Friday, May 26, 2017

Peace - Love - Joy (repeat)

This week's challenge at Christmas Card Challenges was to create a card with a wreath on it.  Challenge accepted. 

I was truly wanting to use this House Mouse stamp, so the timing was perfect.  I did my usual . . . stamped in black pigment ink and embossed clear powder over, and then painted using distress inks and water.  I thought my sentiment worked out perfectly with this one . . . it kind of rolls along just like that wreath. 

I hope you find some time to stamp today. 

Supplies Used - Peace Love Joy
Stamps:  Wreath Rolling (Stampendous) and Holiday Trimmings (Winnie & Walter)
Ink: Versafine Black Ink, Distress Inks (Ranger)
Paper:  Canson Watercolor; Licorice Cardstock (The Stamps of Life), Neenah Solar White
Accessories:  Black Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Wink of Stella

Butterflies for The Paper Players

Butterflies were the theme for this week's challenge at The Paper Players.  And so bring in Pretty Pink Posh . . .

I started with a watercolor piece which I then stamped and embossed and die cut.  A one-layer card with a touch of gold.  

A fun card to make, and can imagine doing in different colors and giving as a set.  Perhaps another day. 

I hope you find some time to create today. 


Supplies Used - Hello
Stamps:  Blissful Butterflies (Pretty Pink Posh)
Ink: Versamark, Ranger Distress Inks (watercolor)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah) and Canson Watercolor
Accessories:  Blissful Butterflies Dies (Pretty Pink Posh), Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger), Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Gold Uniball Pen

Friday, May 19, 2017

May 2017 - A Year of Card Making Techniques - World of Watercolors

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

For May, we are venturing into the world of watercolor. There are so many watercolor techniques available to us today; far too many to list here. But actions speak louder than words; so our team has worked with their favorite mediums to bring you lots of examples and loads of inspiration.

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I tried a few different watercolor projects using distress inks in the form of ink pads and markers.  While I have watercolor paints, I just find these to be economical, and they blend fabulously.

First up is a card I made using a Bokeh technique.  I went with some bright colors:

I used distress markers for this card, and merely scribbled on the watercolor paper.  Then I sprayed with water, and it was one ugly mess.  I promise you . . . ugly.  But then the white pigment ink comes in, and the results are always awesome.  I used a mix of different circle stamps with my white ink. 

My second watercolor card was one using a stencil.  I can't tell you where the stencil came from, as I no longer have the packaging.  For this card I used watercolor paper and distress inks in a variety of colors.  I sponged the inks onto the stencil, and then I sprayed with water and let it dry. 

I added some sequins in matching colors, and then a combination die/stamp sentiment.  

My final card is watercolor painting of an image.  I am a HUGE fan of House Mouse stamps, and I typically will color them using my distress ink pads.  I smear the ink pad on a craft mat, spray with water, and then I color away.  The colors blend, so you can make any shade you want. 

One tip that helps me when coloring . . . I stamp my images on watercolor paper using a pigment ink, and then I heat emboss clear powder.  It helps to stay in the lines.  

I was your very last stop! We all hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique! 

I hope you find some time to create today.  
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

Supplies Used - Sunshine
Cardstock:  Bazzill and Bee Watercolor
Stamps:  Bring on the Sunshine from Simon Says Stamp
Dies:  Pure Sunshine by Simon Says Stamp
Ink:  Simon Says Stamp White Pigment Ink, My Favorite Things Black and Ranger Distress Markers
Other:  Pretty Pink Posh Sequins

Supplies Used - You Are Appreciated
Stamps:  All About You (CAS-ual Fridays)
Ink: Distress Inks (Ranger)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah), Watercolor Paper (Bee), Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  2 You's Die (CAS-ual Fridays) and Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Supplies Used - You Got This
Stamps:  You Matter (My Creative Time) and Balloon Trio (House Mouse Designs from Stampendous)
Ink:  Black Onyx (Versafine) and Zig Watercolor Markers (Kuretake)
Paper:  Basic Black (Stampin' Up) and Canson Watercolor Paper
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger), Charcoal and Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Red Ribbon (The Stamps of Life)