8 posts categorized "Watercolor paper"

11/24/2020

Tue 24

Watercolor Texture Technique
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I wanted to share a watercolor technique that I learned from the Peerless Watercolor Instagram page.  I love working with watercolors and am always interested in new techniques.  All you are going to need for this technique is some watercolor paint (I used Peerless, but you could use any brand), watercolor paper (I used Memory Box) and some bubble wrap.  Who doesn't have bubble wrap this time of year?

Step one- tape down your watercolor paper so that the paper won't warp too much with all the paint and water.  I used washi tape since it is low tac and then taped it onto some heavy weight chip board:

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Step two- spritz your watercolor paper with water so that the paint you add will blend easier.  Next, add a bunch of paint with a wet brush.  You can tell from my picture that my paper got quite wet:

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Final step, place a piece of bubble wrap on top, place a book on top, and allow it to dry naturally.  I let it sit for about two hours.  You could also just leave it till the next day.  I made a bunch of these backgrounds at the same time so that I would have ready to use decorative papers for future cards.  Here is the background I ended up using for this card:

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You can see that the bubbles left different looking imprints depending on how inflated the bubbles were.  To finish the card, I cut out my snowman and added some teal cardstock behind it. 

Tip for the backgrounds- if your paper ends up warped, you can press it under a heavy book or just use a lot of tape to hold it down.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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11/22/2020

Sun 22

A Little Polar Bear and a Stitched Circle by Jean Okimoto

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The new Stitched Circle die creates a great backdrop for the sweet polar bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  Add a matching scarf and Special Merry Christmas message - and glitter.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another stitched design for the holidays.

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Cut kraft cardstock with the 4" Circle Basics die.  Prep the Stitched Circle Die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the little dots, then cut the circle.  Use Scotch transparent tape to attach red floss to the backside of the diecut in the area between the two dotted circles.  Don't tape the floss ends in the center - if you decide to cut the center out later (like I did)  you'll cut the threads.  Stitch between the alternating dots.

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Connect the stitches, then tape the end of the floss on the backside.  

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Repeat the process with green floss.

After finishing the stitching,  I decided to diecut the center - using the 1-¾" Circle Basics die.  Cut a 1-½" circle from the bright green glitter sheet in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Cut the polar bear in the Snowglobe Backer set from Open Studio Watercolor paper.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his head for the nose.  Color the paws, muzzle and center with very diluted iced spruce Distress Oxides. Wrap and tie three strands of floss around his neck for a scarf.

Save time when attaching delicate greetings with these tips.  Pressure-emboss Special Merry Christmas on the front of the card using the rubber embossing  mat and plate(s) required for your machine. That creates an inset section to align the greeting.  Cut the greeting from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Another tip - leave the diecut in the die, place a strip of ¼" wide lined doublestick tape across each word and run it through the machine again.  This 2-step process usually cuts the adhesive layer but leaves the line intact for easy removal.  Press the greeting onto the pressure-embossed area for a perfect fit.  A few extra steps - but it makes it so easy to align and inset the delicate greeting!

Attach the diecuts to a red A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foamtape behind the top portion of the bear.  Punch ¼" circles of the green glittered cardstock.

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11/17/2020

Tue 17

Watercolor Christmas Card
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I want to share a card I colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, a waterbrush, and some Memory Box watercolor paper.

First, I stamped my holly onto watercolor paper using black Versafine ink and then allowing the ink to dry.  Next, I colored the bottom of each leaf with my darkest green pen:

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Next, I blended out the dark green marker using a lighter green marker.  The nice thing about a real brush marker is that you don't have to worry about the dark paint staining your lighter marker (as you would with a Tombo or Marvy).

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Finally, I dragged the light green marker out to the edges using a waterbrush:

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For the berries, I added some color to he bottom of each circle before dragging the color out to the edges with my waterbrush:

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Here is the close up of the finished piece popped up on the card:

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The background for the card is simply the new Krotted Diamond Background die paper-pieced with some of the new Memory Box garland 6" x 6" papers.

Have a great day!

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11/04/2020

Wed 04

Sapphire Poinsettia Christmas
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I am sharing a non-traditional monochromatic color Christmas card today made with several products from the 2020 Christmas collection.

Started by stamping the poinsettia from Spirit of Christmas on Memory Box watercolor paper with light blue Archival ink.  Did no-line watercoloring using Chipped Sapphire distress ink.  Added dots to the center with a white gel pen before die cutting it out with the coordinating die.

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Next, ink smooshed Faded Jeans distress oxide ink (DOx) onto more watercolor paper then die cut with the Forest Pine Branch and Mistletoe Swags from it.  On a smaller piece of watercolor paper, ink smooshed Stormy Sky DOx then die cut from it with the berries in the Mistletoe Bundle die set.  

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A Stitched Rectangle Trimmings frame was then die cut from silver foil paper in the Polished Foil Pad.  Heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set with white embossing powder onto a dark blue panel.  Assembled the card, popping the poinsettia up with foam tape.  Added shading to the berries with a dark blue Polychromos pencil to finish.

And that‘s it it for me.  Thank you for joining me.  Enjoy your day.

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10/23/2020

Fri 23

Wishing Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone! Today I have a fun technique for you called " Die Cut Letterpress". I saw this technique on Jennifer McGuire's blog: Here. I used the new Mistletoe Wreath Die for my card.

I die cut the Wreath 3 times from cardstock and once from vellum. Next I glued them all together, with the vellum wreath on top.  This forms our faux letterpress die. You want the vellum die cut on top to have a non-porous surface to ink the die cut.

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Next I inked the vellum side of the die cut with Distress Oxide Inks and placed it ink side down onto a piece of watercolor paper. I lightly misted the watercolor paper with plain water before I placed my die cut down. I ran this through my die cut machine as if embossing a die cut. All machines are different so just follow the instructions for embossing.

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The die cut will peel right off the paper. You can wipe the ink off it and use it again.

I spattered the background with the green inks and sponged the edges of the card with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I used various sized hole punches to create the berries and glued them around the wreath.

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I die cut the shadow portion of the word wishing from kraft cardstock and the writing portion from white cardstock. Next I glued the word to the shadow and adhered them to the card.

I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment on a strip of kraft cardstock and used foam tape to adhere it to the card.

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To finish the card, I used foam tape to glue the card front to a kraft mat and adhered that to a white card base.

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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10/12/2020

Mon 12

Matching Plaids, Dots and Stripes with Watercolored Images
by Anne Thompson

Now for something completely different...I am not going to show you a finished project.  Instead I'm going to show you how I approach using a variety of papers together with watercolored images because I love mixing up multiple papers on one card.  This past week I received Memory Box  6 X 6 paper pads in the mail that I had ordered--CHRISTMAS PLAID PP1009 and GARLAND STRIPES AND DOTS PP1011.  And this is what I did with them:

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Let's see how I got to these ten envelopes.  You can guess from just the front covers of these paper pads how many designs and color combinations are possible:

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I began by taking all of the plaid papers out of their binding and laying them out in pairs, front and back.  Then I began matching up combinations in much the same way that I play with fabrics as a quilter, considering colors, tones, patterns, textures.  As I worked through the sorting process I stopped occasionally to look for papers in the Stripes and Dots collection that I could add in for more interest.   As I worked I also began cutting the papers into standard sizes I use most...4 X 5 1/4, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, 3 X 6, 2 X 6...and included whatever smaller scraps were left over as well.  I placed each paper collection into an envelope and set all ten of them aside.

Next I stamped a bunch of images on Memory Box WATERCOLOR PAPER WP101 using VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink.  I chose the cardinal, holly leaf and berries branch, and poinsettia with coordinating dies from SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS CL5261-D.  I stamped both the smallest and the medium-sized mistletoe sprigs from MISTLETOE SWAG CL5247.  (You may have this stamp set or MERRY AND BRIGHT MISTLETOE CL5246 in your stash.  They are no longer available in the online catalog.)  And I used the smaller leafy branch and its die from BERRY WREATH CL5260-D.  With the envelopes of papers close by I chose colors from my pan watercolors that coordinated with the papers and used waterbrushes to paint the images.  I spattered some of the images with watery gold paint once they were dry.

This is one of my favorite combinations:

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And another:

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And just one more:

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I now have ten envelopes of coordinated papers, cut to sizes I use most often, along with some already prepared watercolored images all ready to assemble into at least ten, and probably lots more, cards.  All I need to do next is pull out the box of white and holiday-colored note cards, some coordinating cardstocks if I want to layer anything, adhesives, and some sentiment stamps and inks and I'll be ready to go.  Maybe I'll start with this envelope: 

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Happy Crafting!

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10/08/2020

Thu 08

Turn Stitched Burst into a Spiderweb by Jean Okimoto

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Ready for Halloween?  Stitch a spiderweb using the Stitched Burst die, add a pair of bats, some pumpkins and glittery ghosts too!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - subbing glittery bats for spiders because I don't have a spider die.  Big bats swooping down over little ghosts...why not?

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Spritz the textured side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a light mist of water.  Sponge or brush the damp paper with ripe persimmon, mowed lawn and black soot Distress Oxides.  Spritz it again, then heat-set it.  Cut it with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die and the Stitched Burst.  Punch a ⅛" hole near the center of the burst.  

Stitch it with Aunt Lydia's White Pearl Metallic Crochet Thread - tape the thread ends on the reverse side with Scotch Transparent Tape (Magic Tape might tear).  The thread makes the web sparkle - like spiderwebs on a rainy day.

Cut the Cave Bat and the 3 bats from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set from the black Frosted Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.  Cut the ghosts from a white Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.  Cut the pumpkins from a scrap of watercolor paper sponged with ripe persimmon Distress Oxide.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-2 card - use foam dots for the Cave Bat and the second pumpkin from the left.

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Blend mowed lawn and ripe persimmon onto the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor paper - my sponges had some of the black soot ink on them. Stamp the greeting - from the Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Onyx Black Versafine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 3-¼" x 2" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Attach the remaining two bats.

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I love the stitching dies - for what they actually are, and for what they can be with a little imagination.  Like using the Stitched Tree die to create a giant candy corn.  That's another project...wish me luck with that!

Thanks for visiting...see you again this weekend...

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10/04/2020

Sun 04

3-D Snowglobes & Glitter Paper
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome!  I have made a couple of pretty 3-D scenes using the newly released snowglobe dies and some beautiful glitter papers from Memory Box.  These die sets can be used individually or in combination with each other to create lovely 3D snowglobes.  In addition to the main large die piece in each set, they come with other small dies such as a cloud, a cabin, critters, snowmen, and more.

For my projects today, I combined four dies for the first one and three dies for my second snow globe.

To see how these dies work together, check out Laura's post HERE.  She has some great tips and pictures that show just how easy they are to assemble.

For the first snow globe, I applied Distress Oxide and Distress inks direct to white card stock panels, splattered them with white acrylic paint and die cut the following:

1)  "Snowmen Snowglobe":  Iced Spruce Oxide panel

2)  "Cabin Snowglobe":  Speckled Egg Oxide panel

3)  Background opening:  Pastel Glitter Paper (blue) 

4)  The cloud die:  White Pastel Glitter paper

5)  The tiny cabin:  Watercolor paper inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink

6)  "Snowglobe Backer" & snow on cabin:  White card stock (I added a strip of Iced Spruce on the bottom front)

7)  Chimney smoke and back of cabin:  Brown card stock

Once the die cutting was complete, it was very easy to assemble because the backer has score marks to 1) show you where to place the inner snowglobe dies and 2) another one on the edge to actually fold upward to create the bottom snow drift in the front.  I had cut the backer in white and after assembling it, i decided I wanted Iced Spruce on the bottom snowdrift, so I used a scrap of that card stock to die cut just the bottom of the backer die.  I trimmed it with scissors and added it to the front of my snow globe.  Now my bottom snow drift was the color I wanted it to be!

Here's a look at my second one:

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This time I used Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide ink then die cut the "Radiant Snowglobe" background.  I only used the sky background from that piece and combined it with all other white die cuts.  The trees in the front were cut from white using the "Cabin Snowglobe" die set.  After adhering the two snowglobe dies together inside the backer die, and before gluing the bottom snowdrift on the backer die up, I stamped the sentiment from the "Spirit of Christmas" stamp set.  I added a star gem from my stash on the background to draw your eyes to the gorgeous radiant die-cut lines.

On both projects, I added thin gold twine in a loop though the holes at the top.  Now I can either hang them on my tree or use them as home decor items during the holidays!

Here's a few more views of my finished snowglobes:

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I hope you like my projects for today....be sure to check out all the newly released products from Memory Box's 2020 Christmas release.  There are so many beautiful things to be made with them.

Thanks so much for stopping by, see you next time!

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