350 posts categorized "Watercolors"


Sat 11

Royal Treatment
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I hope all have crafty plans this weekend!

I wanted to play with the the new castle stamp. I have seen it used with so many color palettes and even used as a spooky Halloween castle. I wanted to go for a fairytale look for my card. I started by stamping my castle onto watercolor paper using Black Versafine ink. Once it dried (it takes a while), I colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush.

I stamped the clouds directly on the watercolor paper with the castle, but I diecut the crown and parchment piece to layer on the card. To make the crown pop a bit more, I painted it with gold metallic paint and added some jewels to give it some glitter.

Here is a close up:


Have a fantastic weekend!







Sat 21

Flowering Cactus, Vellum and Watercolors by Jean Okimoto

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Remember vellum?  It's great stamped and layered for light, airy butterflies from the Flowering Cactus Clear Stamp and Die Set.  Pair it with the bold cactus and a quick greeting - these design elements are all included in the versatile set.  The vellum cactus highlights some of the background color variations. 

Hi...Jean Okimoto here with a quick-stamped and diecut card for a busy weekend.  Stamp the cactus and butterflies on colored vellum with Onyx Black VersaFine Clair.  Emboss them with detail clear powder - take a few extra steps to protect the vellum.  Begin by briefly pre-heating the back of the image - hold the heat-tool about 4" away.  Finish the embossing from the front, with the heat tool about 4" away again.  Pre-heating from the backside helps prevent overheating and scorching the image.  It also seems to offset the curling caused by the heat.  

Cover the entire reverse side of stamped cactus with lined doublestick tape and diecut it.  Attach ¼" strips of lined doublestick tape just behind the center of the wide butterflies and cut it.  Attach a ¼" strip behind the left edge of the narrow butterfly and cut it.  The ¼" strips will adhere just portions of the butterflies.

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Cut a strip of inked or watercolored paper  with the approximately  1-½" x 6-½" Wrapped Stitch Slim Rectangle die.

Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").

Stamp the greeting on the light teal 6x6 from the Fresh Aqua Collection with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair.  Attach it with foamdots.

Color Clear Jewels with a turquoise Sharpie of Copic Marker and add them to the card.

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Big thanks to everyone who ordered my new Bloomers Card Kit from Impress here in Seattle!  I'm shipping kits to Stamps and Memories in Hawaii too.

Thanks for viewing the project - enjoy the weekend.  See you again on Thursday!






Tue 17

Cactus Watercolor
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a card I made using the Flowering Cactus stamp/dies. It actually ended up being a really quick card because I let my paints just blend into each other and let them do the coloring. You could finish the card by adding extra details with colored pencils, but I was pleased with the end result.

For my background, I spritzed some watercolor paper with water, added some paint to the top and then tilted the paper to let the paint run to the bottom. This is what it looked like:


Usually I do this technique when I want the bottom of the paper lighter so that I can stamp a sentiment. However, for this card, I covered most of it with my cactus.


To color the image, I first stamped it onto some 140lb Memory Box watercolor paper in black versafine ink. The Memory Box watercolor paper is nice because it is really smooth on one side, which makes stamping on it a lot easier.  Next, I painted my plants by adding a bit of watercolor paint at the base of each petal and then worked my way outward so that the paint would be lighter at the tips of the petals. I usually use a thicker paint at the base and then add more water to the paint as I reach the edges to give it a more translucent look.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!







Sat 14

Anchors Me
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Saturday.  I have a quick nautical card to share today featuring the You Anchor Me stamp and die set.

The anchor was die cut 6 times from scraps of regular white cardstock to be stacked for dimension.  A small circle punch was used to make the hole bigger.  The rope from End of My Rope was die cut from silver metallic paper and wrapped around the anchor. 

Next, took a 5”x3.75” mixed media panel from my stash and ink smooshed Prize Ribbon distress ink using a piece of acetate.  I find this method gives me more control because I can wipe away some of the ink before pressing down onto the paper.  Black heat embossed the sentiment, then mounted the panel onto a white card base atop two layers of thick white cardstock for a bit of dimension.  Added some clear drops to finish.
Quick and simple and that does it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.



Sat 29

Embossed Watercolor Scene + Video
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with this underwater scene card featuring the brand new 3D "Underwater" embossing folder. I combined it with lots of other Memory Box supplies. I also have a short video showing how I made this card:

In the video above, you can see how I used inks plus water and paint brushes with watercolors and and Fairy Sugar dew drops to enhance the detailed embossing you get with these 3D folders.    Here's a closer look at my card:

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And don't you just love the new clear jewels that were just released?  They really make the scene come alive and look like real water droplets on the card.  This card was a lot of fun to create! I have linked my supplies below if you are interested in them.
Here's one last look:

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Thanks so much for stopping by!





Mon 17

Love Sick Jellyfish
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, using the newest Under the Sea Release.  I had a lot of fun creating with these Graceful Jellyfish. I added a light wash of color onto watercolor paper with Karin Brushmarkers. After the paper dried I die cut the jellyfish. I added glitter to some the tentacles and body and assembled. 


Next, I die cut the Ring Stack Die two times using the 6x6 Polished Foil Pack. I adhered the rings diagonally. Than I adhered the jellyfish over them.

Using the left over watercolored paper, I stamped the sentiments. For a finishing touch I added some Fairy Drops.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thu 13

Grand Scallop Shell and Graceful Ocean Birds by Jean Okimoto


Opposites attract in a pastel beach scene here. The bold Grand Scallop Shell, delicate Graceful Ocean Birds, matte cardstock from our 6x6 Collections, and sparkly Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad accent strips, soft colors and  bright birds create a medley of contrasts.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another Under the Sea Collection design for you.  Not sure if a scallop shell and these flamingo-wannabe birds belong together - but here they are!


Cut pastel-painted watercolor paper with the solid Grand Scallop Shell.  I've used a stash scrap colored with diluted Kaleidacolor ink refills. Pressure-emboss the shell with the detailed Grand Scallop Shell die - use the rubber embossing mat and other plate(s) required for your machine.  Leave the shell in the die.  Use the die as a stencil and sponge VersaMark onto the open areas of the shell.  Remove the die and heat-emboss the shell with Imagine's Iridescent Mboss Powder.  Clean the die with a damp washcloth.

Cut the blue sheet - from the 6x6 Fresh Aqua Collection - with the detailed scallop die.  Attach the diecut to the embossed shell.  

Cut white cardstock with the 3" x 8" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

Cut the pale aqua 6x6 Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad sheet with Vertical Line Collage.  Attach the 5 offcut strips to the rectangle.

Cut Graceful Ocean Birds from the pink-coral 6x6 Berry Red Collection sheet.  Mask the adjacent areas with a Post-It Note and color the beaks and legs with a marker.  The pale gray Zebra Mildliner over the pink-coral cardstock created a dark taupe/brown.

Attach the diecuts to the rectangle - use foamtape for the top of the shell.  Attach the rectangle - at an angle -  to a white slimline card (3-⅝ x 8-⅝").  Add jewels from the Open Studio Pastel Jewels - I used the color in the first column.



Thanks for visiting...see you again next week!





Fri 07

Shell Shaped Cards with "Grand Spiral Shell" Die - Video
by Angie Cimbalo

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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
by Angie Cimbalo


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
by Angie Cimbalo

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!