting from the tummy area up towards the rose and let the two blend together.
- Then I finished painting her legs orange and finally the undersides yellow, dropping in a little rose towards the top — love how the rose + yellow blends together to make a slightly different orange.
- I used a size 8 round for the rose and a size 4 for the orange — it really pays to have two brushes!
- Then for the background, I painted all over with phthalo blue and then while it was still wet I swished in some phthalo green. I waited a bit for it to dry a little and then splattered it with clean water to make bubbles.
I cut Olive out with the matching dies — would not want to cut all those legs out by hand! :)
I added some sequins to the front and then it was on to the inside:
How cute are those fishies!!! They’re also in the stamp set — I want to make a card with just them! I cut the heart out of a scrap from the front background — love doing that with dies!
Happy Anniversary, J!!!! Can’t believe it’s been 21 years! We met when we were in college and he was 18! We dated for a few years so we’ve actually known each other for 25 years now.
It’s really true, time flies when you’re having fun!
Annnd, here are the links to the supplies I used over at Ellen Hutson, where I’m an affiliate. If you make a purchase by clicking a link I’ll receive a small commission at no charge to you — thank you! Note that I listed both sizes of the watercolor paints that I used to give you more options, so it looks like I used more colors than I actually did!
Also, if you’re just getting started with watercolor, the Daniel Smith Essentials set is a great buy! You can make the whole card with this set.