134 posts categorized "Coloring"


Fri 27

Using Old Favorites In New Ways by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  Vicki here with you today.  I have a new project using some of my "old" favorites from Memory Box and a stamp set from Poppy Stamps as well.  I love being able to use supplies in my "collection" to pull a completely different style of card together.  


You might remember this card from last fall that I created using the Grateful Autumn Stamp Set from Memory Box.  I used Metallic Watercolors on Stonehenge Black Watercolor Paper from Legion (who also makes Yupo Paper).  

Just because it has Autumn in the name doesn't mean it can't be used for any of the other seasons that have leaves on the trees.  Lots of folks north of Texas live in states where it is still snowing this week and they don't even have the first little buds of leaves out on their trees.  Here in North Texas, Our Redbuds are just budding out this week and in a week or so, we'll have lots of small green leaves popping out everywhere.  The Bradford Pears have also begun blooming.  In Texas, we have Live Oak Trees, and they stay green year-round.  There are many such trees in Texas and I remember being fascinated by them when we first moved to Texas in the late 1990's.  Being a midwestern girl, the only kind of evergreen trees I had ever seen were the Cedar and Evergreen varieties that remind you of Christmas Trees.  There is a huge, ancient, Live Oak Tree on the grounds of the Alamo.  Its limbs have grown so heavy that many are now supported by giant cables and many are literally laying on the ground, but still growing.  

Today I wanted to use this same stamp set to create a pretty Wet-On-Wet Watercolor Background with a lot of visual interest.   Using the large image from the set, I heat embossed it onto a 5 x 7 panel of Watercolor Paper.  Next, I wet the entire panel using a #10 Escoda Versatil Paint Brush. These brushes are hand made in Barcelona Spain and have a Triple Crimp Ferrule and they don't shed!

Next, I added Diopside Genuine in a pretty concentrated mix of paint and water.  I sort of dabbed at the area of the leaves but didn't stay within the lines.  I let that dry and then repeated the process with Ultramarine Turquoise, making sure to extend the paint and water to the entire panel, letting it move freely as I turned the paper.  When it was not quite dry, I went in with a watery layer of Iridescent Gold Watercolor on the top and turning the paper, again let it move around the entire panel of watercolor paper.  As this dries, the gold settles into the texture of the paper making it very visible.  

I die cut the panel with a Rectangle Basics Die and then used the leftover piece to heat emboss my sentiment onto. The sentiment is from Poppy Stamps Butterfly Greetings Stamp Set and I love this font!  Using a smaller Rectangle Basics Die I die cut the sentiment out and then used the next size up to cut a mat from Gold Foiled Cardstock. I popped the sentiment up on some foam tape.  I also had an already cut piece of cardstock sitting there that I had previously cut for another project and then didn't use, so it was perfect for this.  

I die cut the Drifting Side Butterfly from the center of that panel, which is a very economical way to use your gold cardstock and although I don't often do it that way, I should!  I don't sit and plan out a card from beginning to end with what I'm going to do.  I'm definitely a "fly by the seat of your pants" cardmaker.  I get an idea of what stamp set I want to use and what technique, but that's as far as the planning goes until I actually sit down to put the card together.  So usually, I'm too far into the process when I think about using the gold foiled cardstock that way. 

I love all the shimmer and shine on this card and that perfect final touch was the sequins and gems I added.  These particular sequins are iridescent teal and they matched so well.  I've had them for years and I don't know where they came from.  I will be really sad when I run out as they are so pretty.  Then as I often do, I added a little gem in the center of the sequin which really makes everything sparkle and shine.  

I did play around with adding colored cardstock or shimmer cardstock for the butterfly's body behind the gold frame, but I didn't care for any of the colors I tried over just using the gold outline, which allowed the watercolor to be seen through the wings. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project today and that you might be inspired to see what you can do with a stamp set you may already have.  I have an extended post over on my blog today as I go into some detail about my watercolor palettes that I've made recently.  I'll hope you'll pop over there if your interested in that sort of thing. 







Fri 24

by Michelle Bala


Hello! Michelle here.  I've been itching to ink up the stamp set, Friendship Floral Heart!  I opted for one of the smaller floral cluster and used it to stamp the background. I shaded the flowers and colored the background with Copic Markers in shades R00, R21, R32, R43; RV10, RV02, RV04; YR24; YG11, YG61; BG96. I splattered some white and gold paint and stickles glitter glue. 


I die cut Hello Banner Script Die, with a metallic adhesive backed paper I adhered to cardstock before cutting.  I inked up two strips of cardstock with the same Copic colors to match the flowers. I embossed the sentiments with rose gold embossing powder.  


After I assembled the card I scattered some sequins. Thanks for stopping by for peek! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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Tue 14

by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!  Today I have a cute Valentine's Day card for you featuring many new products.

To make this card I started with red cardstock and placed the Drifting Hearts Stencil over the paper and sponged Versa Mark ink over the stencil.  I removed the stencil and applied clear embossing powder over the stenciled image and heat embossed it.  This gave the hearts a nice glossy shine.  To make the hearts stand out a little more, I sponged Aged Mahogany and Black Soot Distress ink over the embossed hearts. Buff the paper with a tissue to remove any ink that might be on the embossed hearts.

I die cut the heart using one of the new Double Stitched Loving Heart dies. From the heart I die cut the Banded Heart Locket Die.

I die cut the branch and used twine to tie the heart to the branch.

I stamped, colored and die cut the bunny and adhered it to the back of the heart opening. 


Using foam tape I glued the card front to my white card base.  I did not put adhesive behind the bunny so that I could put the hanging heart behind the bunny.  I glued the branch and hanging heart to the card front and then placed foam tape behind the bunny to adhere it to the card.

To finish the card I stamped and white heat embossed the XOXO.  Then I used foam tape to glue it to the card.


That's it for today!  I hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by.






Tue 07

Love You
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have a card for you which features only some of the wonderful new products from the 2020 Valentine's release.  

To create this card I stamped the Friendship Floral Heart in the upper right hand corner of my card and colored it with colored pencils.  Then I placed the Drifting Hearts Stencil over my card and sponged hearts under the stamped flowers.  I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink for the hearts and the edge of the card. Next I spattered the card with blue and white ink. When the ink was dry I glued the card front to a black cardstock mat, and used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.  

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I die cut the Love Airy Script from black cardstock and glued it to my card front.  Next I stamp the word you on a strip of black cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  


I hope you enjoy this new release and can see the versatility of all the products.  Even though it's a Valentine's release I feel this card would be a great card for many occasions.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of your week!






Wed 25

Diecut Friendship Floral Heart with Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out by Jean Okimoto

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Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating today!  

December arrived so quickly, bringing the Valentine's 2020 Collection filled with beautiful hearts and flowers.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple watercolored design from the new collection - and a faux-splatter technique.

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Spritz the smoother side of watercolor paper with a fine mist of water.  Paint it a pale, watery pink - I used a diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refill.  Heat-set it - from both sides to minimize curling.

Stamp the large Friendship Floral Heart with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Watercolor the flowers, leaves and berries.  Heat-set it again.

Cover the entire heart with the Poppystamps Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape. It's a versatile tape with a soft translucent shimmer - and white specks. It resembles random splatters of white paint, water or bleach.  These amazing little white spots landed exactly where I wanted them to - unlike the wayward, wonkly splatters I usually end up with. Cut it with the largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out.  Cut the front panel of a gray 5-½" square card with the same die.  

Paint the smooth side of a watercolor paper scrap pink.  Heat-set the ink and stamp "be happy" from the new Big and Little Valentine's Clear Stamps with a clean VersaMark inkpad.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder, set it aside to cool.  Brush Slate Gray Kaleidacolor Dye Ink over it with a slightly damp wide paintbrush.  The embossed greeting will resist the dye ink and match the Friendship Floral Heart.

Assemble the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add ¼" punched circles of pink glittered cardstock.

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Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and will try these techniques on holiday thank-yous and Valentine designs. 

Thanks for visiting - see you again tomorrow!



Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out


Friendship Floral Heart Clear Stamps Set


Big and Little Valentine's Clear Stamps Set


Poppystamps Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape





Mon 02

Glad Tidings
by Michelle Bala

Hello there! Michelle here, stopping by to share a Christmas card I created using Tidings Wreath

clear stamp set.  I stamped the wreath onto Copic Marker friendly cardstock.  

Here is a list of the colors I chose, for the greenery: YG61, G24, YG67;  the berries: R24, R29, R59;

white/ gray: W00, W1, W2, W3, W6;  blue/ gray: BG70, BG72, BG75;

the background: V20, V22, and colorless blender.

For large images, I color a small section at a time. I don't like to color all the same- colored images at once.

I tend to get bored and make mistakes. Coloring a small section allows me to see where I want to lay my shadows.

After the image is complete, trim your panel. This card measures 4 1/4 by 5 1/2.

I adhered the panel to a card base, than splattered some white and gold paint. After the paint splatter dries

I added some clear Stickles glitter glue. I embossed two sentiments from the same stamp set with gold embossing powder.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

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Fri 29

Peace on Earth
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a Christmas card using the amazing Ruffled Poinsettia Die!!! 

This card is fairly simple to create. Here is how I went about it...I die cut the poinsettia three times. 

I colored the petals, leaves, and flower centers with Copic Markers. I left the frame of the petals and leaves


The lighter poinsettia Copic colors: RV00, RV02, RV04.  The darker poinsettia Copic colors: RV63, RV66, RV69.

For the leaves: G40, G43, G46. For the flower centers: YR21, YR24. I splattered white paint on the leaves and petals and set aside to dry. 

I used a piece of black card stock for the background. Splattered some white and gold paint and set aside to dry.

I die cut Peace sentiment twice, once with silver glitter card stock the other with basic black card stock. I adhered them

together slightly off center to create a shadow. Emboss and trim the sentiment from the stamp set Tidings Wreath.


Assemble the card as you desire. This is the fun part! You can arrange the flowers and sentiments any way you choose!

I adhered the poinsettias first with foam tape. Than I trimmed the over hang. Than I adhered the die cut sentiment,

also with foam tape. The embossed sentiment I adhered with glue.

For a finishing touch, I added some Stickles clear glitter glue to the flower centers.

Hope you give this a try!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tue 12

Joy Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today I have a cute Christmas card to inspire you to get a start on your holiday card making. 

To make this card I started by die cutting the Starry Burst die onto watercolor paper.  I sponged over the paper with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink and misted it with plain water.  The water helps the ink blend and settle into the rays of the burst. Next, I spattered the background with white paint.



Next, I die cut the Pine Tree Hill from watercolor paper and glued this to my inked card front.  I trimmed away the excess on each side of the trees to fit the inked panel.  

I stamped the word "Joy" with red ink, die cut it, and used foam tape to glue it to my card.  I also stamped the sentiment in red ink under the trees.  

The deer were stamped, colored and die cut and I used foam tape to adhere them to the card.


To finish the card I mounted the card front to patterned paper mat and glued this to a white card base.  

I hope you all have a great week, and find some time to make some cards!









Wed 23

Boo Card
by Donna


Hello everyone, today I have a cute Halloween Card for you which uses several stamps to create a wreath around an adorable ghost. I used the Gina K Wreath Builder Template to create my wreath.  I picked my main stamp image to begin building my wreath.  


I started by placing my template in my Misti Stamp Platform, and then placed a 4"x 4" piece of watercolor paper into the template.  I stamped my first image and then rotated my paper 4 times to begin to create my wreath.



I picked several other stamp images to fill in my wreath.  Once I was done with my stamping, I watercolored the wreath.  I fussy cut the center of the wreath and glued it to a black cardstock mat.

I die cut the ghost and the word BOO from white cardstock.  I glued the word BOO to a strip of black cardstock and adhered the ghost and the word to the front of the card.


To finish the card I adhered the card front to a white card base using foam adhesive.

I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!







Fri 13

Hello Card
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone,

Today's card uses an exclusive stamp set that is part of Simon Says Stamptember event. Please check out Laura's post yesterday for more information or hop over to Simon Says Stamp blog. 


I used a spotlight stamping technique for this card.  

On a white cardstock panel I stamped my image with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I stamped on another strip of white cardstock with black ink and colored that image with colored pencil.

I lightly sponged Antique Linen Distress ink on both panels and spattered them with black and brown inks. Once the ink was dry I used foam tape and adhered my colored strip on top of the stamped panel.  I just matched up my image so it looks like one continuous pattern.  

I die cut the word hello several times from black cardstock and glued them together.  This gives the word a little more dimension. 


To finish the card, I stamped my sentiment under the word hello and added some black epoxy dots to the card front.  

I hope you stop by the Simon Says Stamp blog to get more inspiration!

Have a great day!