Saturday, August 27, 2016

August Leading Lady Nina-Marie Trapani | Take Four

Sadly August is coming to an end which means it is our last Saturday with the tremendously talented and astounding Leading Lady, Nina-Marie Trapani.  The last four weeks with Nina-Marie have been brimming with invaluable inspiration, tantalizing techniques, terrific tips and dazzling design.  Nina-Marie's attention to detail, depth of knowledge and artistry are truly exceptional.  I feel fortunate for Nina-Marie sharing her amazing talents and skills with us this month!

If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance adding a personal touch and artistic flair CLICK HERE or her triumphant third performance showing her mastery of design principles CLICK HERE!

Lucky for us all we have her final command performance today.  

Hello friends! Today is my final Leading Lady guest post for Winnie and Walter... how sad! But I had so much fun sharing my ideas with you and I hope you have been enjoying it too!

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Today I have a watercolor card to share featuring my favorite Winnie and Walter stencil, Scenery: Pattern of the Rings; I've also paired this stencil with the In a Word: Hello die, and the Big, the Bold and Comfort stamp set. Inspiration for me comes from EVERYWHERE... literally. I laugh because once I got a brilliant idea for a card (or at least, I thought it was brilliant, haha!), while I was watching a TV commercial during an NBA basketball game! The idea for this card is from a painting I saw Instagram this week and I was immediately taken by the bold, warm colors and large design. 

While mine may not have the gorgeous florals this painting by Calligrafikas has, I love how the finished card turned out!

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I used Distress Inks to do my watercoloring on this card, as I wanted to make sure I was able to incorporate some water splatters to the design. I started off by taping the stencil to a piece of watercolor paper and coloring in the circles of the stencil with a mixture of Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Festive Berries inks. As I painted in each circle, I did not clean my brush much (and sometimes not at all) as I switched between the colors because I wanted them to create new, in-between shades.

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The diamond shapes between each circle in the stencil came next; I watercolored those with a mixture of Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Wild Honey. I was careful not to mix the Wild Honey and Seedless Preserves too much on this round because they would just turn to a muddy color. But I allowed Seedless Preserves and Picked Raspberry to mix, along with Picked Raspberry into Wild Honey, and I love the variation in colors when you mix the inks!

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I also made sure to use very little water as I painted with the inks; this not only gave me super rich, pigmented colors, but it also kept the water from migrating under the stencil too much. Once I had removed the stencil when I was finished the watercoloring, I spritzed the panel with my Distress Sprayer (and then dabbed them up with a dry rag) to get the fun water spots.

Because the background of this card is SO bold and intense, I wanted the rest of the card to be simple and a bit on the "graphic" side... the clean lines of the simple design helps balance the visually-heavy colors in the background.

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The Hello die is cut from white cardstock and my sentiment from the Big, the Bold and Comfort stamp set is heat embossed in white onto black cardstock. A final finishing touch included a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins.

A BIG BIG thank you to Shay for asking me to be the Winnie and Walter August Leading Lady; I had such a great time sharing card ideas, tips and tricks over the past month and I hope I was able to give you some new techniques to try on your projects! Thanks for spending some time with me everyone!!  

GIVEAWAY!

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Before you go, I want to tell you that Shay was SUPER generous in allowing me to giveaway a $30 gift certificate to one of you, which can be used in the Winnie and Walter store! How cool is that?? BIG thank you to Shay for being so sweet!

To qualify for the giveaway, make sure you leave a comment on any of my Winnie and Walter blog posts (commenting on each Saturday post this month will count as extra chances to win the giveaway). After this last Leading Lady post, I'll draw a random winner from all the collective post comments.
 

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29 comments:

  1. gorgeous! Love how you were inspired and the colors are wonderful!

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  2. Oh my goodness - what an array of delicious colors!

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  3. Awesome color combo! Love the effect with the water spritzed to achieve the water spots!

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  4. Such vibrant colours! Isn't it amazing how we can find inspiration everywhere around us?

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  5. Such a unique
    and lovely design.
    Love all your posts.
    Carla from Utah

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  6. Such a unique
    and lovely design.
    Love all your posts.
    Carla from Utah

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  7. Oh wow! Nina-Marie's card is an amazing explosion of bright colours!!! Really beautiful!!!

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  8. Such amazing colors, love this card!!

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  9. Beautiful colors and coloring Nina-Marie! And I love that bold Hello cutaway!

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  10. Nina Marie you have just piqued my interest in trying this technique! SO happy I have that gorgeous Creative Scenery! What I don't have is the Seedless Preserves - the second time this week that has come to my attention! Gorgeous card - thanks so much for all the inspiration this month!
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  11. Wow--so cheery and colorful.

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  12. Very lovely and colourful, love the way you creat this beautiful card

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  13. This is absolutely STUNNING, Nina-Marie. Love your inspiration! THANK YOU!

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  14. How pretty Nina. I don't have any stencils yet but it never occurred to me to use water colour with them. Something I must remember to try when I DO get some. A great card! TFS and thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. Gorgeous card, and I love that stencil with the graphic Hello!

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  16. Love these bright colors explosions, absolutely Fabulous creations!

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  17. I love the bold, bright colors! Thanks for sharing your techniques!

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  18. I love the bold, bright colors! Thanks for sharing your techniques!

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  19. Love your tech.it's very colourful card.thanks for sharing.

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  20. Just a beautiful project. What a lovely take on the inspiration piece.

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  21. Really funky, cool card with gorgeous colours...love it!

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  22. Oh how COOL!! I love the fun colors you used. So warm and happy. SO cool that you were inspired by that lovely painting!!

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  23. This is really fun. I love how you chose not to clean your brush a lot so you got all of the different shades that go so well together. It made a beautiful card!

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  24. This is really fun. I love how you chose not to clean your brush a lot so you got all of the different shades that go so well together. It made a beautiful card!

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  25. Hi Nina ~ This is such a fun, colorful card and you've combined two of my very favorite crafting supplies: Patterns of the Rings and Distress Inks. You can't go wrong with this combination! Thanks for sharing so many fun ideas and tips this month; it's been fun. ~HUGS~

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  26. Thanks for sharing your inspired, colorful card - these are truly beautiful colors and together they make quite an impact!

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  27. FABULOUS card Nina-Marie!!!
    LOVE your BOLD design and VIBRANT colours!!!

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