Saturday, April 25, 2015

April Leading Lady Lydia Evans | Take Four

We are terribly sad that April is ending and that this is the last Saturday with our amazing April Leading Lady, Lydia Evans.  Thank you so very much, Lydia, for your exceptional work and being an incredible delight!  It has been a joy to have you as our leading lady.  

If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her inky party of a second performance CLICK HERE or her third performance where pits the feminine vs. masculine CLICK HERE

Lucky for us all we have her final golden and dazzling performance today and she will be joining us for our April/May Release next week.  
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Wow, wow, wow! What a ride this has been! I am super sad to say that this is my last Leading Lady post but I'm also really happy that I was given the chance to do this. So a big, big, huge, massive thank you goes out to Julie and Shay for letting me play over here on the Winnie & Walter Blog. 

Today I thought I would bring back a few of your favourites , gold and watercolour! Kind of a film with your favourite stars right?!?! Hehehe. I thought I would share different ways that I add gold and also some different watercolour techniques...... here we go....

First up...... Gold Embossing Powder and Distress Markers.

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I firstly cut a piece of watercolour card using the largest of the Essentials: Katharine Cataways dies. To get the flower cluster where I wanted it I took the In A Word: Love Cutaway, placed it into place on my card layer and drew around it lightly in pencil. Once I removed the love die I could then see where the flower cluster needed to be. I used the tea-rose like flower and leaves from The Big, the Bold And Extras, and heat embossed the stamped images using gold embossing powder. When I was happy with the placement on the flowers I erased the pencil line and cut In A Word: Love Cutaway into place.

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I wanted to create a 'Spot-light' effect on the In A Word: Love Cutaway , so once it was cut I added colour to the 'love' die-cut only, using Distress Inks as a watercolour. I added this back into place with foam pads for some dimension.

Take 2.... Gold Craft Metal and Dip-Dye Watercolour Effect Background (oh and some gold splatters!)

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To create the Dye-Dye effect back ground I cut a piece of watercolour card to size, I then added a deep pink watercolour to the top of my card, I cleaned my brush and while it was still wet I pulled this colour further down my card in so making this part lighter. I then cleaned of my brush again, and then pulled the lighter colour further down the card creating a gradient effect. I then left this to dry.

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For my flower cluster I stamped and heat embossed in white the pom-pom flowers from The Party and the leaves from The Big, the Bold And Extras onto vellum and them cut them out before adding them to my card when it was dry. I then added some gold splatters .... I love adding gold splatters to my cards as it looks classy yet arty at the same time. For the beautifully golden sentiment I attached some gold craft metal to some white foam and then cut it with the 'thanks' die from The Big, the Bold and You Cutaways.

Next in the Trilogy..... Gold Foiling And 'Dropped In Watercolour' (I may have two to show using these techniques :) )....

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For this I cut a piece of watercolour card the size of my card base and then stamped a sentiment and leaves from A Tree For All Seasons with VersaMark and added some WOW- Bonding Powder to the sticky ink and heat set it. I then covered this with some gold foil and ran through the Minc on setting 1. Once it was done I left it to dry for a couple of seconds before removing the foil piece, the foil will stick only where the bonding powder is.

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Once I had my images and sentiment in place I taped the piece of card onto a flat surface and added some clean water over my sentiment, I then dropped in some watercolours in purple, teal and yellow and let them run. The colours will only travel as far as you added the clean water.

Part Deux of The Trilogy...

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I love this technique so much and as foiling has got to be one of the big trends around now so I thought I would show you that these techniques can also be used on other projects as well as cards ..... how about these super cute 'print' I created?!?!

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I did this in the same way as the previous card, but used the tree and birds stamps from A Tree For All Seasons with the same 'dropped-in' water colour as before, I adore how this looks like blossom on the tree.. swoon.

Before you guys run off I would love to know what you think of my cards, your comments mean the world to me. Also as Julie and Shay are so generous they have given me a $30 gift card to the Winnie & Walter store over on my blog, so if you hope over there and leave me some love I will choose a random winner from all the comments left on my Leading Lady posts through April,you have until next Saturday until I choose the winner.

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I would really love to say a big thank you to everyone that has left such lovely comments they truly mean the world to me. And again to Julie and Shay ... thank you from the bottom of my heart it has been a pleasure to be able to play and share using your fabulous products.

Big hugs everyone and have a beautiful day!
Lydia xxx


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42 comments:

  1. Love the watercolors. Very subtle . Very well done!

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  2. Love the watercolors. Very subtle . Very well done!

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  3. I especially "Love" the first card but they are all pretty!! Thanks for all you shared in your leading lady posts

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  4. Lydia, a 'trilogy' of four *grin* stunning creations that have, again, blown me away with how ingenious, innovative and gorgeous they are! I'm completely water-colour challenged, so seeing the magic you've worked with that medium here adds to the impact. What to say about the first card aside from: crushing over, smitten by and full-fledge in LOVE! Your second, featuring the dip-dye, gold and vellum, is another classy knock-out. Of course, your third, with the foiling...jaw-dropping lovely and the water-colours you've chosen truly are the perfect canvases for the images. Bottom line: an array of awesome creativity and inspiration! You've been an exponentially fabulous Leading Lady! Thank you!!
    ~c

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  5. Lydia, just ADORE that first card with the watercolored die-cut! Can't wait to try your idea!!

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  6. Wow, so much talent in one person!
    These are beautiful!!!! I am awestruck
    by the first card :)

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  7. All of these cards are so beautiful! I especially love the Love card!

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  8. It's obvious why you're a leading lady. These projects are simply spectacular.

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  9. It's obvious why you're a leading lady. These projects are simply spectacular.

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  10. Beautiful creations! Always love the colors you use....and oh my look at all that yummie gold! Delicious post ♥

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  11. Amazing designs, Lydia! Loving all the gold on these beauties! A well-deserved honor!

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  12. How beautiful. I am wild about the embossing and soft color combinations. Well done.

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  13. Wow, your cards are amazing! Love all the layouts and the color combinations you used. I absolutely adore the pink card! If I may ask, what did you use for the splatters, is that paint? Thank you.

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  14. WOW, Lydia. These are all so gorgeous! I LOVE gold with water colour too. I love the richness of the gold against the pastels. Simply beautiful work!

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  15. WOW! Amazing! Truly works of art! Thank you for all your beautiful creations this month, you've definitely inspired me to play and think outside the box:)

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  16. I've left you a lengthy comment on your blog, but suffice it to say that I am taken aback by the beauty of these four cards!

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  17. I've left you a lengthy comment on your blog, but suffice it to say that I am taken aback by the beauty of these four cards!

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  18. Stunning cards!! Total works of art!!

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  19. The gold really makes these cards special.

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  20. The 'love' is so very pretty.

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  21. Beautiful cards! Really lovely.

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  22. Stunning watercolor projects, you really rocked your leading lady role, Lydia!!

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  23. These are TRULY brilliant! I love them all, the first one took my breath away...
    I will have to try to make a card based on this beautiful inspiration. Love!!!

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  24. Gorgeous and elegant! Lovliest cards I've seen in awhile!

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  25. Wow!! Awesome cards!! Lovely colors..

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  26. The gold embossing really adds a touch of elegance to all of your cards, which are all lovely!

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  27. Gorgeous cards! I just love the gold touches on them along with the watercolor! Lovely!

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  28. Wow - each of these cards shines and sparkles in their own way!! I am so very impressed with the way you were able to create 4 cards using W&W products but having each one have such individuality!! Super impressive!! Loved having you be the Leading Lady!

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  29. An awesome finale from Lydia ... such beauty, all in one post ... wonderful inspiration! Anita :)

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  30. Wow Lydia fantastic inspiration - thank you!

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  31. Absolutely Gorgeous cards !! ..love the first card with that subtle gold tones and the pretty watercolor effect ..looks so amazing !!!

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  32. Lydia I am so loving your cards this morning... your foiling is fantastic with the softness of the water-coloring - just fantastic!
    =] Michele

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  33. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS cards and décor piece Lydia!!!
    SO MUCH TO LOVE!!!
    Your really have created a WORLD OF WOW with your W&W stamps & dies, glorious gold and watercolouring and I am feeling TOTALLY INSPIRED => THANK YOU for sharing your BEAUTIFUL & CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!!

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  34. They're all gorgeous, but I love, love, LOVE the love card!!!

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  35. Beautiful cards- my favourite is the gold embossed and watercoloured cut out card. You've rocked this!

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  36. wow wow wow...these cards are beyond stunning!

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