Stampendous and STAEDTLER Final Blog Hop

It’s now the final week of a colorful blog collaboration with the folks at STAEDTLER, the place where fine German craftsmanship meets gorgeous artistry. You’re familiar already with tons of STAEDTLER products, their Mars Eraser is legendary, and Fimo Clay is classic. We have been huge fans of their products for years, and their Karat Aquarelle pencils are Fran’s absolute favorite colored pencil.

For today’s STAEDTLER card I used some green Soft Pastel Chalks on watercolour paper:

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I don’t know what made me try it but I thought the pastels would blend with water and thankfully it worked out!!

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Once all of the colours blended together I let it dry and then treated it like patterned paper.
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I used two great new stamp sets called Air Scapes and Hot Air Trio.
I had the crazy idea to colour the balloons in sepia tones to keep the card monochromatic. It’s fun shading with just one colour family – it give you the freedom to think about the light and shadow. (I used a combo of Copics and pastel chalk pencils)

Check out the full blog hop list! There are some great prizes up for grabs.

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35 comments

  1. Beautiful!!! I haven't tried water with pastels, but I have a pack somewhere in my scraproom. Might just have to dig them out and give it a try!

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  2. Very pretty card!Never used water pastels!

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  3. Love it! What a fabulous project! Love that background

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  4. Great background and love the brown balloons :)

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  5. Fabulous! Your background is gorgeous perfect for the soft colored ballons. TFS

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  6. My favorite colors on your background. The monochromatic balloons really does make a statement with darks and lights! Love it a lot!

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  7. The green is absolutely beautiful and so are your hot air balloons!!

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  8. GORGEOUS! Love the Sepia tones on the balloons against that gorgeous green background! So glad Stampendous! added this so we didn't miss this gorgeous piece of art! TFS!

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  9. Oh WOW! That background is fantastic and I love the monochromatic coloring of the balloons! Wonderful card!

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  10. OMG...I love this!!! Love the vibrant hues of the pastels and your vintage balloons!!! Fabulous card!!

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  11. Lovely! Not sure I would have thought to try water with the pastels but it's gorgeous and I really like the way you colored the balloons. Wonderful!

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  12. love the green background.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  13. I really love both ideas you came up with: the water with chalks and the sepia-toned balloons. Really great!

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  14. Aha--so these can be used with water?? Who knew. Great background.
    Tish
    cattish@verizon.net

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  15. What a smooth application of color. Thanks for sharing. I love the finished card.

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  16. I really like the monochromatic balloons, looks like an old time photograph. Very cool.

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  17. This is so gorgeous, Tobi! We're so glad you were able to play with us after all! What a gorgeous way to wash a background!! Thanks for sharing your art with our team and our hop!

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  18. Love the details on that pretty balloon stamp! Great card!

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  19. Love the background you did. It really makes this card!

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  20. The contrast between the background and the sepia balloons make a wonderful card!

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  21. Beautiful background. I am so in love with these hot air balloon stamps and the sentiments. I've never tried the watercolor pencils, will have to add to the stash when the chance presents itself. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. ooo.... love the background you made with the chalks. Will give this a try for sure! Your card is fantastic!

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  23. Great background for your piece...love the deep green.

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  24. I absolutely love your gorgeous background, the colors are so rich and blended beautifully. Love the coloring of the balloons too!!

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  25. Oh, I love the green....very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Very pretty background you created with these chalks.

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  27. Oh my! My colors. I love your vintage look. Super card.

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  28. Those greens are mouthwatering! I need to get more colors! Love how u colored the ballons in that suble sepia color group to let both the balloons and the background each have their own moment! This has been the best blog hop I have ever seen this week! All the artists are sooooo fun and inspiring! TFS and giving us the time you do!

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  29. The balloons really stand out against your wonderful background effect!!

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  30. Gorgeous!! Love how your sky turned out and the sepia balloons look brilliant against the bright sky!!

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