I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the weather, where ever you may be! I have a clean and simple floral card to share with you today, that uses several die sets, and is very simple to put together.
I started with a white card base, cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I then took two thin strips of masking tape, and adhered them to the left hand corner of the card front, before sponging in light yellow ink. Once that was done, I die cut the Magnificent Mum Bouquet out of green card stock. I also cut out three matching flowers from the Magnificent Mum Floral Blooms. I adhered the blooms over the green flowers with adhesive, and attached the die cut to my card base.
I used black card stock, and the Thank You Manuscript die to create a contrasting sentiment, and finished the card with a few clear drops, and glitter on the flowers.
I hope you were inspired to create with your floral dies, and colorful card stocks! Have a great day!
If you have ever struggled with creating a smooth watercolor blend then you should check out today's video. I am sharing a tried and true technique for making sure that you have enough water on your watercolor paper to create beautiful blending.
There are many factors that go into creating a beautiful watercolor look - in addition to the amount of water that you use, you also need to pay attention to how quickly you are painting to avoid hard lines of color. You also want to keep in mind the importance of layering colors.
In the video I show you how to make things easy on yourself with this method - and when you are done you will have four different cards that showcase your watercolor skills!
The Happy Birthday Upright Script is an especially good shape for this technique - you can use each letter to designate a color on the rainbow. The letters are small so you don't have to worry about rushing to get all of your areas covered with paint - you can take your time and focus on dabbing color where it needs to go. I cut out all of the shapes today from watercolor paper (this is important) because this technique saturates the paper - it doesn't matter if you use hot press or cold press watercolor paper, but plain old cardstock won't work. I used Peerless Watercolors for the video, I love how convenient they are to use!
The color scheme that you choose is up to you - I suggest keeping things in rainbow order in the beginning. Colors next to each other on the rainbow are obviously easier to blend - but as you get more comfortable, try blending colors that are further apart.
The Stitched Butterfly Trio from Poppystamps is so popular - and it really shines with this technique. The stitching detail has this great feature where the paint collects a little in the cut lines - and notice the texture of the watercolor paper (this is cold press). All of those little dimples give the die cut a rich appearance - note that the process of die cutting the paper may flatten this out a bit, but the watercolor paper still looks thick and terrific once things have dried.
I used the Stitched Oval Layers to create a base to put everything on and kept the background simple. The colors on the Happy Birthday greeting were so vivid that I decided a plain background was probably best.
I moved onto a more complicated design for the second project using the Large Antilles Floral Right Corner die. I created lots of corner dies this year for layering and creating nature scenes - the right corners match with left corners for example, and you can layer these corners with other corners and borders. To check out an example, take a look at Sherry's post using the Antilles Border along with the Lavender Bunch. For this project I wanted the watercolor to be the star of the show so I just used one die cut.
I let the edges of the flowers be my guide when applying the color - I made the color more intense at the tips of the petals and then softer as I approached the center. And really, the water did most of the work, as you can see in the video.
I couldn't resist trying the same composition in a different color scheme - so I created the same card with blue petals and then edged the card with Distress Oxide Ink Iced Spruce. I loved how that subtle gray color went with the blue - so I stamped the Happy Birthday in the Iced Spruce as well.
I might even like this color scheme better!
The blue on the petals and the yellow in the centers marry so beautifully to create subtle areas of green. The wonderful thing about watercolor is that you get unexpected results - areas of light and dark, subtle new color variations and the process happens before your eyes as you add paint here and there.
Another important factor with watercolor is layering. When you want to achieve intense color, it is critical to think of your painting in terms of layers. I chose a small die (this is the Paintbrush Happy die) so that we could do multiple layers of color quickly.
You can see here how vivid the color can get with multiple layers of watercolor - and this layering can also help the blending process. After two or three layers you lose the distinction between different areas of color so it is hard to see where one color stops and the next one starts. The "birthday" stamp image is from the Party Time stamp set again (stamped in Distress Oxide Fired Brick) - I just left some space above it on the Poppystamps Stitched Tunnel Tag.
And look what a difference a new color scheme makes!
It is the same composition but now on a teal card and shifted in the color palette to more blues and greens. I stamped "birthday" with Distress Oxide Ink in Broken China.
One major advantage of using the dip technique is that you save on the amount of paint that you use. You are only painting the die cut - rather than painting the watercolor paper and then running it through your machine. That way you can spot paint any little areas that you want to accentuate - for example, I wanted the "y" in happy to still have a little bit of yellow left at the tips so I was careful when I brought the green onto the "y" not to completely cover the yellow.
Once you've master the dip technique and how quickly you need to move around the die cut piece, then you should try a large area! I used the Hovering Butterfly Frame because it has a lot of area to paint and also because the shapes are interconnected (perfect for blending!).
I guarantee that no two will look alike when you work on this card! Just keep a palette of your watercolors out and as you apply paint you will be inspired to try all sorts of color combinations! Again on this card, I wanted the watercolor blending to be the focus, so I just added the Poppystamps Scribble Thank You in the center for a basic greeting.
The die has some embossing areas that create some pattern in the butterfly wings - it adds another level of interest on the card when those raised areas catch the light. You will need to use an embossing pad to create the raised areas (die cut first, leave the paper in the die cut, then run it back through your machine with an embossing pad).
I hope you enjoy the video - watercolor is really one of the best ways I have found to relax. I become so absorbed in the process that I forget everything else!
So now's the time! Go grab your brushes and paints and start blending!
Hello, hello and Happy Easter. This time of year calls for Spring colors and pastels, wearing your Sunday best and pretty baskets filled with chocolate bunnies and peeps.
I do hope the Easter Bunny remembers I love chocolate!!!!
For my card today I wanted to bring the Spring season to paper. A fun stencil and some pretty flower die cuts make this card easy to recreate whether it is Easter, Mother's Day or just something special you are sending to a friend.
On a white card base, stencil the Postage Set with an eBrush and Spectrum Noir marker BP2.
Die cut Climbing Vine from Mint cardstock and Sketch Floral from Magenta cardstock. As you can see a die cut a second Sketch Floral, adhering all the pieces with glue on the backside giving yet a different look.
I die cut the Happy Easter Perky Script two times from different color cardstocks, layered them slightly off center and adhered to card front.
Use Grape Burlap String, tie into a triple bow and attach to flower stem.
Hope you have a wonderful day and many crafty blessings,
The new Tall Fern Left Corner creates a great background for the Springtime Bunnies. Bunnies don't usually wear flower garlands, but this is a special trio. Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick card to welcome spring - and hope it's really arrived this time!
You're probably wondering why the Wintertime Joy die is shown here - I would! I needed a bunch of tiny flower shapes and decided the littlest snowflakes would work. Diecut them from scraps of painted watercolor paper, then snip them apart with a pair of detail or manicure scissors.
Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown felt and diecut Springtime Bunnies. The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking through the felt.
Dry-embossing the Scallopped Stitch Fancy Frame is an easy way to add a subtle background accent. Here's how I layered everything for my Platinum - I bought the extra magnetic platform too. (Caution, the magnetic field can be harmful to anyone with a pacemaker.) Place the die - cutting-edge-up - on the platform first. Add the front of the card, rubber embossing mat and the purple embossing plate.
Attach the diecuts and add sparkly green gem stickers.
Thanks for visiting - have a great evening. Join us again tomorrow for another great design from Donna!
Hello everyone! Can you believe spring has sprung already? And what a difference this spring has been. With all of the rain we had, everything is green and blooming! The card I’m sharing today is all spring and blooms!
My A2 card base was cut from a pale gray card stock. I cut a frame from white card stock using two of the dies from the Rectangle Basics set. I also cut a frame from the Petite Doily Frames, and snipped off one long side. I sponged Milled Lavender on this piece, and edged it with a touch of Dusty Concord. I adhered this along the right side of the white frame. I added the tiny sentiment to the bottom right corner of the frame.
I cut one Antilles Floral Border from white card stock and snipped away the two flowers on the left. I cut the border again, but this time positioned the die so that only the three flowers on the right were cut. I sponged my fav … Peeled Paint … on the stems and leaves, and sponged Seedless Grapes on all of the flowers, varying the pressure to get different shades. To add some dimension, I shaped the top flowers and adhered them over the other flowers, offsetting them just a bit. I then adhered this to the bottom of the frame, snipping off the excess from the bottom.
I cut two of the Lavender Bunch from white card stock, and added Peeled Paint to the leaves and stems of one. I sponged Milled Lavender on all of the flowers, and shaded them with Dusty Concord. I snipped off the flowers from one die cut, shaped them, and added them over the top of the corresponding flower, again offsetting them just a bit. I also sponged a small area of white card stock with Dusty Concord, and die cut the Mini Butterflies from that area.
Now for the assembly. I added foam tape to the back of the frame, but before I adhered it to the card base, I held it over the base, and positioned the lavender flowers where I wanted them, adhering them in place, then adhered the frame. The three tiny butterflies were adhered where shown, and I decided to add some white dots with a gel pen to finish off the card.
I hope you will be inspired to have a spring fling of your own! Have a great week, and thank you as always for stopping by.
The new Grassland Collage creates an Asian-inspired spring setting for Sketch Bunny Background, cut from silkscreened paper. Easter eggs are optional! Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simply styled card to get your workweek off to a quick start.
Do you have a secret stash (hoard?) of beautiful imported artpapers that you're saving for the perfect design opportunity? Here's your chance to use treasured bits of them on bright spring cards. The layered inks, metallic highlights and fiber content of these papers can be challenging to hand-cut or punch - but Memory Box dies cut through them like a dream.
Cut Sketch Bunny Background from the reverse side of paper - so he'll face the Grassland Collage. This pretty print is from Hanko Designs. Cut two additional bunnies of lightweight cardboard and layer the pieces for extra dimension.
Here's a tip that makes it easy to attach Grassland Collage to cardstock for diecutting. Place pieces of folded painter's tape (sticky-side-out) in the circle and near the bottom right corner of the design. This lets you avoid the edges near the intricate circle outline and the grasses - and the outer area that frames the collage. Press the die firmly onto the cardstock - use extra pressure on the two taped areas. The two taped areas will be cut away and disposed of. This is easier done than explained - give it a try!
Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of natural cardstock. The bunny die includes the tail - but I attached a little white pompom for a bit of extra pouf. The card will probably require extra postage with the pompom, but I think the recipient will appreciate it.
I found the pretty Sequin Flower Kit at Impress - the little blossoms are the perfect size for the collage, and all of your spring and summer projects.
Special thanks to everyone from Saturday's ASIAN DESIGN...SIMPLY STATED class at Impress! The Square Basics dies cut perfect pieces for our origami projects, making it easy to fold crisp points and and sharp angles for our bunnies and butterflies. Other dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps did a great job of cutting design elements and accents for our cards. Thanks to Ann, Shari and Erin too - for helping us find just what we needed!
I don't know about you, but during the Spring months I need a lot of birthday cards. So I decided to get a jump start with this floral birthday card I want to share with you today.
The Stitched Aster Corner and Stitched Aster Blooms dies are so pretty. I die cut the Stitched Aster Corner in a green paper and then die cut the Stitched Aster Blooms in a coral color. I glued them to a white background on a kraft paper card for a simple color scheme.
I am so in love with the Happy Birthday Friendship Script die, it is so beautiful. I know it's going to be one I reach for a lot. For the center of the flowers I used some gold enamel dots to add a little bit of sparkle.
Hope you have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!
Good morning all! Spring is on its way, and today's card is just that, Springy, using one of the latest dies from the Floral Harmony collection. I've been itching to play with this one, and play I did! I won't lie ... this one was a little more labor intensive than a lot of my cards, and because it's so 3-D, it's one that I would recommend handing to a recipient rather than mailing it.
I created a top folding green A2 card base. I cut a piece of white card stock to 5" x 3.75", sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Distressed Grid stencil, and then splattered on some Black Soot Distress Ink. You might notice on the picture below that it looks like two pieces of card stock were used ... and you'd be right, but it wasn't my original plan. I had first mounted this piece to a white card base, but it looked too plain, so since it was already glued down ... and I didn't want to start over on this piece ... I had to cut off the borders to size it down before adhering it with foam tape to the green card base.
I next cut another piece of white card stock to 2.5" x 3.5", and sponged on Peeled Paint, keeping it lighter on the right side and intensifying it on the left. I cut two of the full Antilles Floral Bouquet die, and snipped off the flowers and leaves from one of them. I then made two more cuts of only the flowers, which is easily done by sandwiching just the flowers between the cutting plates instead of the entire die. I used a Forest Moss marker to color the stems, and water colored Peeled Paint onto the leaves of the full bouquet cut, as well as the three leaves snipped from the other full bouquet. I then adhered thee leaves over the corresponding leaves of the first full die cut for dimension.
I inked an acrylic block with Dried Marigold and Squeezed Lemonade, spritzed with water, and used a paint brush to pick up the color and apply it to all of the flowers. I kind of "plopped" on the color rather than painting it on solidly. I used only a little of the Squeezed Lemonade, and added more of the Dried Marigold. I next sprayed some water onto the backs of the loose flowers, and used the narrow end of a stylus on a foam pad to distress each petal. Using a wider end of a stylus, I depressed the centers, then turned each one over and depressed again, this time more firmly, to cause the flowers to cup up nicely. While still damp, I squeezed the petals of the flowers for added shape, then let them all dry.
I then layered two of the loose flowers to each of the base flowers, offsetting each layer. I also colored the little "star" and circle buds on the stem with Dried Marigold. Once this was done, I added some black gems to the flower centers, and then adhered the entire assembled bouquet to the right side of the sponged piece. I die cut the Sketchbook Imagine from black card stock and adhered it along the left side of this piece, as shown. This was then adhered to the card front with foam tape. I decided to add another two-layered flower to the bottom o f the piece as shown.
I honestly had so much fun making these little flowers. If you haven't done this before, you'll see what I mean when you give it a try. It's not easy to stop! As always, thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!!!
A watercolored Blooming Peony Stem adds a bit of sunshine to any day...especially a winter day! Hi, Jean Okimoto here, determined to create something to brighten things up a bit. Any greeting would work here - here's my favorite combination of typestyles, from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set.
I have a big stash of watercolored sheets painted with Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors. I hope this soft combination of yellows and greens promises spring will be here soon.
Cut Blooming Peony Stem from white and green cardstock. We're using just the white negative and the green diecut today - say the other pieces for another project. Trim the white cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die. Attach watercolored paper behind the flower cutout.
Attach a piece of doublestick tape behind the tiny dots in the center of the peony. Set the peony into the white cardstock background. Brush gold glitter onto the adhesive in the tiny dots.
Stamp the greeting onto a scrap of watercolored paper with Olympia Green VersaFine. Dry the ink and trim the paper.
Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of pale yellow-green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting. Add tiny pale green sequins.
Special thanks to everyone who braved Monday's cold windy rain to take the BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress! I appreciate your rainy drive to Tukwila - and it was great to see those who've been taking my classes since I taught at Rubber Soul 18 years ago. 18 years! Thanks too, Ann, Shari and Becca - for helping us fill our baskets with everything we needed to make those birthday cards - and get a headstart on spring cards.
Good morning Memory Box fans! I hope your long weekend was a good one and found time to play in your craft place. We had a wonderful Memory Box class last week at Simple Pleasures Stamp and Scrapbooking classes. This is one of the cards everyone made!
I love the new Color Burst colors especially Cerulean Blue. I decided to use the Color Burst as a watercolor "paint" for today's card. Mix the Cerulean Blue with water so the crystals are dissolved. I also mixed the Chartreuse in a different palette until the crystals were dissolved. Wet the paper to create a wet on wet technique. Randomly brush the colors on the paper and spritz lightly with water to have the colors run in a random pattern! Makes for a fast and easy watercolored design to die cut.
I die cut the small Antilles Florals right corner from the watercolored paper and adhered into the right corner of the white paper cut from the Stitched Rectangle frame. The Dragonfly was cut from the same sheet of watercolored paper. Fun and easy card to put together with wonderfully bright spring colors!
Thanks for swinging by for a visit today and hope the rest of your week is fabulous