332 posts categorized "Watercolors"


Thu 18

Sideways Over the Rainbow by Jean Okimoto

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The new Arched Collage and Color Wheel 6x6's create a perfect rainbow - like on Michelle's Rainbow Shaker card.  Or add a watercolored Wrapped Stitched Rectangle, Color Wheel 6x6's bright pastels, and Graceful Garden glitter diecuts for a totally different look.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to take advantage of these great dies and papers from our 2021 Spring Collection.

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Cut watercolored paper with the second-largest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.  Cut the rectangle with Arched Collage.  Save the offcuts for another project.

Cut 3" strips of the Color Wheel cardstock in different widths (from left to right) - 1-¼", 1", ¾", 1", 1". They're from these sets - Twilight Purple, Vibrant Violet, Sunny Orange and Fresh Aqua.

Tape them together to keep them intact, then attach them behind the Arched Collage.  There are 9 Color Wheel 6x6 Sets - a total of 108 beautiful colors!  Use your favorite shades (or the recipient's) and vary the widths for different looks.  Or stack the colors vertically, like a real rainbow.

Cut a white Thank You Posh Script background.  Cut the delicate top layer from the pink Graceful Garden Glitter Pad sheet.  

Cut Stitched Rain Boots (a classic favorite for many years) and punch ¼" dots from the glitter sheet too.

Attach everything to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½") - use foamtape for boot on the right.

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Slimline cards are always a nice surprise in the mail.  The envelopes look like plain everyday mail - finding your handcrafted card inside makes it extra-special!

Thanks for visiting...keep warm and safe.  See you again this weekend!






Fri 05

Fun Fold Pop Up Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Friday.  When I saw a cool card by Bibi Cameron on Instagram (IG), I knew I had to try it!  Bonus that it’s super easy, too!

Started by partial die cutting a gray top folding card base with the largest Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart die, leaving the bottom uncut.


Took a light pink top folding card base next and partially die cut it so the top of the heart where the fold is remains connected.


Align and adhere the hearts to the front and back of the card base on the inside...  and now the card is ready to decorate.


The inside was left blank.  


I stamped the images from Peony Garden Corner with Fadeout ink on mixed media paper and did some no-line watercoloring using new Karin brush markers I received for Christmas.  The images were die cut out with the matching dies.  The sentiment from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout was then white heat embossed on a black heart cut-out.  Assembled the card to finish.


Almost forgot to mention when assembling, it is important not to adhere anything to the cutout area.  All adhesive is on the gray base.  I had a short video showing what it looks like when opened, but had trouble uploading.  Bibi’s IG link above will show you exactly what type of card it is.  Well, that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.








Wed 03

Love Under the Cherry Blossoms. by Sara Cook

Hello everyone.  I have a Valentine's watercolor project featuring the Cherry Blossom Wreath with a heart opening to the inside of the card.

Front cherry blossoms

Cherry Blossoms:

Gold emboss the Cherry Blossom Wreath on Membory Box Watercolor paper.  Watercolor with Zig Real Brush pens.  Use 025 and 026 for the cherry blossoms.  Use 041 and 047 for the leaves.  Apply clean water with a water brush and apply the lightest color to a non porous surface and pick up with the water brush and add to the image.  Add the darkest color direct on the image where the shadow should be.  To color the background apply grey blue, 092, to a glass surface and pick up with the water brush.  Apply to the background of the wreath.

Heart Cut out:

Take the 2nd smallest die from the Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut and die cut out the center of the wreath.  Save the heart die cut. Die cut the full wreath with the Cherry Blossom Wreath die cut, making sure the center part of the die is tucked behind the heart cut out.  Use a light blue A2 card base and temperarilly center the wreath to the card base.  Temporarily glue the heart saved from the wreath back into place.  Remove just the wreath, keeping heart die cut in place.  Position the 2nd smallest Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart die over the heart die cut, make sure to have the card open, and run through the die cut machine.  Glue the wreath on the front of the card base, centering the hearts.  Cut off the excess of the wreath hanging off the card base.

Supplies cherry blossoms

Inside of Card:

Gold emboss Happy Valentine's Day on the inside of the card toward the top center using the Big and Little Valentine's stamp set.  Make sure it cannot be seen through the heart cut out.  Die cut the 2nd smallest Scallop Pinpoint Heart from vellum. Addd glue to the areas that will be covered by the birds.  Glue the heart through the front of the closed card.  Die cut Poppy Stamps Little Hummingbirds from white card stock.  Glue the birds over the vellum heart, positioning to see them through the heart cut out.  Gold emboss 2 of the full cherry blossoms on Memory Box watercolor paper.  Color the same way as the wreath and die cut. Glue them to either sides of the bottom of the vellum heart.  

Inside cherry blossoms







Thu 28

Double-Emboss a Watercolored Crystal Heart by Jean Okimoto

Add a double layer of texture to a watercolored Crystal Heart with pressure- and heat-embossing.  It's an easy way to add dimension to a detailed design...without paper-piecing.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to use this great new die from our 2021 Valentine Collection.

Cut the second-largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out from the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Sponge it with overlapping layers of picked raspberry, worn lipstick and ripe persimmon Distress Oxides.  Heat-set the inks.

Pressure emboss it with the Crystal Heart die using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Leave the diecut in the die and sponge it with VersaMark.  Remove the die.  Heat-emboss the VersaMark-ed sections with detail gold powder - the watercolor paper adds texture to the embossing.  Clean both sides of the VersaMark-ed die with a damp washcloth, then dry it with a paper towel.

Cut Crystal Heart again from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Punch a tiny hole near the top center of the watercolored heart.  Tie the hearts together with gold cord.  Curl the cord ends with the side of a bone folder or the plastic flower burnishing tool. P1002843

Press worn lipstick ink onto a large acrylic stamp block then brush the ink onto the textured side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Heat-set the ink.  Cut the paper with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Attach the rectangle to a top-folded white A-2 card.

Shake Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz to blend the contents.  Use the bottom of the tube to splatter the painted background with a specks of gold.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Valentine Words Clear Stamp Set - on the smoother side of the watercolor paper with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Heat-emboss it with clear powder. Trim it and add it to the card.


Hope you enjoy the versatility of Memory Box dies as much as I do.  They're great for pressure-embossing, cutting stencils and as the actual stencil as we've used Crystal Heart here.  

Thanks for visiting...





Thu 17

Scatter Snowspeckles on a Watercolored Background by Jean Okimoto


'Twas the week before Christmas...time to make some simple cards for holiday thank you notes.   Hi, Jean Okimoto combining Memory Box Wide Washi Tape and Open Studio Watercolor Paper on quick cards.

Paint the smoother side of the watercolor paper with watery, overlapping layers of green, blue and yellow dye ink refills or Distress Oxides.  Let the colors blend and air-dry for a few minutes, then heat-set it.  

Attach Watercolor Forest Greenery Wide Washi Tape to the painted watercolor paper.  For a softer, frosty look, add a layer of Poppystamps Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape.  Cut it with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

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Cut ¾" x 4" and ¾" x 4-½" accent strips of green cardstock for the vertical cards. P1001836

 Cut ¾" x 3-¾" and ¾" x3-¼" strips for the horizontal card.

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Punch ¼" circles of the gold and bright green Holiday 6x6 glittered cardstock.  Attach the diecuts to a white A-2 cards. 

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!







Mon 30

Watercolor Poinsettia
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I have been on a watercolor kick lately.  I just can't seem to stop using my watercolor markers. To make this card, I first chose some floral paper that I really liked from the Garland 6" x 6" paper pack and then chose markers that matched the colors.

One of the best tips I heard about coloring a poinsettia is that the green leaves are basically the same as the red leaves...they are just a different color.  Therefore, I stamped my poinsettia flower twice onto Memory Box watercolor paper in black archival ink and then colored one red and one in greens to assemble a larger finished poinsettia.


I first added some dark red Zig clean color real brush marker to the base of the petals.


Next, I blended out the color with a lighter color.


For the green leaves, I used three shades of green.  I used just a touch of the darkest color....


.... and then blended with the two lighter colors.

All that was left was to cut out a few of the leaves and tape them behind my red flower.  I then popped up the circle date with a little bit of foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by!







Tue 24

Watercolor Texture Technique
by Laura Fulcher


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:


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:


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:


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!







Wed 04

Sapphire Poinsettia Christmas
by Trina Pham


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.


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.  


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.






Wed 14

Mistletoe Print Making Coloring Technique
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have another simple Christmas card to share today featuring the just released Mistletoe Bundle die and a fun and easy watercolor background technique called Print Making Coloring that Kathy Racoosin shared HERE.  

The mistletoe was die cut from Memory Box (MB) watercolor paper and placed on top of a full sheet of MB watercolor paper.  Spritz lightly with water then started watercoloring the mistletoe using Zig markers.


Spritz more water to get the colors to move and flow over onto the bottom piece.  While the mistletoe is still wet, flipped it over onto the panel to make the “print(s)”.  I wanted a lighter print background, so I used more water and added less color to the die-cut.  Repeated the process until I was happy with it.


For texture and more interest, added black splatters.  Set aside to dry.


Next, die cut a window opening from Bristol paper using Double Stitch Rectangle.  Heat embossed the sentiment from Berry Wreath stamp set with Liquid Platinum embossing powder on the bottom.


The bow and Stitch Rectangle Trimmings frame were die cut from gold foil paper in the Polished Foil Pad.  The berries were die cut from white glitter paper in the Frosted Glitter Pad.  Used C1 and C3 Copic markers to add shading to them.  Adhered the print background piece directly onto the card base.  Popped the Bristol panel on top with foam tape then assembled the card to finish.


More new products have been added to the Holiday collection, so make sure to check them out.  And that does it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day. 






Sat 19

Forest Pinecone Branch Through Two Seasons
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, Christmas is my favorite time of year.  So much so I usually skip over fall. 😂   Well, as you can see, not today!  Using the same process, the same layout and the same dies from this year’s Christmas collection, I made a fall version, too.

For both clean and simple (CAS) cards, the Forest Pine Branch was die cut from Memory Box’s watercolor paper and watercolored with Zig markers and a waterbrush.  The Pinecone Stackers were die cut from brown cardstock and the bottom edges sponged with white pigment ink.  It didn’t have enough contrast, so went in with a white gel pen to make them stand out more. The A2 sized panels were die cut from Bristol paper using the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Masked off the bottom half of the panel with masking paper... and this was where the process diverged.


For the fall card, a circle mask was die cut from masking paper using Circle Basics.  Made a couple of rips in it, then adhered it to the panel.  Applied Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed distress inks (DI) with blender brushes and a detailed blending tool.  Removed the circle mask and blended whatever ink was remaining on the Mustard Seed blender brush to fill in the setting sun.  


Stamped the sentiment from Winter Greenery with Fired Brick distress oxide (DOx) ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Assembled the card to finish.


For the Christmas card, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch DI’s were used to create the wintry sky.  Splattered it with white gouache paint for snow.  A white gel pen was used to add snow to the pine branch and pinecone.


Stamped the sentiment from Mistletoe Swag with Wilted Violet DOx ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Spritz the panel with a sparkle spray for some shimmer.  Assembled the card to finish.


I think if snow was added to the fall card, it would make for a fun non-traditional color Christmas card.  Well, that’s it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.