Apr 17 2015

Flower Patch Watercolor Card

Flower Patch Watercolor Card

 

If you want to feel like an artist, reach for some watercolor paper.  I don’t know if it is the texture of the paper or the heavier weight but it feels like canvas and that is as close to painting as I’m going to get. 

 

There are two ways to use watercolor paper and inks to create a card like this one. You can wet the paper and then stamp on it. Or  you can do the opposite as I did here. Stamp your images onto the watercolor paper – the colors may look muted. Then spritz gently with water. I like to hold the Spritzer at a distance for a lighter and more even application of water. Wait a couple of minutes for the water to affect the inks and intensify the color. If needed, you can always add more water.

 

For this card, I used Real Red, Early Espresso, Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist with the Flower Patch stamp set. Inside the card, I added the birthday greeting from the  same stamp set. 

 

 

Flower Patch Watercolor Card Inside

 

 

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Apr 16 2015

Watercolor Wash with Indescribable Gift

Indescribable Gift Watercolor Card

 

Another way to add definition to your cards is to color a heat embossed image with an aqua painter. For this 5-1/2" square card, I stamped the flowers from Indescribable Gift onto Shimmery White card stock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

 

I then colored the image with an aqua painter filled with water and ink refills in Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango and Wild Wasabi. Still using the aqua painter, I did a watercolor wash to fill in the white spaces around the image. For the wash, I used Calypso Coral.

 

Shimmery White card stock makes a great substitute for watercolor paper when using an aqua painter. The card stock holds up to the water and the shimmer adds to the appeal. I find that I need to remind myself not to hold the aqua painter too tightly to avoid extra liquid on the paper. If you do get too much water, use a tissue to lightly absorb the extra and then continue to watercolor.


Don’t forget to check back soon for another coloring technique, there are four more to go. 

 

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Apr 15 2015

Just Kidding!

Just Kidding Card with Markers

 

I sat down recently to stamp and somehow starting making cards that all involved different coloring techniques. Some are simple, some more involved but all are a great reminder that ink and paper can combine to make so many variations of color, texture and style. Check back often this week to see more of the coloring techniques.

 

This card is definitely one of the simple ones but I couldn’t wait to use this new stamp set, Just Kidding. The greetings can’t help but make you smile.

 

JUst Kidding Stamp Set

 

After stamping the image and punching it out with the large 2-1/2" Circle Punch, I colored the image in with the Subtles Stampin’ Write Markers.  To keep the Subtles Collection theme going, I added a piece of Pink Pirouette card stock embossed with the Polka Dot Textured Impression Embossing Folder onto the Pool Party card. I also added a length of Pool Party Cotton Ribbon around the greetings piece. 

I love the humor in the Just Kidding stamp set. Maybe you can’t buy happiness but you can stamp a card that will bring a smile to a friend.


 

 

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Apr 10 2015

Spritzing It Up with Blooming with Kindness

 Blooming with Kindness Spritzer Card

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If I had to pick just one stamp set (and I’m so glad I don’t), I think Blooming with Kindness would be it. I love the floral image in this stamp set. You can stamp it and leave it or add color for more impact. I used a Spritzer filled with a couple of drops of Island Indigo ink refill and rubbing alcohol to add a bit of color to this card. The image is just the right size to full up most of the front of the card so very little embellishing is necessary. I added three black candy dots from the Neutrals and that’s all that was needed. 

 

I also love the variety of greetings in this stamp set – thank you, birthday and thinking of you. They really suit almost any occasion. And the two fonts used together are perfect.  Plus there are sentiments for both the front of the card and the inside.

 

When I need to make a quick card or am feeling less than creative, I reach for this set every time. I don’t think this card took even ten minutes to put together. So, if you haven’t already purchased the Blooming with Kindenss stamp set, be sure to add it to your wish list. Or take advantage of the free shipping and order it today.

 

 

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Apr 08 2015

Flower Fair Framelits are a Weekly Deal

 Flower Fair Framelits Trio

Do you remember all the cutting we used to do by hand to add flowers like these to our cards? I’m so thankful to have a Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine that does all the work for me now.

 

Since the Flower Fair Framelits are included in the current Weekly Deals, I decided to get them out and make a couple of cards. I love how card stock can replace stamped images for these layouts. The greetings are from the Flower Patch stamp set which coordinates so well with the framelits.

 

The first card I made was the black and white one below. The patterned paper is from the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack and has a Basic Black Candy Dot in the center. I usually love black and white cards but this one didn’t really do it for me so I decided to make one more card with some color. 

 

For this card, I used a bright patterned paper as the background and coordinated the same colors for the card – Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Mossy Meadow and Daffodil Delight. The paper is from the Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper and I love how vibrant this collection is. The center of the flower are pearls.  And I definitely like this card better than the first.

 

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 Flower Fair Framelits in Black and White

 

 

 

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Apr 07 2015

Rock and Roll, Baby!

Petal Potpourri Rock and Roll Technique Card

 

I used the rock and roll technique for this Petal Potpourri card. Ink your stamp up with a light color of ink and then roll the edge of the stamp around on a darker ink pad being careful to avoid inking up the center.

For this card, I chose Crumb Cake and Bermuda Bay as my ink colors and used card stocks in the same colors. A simple "thanks" tag finishes the card. 

Try various combinations of inks with bold and line art stamps to create your favorites.

 

 

 

 

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Apr 06 2015

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Mar 30 2015

Last Chance to Sale-a-Brate!

Balloon Bash Framelits Cards

 

Make a quick, any occasion card using a framelit or thinlit. For this card, I used the Balloons Framelits Dies but any shape will work. Cut the shape from card stock and layer patterned paper behind. I used the Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper for this card. Embellish as desired with ribbon, rhinestones or whatever you wish. Place your desired greeting inside to complete the card. Think hearts for your valentines, flowers for birthdays, stars for graduations, mustaches for masculine c and more. Oh, the possibilities!


  

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Mar 29 2015

Artisan Embellishment Thank You Card

Artisan Embellishment Crazy About You Card

 

Card making is easy with a fun product like the Artisan Embellishment Kit. The kit includes die-cut cards, rosette, lace and velvet trims, doilies, pearls, metal and clear buttons and resin flowers. How can you not be inspired to make cards like this one?

 

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Mar 19 2015

Replace your envelope with a mini treat bag

 Sheer Perfection Mini Treat Bag and Card Sets

If you will be hand delivering your cards, why not replace the envelope with a vellum Mini Treat Bag made with the Stampin’ Up! Thinlit from the 2015 Occasions catalogue.

  

Sheer Perfection Mini Treat Bag and Card Set in Lost Lagoon

I used two of the available Sale-a-bration items for each of these mini treat bag and card sets – the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack and the In Color Accessory Pack

This first card set features Lost Lagoon a new 2014-2016 In Color.

The Mini treat Bags were made from Vellum card stock and embellished. I found it best to adhere the bags together with mini glue dots as they showed through the least.

 

Sheer Perfection Mini Treat Bag and Card in Lost Lagoon  

The Mini Treat Bags are a little smaller than a traditional medium envelope so my finished card size is 5" x 3-1/2", a perfect fit for the treat bag.

I colored behind the vellum with a marker since the design was so detailed. You need to allow the inks time to dry before assembling your projects. The butterfly was stamped on vellum and punched out with the Elegant Butterfly Punch.

The greetings are from the A Dozen Thoughts stamp set.

 

Sheer Perfection Mini Treat Bag and Card Set in Blackberry Bliss

For this Mini Treat Bag and Card set, I colored behind the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum with daubers using Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo and Hello Honey inks.

The buttons and twine are both from the In Color Accessory Pack, free during Sale-a-bration which ends March 31st.

I used the Circles Collection Framelits to cut out the circles and then scored them in half to wrap around the bag.

 

Sheer Perfection Mini Treat Bag and Card in Blackberry Bliss

 

For this set, I used BlackBerry Bliss, another 2014-2016 In Color as the main color. 

To get started with the five new In Colors – Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow and Tangelo Twist, I recommend purchasing the card stock and classic ink pads kit. 

 

 

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Mar 18 2015

Nature’s Perfection Frame Cards, Gold or Not

 Nature's Perfection Square Frame Card in Black and Red

Sometimes a card just comes together and everything works the first time. This is one of those cards, I’m happy to say.

My starting point was to create a square frame on a card. I knew that a border along the side would work as well so I started cutting card stock. The card is a traditional 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" and the long side piece is 2" x 5-1/4" with the stamped Whisper White piece on top measuring 1-3/4" x 5".

Next step, the square frame. I cut a square piece 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" and then cut out the inside of the square with a Stampin’ Trimmer measuring a 1/4" in from each of the four sides. The square inside of the frame is 2" x 2′ and the top layer is 1-7/8" x 1-7/8".

 

The stamp set I used is Nature’s Perfection, a set of 5, which is free right now during Sale-a-bration with a $60 order.  I stamped the flower image onto the border piece several times each in Real Red, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray and Memento Tuxedo Black before coloring the flower with an Aqua Painter and Real Red ink. The center flower was made the same way except I stamped only once with tuxedo black ink. 

To finish the card, I added a "many thanks" greeting from Another Thank You and three black Candy Dots

 

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Nature's Perfection Square Frame Card in Gold

 

This card has the exact same measurements but I decided to feature gold on this card including the gold foil sheets, designer gold foil vellum and gold encore ink.

The butterfly is also from the Nature’s Perfection stamp set and "thanks" is from Another Thank You. I love the font used for this greeting. 

 

So now, my question to you, gold or not? Which card is your favorite?

 

 

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Mar 17 2015

Ghosting Technique with Stamps

 Ghosting Technique with the Flower Patch Stamp Set

In yesterday’s post, I used the ghosting technique with stencils. Today I wanted to show you the same ghosting technique with stamps instead.

The first card uses the Flower Patch stamp set and inks in Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo and Wild Wasabi. I really like how the center of the flowers turned out with the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers. I used the 1/4" Circle Handheld Punch to cut out Strawberry Slush card stock and place it behind the stickers. You’ve got to get these.

 

 

Ghosting Technique with the Serene Sihouettes Stamp Set

 

For this Serene Silhouettes card, I actually stamped twice off the Whisper White image, once in Daffodil Delight and once in Cajun Craze.

I embellished the card with the Daffodil Delight Seam Binding and a greeting from the Another Thank You stamp set punched out with the Large Oval Punch.

Although both of these card use the same technique, the look was altered by using a bold solid stamp for the first card and a line art stamp for the second. 

 

 

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