Guest Post: Lisa Lahiff
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Hello! It’s Lisa from Lisa’s Creative Niche and I am so happy to be back as a guest designer today, and I am so thankful to Tanya and Brooke for having me! Today I wanted to share a few tips as well as a card using sparkle pens for watercoloring.

Sparkle pens are perfect for watercoloring because you are able to squeeze some of the color onto a mat and use a paintbrush and water to pick it up. As an added bonus, everything sparkles!

For this card, I started by stamping and heat-embossing images onto watercolor cardstock with white embossing powder.

I then scribbled colors from sparkle pens onto a craft mat and used a paintbrush and water to pick up the colors to add to my embossed images. When adding color to embossed images, I like to lay down plain water with my brush first and then go in with a touch of color. This creates natural shading as the water dries. This is the process I used for this entire design. To finish, I added a few splashes of blue before adding a vellum sentiment.

I chose not to add any other embellishments as I felt the sparkle from the pens was enough on its own.

Here are a couple of tips I learned along the way:

  • A little color from these pens goes a long way. I put more color on my craft mat than was needed, so I suggest using a little and adding as you go.
  • You can choose to move the colors around with a clear sparkle pen after it has dried. This gives extra shine. Remember to wipe off the brush before changing colors as it will pick up each color.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I’ve inspired you to use sparkle pens as a focal point and not just as an additive.

Happy crafting!

Supplies: Ultra smooth cardstock, watercolor cardstock, Spectrum Noir Summer Time sparkle pens and Colorista Aqua Toppers and Vellum Set from Crafter’s Companion; embossing powder and VersaMark watermark ink pad from Imagine.

3 Responses to Guest Post: Lisa Lahiff

  1. auntie em says:

    Your card is so soft and pretty! I love the effect from watercolouring within the embossing lines (its soooo easy!) and the touch of sparkle does make it just that little bit more special. The brush pens are so much more convenient when at a crop or working at a cluttered table…like mine often is. lol
    Thank you for sharing your technique and the inspiration! 🙂

  2. rebekah weckerly says:

    Love this! So soft and pretty!

  3. Marjorie Dumontier says:

    That’s so lovely and delicate !

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