Hi everyone. It’s Verity here from Pretty Little Button bringing you another project. Today I’ve got another great little post using the pen holder from Silhouette! I decided to use the pen holder to watercolour a design from the store. With this, I created 3 different watercolour wreath greeting cards and think they turned out great!
A couple of tips when watercolouring. Make sure you aren’t using a water soluble pen, you don’t want your drawn lines to bleed when you start painting. Also choose a simple design to start off with, one that either draws solid shapes or outlines of shapes that are easy to distinguish. In addition to painting these designs, I also have use the Pixscan mat to cut out two of the wreaths from my watercolour card.
Watercolour Wreath Greeting - Process overview **
Choose a design from the store. Load your mat into your machine with the watercolour paper attached. Select the sketch option in the action section when in the ‘Send’ panel, and ensure your select the pen holder as the tool. Before send you design to draw, position your pen in the pen holder with the appropriate sized thread and load into your machine. Once the sketch has finished you can unload and colour your design in.
To cut this out, you will need to use your Pixscan mat. Full details on how to use this and calibrate your mat can be found on the Silhouette UK blog. When you have your Pixscan mat image loaded into the design window, trace around your design and add an offset to cut.
**For a detailed process of how to watercolour a design from Silhouette using the pen holder, head over to the Silhouette UK blog using the link at the end of the post.
Watercolour Wreath Greeting cards - Card 1
For this card, I kept it flat and only foam mounted the whole card panel onto the cardbase. I used a stamp from Sizzix for the sentiment, stamped in Versafin Onyx black ink. For added interest, I added diagonal score lines at 1/2″ but without scoring the wreath on inside to detract from the wreath.
Watercolour Wreath Greeting cards - Card 2
For this second card, I added dimension by die- cutting the outside of the wreath. This was foam mounted onto the panel. I added a die cut sentiment from Honey Bee along with a stamped sentiment from Brutus Monroe.
Lastly, I added some silver paint splatters and sequins to embellish.
Watercolour Wreath Greeting cards - Card 3
This last card emphasied the wreath aspect of the design the most. I die cut the outside and the inside of the wreath, and this was foam mounted onto the panel. Because of this inner cut-out, I could add the sentiment recessed into the wreath. This sentiment was a sizzix die heat embossed in Platinum powder. Again, I add silver paint splatter and holographic sequins to embellish.
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*this post was produce as part of my design team work for Silhouette UK/Graphtec GB. I have not been paid to make this post, but I am given supplies from Silhouette UK/Graphtec GB to use. However, I only create projects I am proud of and use the products that I love. The information provided is based on my own personal experience – I am not an expert.