Friday, October 21, 2016

Watercolored Bloosom

Watercoloring images can often be tricky.  At my class I gave a couple of tips.  Start light, you can always add color, it's a little more challenging to remove it.  You're color will be darkest on the aqua painter when you first start so start in your darkest areas.  Your colors will blend more if you're working with wet paper and wet brush.  You can use a clear Wink Of Stella to color just like an aqua painter for a shimmery look, I love that technique the best!   The most important part, have fun and practice.  You will get better the more you do it. 
I only used three colors for this flower, Melon Mambo for the petals, Old Olive for the leaves and Peekaboo Peach for the center.  The more water you use the lighter you ink will be.  Places I wanted lighter I used more water with my Melon Mambo.  I also like to let the lighter areas dry and come in and do the darker areas later.  Watercoloring is pretty forgiving, give it a try!! 

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Watercolor Washes

Watercolor washes are pretty trendy, but sometimes it's hard to achieve the right look with a wash.  This is a fool proof method!  You'll need watercolor paper, an ink pad, a window sheet and a color spritzer filled with just water.  Smoosh your ink pad onto your window sheet and spray with your spritzer.  The more water the lighter the wash will be the less water the more concentrated color you'll get.  Once you're happy with your water/ink ratio on your window sheet turn the window sheet over and smoosh it onto your watercolor paper.  It's seriously that easy!!!!  You can do this as many times as you need with as many colors.  Though if you're using multiple colors just make sure they work together or you could end up with an ugly brown or gray.   
Once my wash was dry I heat embossed a greeting and added some balloons.  So cute!!!!!  I love the pop of black and white on the bottom too.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Watercolored Balloons

I thought I'd finish up the week with three different watercolored birthday cards.  I held a special Watercolor Class a couple weeks ago and I had all the stuff out so with my left over class supplies I made some watercolored birthday cards.  This first one is one that I didn't demonstrate at the class but it's super easy to do.  I stamped a few of the balloons from the Balloon Celebration set.  The balloons in the stamp set already look a little watercolored but I wanted more of that look, so I just used my aqua painter over the stamp and added more color to the bottoms of the balloons and this gave them the sweetest watercolored look.  
I'm really happy with this card.  I love the balloons, you could easily adapt this card with any colors.  For the strings of the balloons I just stamped the string from the set in Smoky Slate then went over it with my Aqua Painter and drew on some bows.  The card was finished with a quick greeting and some DSP and Silver Foil Cardstock.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Christmas Card Stamp A Stack

This is by far one of my most popular classes and even though this class is a ton of work I love doing it!!!  My guests this weekend all got to make 20 Christmas cards, 5 each of each of these four designs.  I love them all!!!  I couldn't even tell you which I love the most!  They're all pretty fun!!!  This reindeer one for sure!  I love that reindeer, truth be told the bundle of stamp sets and framelits was bought just for this reindeer...but don't tell my husband!  LOL!
I'm a gold freak lately.  I'm throwing gold on every card I make lately and you know what!  It makes it a million times better!!!!  This gold star is no exception!!!!  Isn't it pretty!!!
Speaking of gold.....nothing says Christmas like gold angel wings and some gold glimmer paper!  I love this card, the Night of Navy and the white and the gold just make me soooooo happy!!!!!
Finally I always have to have one pink or purple card Christmas card, this year would be no exception.  I love this sweet simple tree!!!  So pretty!!!! 

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Simple Thank You

I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it many many many more times, this years In Colors are the BEST!  I cannot stop using these three especially, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum and Peekaboo Peach.  I decided to make a couple of these cards pretty quickly.  They require minimal supplies, I only used sponge daubers ink and a greeting, in this case I used the Brushstroke Alphabet but any greeting will do!  I masked off some sections with some Post It tape and used my sponge daubers to add the ink to the cardstock.  Working section by section it's easy to get patterns like this.  Over the weekend I had my Christmas Cards stamp a stack.  Check back tomorrow for the cards my guests got to make! 

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Spooky Spider

My card doesn't do the card I was inspired from any kind of justice, please check out Kim's card to see her amazing spooky spider.  The truly amazing thing about this card though is that the spider is made from the Christmas Pines stamp set.  Yes, those are pinecones that make the spider!!!  Isn't that a brilliant idea!  Again please check out Kim's card, hers is amazing!    
I wasn't really thrilled with my spider.  I think he's missing some elements that would really make him spooky.  To be honest this was one of those cards that I would have normally scrapped and thrown away.  But like it usually happens, it sat on my craft space at the craft weekend and sure enough, even though my spider has issues (hey who doesn't!) he was starting to grow on me.  So I made a quick card base and stuck him down.  He is really his own little strange way.......

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Holiday Project Ideas

While at our craft weekend in Raton, NM a couple weeks ago.  Our leader Cindi had planned some fun activities for people to do.  I haven't had a chance to complete all the cute projects she handed out but I did get a couple done.  This little Thanksgiving Tic Tac holder is super cute!!!  There's lots and lots of tutorials on Pintrest for turkey's and Tic Tac holders.  This one is super cute!
While my snowman's eyes are a little wonkey the idea of this popcorn slider is super cute!!!!  Just wrap a package of microwave popcorn with a piece of white cardstock, stamp or draw a face on it.  Add a cute hat with some cute socks!!!  Love this idea!  Quick and fun!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Beautiful Angel

When I started to make 8 of these cards I was pretty sure that I had lost my mind.  Not only is the angel watercolored but she's also cut out.  But that's not all.  Each angel has 2 sets of wings that are gold embossed on glitter then fussy cut too.  They came out so pretty so they were definitely worth all the fussy cutting.  I know some people hate to fussy cut, we've all been so spoiled by punches and framelits.  But sometimes it's fun just to sit and cut!  
I love the way she's watercolored.  I love that her dress fades out to white.  I love the Peekaboo Peach banner and I love the gold wings!!!  So pretty!!!!  If you don't want to fussy cut this angel or the wings you could always watercolor or emboss her on your card and she'd look just as amazing!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pink Twinkle Trees

I saw this card made by Kimberly Van Diepen I just loved it!  I had to case it!!!  I love the colors, Blushing Bride and Real Red together!  Yes please!!!!  This cute Twinkle Trees set in the Holiday Catalog I think gets over looked, but it's such a cute set!!!  I love this simple bold tree and you can dress it up in so many ways!  
I love the pop of red and black on this card, along with the subtle Blushing Bride it really makes the card pop!!!  I love love love using non traditional colors in Christmas cards so anytime I can squeeze in a pink or purple I'm all for it!! 

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Copper Pinecones

One of my most favorite new accessories that came out with our Annual Catalog in June was the Copper Embossing Powder.  Who knew that I would love copper so much!  Then the Holiday Catalog had some copper foil paper and well it's pretty awesome too!  When you pair it together you have a winning combo!  
Overall this note card is pretty simple.  I love the single copper pine cone.  I love the branches too!  So pretty!!!  But the thing I love the most is that copper embossed greeting!  So pretty!!!!

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