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Monday, January 23, 2017

"Poe" Nuance Watercolour Portraits Poe Appreciation Blog Hop Finale!

Hiya Everyone!
Today is Day 5 and the finale of our 2nd annual Poe Appreciation Day Blog Hop over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!

If you're just tuning in then it's not too late to join the fun, here's the scoop!
We're hosting a progressive hop that spans over 5 days with new Poe projects accumulating as more Poe fans play so check daily and hop all the blogs!  The Blog Roll is in the form of an Inlinkz link up and the HTML code to use in your blog posts is provided over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity HERE!  Get in on the fun by 5 to midnight PST tonight to be in the running to win our prize!

There is a PRIZE up for grabs!
One participating Blogger will be randomly selected to win $10 in LCD/CV Bucks to spend on rubber at our Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda online stores!  So hop on over to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity for all the info on how to play!  You can start your hopping from the beginning at LCPtoC, the Blog Hop Roll is at the bottom of this post!

We also released 5 new stamps just for the hop and we are also giving away TWO FREEBIE rubber stamps with every order placed!

For my finale I created two watercoloured Edgar Allan Poe portraits using Nuance Pigment Powders, Carmen's Veranda Edgar Allan Poe portrait stamp and Lost Coast Designs Raven with Tree Branches plus the License Plate Alphabet set on the card version.

To start I selected the Nuance colours I wanted to work with:  red, royal blue, violet and grey, mixed the powders with water in a palette and applied the paint directly to the Poe stamp with a paint brush.  The pigment paint dries quite fast which I reactivated with a sprtiz or 2 of water and then pressed a panel of Mixed Media cardstock I cut to 1.75" square onto the stamp to transfer the print.  I did the same with the Raven and then added my own brushed on touches to complete the piece.

I punched out the 2 top corners with a decorative Lace punch, applied Black Soot Distress Ink to the edges before matting the print onto black cardstock.  I then punched the 2 bottom corners with the same Lace design before adhering to a panel of red embossed cardstock.  I'd embossed the red panel with a Regency pattern (Craftwell embossing folder) and applied Black Soot Distress Ink to enhance the design.  I stamped out the letters to spell "Poe" and edged them with Black Soot Distress Ink too.  I applied silver rub-on creme to enhance all the cardstock edges, punched corners and the embossed details before adhering everything to a folded card made from a sheet of black cardstock.  I completed the card with self-adhesive black diamonds in 2 sizes.

This is one of my favourite watercolour techniques and I particularly loved how glorious the Nuance colours looked so I made a 2nd print and created this art piece that's POEfect for framing.

Thank you for participating and hopping with us this year.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing all the Poe art on show!  Here's another look at my other LCD/CV projects plus my Delicious Doodles journal cover I made for this year's hop, I had so much fun😋

 See you again next year for our 3rd Poe Blog Hop, mark your calendars for January 19 - 23, 2018 and don't forget to keep an eye on Lost Coast Portal to Creativity if you contributed to the hop to see if you are our Poe Blog Hop 2017 Winner😉

Now off you hop to see more fabulous Poe inspired creations!

 Leigh S-B

I design for * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * The East Wind * Delicious Doodles *


  1. Wonderful...love the way you used the Nuance Powders, I shall have ago!

  2. Thanks for the detailed instructions of how you used the powders. I will definitely have a go with this...

  3. Fabulous Leigh, especially love how you did the stamping of Poe and the raven. Perfect color choice, great technique.

  4. What a gorgeous technique and great idea. Brilliant end to a very fun blog hop!

  5. Great layout and totally love the shifting colors on Poe and the blood red raven is perfect.


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Leigh S-B