Showing posts with label watercolor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label watercolor. Show all posts

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Stretch Your Stamps 2 Online Class Card

Hi Stampers!

How has your week been?  I've been busy, busy, busy!  I'm waiting for my Holiday catalog pre-order to arrive!  It won't be delivered until Monday.  Wah!  In the mean time, I have been playing with a lot of the sneak peek stamp sets I already have and will be posting some samples for you soon.

Today's card was inspired by what I learned on Day 1 of the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class over at Online Card Classes.  The first lesson was all about ways to use your background stamps.  I'll be honest, I don't have many background stamps - only 2 in fact!  Today I'm showing you what I did with the Positively Chevron background stamp.

I took the background stamp and inked up different areas of it with four different shades of pink/magenta.  I always ink with the lightest color first!  Then  lightly sprayed the stamp with some water using my spritzer.  I layed the piece of watercolor paper down on top of the stamp and pressed firmly to transfer the color.  I like the effect that it has and also that there are areas where the color didn't transfer so well.  I think it makes it look very unique.

I took the stamped water color paper and trimmed off a piece about 1.75" inches wide to adhere to the card front.


Then I used the Bitty Butterfly punch to punch out several different butterflies.  I added them to the card with the darkest ones on bottom and getting gradually lighter as we move up.  By only putting adhesive in the middle you can bend up the wings to give them more dimension.

Here's a close up of the watercolor strip.  I just love how splotchy the spritzed ink looks!  

Do you see the "believe" sentiment?  Does that look new to you?  Well that's because it is!  It's from and upcoming stamp set called Good Greetings.  That set will be a hostess special so stay tuned for news on it!  (You will me using it on a TON of cards because it has sooooo many great sentiments and I love the font.)  Then I highlighted the sentiment with a strip of rhinestones to finish the card off.

I hope you like the card.  I always love your comments!

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August's Class on the Go - Work of Art

The Work of Art stamp set (see page 165 of the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog) combines many different graphic elements to create your own works of art.  With this kit you will see just how versatile this set can be!  In this Class on the Go kit, you will be creating 4 cards (pictured below).  I will show you how to create cards featuring the basic images in the set, as well as showing you some "outside of the box" ideas.  I love finding new, and unique, ways to use my stamp sets! 
Inks used:Lost Lagoon, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Jet Black Staz On

Kit includes:
Work of Art Stamp Set (please specify clear or wood mount)
All supplies needed to create the four cards shown plus envelopes
A PDF Instruction Sheet emailed to you with detailed step by step instructions, measurements, and even access to my first ever stamping video!

Ordering Options:
Class on the Go Kit with Wood Mount Stamps: $45
Class on the Go Kit with Clear Mount Stamps: $35
Class add on: Dazzling Diamonds and 2-Way Glue Pen $9.45
Shipping: $5.60 for Priority Mail
Pre-paid Registration is Due by 5:00PM Friday August 22nd
Contact me by email to register with your name, address, phone number and what class options you would like.  I will respond with a total.  Local customers may pay by cash or check.  If you are not local, I will send you a Paypal Invoice which you can use to pay with your credit or debit card.

Kits will be ready for pick up/ shipped by Friday, September 5th.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Wonderful Words Challenge

Hi Stampers!

I'm a fan of reading the Moxie Fab World blog.  I have gotten a lot inspiration from their posts for my cards and scrapbook layouts.  They recently posted a challenge to use word dies in a project - the Wonderful Words Challenge.  Word dies are a hot new trend in the papercrafting world and I could not resist making a card for this challenge.

I decided to combine the word die with a new technique I am working on which is using more watercoloring in my projects.

To create this card front, first I used the Positively Chevron stamp to heat emboss the image on a sheet of watercolor paper.  I used white embossing powder to really make the image stand out.   Then I used ink refills and my aqua painter to create the ombre effect.  I pull out a piece of wax paper, and I add one drop of each ink refill I'm going to use to the paper to create a little pallet.  Using the Aquapainter, I pick up a little bit of the lightest color (Pool Party) and then just wash it over one end of the design.  Then I go to the next darkest color (Coastal Cabana) and repeat the process, overlapping the washes to get a blended look.  Then I did a wash of Island Indigo and finally a wash of Midnight Muse.  I really saturated the paper so I used my Heat Tool on setting 1 to dry it.  Then I used Tombow liquid glue to adhere the watercolor paper down to the first mat (Basic Black).  I did this just to make sure I had a secure bond between the papers in case the watercolor paper started to warp from being wet.  The rest of the card was assembled with Snail adhesive.  I used the Expression Thinlits to cut out the word "love" to add to the lower right corner.  When adhering these very thin words, I pull out my waxed paper again, make a drop of Tombow liquid glue and then I use a toothpick to put glue on the back of the word.  I have found this to be the least messy process!

My hubby loved getting this card for our anniversary!  It was masculine but the script word added just enough "softness" for  an anniversary card.

I hope this inspires you to try using word dies and watercoloring!  Any questions?  Just leave them in the comments below!

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