Friday, July 8, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop - July

It's month seven of our year long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products. 

We hope you got the chance to hop with us each month.  It's not to late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing.  If you missed any of the previous months, you can click on the month to be taken directly to the start of that month's hop.

January - Emboss Resist Technique
February - Ink Layering Techniques
March - Inlaid Die-cutting
April - Shaker Cards
May - Spinner Cards
June - Step Cards

This month we are playing with watercolor and you won't want to miss the amazing and fun cards we've got for you today.  We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 or Stampin' Up gift certificate (Winner's Choice).

Now on with my projects.  I took a few different approaches with my cards today.   First was a card using watercolor paper, distress inks and a stamp set from My Creative Time.  

For this card, used a brush to color in the stamped circle images.  I painted the circle images with water and then dropped the distress ink colors into the card.    

As opposed to my next card, where I used the same stamp set with a different technique.  I dropped the color in using a "smooshing" techique with a solid circle stamp from the same set, which clearly has less control.  It's a completely different look. 

And speaking of using the same supplies, what follows are two watercolor cards using a stencil.  One was a bit more saturated in color than the other.  You'll see this first card was all color.  And you'll see later that the second card was using the saturated stencil to give the impression of the stencil itself - so the negative image.  

Here is the first image . . . 

Again, this one is using lots of distress ink.  (I love that darn sentiment!).  

And here is a card using the the negative image.  I literally took my wet and inky stamp up from the panel used in the card above, and I dropped it onto a piece of watercolor paper to create the panel below.  

I am loving the white space in this card.  It is all such a subtle look.  I used new stamps and dies that had just arrived from Catherine Pooler's new shop.  

Next on the hop is Sharon, and just in case you get lost along the way or want to start at the beginning, here is today's Line-up:

     Theresa  -
     Kim  -

Thanks for hopping!  

Supplies Used - Circle of Friends
Stamps:  You Are Spot On (My Creative Time)
Ink: Archival Black (Ranger), Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon (Ranger Distress Inks)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah), Licorice (The Stamps of Life, Watercolor (Bee)
Accessories:  Onyx and Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Supplies Used - Bright Spot
Stamps:  You Are Spot On (My Creative Time)
Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Abandoned Coral, Mermaid Lagoon (Ranger Distress Ink), Archival Black (Ranger)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah), Licorice (The Stamps of Life, Watercolor (Bee)
Accessories:  Chevron Washi Tape, Onyx Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Supplies Used - Sarcasm
Stamps:  Raise Some Sass (Riley & Co.)
Ink: Festive Berries, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed (Ranger Distress Ink); Versamark
Paper:  Licorice (The Stamps of Life, Watercolor (Bee), Sunshine (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories:  Wonky Chevron Stencil (My Favorite Things), Whisper White Linen Ribbon (Stampin' Up), Black Shimmer Trim (Close To My Heart), Perfect Pearls, White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Stitched Essentials 1 Die (Pretty Pink Posh)

Supplies Used - Hugs & Kisses
Stamps:  And Stamps (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Festive Berries, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed (Ranger Distress Ink); Black Archival (Ranger)
Paper:  Licorice (The Stamps of Life, Watercolor (Bee), Orange Peel (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories:  Wonky Chevron Stencil (My Favorite Things), Onyx Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh, And Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs)


  1. what a great selection of cards! great job!


  2. Great cards how you colored the bubbles :-)and I love the backgrounds you made for the other two...thanks for hopping along

  3. Awesome cards! Great shapes and colors! Love the layers!

  4. Cool to see cards using the same stamps, but different techniques.

  5. Ooh, I'm loving these bright colors in your cards. So uplifting and I sure do love that greeting you used on the second card, LOL But I love all the greetings. It was a pleasure hopping with you!

  6. Fabulous pair of your amazing backgrounds.

  7. Love your cards Debbie! That sarcasm and sass sentiment is to funny.

  8. beautiful cards! you designed some lovely backgrounds!


  9. Wow, these are all great cards. Love the sassy one best purely because of the sentiment, lol.

  10. OMG that raise you some sass stamp is absolutely amazing love it and all of these card wowzers they are amazing!