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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