343 posts categorized "Watercolors"


Fri 07

Shell Shaped Cards with "Grand Spiral Shell" Die - Video

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Hello and welcome!

It's Angie here today with two shell shaped cards made with a brand new die called
"Grand Spiral Shell" die. I also used the "Reverse Little & Big Words" stamp and die set.

Here's a short video showing how I made these cards.  If you prefer you can watch it on YouTube by clicking on the YouTube text on the video.

Here's two close ups, one of each card:

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And here's one last look at both cards:

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I hope you enjoyed my cards today! I have linked my supplies below if you are interested in therm.

Be sure to stop by the Memory Box website to see all the amazing new release products, including dies, woodgrain paper, and the new "Fairy Gems."

Thanks so much for stopping by!






Sun 25

Rainbow Ring Stack - Video


Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today featuring a new die from the latest Memory Box 2021 "Under the Sea" release.

I have a short video below showing how I made this card.

Here's a closer look at my card:


You can see above the new bright "Fairy Jewels" I used to match each color of the rainbow!  I love these new jewels because they are the perfect size to add to your cards!

Here's another look.


The rainbow colors were made by smooshing Distress Inks in Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, and Dusty Concord on watercolor paper.

Here's one last look:


I hope you enjoyed my card!

Be sure to check out all the amazing new release goodies from the latest Memory Box release!

Thanks for stopping by!






Fri 23

I Think of You - Ocean Themed Card - Video

Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with an ocean-themed card featuring brand new dies from the 2021 Under the Sea release.  This release is full of amazing new ocean themed dies, shape dies, new 3D embossing folders, woodgrain paper, and a new line of self-adhesive gems/droplets.  For my card I used several of the ocean themed dies along with self-adhesive clear droplets - which come in a handy 3 size pack!

Here's a quick video showing how I made my card:

Here's a close up view:

I used a lot of ink blending and smooshing to make this card and I love how the clear droplets take on the color under them, so they will match any project you use them on!
The sentiment is from the Birch Press Designs set "Crystal Lingo," heat embossed on black card stock.
Here's one last look:
I hope you like my card!  I had so much fun creating it!
Thanks so much for stopping by!




Thu 22

Grand Tulip Shell on Embossed Waves by Jean Okimoto



Our newest release - Under the Sea - is a mix of nautical, seashore, background and contemporary designs for spring-into-summer projects.  It features embossing folders, woodgrain cardstock,  a rainbow of adhesive Fairy Jewels - and some guy-card designs perfect for Father's Day, grads and birthdays too.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a Grand Tulip Shell design that's watercolored, spritzed, pressure- and heat-embossed to create layers of color and shimmer.



Found a piece of watercolored paper in my stash - it's painted with diluted layers of dye inks from the Vineyard Kaleidacolor inkpad and spritzed with Imagine's Grape Jelly Fireworks .  Dry the inks, then cut it with the Grand Tulip Shell background.  Spritz both sides of the paper with a light mist of water.  Pressure-emboss it with the detailed Grand Tulip Shell die using the rubber embossing mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  

Use the detailed die as a stencil and sponge the embossed areas with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with Imagine's Iridescent embossing powder. Clean the die with a damp washcloth.

Cut the detailed shell from the gold sheet in the Polished Foil pad.  Layer it over the embossed background/

Cut the light lavender Twilight Purple 6x6 sheet with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Spray it with a very light mist of water, then pressure-emboss it.

Stamp the greeting - from the All the Happiness clear stamps and die set - on a different shade of lavender  from the Twilight Purple 6x6 Collection with Spanish Moss VersaFine Clair.  

Use a corner rounder punch to trim the Blooming  embossed sheet.  Round the corners of a top-folded white A-2 card.  Attach the embossed cardstock.  Add the greeting (trimmed with the corner rounder), shell (use foam tape) and the new Bright Jewel accents.


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Discover, enjoy and create with this great release - it's like a sparkly, colorful papercrafting vacation!  Here's a link to the Under the Sea Collection at the Impress online store. 

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!




Thu 15

Watercolor and Double-Emboss the Stained Glass Butterfly by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a sunny spring week with the popular - and versatile - Stained Glass Butterfly.  It's pressure- and gold-embossed for extra dimension.  Add a wonky DIY embossed slimline background and a greeting from Poppystamps too.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with more ways to use this great addition to the Memory Box butterfly collection.

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Cut a 3" square of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Paint the smoother side with overlapping diagonal layers of ink.  I used diluted shades of Imagine's dye ink refills - Vermillion, Lemon, Teal and Chartreuse.  Heat-set it, then pressure-emboss it with Stained Glass Butterfly using the rubber embossing mat and plate(s) required for your machine.

Trim it with the 2-½" Square Basics die.  Add a few specks of the Teal ink, air-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it.  






Wed 07

Special Hugs
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  I have a simple card to share today.  It was not meant to be, but ended up being, a sympathy card after a long time family friend of my husband passed away unexpectedly last week. 

Started by die cutting watercolor paper with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Watercolored the background using Wilted Violet and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks (DI).  Splattered with Black Soot DI and white gouache paint for a bit of texture.


The butterflies were die cut from Bristol paper.  Only the detailed part of the large Sylvan butterfly was die cut and adhered directly onto the watercolor panel.  The shadow piece of the small Glade butterfly was watercolored first using the same DI, then heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder for some sparkle.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on black cardstock. 



Assembled the card to finish, popping the small butterfly up with mounting tape.  
And that does it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.







Tue 06

Hello Daisy
by Sara Cook

Hope everyone is having a good spring so far.  I have lively spring card that is quick and colorful using Memory Box watercolor paper and Daisy Stem die.  



Die cut the Memory Box watercolor paper with the 2nd largest die from Wrapped Stitched Rectangles set.  Stamped the paper with the Typewriter Holiday Element word background stamp and white heat embossed.  Wet both sides of the paper with water.  I picked out 4 colors to watercolor with from my paints, bright yellow, a light green, a turquoise, and a blue.  Randomly dap the color starting with the lightest to the darkest until the paper is mostly colored.  Let the water blend the colors and only lightly touch the color together with your paintbrush. The background does not need to be fully painted.  Let dry.


Die cut the Daisy Stem flower die from the lightest yellow paper from the Sunny Orange paper pack and both stem and leaves die from a green paper from the Lush Green paper back.  I lightly added watercolored the die cuts with the matching paint used in the background.  I did add a light brown paint to the base of the daisy.  Let dry.



I stamped the hello sentiment from the Big and Little Reverse Words set with a matching aqua pigment ink, I used Fresh Ink Spruce ink pad.  Die cut the sentiment with the matching die.


Adhere the background watercolor to a matching color paper.  I chose the  darkest paper from the Fresh Aqua paper pack and trim down to 5"x3 3/4" to create a boarder.  Then adhere it to a A2 card base.  Glue the flowers together and then on the stem. Adhere the leave setem and then the flower to the center of the card.  Adhere the sentiment over the lower portion of the flower with foam tape.  







Fri 02

Quick and Easy Watercolor Backgrounds
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I wanted to share a couple of quick and easy cards that use simple watercolor backgrounds as a backdrop for my die cuts. I like to pair the watercolors with solid die cuts because they show up really well, even if you have lots of different colors in the back.  Here is a second card:


To make both cards, I started with Memory Box watercolor paper and taped it to my work surface using washi tape. I like washi tape because it is very low tac and tends not to tear your paper. (Hint..the washi I use to hold down watercolor  paper and then use it again on envelopes I mail for a decorative element). It is a good idea to tape down the paper so that it doesn't curl when you work on it. You might also want to tape it down on some heavy cardstock so that you can easily move it to the side as it dries.

Once my paper was taped, I wet the paper with water and a brush to whatever shape I desired. For both cards, I made a rectangle. In this picture, I slightly tinted the water blue so that you could see the shape on camera:


Next, I added some green, blue and purple Peerless watercolor paint to my rectangle:


I like Peerless a lot because the colors are vibrant and blend well.  My tips on watercolors:

  1. Don't judge a watercolor until it is dry. Often times they look so different wet and dry that the ones I thought I would hate become my favorite.
  2. Don't overwork your paint. You will want to keep fussing to make your colors blend "perfectly," but don't. The more you try to control watercolors, the worse it will look. Let it do it's own thing.
  3. Paint will pool at the edges of your shape in this technique. Let the puddles dry that way. You will end up with really interesting looking edges.
  4. Don't over-blend. This one goes with tip #2. Let the colors run into each other and do their own blending. If you blend too much, you will end up with one solid color instead of many.

Once my pieces were dry, all that was left was to add my die cuts. Easy!






Tue 23

It Means So Much...
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here. Today I watercolored  All the Happiness stamp and die set. I stamped the bouquet image onto Open Studio Watercolor Paper. I used Karin Brushmarker set to color the flowers, leaves and berries.  After the bouquet has dried, die cut and set aside.


I trimmed a piece of watercolor paper to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and adhere to a card base. I added a light water wash of gray color to the  panel. I used the Crystal Corner Die and die cut a piece of green paper from the Lush Green 6x6 paper pack. I adhered the corner die cut in the corner, and layered the bouquet over the corner die cut.


I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set, Joyful Moments. I added some splatters of the gray water wash. I added some gems.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek! Enjoy your week!

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Fri 19

by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have a card which features some loose watercoloring. This is a technique where you create multiple cards easily. 

I stamped my image twice on watercolor paper using a waterproof black ink. I dried it with my heat tool to make sure it was completely dry.


Next, I watercolored my image, dried it, and then spattered the paper with black, gold and white ink.

I trimmed my watercolored paper and adhered it to a black cardstock layer. I used foam tape to mount it to a white card base.


To finish the card, I stamped the word Hello on a strip of black cardstock and white heat embossed it. I used foam tape to adhere it to my card front.

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