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18 January 2022

Creative Coloring with Erum - Advanced Techniques - AECP


Today I am back for the next installment on my level 3 AECP courses.  For this class I did the Creative Coloring with Erum and oh my goodness...this class was amazing!  Erum is such an incredibly talented artist and her colouring skills are bar none!  I really really enjoyed taking this class and stepping up my skills with new techniques to add colour to images.
 I have always loved seeing this dripping watercolour effect and was so happy to have finally learned how to do it, so that was the techniques I decided to focus on for today.  Using Jet Black Crisp Dye ink I stamped out the floral cluster from the Fairy Tale Florals stamp set and then placed the co-ordinating colouring stencil over top of all of the images to do some simple and quick ink blending.  Having the co-ordinating stencil for the images makes it very easy to add colour to each image without getting out your markers.  For these ink blending of the flowers, I started out with a very light layer of Pink Pearl and then concentrated in the middle Coral Bliss Crisp Dye ink softly blending out but not all the way to the edges.  I did the same for the leaves but used Minty Mint and Jade Green and then cut it out with the matching die and set it aside.

Once I had my ink blending done, I went back over the image once more with the black ink to bold up the image, as the ink blending had kind of softened the lines a bit. (I had kept the stamp in my stamp positioner for this very reason).  For my background I placed the die cut floral approximately where I wanted it and drew a line a bit further up where the bottom of the flower would be.  This was so that I knew where to start the drips of watercolour paint. 

 I took a piece of acetate and smooshed Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss and Heart Beat on it and spritzed them with water. I started by adding random stripes of water from the line down to the bottom of my watercolour paper using my Watercolor Brush Marker and then some of the different smooshed inks, so that they would kind of trickle down the striped of water added.  I started light and then gradually got darker.  For the darkest colour I kind of added stripes of it and then went back over them with my wet brush with just clean water on it....going wet to dry paper.  I then did a wash of the lightest colour at the top of the paper, where it would peek through. 

I allowed that to dry and then added some splatters using some black gouache, trying to keep them so they'd be sort of surrounding the image.  Next I heat embossed the sentiment from the Crafty Life Stamp Set and then added my floral using some craft foam.  I added it all to my top folding A2 white card base using some liquid adhesive and then finished it off with a few sequins in varying sizes.

Now this is where my little boo boo happened (you can see it at the edge of the top of the card on the floral)....right before I added the sequins and the panel to the cardbase.  For some reason I didn't cut the watercolour paper properly and it wasn't even all the way around.  This was really bugging me so, that I had the bright idea to trim it down at this point in the game.  Note to self and a little tip...don't ever do that.  I can guarantee your paper trimmer/guillotine won't be able to power through and cut all of those layers WITHOUT ripping your paper 😩😩  So although I was met with some resistance I still continued and tried to trim it.  Well...a few not so nice curse words were said at this point.  I really didn't want to do it all over, so I found the ripped piece and glued it back on and tried my best to add more ink blending over it to kind of hide the torn edge.  You can still see it, but it is still a beautiful card nonetheless.

Anyways, I hope you have enjoyed my project for today.  I really love how his turned out...mistake and all!  This is such a fun technique and I will FOR SURE be incorporating it more often!   This class I think was definitely one of, if not my fave and I am inspired to  try so many more techniques Erum taught!  She is such a thorough teacher and really takes her time and explains the techniques so well.

So seeing as this is class #5 in my level 3 that means that I am at the end of them and now just await for my final exam....eek!!!  So exciting!  Thank you all so very much for stopping by and joining me on my  crafty journey!  I hope you all have the most wonderful day and find some time to get crafty!

Until next time,


Other Supplies Used:

- Misti Stamp positioner
- Canson XL Watercolour paper
-  ink blending brushes
- Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Ink Pad
- WOW! Embossing Clear embossing powder
- WOW! Heat Embossing tool
- Tonic Studio Guillotine paper Trimmer
- 110lb Solar White cardstock
- white craft foam
- Little Things from Lucys Cards Powder Puff Sequin Mix
- Ranger Multi Medium Matte Liquid adhesive


9 comments on "Creative Coloring with Erum - Advanced Techniques - AECP"
  1. I think you covered up pretty well! I have tried cutting
    maybe three layers and that doesn't really work!

    1. Thank you very much :) Not sure why I thought I'd try to cut through it all lol

  2. I think the card looks so good it's totally worth giving too someone and they should know that that's what home made is all about, not two cards ever the same.

    1. Thank you Aileen :) And what we notice other people may not. But I do love it, mistake or not!

  3. This card is BEAUTIFUL! As a fellow traveler on the Altenew Academy I really appreciate your full description of the process.

    1. Thank you very much...I appreciate your kind words :) I try to explain my process as well as I can, without going on and on lol

  4. This looks SO pretty! Your watercolour drips look perfect! I am glad you liked the class.

    1. Thank you Erum! I am so glad I learned how do to this technique...I've always loved it!

  5. Love your card. Congratulations on finishing the classes for part 3. The watercolor drips really makes the flowers stand out. And, if you didn’t mention it I would not have noticed your “boo boo”. Beautiful. I just finished my level 3 exam. Good luck with yours. I’m sure you’ll do well.


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