Stamping Up Annual Catalog: Faux Watercolor Technique

Hi there stampers!  Don't you just love the look of watercolor but you don't always have the time or the patience to do it???  So I have a fun and easy technique today to show you how to create a watercolor look with stamps and your Stampin Up ink pads.
For this technique I am using three stamp sets:  Crazy About You, Botantical Blooms, and Blooms & Wishes.  I started with a piece of watercolor paper cut to 4.25 x 5.5 inches.  I used Stampin Up ink pads in the following colors: Sweet Sugarplum, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, and Calypso Coral.  I started with my largest image that I wanted to use which is from Blooms & Wishes and inked it up with Sweet Sugarplum.  After inking up the stamp, I then spritzed the stamp from about 1 foot or more away from the stamp with a water bottle.  You want to get a good even coverage of water but not so much that it pools up on the stamp.  After spraying the stamp with water, you stamp it down onto the piece of watercolor paper and you get this great watercolor look without actually having to watercolor.  You continue to stamp all your images in this manner - ink up the stamp, spritz with water, and stamp onto the watercolor paper.  Too little water will not allow the ink to move and give you that watercolor look.  
After stamping all my images, I then cut out the "You" from the Hello You Thinlits three times and glued all of the die cuts together to form a chipboard like sentiment.  I then stamped the "rock" from Crazy About You onto a piece of Tip Top Taupe with Versamark ink and heat set that with white embossing powder.  
I then adhered the sentiment onto the front of the watercolor panel and then adhered the entire panel onto an A2 top folding card base made from Tip Top Taupe.  I added some Wink of Stella onto the you die cut to give it some shine and interest.  I kept the embellishments to a minimum in order to show off the faux watercolor design of the card.
You can watch my video on how I made this card on my YouTube Channel HERE, or watch below:

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Simon Says Stamp: Running with Your Heart

Hey there stampers!  I bought this stamp set a while ago because I am a runner and have a lot of runner friends so I know it would come in handy as I wished my friends luck or congrats for races.  I knew I just had to make a card using this stamp set for a dear friend who ran in the Boston Marathon this past Monday.  

I decided to get out my new Distress Oxide inks and play around with the background.  I stamped the metal image in Versamark ink repeatedly on a piece of Distress Watercolor paper and heat set with white embossing powder.  I then started playing around with 3 ink colors - Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, and Worn Lipstick.  I love how these Distress Oxide inks are chalky and give a different look to your projects.  

I added some ink splatters using my Finetec gold watercolor and some splatters of the same distress inks.  I stamped the heart image with Versamark ink onto some vellum and heat set in gold embossing powder.  I then fussy cut the image out and adhered to the watercolor panel with foam tape.  The I adhered the panel onto a piece of Mint Macaron yardstick from Stampin Up.  The entire panel was then adhered to a top folding A2 card base made from thick Whisper White from SU!  

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2017 Stampin Up Sale-a-bration: Avant-Garden Rainbow Wreath

Hi there stampers!  Today's card features the Avant-Garden stamp set from the 2017 Sale-a-bration catalog.  Unfortunately since making this card and video Saleabration has ended; however you can still make this card using other flower images from your stash.

I stamped the flower image onto some whisper white cardstock in 8 different Stampin Up ink colors: Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, Dapper Denim, and Wisteria Wonder.  I then stamped the leaf with Smoky Slate.  

I then stamped the flower centers using Versamark ink and heat set them using gold embossing powder.  I fussy cut all the images out using my paper snips.  

I added some ink splatters to another card panel made from Whisper White cardstock.  I used my acrylic block and "smooshed" the Smoky Slate ink pad onto the clear block.  I then added some water to the ink and flicked the ink off the edge of the block to add some great ink splatters to the background.  I added some gold splatters using my Finetec Mica Watercolors.

I then arranged the flowers onto the card front in a circle shape to form the wreath and added the leaves.  The wreath was adhered with dimensionals and Tombow multipurpose glue.  I stamped the sentiment and banner onto some vellum using Versamark ink and heat set that with some of the same gold embossing powder.  The banner was die cut using the coordinating dies.  

I then adhered the entire panel onto an A2 top folding card base made from thick Whisper White cardstock.  I added some clear sparkling sequins to finish off the card.

You can watch my video on how I made this card on my YouTube Channel HERE, or watch below:

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2017 Stampin Up Occasions Catalog: Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits with Watercolor Striped Background

Hi there stampers!  I have been so busy with my new job and then getting the flu that my time in my stamp room has been limited.  Boy I miss getting to stamp everyday.  Hopefully things will slow down at work and I can spend more time in the evenings making projects to share.
Today's card and video feature the gorgeous Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits from the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  This is one bundle you do not want to miss out on getting.  I also used some of the dreamy glimmer paper from the Sale-a-bration catalog but unfortunately it sold out quickly and is no longer available.  

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and painted stripes using my Dapper Denim reinker.  I then cut out the detailed smaller dragonfly in the Sweet Sugarplum glimmer paper and outline dragonfly image in vellum.  I also cut out the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits from vellum.  

I painted the back of the vellum dragonfly with the same Dapper Denim ink and then adhered this to the glimmer die cut.  I added some gold thread to the back of the dragonfly using a glue dot an then adhered this to the vellum circle.  I stamped the "hello" sentiment from Thoughtful Banners onto a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed in white embossing powder.

I cut down the watecolor panel to 4 x 5 1/4 and adhered this to a Sweet Sugarplum panel cut to 1/8 inch larger.  This was then adhered to a top folding A2 card base made from thick Whisper White.  I then adhered the dragonfly focal piece to the front and that finished the card.

You can watch my video on how to make this card on my YouTube Channel HERE, or watch below:

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Stampin Up 2017 Occasions Catalog: Stylish Stems Framelits with Distress Ink Blending

Hi there stampers!  I have a fun card for you today featuring three different techniques.  The first technique features the new Stylish Stems Framelits from the 2017 Stampin Up Catalog.  I used the largest flower die to create a floral panel by running the die through my big shot multiple times on a whisper white panel.  This particular die only cuts out the petals of the flower and does not cut out the entire shape so you can create a flower window on your card.  The framelit set does come with the outline die if you want to cut the flower out.

The next technique was creating the rainbow background by ink blending several colors of Distress Inks.  I started with a piece of watercolor paper and blended the rainbow of colors using my mini ink blending tool.  I then spritzed the panel with some water to make the ink react with the water and picked it up with a paper towel.  This gives the panel the cool bleached spots.  I then spritzed the entire panel with some shimmer spray to add some glitter.

Next I cut out the hello sentiment using the Hello You Thinlits three times and adhered the die cuts together to give a chipboard effect.  I then traced the outside of the die with a pencil onto a piece of vellum and cut this out with my paper snips.  This gave my sentiment the vellum background that looks like an additional die cut.  

To learn more about the techniques, you can watch my video on my YouTube Channel HERE, or watch below:

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Stampin Up 2017 Occasions Catalog - Special Reason Bundle

Happy President's Day stampers!  Sorry I have not been very active lately but I just stated a new job and have been making adjustments.  I have been commuting into an office instead of my normal working from home so I haven't had much time for stamping.  Lucky me though I already got a day off for the holiday so I spent some time in my craft room playing with a few new goodies I got.
For today's card I decided to play around with a few new items I ordered from the 2017 Occasions Catalog from Stampin Up.  I used the Special Reason Bundle and watercolor pencils along with the painted hugs die from Simon Says Stamp.

I started with some watercolor paper and stamped the flower images in daffodil delight inks and then used my aqua painter to add color from a calypso coral watercolor pencil.  This gave me a gorgeous watercolor look to the flowers with little effort or skill.  It's super easy to use your aqua painter to blend the watercolor pencil with the already stamped image on watercolor paper.  Next I used the coordinating dies to cut out the flowers.  I also scribbled the old olive and bermuda bay pencil onto an area of the watercolor paper and just blended with the my aqua painter.  I used this area to cut out the stem and leaves.

I took a piece of whisper white and blended on some pool party ink and then added splatters of black and silver inks.  I then adhered the flowers to the panel and add this to a basic black top folding A2 card base with a strip of DSP.  The DSP tied in the black ink splatters and the black die cut sentiment.  The "hugs" sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and I cut it out 3 times and adhered all the die cuts together for a chipboard effect.

I am in love with these watercolor pencils and this bundle.  The pencils are so easy to blend and the colors match the Stampin Up inks perfectly.  The Special Reason bundle has the most gorgeous flower images and the coordinating die cuts make cutting out the images a breeze.

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Stampin Up 2017 Sale-a-bration: Hey, Chick

Hi there stampers!  We just got back from a vacation to Mexico and I am trying to get back into the groove of things.  The first place I knew I needed to spend some time was in my stamp room.  I have been wanting to try this technique to make a chicken wire background for a card using the Hey Chick stamp set.  You can get this stamp set for FREE during Sale-a-bration with a qualifying order of $50US.  

I used the new Hexagon Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to create the chicken wire background.  I applied an ink pad to one side of the embossing folder (the side with the Sizzix logo) before running it through my Big Shot and you get this fantastic technique.  Be sure to lightly apply the ink or you risk getting ink into the wells of the design which will not give you that wire look you are going for.  Super cute huh?

I then stamped the chicken image from Hey, Chick and used my blender pen to color in the image.  I then cut out the chicken with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and also cut out another larger square with the coordinating color.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat set that with white embossing powder.  

To see a video on how to make this card and also see the chicken wire technique, you can watch it on my YouTube Channel HERE, or watch below:

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