Cherry on Top * MFT Countdown (4)

Hello and welcome to the second day of our MFT July Release Countdown. Only four more days until the release. 

I was in the mood for some watercoloring and the Cherry on Top stamp was just perfect to go with a watercolored cupcake. 

First, I stamped the cherry in light gray (Grout Gray) dye ink. It is super light and almost invisible after coloring but it still works well as a guideline. After stamping the cherry, I drew the cupcake with a pencil. I made sure I kept the lines super light and I even removed most of the lines with an eraser. I used one of those that look and feel like modeling clay. I wanted my pencil lines to be super light, so they wouldn't show. If you paint watercolor over pencil lines, they get "trapped" and you can't erase them later. 

Drawing a cupcake by hand might first seem a bit challenging, but if you look closely, it's built of rather simple shapes. I drew four sausage shaped "cushions" unter the cherry, three for the frosting, one for the cake. Unter the cake part follows the paper wrapping. It's almost a rectangle shape. It's a bit hard to explain the drawing part with words (when you're native language isn't English), so I recommend watching a tutorial on YouTube on how to paint a watercolor cupcake

After drawing the cupcake, I played with my watercolors. I made sure to keep the colors quite light so that the sentiment wouldn't get lost. I painted every part separately to make sure the lines would stay clean and not bleed into the next one. I started with a light brown wash for the cake part. I added a bit of shading and let it dry. Next, I colored the frosting. I did again a light wash, added a bit of shading and let it dry. I did the same with the paper wrapping and the cherry. After everything was dry, I added some more shadows. I drew some stripes to the paper with a small brush and added darker colors to the cherry. 

If you feel like watercolors aren't your thing, you could easily make this with alcohol markers or colored pencils. Just make sure you don't use dark colors. After the coloring was done, I stamped the sentiment with black ink and did some heat embossing using clear embossing powder. This gives the sentiment a cool and shiny look as well as some dimension. I added a bit of Distress Ink blending on the edges to make it look more vintage. The last part was die cutting a stitched rectangle and glueing the panel to my card base.

I hope you got inspired. Hop over to the MFT Blog to see more new goodies that will be available soon!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a happy day,

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  1. Wow! That cupcake is fabulous!

  2. What a wonderful card! And the detail in the cupcake is amazing! Thanks for being an inspiration!

  3. Your shading and colors are beautiful!! It's a fairly simple design and that's what I love about it!!! Thanks!

  4. The no line coloring is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Such a sweet card, the cupcake looks so real!

  6. I love the cupcake you drew on the page. It actually gives me inspiration to give it a try myself. I love your watercoloring too. I am a marker girl but am planning to learn to watercolor in the near future - EEK!! I've already ordered some paints and am going to take a class. I hope I can do no-line painting as well as you eventually.


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