Here in the US we're coming off a long holiday weekend and I sure hope everyone who observed it had a nice time. We finished up with beautiful weather, had some fun with family and friends, and I even got to do a little stamping.
With this card I tried something new to me. When our local paper craft store was going out of business I bought a set of three Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. Honestly, I had no idea these were meant for watercoloring. Yes, there I am... under a rock again. I assumed they were like Wink of Stella with color and, indeed, you can use them that way, but they're a little intense. After seeing Connie watercolor with them a few times I finally decided to give it a try. Thanks, Connie!
The photo above doesn't show the sparkle, but you can see how nicely they work for watercoloring. Since I was limited to three pens I chose these Power Poppy roses for my trial run. I combined two sets -- Everything's Even Rosier (buds and sentiment) and My English Rose (full bloom).
In the next photo you can get an idea of the sparkle these pens lay down, but there's actually way more sparkle than I could capture here.
They worked so beautifully and I loved them so much I wanted to run right out and buy more. However, I decided to read some reviews on Amazon first. There was talk of the sparkle rubbing off and the pens leaking out during shipping. I did notice some sparkle came off during handling, but that's nothing new with glitter. I'd not let that stop me from buying more of these pens. There's still plenty of sparkle after all the business of constructing the card. I'm hoping I can find them locally.
The colors I used are Solar Red, Emerald Green, and Blue Topaz.
More card ingredients are listed in the recipe below my signature. I hope to see you here again real soon!
Stamps: Power Poppy Everything's Even Rosier (bud and sentiment) and My English Rose (full bloom) Paper: Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor, CTMH Citrus Leaf, Core'dinations white card base, Echo Park Fine and Dandy designer paper Ink: Palette Noir, Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens for watercoloring Accessories: Queen & Co crystal rhinestones, Die-namics Wonky Stitched Squares, Memory Box Precious Hearts