Craftin Desert Diva Dragon Birthday Wishes

I’m here to share another fun little technique with digital stamps.

So many people think that you can only color digis with markers or colored pencils, but there are so many more options.  One of my favorite coloring techniques to do with digital stamps is to watercolor them.

I have two important (at least for me) tips when trying to watercolor a digi.  First, you needek-gorman-cdd-1 to find a watercolor paper that goes through your printers well.  For me, most of the watercolor paper I use is too thick, so I have to compromise to a thinner paper.  This means that the paper won’t do all of the heavy watercolor techniques I enjoy, but if you know this in advance, you can plan for it.

The other big tip I have is to print the digi stamp in gray scale.  This way you do not have to worry so much about your printer ink smearing with the water.  (Also, this gives you a chance to do a little no line watercoloring.)

Today, to show this technique, I choose to use Birthday Dragon digi from Craftin Desert Diva.  He is such a heart warming guy holding his little cupcake.  I choose to paint this image with my Gansai ek-gorman-cdd-2Tambi watercolors, because I love how thick they are and how colorful they dry.  I mixed my greens trying to come up with the right shade for my little friend.

I added muted yellows tinted with green for his tummy, toes nails, muzzle, inside ears, and ek-gorman-cdd-3wings.  With the wings and the toe nails I added some of the shimmery gold paint to give them a bit of luminosity.

ek-gorman-cdd-4I started adding other colors for the cupcake and the little dragon’s hat, trying to keep the whole image gender neutral (because let’s be honest, girls like dragons too).

I left the image to fully dry, and then fussy cut out the whole digi.  I knew I wanted him to stand in front of a water colored background, but didn’t want to risk messing up the dragon’s dried color.  I dropped a bunch of water and watercolor onto some of my good quality thick watercolor paper, using the same shades I used in the hat and cupcake.

Again I let it all dry, and then using the two scalloped edged dies from Fancy Frame Dies, I die cut the watercolor paper.  I adhered the paper to an A2 card frame with 1/4″ Scor Tape, purposely leaving a space for the dragon’s tail to wrap around the two cute edges.  I adhered the dragon only down the center of his body so that his wings could lift off the page.

Finally, using a birthday sentiment from Wishful Thoughts stamp set, I stamped in black the words, purposely spacing them on each side of the birthday hat.


Hope you enjoyed this fun watercolor technique while using digital stamps.  More so, I hope it inspires you to try different techniques with all your fun digital stamps.

CDD Goodies being used

birthday_dragon_shop_image__89032-1455364331-1280-1280Birthday Dragon

fancy_frame_dies__07267-1439496600-190-285 Fancy Frame Dies

wishful_thoughts__57508-1459886364-1280-1280 Wishful Thoughts

scor_tape_one_fourth_inch__41777-1440287079-190-285 1/4″ Scor Tape

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