Have you seen the Pedal Pusher stamp set from Stampin’ Up!? It’s FREE with any $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration which ends March 31, 2016. I’m using it here today with some simple coloring inspired by Pals Paper Arts Challenge #PPA291 by Mary Fish.
I stamped this fun bicycle at an angle with Basic Black Archival Ink on watercolor paper. Archival Ink does not run after it has dried which makes it perfect for watercoloring. Among other images, the little bird and flag are included in the Pedal Pusher stamp set so you can customize your bicycle in so many ways.
To color the smaller images, I used a Blender Pen with Stampin’ Up! Classic ink pads. The pens allow you to get those fine lines perfectly. You can even easily control how much color you add.
For the larger areas, I used two methods to add color. For the hill, I stamped Cucumber Crush ink straight from the ink pad onto an acrylic block. Once it was nice and juicy, I sprayed water using a Stampin’ Spritzer. About 5 or 6 squirts did it for me. Then I just pressed the acrylic block onto the watercolor paper at the same angle the bike was stamped. This gave a little hill and room for the sentiment at the bottom.
The sky was painted with Pool Party ink and a brush. I started with plenty of water to get some soft coloring in the background, then used less water to darken areas closer to the bicycle.
The sentiment included in the Pedal Pusher stamp set was stamped with Cucumber Crush to match. Isn’t that sentiment wonderful? To me it says, “I’m here for you when you’re down.” Love it.
I hope you enjoyed the card today and join us at Pals Paper Arts for this week’s challenge. Visit and get some inspiration from each of the designers then go and create your own project. Share with us and you may be a Pals Paper Arts Pick!