Mojo Monday - Inlay Die Cutting Rose Card

Hi there stampers!  For today's card I am playing along over on the Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge.  This week's card features a square layout and since I don't make many cards of varying sizes, I decided to give this one a try.  I wanted to also incorporate some inlay die cutting using the smaller rose die from the Rose Garden Thinlit that are in the 2016 SU Occasions Catalog.  I have not used this thinlit set as much as I imaged I would when I first saw it so I am focusing some card making efforts in using this die set.

I took a piece of tip top taupe cut to 2.5 x 3.5 and cut out the rose using the smaller of the rose thinlits.  I kept all the pieces as I knew I would be inlaying them back into the tip top taupe piece.  I then cut another rose out of mint macaron and only saved the rose flower die cut.  I glued a piece of acetate to the back of the tip top taupe cardstock that was cut slightly smaller to give me a place to adhere all the die cut pieces to.  I pieced together the mint macaron into place then added in all the rose bits that I saved from the tip top taupe to give me this inlay die cutting look.  I love this technique!

After inlaying all the pieces, the rest of the card came together quickly.  I used a piece of DSP from the In Color DSP Paper Stack and adhered this to a 4.25 x 4 inch cardstock base made from thick whisper white.  The inlay technique piece was layered on top of this with foam adhesive.  I heat embossed in gold onto a piece of vellum the sentiment from the Sale-a-bration set called What I Love.  

Today is the last day for Sale-A-Bration and the last day to get your free products for every $50 qualifying order.  There are still a lot of fabulous stamp sets and products to choice from so head over to my SU store to place your order.  

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Manic Monday Video Series - Heat Embossed Resist Using Black Markers

Happy Monday Stampers!  The other week I shared a card with you where I did a technique called heat resist with black markers.  You can see the post here.  I decided to create a video to show you how you can do this fun and easy technique as well.  

Don't you just love how the flowers pop off the black background.  These are so fun to make.  I hope you'll watch the video below to learn how.

I decided to try doing a voice over for my video instead of talking you through it while filming and stamping.  I think it turned out better than my previous videos.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!  If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I'll get back to you.

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Bloomin' Heart Die Background Card

Happy Hump Day!  I was scrolling through Instagram yesterday and ran across a card featured on the Stampin Up account that just knocked my socks off!  This card was amazingly beautiful and the way the Bloomin' Heart Die was used to create the background in the card was genius.  I knew immediately that I would CASE this card for my step daughter's 21st birthday.  

I loved the intricate details in this die when I saw it in the 2016 Occasions Catalog but being shaped as a heart, my mind kept putting it into the Valentine's Day category.  Wow this has opened the idea box on other ways to use it now.  

I used the Bloomin' Heart Die to cut four hearts out of whisper white cardstock (the regular, not the thick).  The precision base plate is super helpful when using these type of dies to get crisp cutouts.  I then placed the hearts over a pieced of mint macaron cardstock cut at 4 1/8 X 5 3/8 and played with the arrangement until I got the die cuts to cover most of the cardstock.  I then adhered the die cuts to the mint macaron cardstock using some mono multi liquid glue.  I cut off the extras that hung over the dies of the card base.  I then layered this piece onto an A2 card base made from thick whisper white cardstock.

I stamped the floral scene using the stamps from the stamp set Number of Years using mint macron, blushing bride, wisteria wonder, and watermelon wonder ink pads.  I stamped the 21 and sentiment in versamark then heat set that with gold embossing powder.  I used the coordinating dies to cut out the numbers.  I arranged the numbers and sentiment on the floral stamped piece with dimensionals.  This was layered onto a piece of blushing bride cardstock and adhered to the card front using a piece of craft foam to give even dimension.  

This is my favorite card I have made in a long time.  I am absolutely in love with using this die cut as a floral background like this.  I can't wait to see what else I can make with it.  

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Black Marker Emboss Resist Technique - Color Throwdown Challenge

Happy Monday stampers!  For today's card I have a super easy technique that gives you a big WOW factor.  I got this idea from Jennifer McGuire and just had to give it a try once I saw it.  If you don't follow this amazingly talented woman, you really need to.  I watch ALL of her videos and her cards are just gorgeous.  
I knew I wanted to try this technique for the Color Throwdown Challenge #384  since I already attempted to make one card for this challenge that had to be pitched into the garbage.  I had my fingers crossed this card would turn out so that I could get my submission in before this week's challenge closes this evening.

For the technique, I stamped the flower and leaf images using real red, wisteria wonder, and lucky limeade inks onto some whisper white cardstock.  I did a little bit of masking to get the images to overlay and using the flower medallion punch makes masking easy with these images.  After stamping all of the images, I then restamped over them with versamark ink and heat embossed them using clear embossing powder.  After doing all the stamping and embossing, this is where the magic happens and it is fun to see the transformation.  The next step is to take a black marker (I used a black Tombow dual brush pen) and color over the entire piece of cardstock.  Be sure to color in sections and then wipe of the ink that pools on top of your embossed images as you color to get the black marker emboss resist results.  It's quite stunning.
Once I had covered the entire piece of cardstock with the black marker, it was time to finish the card. I stamped the sentiment in versamark ink and heat embossed in white to make it pop and layered this technique piece onto some whisper white cardstock.  I made a card base using lucky limeade cardstock that I heat embossed in clear the retired background stamp Handcarved.  I love this background stamp and wish SU had not retired it.  I then layered the technique piece onto the embossed card base using a piece of craft foam cut slightly smaller to give even dimension.
What do you think?  Ready to give this technique a try?  It really gives a cool result that will leave people wondering how you got the color onto black cardstock - but it's not black cardstock!  wink wink!  

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Barnyard Babies Watercolor Card

Hi there stampers!  I have yet another baby card for you today and hopefully you are not sick of seeing baby cards.  :)  I needed one more card for a sweet little new bundle of joy coming to some friends soon.  

For today's baby card I pulled out the Barnyard Babies stamp set and stamped the little lamb all over a piece of watercolor paper with the archival basic black ink that is watercolor friendly.  The stars are from the stamp set Balloon Celebration from the Occasions Catalog.  After stamping all the images I watercolored them using distress inks a size 2 watercolor brush.  The colors I used are hickory smoke, antique linen, black soot, and tattered rose for the cheeks.  For the background wash I used faded jeans.  I couldn't get the background to be just how I wanted it as the paper kept drying too quickly.
I stamped the sentiment from the Barnyard Babies again in the archival black ink as this gives a very crisp image for sentiments.  The little heart is from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and was colored with the Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.  The sentiment was popped up using dimensionals with some silver thread.  The entire watercolor piece was added to a basic black card base. 
It has turned cold here this weekend so it's a perfect time to get some stamping done.  What are your plans for the weekend?  Thanks for stopping by!

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Sky Is The Limit Baby Card

Hi there stampers!  For today's card I am using the card sketch challenge from this week's Mojo Monday.  I needed to make another baby card so decided to pull out the stamp set called Sky Is The Limit from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  

I knew I wanted to try stamping the cloud image from the stamp set Balloon Celebration onto some DSP to be my background for the card.  I used a piece of retired In Color DSP in pool party and stamped the cloud shape randomly using versamark ink and then heat embossed in white.  I used the heart cloud shape from the Sky Is The Limit stamp set to create my own patterned paper for the tip top taupe panel by also stamping this image in versamark and heat embossing in white.

I stamped the super cute plane image in tip top taupe onto some whisper white cardstock and fussy cut this out then adhered to the vellum with some foam adhesive.  The stamped sentiment on the vellum is from the stamp set Happy Happenings and I just love all the sentiments in this set.  
I really like how this card turned out but might change where my background clouds are stamped if I make this card again so that you can see the images better.  I am liking this color combo for a baby boy - Pool Party and Tip Top Taupe.  

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!  It's almost the weekend...again.  Wow time is really flying by these days.

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Birthday Blooms and Metallic Colored Pencils

Happy Friday stampers!  Don't you love when you find craft supplies you forgot you had?!?!  So I was digging through my bins of supplies a couple weeks ago and found this package of metallic colored pencils from Stampin Up that had to be over 10 years old.  It looked like I may not have ever used them either so I was especially excited to find something so awesome I forgot I had.  I knew immediately what I wanted to try first with them and that was coloring on black cardstock.
I stamped the flower image from the Birthday Blooms stamp set that is in the Occasions Catalog in white craft ink on a piece of basic black cardstock.  I then colored in the flowers and leaves with the various colors of metallic pencils that were in the set.  The more I colored, the more I fell in love with this card.  The metallic pencils shine on the black cardstock and look so beautiful.  The pictures do not do this justice.  I wanted to keep the rest of the card simply in order to keep the focus on the colored images so I cut out the hello sentiment from wisteria wonder cardstock using the Greeting Thinlits.  I added a layer of shimmer to the sentiment with the Wink of Stella glitter pen.  I layered this with foam adhesive onto a basic black card base.  

I wish you could see the shine in the photos.  I think I could have done without the hello sentiment as well and just kept the focus totally on the coloring.  What are your plans for the weekend?  I hope to get some stamping done and then I am running a half marathon on Sunday.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Love and a Dog - The Ton Stamps

Hi there stampers!  For today's card I am sharing a brand new stamp set I picked up from The Ton called Love and a Dog.  When I saw the Pomeranian inspired images, I just had to have this stamp set because it reminded me of my Meeko.  Now that I have the stamp set and have played with it a little bit, it has become my favorite!
I had this idea to create an entire background using the different dog images and then watercolor them in the various colors of Pomeranians.  

I placed my first dog image where I wanted it to be and then drew pencil lines to give me a guide for where to stamp the remainder of the images.  I stamped the dogs alternatively in rows across the piece of watercolor paper with SU Archival Ink in basic black.  This is the perfect ink for crisp images and is perfect for watercoloring as it does not react to water.
After stamping all my dogs, the fun really began creating the different colors.  I got out my distress ink minis and started applying the color.  I wanted gray, brown, and golden colored dogs.  I really tried to make the gray colored dogs looked my Pomeranian Meeko but his coat is so unique, it really is hard to recreate.  Here he is so you can see what I'm talking about.
After watercoloring all the cuties, I stamped the sentiment in versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder onto some basic black cardstock.  This was adhered to the watercolor piece with foam adhesive and the entire finished piece was layered onto a basic black card base.
I can't wait to make more cards with this super cute stamp set!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Watercoloring Practice

Happy Monday!  As mentioned in my previous posts, I did quite a bit of watercolor practice over the weekend and decided to share a couple things I worked on.  I am by NO means an artist and this is just me trying to get better at watercoloring.  I love the look of watercolor and really want to get better at it so I just keep practicing.  
I have been taking this online watercolor class and I tried some of the exercises.  The first exercise is to use stamps to give you the image for watercoloring and this is particularly helpful for those of us that can't draw.  I used the cardinal and branch from the stamp set Joyful Season that was in the SU Holiday catalog to give me my scene to paint.  The scene was stamping using distress inks with second generation stamping so that my image on my watercolor paper was super light.  I used my Mijello Mission Gold watercolors to begin layering color.  I really struggle with adding dimension and shadows.  I think it turned out ok but boy do I have a long, long way to go.
The second exercise I tried was creating a floral scene with just using brush stokes.  I used my Silver Black Velvet number 10 brush to create a flowering bush as we learn to do in the online class.  I realized I apply too much pigment right off the bat and need to learn how to water down my colors to give me more opportunity to layer additional color on top.  I tried adding more color and got the "blooms" that you get in watercoloring which is not the look I was going for in this piece.  Watercolor is supposed to dry lighter but boy, these colors did not lose much of their intensity when they dried.  I need more practice with my brush strokes and mixing colors.  
Well hopefully sharing my adventures in watercoloring helps inspire you to give it a try.  I first started watercoloring to add this technique to my card making but the more I do it, the more I want to be able to just create watercolor pieces that are not just for cards.  

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Birthday Blooms Watercolor Card

I can't believe the weekend is almost over and back to work tomorrow! Boo!  I did get some stamping done yesterday and have been practicing watercoloring this morning.  I made two cards yesterday and  guess what I did?  I totally forgot to take pictures of the cards before I sent them on their merry way in the mail.  That is what I call focused brain and I knew I had to get those birthday cards out so they would arrive on time.  Totally bummed I did not get pictures as they were both watercolor technique cards.  Oh well.
For today's card I have more watercoloring using the stamped flower image from the stamp set Birthday Blooms that is in the Occasions Catalog as my guide.  I first stamped the flower image in distress ink color antique linen onto some watercolor paper.  By stamping the image in water reactive ink in a subtle color, this allows me to use the stamped image as my guide when watercoloring and be able to hide the stamped image as the ink blends with the other colors.  This is also called no line watercoloring, I do believe.
I am working on my shadows on images as this is something I really struggle with when watercoloring.  I am able to blend colors and figure out how much water to use but I still struggle with applying shadows and contrast.  The only way to get better is with tons of practice so I've stop hoarding my watercolor paper and embraced using it for practice, practice, and more practice.  
I used some distress inks to color in both flowers and then used the remaining ink on my palette to add the splatters.  I just love ink splatters on watercolor pieces.  I heat embossed the sentiment from the hostess stamp set called Best Thoughts in rose gold powder.  The watercolor piece was added to a mossy meadow card base.
For today's fun in the stamp studio, I have been using my real, artist grade watercolors I picked up on Amazon.  I am loving them but they are different than using ink pads.  If my work doesn't completely look terrible, I'll share some of what I get painted and maybe it will inspire you to give watercolor a try.  It is a lot of fun and quite relaxing!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Mojo Monday Challenge 437 - Cute Chick Baby Card

Hello there stampers!  It's Saturday morning and I've got all the essentials - cup of coffee, Meeko on my lap, and tons of card making ideas to keep me busy for hours.  I might even break out the watercolors and do some practice from the online watercolor class I have been taking.  Practice makes perfect right?!?!
I have another Mojo Monday card challenge here for you and this time I am going to make the deadline for submission!   This week's sketch is a square card, which I never seem to make cards in this shape, so I was excited to give it a try.  I have several friends who are having babies this spring so I am in need of some baby cards and I knew I wanted to use the chick from the Sale-a-bration catalog stamp set Honeycomb Happiness.  I absolutely adore this little chick and love to watercolor him.  

I mean really, how cute is this little guy?!?!  I stamped the chick onto some watercolor paper with basic black archival ink with is waterproof so won't bleed when applying water.  I colored him using hello honey, tangelo twist, and a bit of blushing bride inks.  

The rest of the card was super easy to pull together.  I made a 4x4 card base from crumb cake cardstock and layered a piece of DSP from the Love Blossoms Paper Stack from the Occasions Catalog.  I seem to be using this paper stack more now that Valentine's Day is over so don't let all the heart designs in the paper discourage you from using it on all types of cards.  I cut a strip of crumb cake cardstock and embossed it with a retired heart embossing folder.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set Happy Happenings onto some whisper white and cut that out with a die from Lawn Fawn.
That little heart was punched out with the heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and I covered it with lots of Wink of Stella.  I really like how this card came together.  It was super easy to make and I think I'll make a few more so I have plenty for all these new babies coming into the world!

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