Watercolored Blended Bloom Mother's Day Card

Happy Friday Stampers!  For today's card I am sharing the Mother's Day card I made my mom.  I wanted to create a soft card but with an element of impact.  I watercolored the blended bloom flower image to give me the impact I was looking for.

I heat embossed the flower image from the Blended Bloom stamp in gold embossing powder onto a piece of watercolor paper.  I used my Gansai Tambi watercolor set to color the flower image and then fussy cut the flower out.  I mixed a pink and orange color to achieve the blended coral color on the flower.  The center of the flower was a combo of a brown and the same pink color to give the contrast.  After coloring the image, I then applied a wash of the pearlescent color that comes with the set to give the entire flower extra shine.  

For the rest of the card, I cut a piece of whisper white cardstock out using some Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle dies.  I cut out the Striped Scallop Thinlit from some scrap cardstock and used this as a stencil to apply the design with calypso coral ink.  I added some ink splatters with the gold color from my Gansai Tambi watercolors.

To finish the card, I created an A2 card base from thick whisper white cardstock and embossed the front using the Softly Falling embossing folder.  I then adhered the rectangle panel onto the card base with foam adhesive.  I added some gold thread and applied the flower with dimensionals to hold the thread in place and pop off the card.  I then heat embossed the sentiment in gold and added a few rhinestones for extra bling.

I am pleased with how this card turned out and hope my mom loves it and really like the shine the pearlescent gives the flower.  Now to decide what to get her for a present......

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Helping Me Grow Watercolor Card Video Tutorial

Hi there stampers!  I decided to make a video showing you how I made the Helping Me Grow Watercolor card I shared a couple days ago.  You can see the original post here.  In the video I used the other flower image (I googled the name of the flower and I think it is a hyathin) from the stamp set to make a similar card using the same watercolor technique.  I used my Gansai Tambi watercolor set to do the coloring.  

Watercoloring embossed images make it super easy to get great results.  Be sure to watch my video below and subscribe to my Youtube Channel if you haven't already.

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Watercolor with Gansai Tambi Using Helping Me Grow

Well hello there stampers!  Wow it has been WAY TOO LONG since I've shared a project and also since I've had time to do any stamping.  Wow things have been busy around here and I am sad to say that has left little time for my craft room.  All work and no stamping makes me a sad little girl...ok woman because I am too old to be called a girl.  
I have a card to share with you today that I watercolored using my Gansai Tambi watercolors and I just love how it turned out.  I got my set of watercolors from Amazon and have not used them as much as I anticipated.  So I decided to get them out to make this card.  

For the card, I stamped the flower image from the Helping Me Grow stamp set that is in the 2016 Occasions Catalog in Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder.  This stamp set has the most beautiful flower images that are great for watercoloring and guess what??  I hope I can tell you this but this stamp set was carried over to the new Annual Catalog!!  Woohoo!  So you can go ahead and purchase this stamp set now and not have to worry about it retiring.  

After heat embossing the flower image, I started watercoloring using various shades of pink and green from the GT watercolor set.  I added some yellow color to the centers and then created a rectangle shape of a blue wash around the flowers.  I added some ink splatters to give it that organic look.  For the last coloring step, I added some of the beautiful pearl color in this GT set over the flowers to give them an extra shine.  It turned out gorgeous!

I heat embossed in gold the sentiment from the Cottage Greetings stamp set (not retiring either- woohoo) on a piece of vellum.  I adhered this to the watercolor panel by tucking the ends of the vellum around the back and taping down.  I added a strip of gold foil cardstock to the side and this was added to a card base made from blushing bride with foam adhesive.  This card was surprisingly easy to make.

I think I'll try using the other flower image in this stamp set to make a Mother's Day card.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Using Die Cuts to Create a Background

Hi there stampers!  For today's card I created a gorgeous rose background using die cuts from the Stampin Up Rose Garden Thinlits Dies.  I did another card using the Bloomin' Heart Thinlit to create a beautiful background so decided to see what other dies I could use for the same technique.  To see the previous card using the Bloomin' Heart die, you can read the blog post here.

To create the rose die covered background, I first cut out seven roses using the smaller rose die from thick whisper white cardstock.  The precision base plate for the big shot really helps get clean die cuts when using intricate dies like these roses.  After cutting out all the roses, I needed to create the background piece where I'd add my color for the flowers.

I took a piece of watercolor paper cut to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 and wet down the entire piece of paper lightly with water.  I applied blushing bride and melon mambo inks with a paint brush.  I first applied the blushing bride ink lightly in circle patterns where I though my roses would be laid out and then dropped in the melon mambo and allowed the colors to blend.  After applying my first wash of color, I intensified the color in areas by applying more ink.  I let this air dry to allow the colors to blend and dry on their own and soaked up any excessive water with a paper towel.

After the watercolor piece dried completely, I begin to lay all my rose die cuts out across the entire background trying to cover as much of it with the die cuts without overlapping too much.  After I got my arrangement of the roses the way I wanted it, I used some press n' seal to pick up the rose layout all in one piece and applied some glue to the back of each rose.  I then applied the roses back onto the watercolor paper using the press n' seal to keep my arrangement in tack and let the roses adhere to the paper before removing the press n' seal.  I applied more glue where some of the rose die cuts were not adhered.  

I then stamped the sentiment from a retired stamp set onto a piece of vellum with Versamark ink and heat set that with gold emboss powder.  I then cut the vellum into strip and adhered to the middle of the card front by wrapping the vellum around the back and taping down with some scotch tape in order to not have any adhesive showing through the vellum on the front of the card.  I applied a few sequins to the front and adhered the entire piece to an A2 card base of thick whisper white cardstock. 

I just love how this card turned out.  Check out what dies you have in your collection that will work for this technique.  I think you could use butterflies, sentiments, and all kinds of dies to give you this look.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Shine Sunshine Card Using Sunburst Bundle

Happy Hump Day!  Hope you are having a good week so far and we are halfway to the weekend.  For today's card I am using some products I got in my recent Stampin Up haul and you can see everything I got in my haul video on my YouTube Channel or watch it below:

For today's card I am using the Sunburst Thinlit Die and coordinating stamp set Sunburst Sayings.  I love all the different things you can do with this die and because of the great bundle price, I decided to go ahead and get the stamp set as well (which I'm glad I did!).  I cut out the sunburst in hello honey cardstock and layered this on top of a piece of retired In Color DSP Pattern Paper Pack in lost lagoon using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.  I really liked how the chevron pattern looked behind the sunburst as I wanted this to give the feel of sky.  

I cut out three cloud shapes from vellum using the tree builder punch which makes the perfect clouds.  I then stamped the "shine" sentiment onto a piece of whisper white cardstock with Versamark and heat embossed this with silver embossing powder.  I then cut this out with the 2" circle punch.  

I stamped the "it's your day" sentiment in Versamark on some lost lagoon cardstock and then cut it down to make a strip.  I flagged each end with my paper snips and layered this onto the circle piece.  I adhered the circle piece directly in the center of the sunburst with some dimensionals.  I tucked the clouds behind the circle so I had a place to hide the adhesive.  

I just love how this card turned out and can't wait for my friend to receive it.  I made this card with my good friend in mind who is running the London marathon in a couple weeks.  I need to get in the habit of sending more of the cards I make to people because it is so easy to do and can make such an impact on someone's day.  I absolutely love getting cards in the mail but my mailbox is mostly filled with junk and bills.  Sending handmade kindness.....something I will do more often.

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Manic Monday Video Series - Creating DSP with Picture Perfect

Hi there stampers!  I have another video for you today as part of my Maniac Monday video series.  I shared a card a few days ago where I created my own designer series paper with the stamp set Picture Perfect.  You can see that blog post here.  

I decided to do a video to show how I made the card.  You can view the video here or on my Youtube channel.

If you are not already a subscriber on my Youtube channel, do me a favor and hit that subscribe button.  :)  Thanks for stopping by today!

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No-Line Watercoloring with Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors

Hi there stampers!  Well the weekend is almost over and I have the project I worked on to share with you.  I was inspired by Kristina Werner and her card for the Altenew blog hop for their second anniversary.  As you have seen in previous blog posts, I have really gotten into watercoloring and now have several mediums to chose from.  I recently purchased the Mijello Mission Gold set from Amazon and decided to give no-line watercoloring a shot after watching Kristina's video.

I stamped the images from the Altenew stamp set called Beautiful Day using distress ink in the color antique linen as this gives a faint outline of the image to use as a guide for watercoloring but also the distress ink blends in with the colors as you apply them so you don't see the stamped image once complete.  I used the colors directly from the tubes and did not need to do any mixing.  These watercolors are very vibrant so you have to practice with them to understand how much paint to use verses how much water.  I colored each petal one at a time not coloring petals next to each other to avoid any coloring bleeding between the petals.  I had a hard time painting the centers as the stamped image gives more solid images for the flower centers as opposed to just the outline.  I am not crazy with how my centers turned out but I am still learning so I figured not so bad.  Here is a close up of the flowers.

I started with applying more concentrated color on the petals towards the center and then using a more watered down brush to pull the color around the rest of the petal.  I did the same technique for the leaves.  After coloring all the images, I applied a light wash of color all over the background with yellow and hints of the colors used in the flower images.  

I finished the card by mounting the watercolor piece onto some vanilla cardstock cut into an A2 sized card.  I heat embossed the sentiment from the Altenew set Sentiment & Quotes with some wild wasabi embossing powder onto some vellum.  I love the sayings in this stamp set and the fonts are gorgeous.  

I really enjoyed working on this project but it did take me over an hour to watercolor everything.  I hope to get a little faster as I practice more.  Watercoloring is very relaxing so I don't mind how long it takes.  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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Creating Rose Designer Series Paper with Picture Perfect

Happy Hump Day stampers!  Time is running out on the 2016 SU Occasions Catalog (ending May 31) and I am hoping some of my favorites will make it to the annual catalog.  One of those favorites is the Picture Perfect stamp set and I just can't get enough of the beautiful rose in this set.  This set has multi-step stamps that create the most gorgeous realistic images.  
For today's card I created my own designer series paper again using the rose image stamped in 3 colors of yellow - daffodil delight, crushed curry, and delightful dijon.  The stamps are numbered in the order you stamp them and you start with your lightest color.  The photopolymer stamps make it easy to get perfect alignment.

I stamped the roses on a piece of whisper white cardstock and then stamped three additional roses onto some thick whisper white.  I also stamped roses onto some typing paper and fussy cut those out to make masks to use for tucking in some leaves.  The leaves are also multi-step stamps but I only used the 1 and 3 steps to create the leaves.  The inks I used were garden green and pear pizzazz.  I used the masks I cut out to get the leaves to appear that they were behind the roses.  

I added a piece of vellum cut slightly smaller then the rose layer to tone down the brightness of the stamping and to push the focus on the sentiment arrangement.  I adhered the vellum onto the technique layer using some glue where I knew I would be putting the cut out roses to hide the adhesive.  This was then layered onto a card base made from daffodil delight.  I fussy cut out the roses and the leaves I stamped onto the thick whisper white cardstock and then arranged them onto the front of the card using foam adhesive and glue.  I added some gold thread and sequins to add some interest.  The banner is from the Number of Years stamp set and was cut out using the coordinating Large Numbers Framelits.  

I really liked how this card turned out and plan to do a video on how to make it so stay tuned.  Hope your week is going great and only two more days till the weekend!  :)

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Rainbow Butterfly Hello

Happy Sunday stampers!  I can't believe the weekend is almost at an end but it sure is a beautiful day out there.  It has cooled off but the sun is warm and gorgeous.  We worked in the yard yesterday and plan to finish up a few things today including creating my succulent garden that I am so excited about.
For today's card I wanted to create a rainbow effect.  Rainbows are very trendy in the card making world right now and I don't seem to ever incorporate those into my creations so I challenged myself to make one.  I wanted to use butterflies to create the rainbow color effect so I pulled out my Watercolor Wings stamp set which has not gotten much love lately.  I used the smaller butterfly to stamp the various colors on the front of the card and used some masking to layer the butterflies on top of each other.

After stamping all the butterflies, I added some ink splatters in the same color inks using a paint brush.  I added the black centers of the butterflies but felt like they still needed something extra.  I decided to outline various parts of the butterfly using a Micron Pen size 08 and I think this added a lot to the card.  I then layered this onto a piece of basic black cardstock which was then added to a card base made from thick whisper white.  I cut out the hello sentiment in basic black using the Greetings Thinlits Dies.  

I do love the rainbow look so I will have to create some more cards with this cheery color palate.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Creating My Own DSP Using Botanicals For You

Happy Friday!  For today's card I am playing along over at the Color Throwdown #386 and the colors I am using for the challenge are island indigo and lucky limeade (retired).  The inspiration photo and color scheme are below from the challenge:

I decided to make my own designer series paper (DSP) by using the three flower stamps and the one twig stamp from the Sale-a-bration set called Botanicals For You.  I know Sale-a-bration officially ended yesterday but I just love the products that were in that catalog and that were free.  I stamped all the flowers in the island indigo color by mounting all three stamps onto my block at the same time.  This helped speed the stamping up as opposed to stamping each flower image separately and also keep the pattern consistent giving the look of DSP.  I then stamped the twig image using lucky limeade to fill in any blank spaces.  I really like how this turned out.

For the sentiment, this image is from the hostess set A Whole Lot of Lovely.  I used my MISTI tool for stamping this sentiment because I knew I would be using my markers to add the color to the stamp and would need to stamp the image more than once to achieve the deep color I wanted.  If you don't have a MISTI tool, I highly recommend making the investment as this thing is AWESOME!!  After stamping the sentiment, I cut it out along with the layering piece of lucky limeade cardstock using the Circles Collection Framelits.  

I adhered the DSP piece to a card base made from island indigo and then added a matching strip of cardstock across the center of the card.  The circle layered piece was added with dimensionals with some gold thread and then a few sequins.  

Now that Sale-a-bration is over we have the new catalog release coming very soon!  I am getting excited to see all the new products and changes to colors coming.  It is always sad to see In Colors retire so if you love any of the following colors, be sure to get your products soon before they are gone.

What are your plans for the weekend?  We have game night with friends this evening and I do hope to get a lot of stamping and maybe some watercoloring in this weekend as well.

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