282 posts categorized "Watercolors"


Mon 08

Daisy Silhouette Card with Starflower Flower Frame Envelope Address Box
by Anne Thompson

Here's a simple card that uses the DAISY SILHOUETTE 94249 and some coordinating pretty papers.  A perfect summer card!


Start by die cutting the Daisy Silhouette from watercolor paper.  Leave the flowers in the background and paint them.  I used a waterbrush and a variety of Distress inks.


Next choose some coordinating papers and a notecard to go with the colors of the flowers you painted.


Whichever paper you choose for the larger background, cut it 4 x 5.25 and adhere it to the card front.  Cut a narrower strip from a second paper 2 x 5.25 and adhere that on top of the first paper.  Once the flowers are dry, remove them from the background and glue them to the narrow paper piece.


That's it!  Easy peasy!  I had a group of five of us make this card last week.  They all chose different colors for their flowers, so matching papers and notecard colors was a lot of fun.  Similar but different!  I thought then that a set of four or more would make a lovely gift along with decorated envelopes, stamps, and a pen.  

So, thinking about envelopes led me to this:


The box made by the STARFLOWER FLOWER FRAME 94246 is perfect for a name and address!  I found that my glue pen secured this nicely to the envelope.

In my challenge to use more of the paper I have collected and stashed over many years, I also papered the inside of the card using a bold plaid on the left and a pale print on the right so I can add a stamped sentiment and a written message.  I also made a liner for the envelope.

I hope you are enjoying your summer and still finding some time to make summer cards with these great new products from Memory Box.  Happy crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 07

Big Butterfly Wing and the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and Die Set by Jean Okimoto

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Sunny days bring butterflies and flowers - combine them on a watercolored card and you're ready for any occasion!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a card featuring two of my favorite designs  - Big Butterfly Wing and the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and Die Set.  We're using just the stamps here, but you'll want the matching dies to extend the versatility of this great floral design.

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Brush diluted Kaleidacolor Dye Inks onto the smoother side of watercolor paper.  I like to use a 6" square of watercolor paper to pick a pretty mix of colors for the stamped area.  Dry the inks, then give it a light spritz of water to add some little specks of color variation.  Air-dry it.  Cover it with a scrap of paper and press it with a dry iron on the cotton setting to smooth it out and prep it for stamping.

Stamp Rose Bouquet with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Add some additional color to the top flower, little round seedpods or berries and the flower centers.

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Cut smooth white cardstock with the 5-¼" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut the rectangle with Big Butterfly Wing.  Save the diecut for another project, we're using the offcut here. Cut the antennae and center section from dark gray cardstock.

Cut the stamped watercolor paper with the 5" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  No measuring needed - and it'll fit neatly behind the cutout without any watercolored edges peeking out along the sides.

Stamp "wishing"  - also from the stamp set - on a scrap of watercolored paper with Morning Mist.  Dry the ink, then trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add turquoise gem stickers.

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Stamp the remainder of the greeting on smooth white cardstock with Morning Mist and attach it inside the card with foam dots.

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Hope you'll experiment with different techniques - and supplies - and create your unique version of this bold summer design.  Have fun with it!

Big thanks to everyone from the BUTTERFLY WISHES class on July 4th!  I appreciate how you spent a few hours of your holiday creating cards with me at Impress.  Special thanks to Elaine for your cute and sweet patriotic candy treats!  And thanks Ann and LaVonne for working on a holiday and helping us fill those shopping baskets.  We're having a second BUTTERFLY WISHES class - along with the new SUMMER COLLECTIONS FROM BIRCH PRESS & POPPYSTAMPS class - on July 13th.  Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday...









Sat 06

Coloring with Watercolor Pencils
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I have been using the Rose Bouquet stamp image a lot lately and trying it with different coloring methods.  Today I want to explore coloring with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  You could use a wet paintbrush with watercolor pencils, but you have a bit more control if you use a Dove Blender pen.  The pen is filled with glycerin, so your paper doesn't get as wet as it does when you use a paintbrush.  I also tend to use regular cardsock when I use a blender pen rather than more expensive watercolor paper.

First, I stamped my image with black Versafine ink and then softly added some watercolor pencil to the areas I wanted to be darker:


It is important to not color too hard because harsh lines are harder to soften with the blender pen.  Next, I colored the petals with my blender pen.  I started in the white areas and softened the color into the darker areas.  If my blender pen picked up too much color, I wiped it off onto some scrap paper and continued blending.  Here is a blended flower:


To finish the card, I added the Antique Rose cluster die cut out with black paper and then watercolored the open areas with my pencils and blender pen.  The nice thing about the black cardstock is that if you get pencil or blender pen on the die cut, you won't see it.

Here is a close up of the coloring:


I like the soft look that you get with the pencils, and although there is a lot of area to color, the coloring is really quick and easy.







Wed 03

Lots of Stripes!
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday! Today I want to share how I made my card for this months challenge. It is all about stripes and I created a fun watercolor card for you today.


I started with my striped background. Using watercolor paper and a larger paint brush I painted the black stripes all the way down, leaving some space in between. If the color didn't come out as dark as I wanted then I just painted over it again. Super fun and super easy!

Then I started to paint the colors for my flower and leaves. I put down some water in the shape that I wanted the flower, it's a little bigger than the stamp. Then I took some pinks and reds and dropped them in the water until I liked the colors.

Once this dried I did the same thing for the leaves in green. After the paint dried then I stamped my flower and leaves with versa mark ink and used a black embossing powder to make them stand out.

To finish the card I stamped and embossed my sentiment and then added some black paint splatters with my wet brush as I tapped it over the paper. I added some bling with sequins and gems.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!





Sat 29

Watercolor Poppies
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I am sharing some watercolor poppies that are accented with a little washi tape. I started by making some watercolored paper using some matte and metallic paints:


The paper is 140lb watercolor paper that I wet with water, added some red, pink, and white paint and then finished it with a splattering of gold metallic watercolor paint.

When you cut out the poppies, you get an outline as well as solid pieces to layer behind the outline.  The solid parts are particularly  nice  because you don't have to paper-piece the petals.  Here is the die along with the cut out pieces:


I cut out extra flowers to make a nice arrangement and then layered on some washi tape.  Here is a hint about the tape- if you layer tapes on top of each other and the top one is a bit too see-through, attach the tape to a strip of white cardstock so that the tape is more opaque and vibrant:


I hope that everyone has a great weekend!







Tue 25

Stencil Watercoloring
by Trina Pham

Hello there!  I’m back today with another hibiscus birthday card made with a stencil watercoloring technique.  Can you tell blue is my favorite color? 😉


The challenge with watercoloring through a stencil is the watercolors getting underneath the stencil.  To resolve that, all you need is this really affordable product we used when we were kids...

Yes, it’s Elmer’s Rubber Cement glue!  Not only will it help resist the seepage under the stencil, it will secure the stencil in place.  No tape required.

I started by die cutting a DIY stencil with the Hibiscus Collage dies from a piece of acetate.  Applied the glue to the entire back of the stencil.  Let it dry a few seconds then adhered it onto a mix media panel.


Used Zig markers and a waterbrush to watercolor.  It helps not to use too much water, but have a paper towel on hand if you do.  


Once watercoloring is complete, allow it to dry before removing the stencil.  Use an adhesive eraser or just your fingers to remove the glue residue from the stencil and your project.   


Added blue splatters and white heat embossed the sentiment from Birthday Blowout on black cardstock to finish.  And that’s it for today.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day. 




Mon 24

Rose Bouquet
by Anne Thompson

I have wanted to try the technique I used for today's card for the longest time, but I've been waiting for a really big floral stamp from Memory Box.  And Rose Bouquet is it!  It's about 5"x7"!


I started by stamping the Rose Bouquet on two pieces of 5"x7" off-white cardstock using VersaClair Nocturne (black) ink.  Here's a photo of the stamp from the ROSE BOUQUET CLEAR STAMP SET CL5241.

(It's in the center of an old Fiskars Stamp Press, one that's missing it's orange spongey feet.  That's the biggest acrylic "block" I have.)


I cut a 3.25" square from the center of one of the stamped images, then got out a bunch of Distress Inks and a waterbrush and started painting it.  I just picked up color from the inkpad directly onto the brush and then applied it to the paper being careful to not use too much water.  (I cleaned the brush between colors by painting the rest of the ink on the bristles onto scrap paper.)


I then attached this square to a piece of black cardstock and trimmed that to a narrow border around the image.  IMG_1282

I placed this on top of the other uncolored image and lined it up as best I could.

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I trimmed this larger piece to 5"X3.75" and added it to black cardstock that was 5.25"X4".  I then adhered that to a turquoise notecard.  This card could be oriented as a top-fold card as in the first photo or as a side-fold card as in this photo below.


 And because I couldn't do just one, I made another!  This time I left the first stamped image whole and painted most of it.

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I then trimmed it down to a smaller square, touched up any areas that needed more paint, mounted it on black cardstock, and added that to another uncolored image.  I then trimmed the larger assembled piece down, mounted it on black cardstock, and added that to a green notecard.

side-fold orientation


top-fold orientation


And just one more...

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I'm sure there are other techniques to achieve the same look.  It was really fun looking through blank notecards with the painted pieces in hand to find coordinating notecards.  I've also raided my scrap boxes and 6"x6" paper pads for pretty papers in coordinating colors for the inside panels.  

One could also stamp and paint other images from this stamp set on the inside of the notecard and the envelope and/or add one of the sweet sentiments!


I'm going to get a lot of use from this stamp set!  And it has coordinating dies, too!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sat 22

Ombré Watercolor Background
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  I have a CAS tropical birthday card to share today featuring an easy ombré watercolor background technique that I learned from this video


This technique requires two gradient colors of dye inks that are reactive with water.  For my card I used Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean distress inks.  Took a scrap piece of Mix Media paper from my stash, then blended Salty Ocean about halfway down followed with Chipped Sapphire about a quarter way down.


Next, a flat brush was wet with water then dragged down the length of the panel.  The brush should be wet, but not soaking or dripping.


I overworked my panel a little more than what was recommended in the video, but for what I was planning to do, it didn’t matter.


Before negative diecutting the panel with the Hibiscus Collage dies, Stick It adhesive was added to the back.  When diecutting was complete, it was adhered to regular white cardstock cut to the same size as the panel.  For some shimmer, spritz it with Sparkle spray (wasn’t able to capture it in the photo).  


To finish, heat embossed the sentiment from Birthday Blowout with white embossing powder on a strip of navy cardstock.  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!






Wed 12

Watercolor Vellum Daisies
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  I have a clean and simple birthday card to share today featuring watercoloring on vellum - vellum diecuts to be exact.  Vellum is a beautiful product, but if you’ve ever tried watercoloring it, you know how much it curls and warps.  However, this isn’t always a bad thing.  On my card, the curling added dimension.


A couple of key points for this technique: use heavy-weight vellum and use as little water as possible.  

The vellum daisies from Daisy Silhouette were watercolored with Zig markers and a water brush, then set aside to air dry.  Bristol paper was used for the remainder of the card.  The frame was die cut with the Rectangle Basics set.  The diamond pattern from Distressed Windham Collage was used to create the “trellis”.  The sentiment from Watching the World Bloom was white heat embossed on black cardstock.  


Assembled the card onto a white top folding card base and Crystal Glaze added to the centers finished off the card.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.







Sat 08

Folded Button Cards
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  This month, the challenge theme is "buttons."  I wanted to share with you two folded button cards along with the dimensions to recreate them.  Both cards used the new Rose Bouquet stamp set as well as some watercolor paint.

For the first card, I cut two pieces of paper:

Black 11" x 4 1/4"

White 5" x 4"

On the inside of the card, you can see that it was folded so that the black cardstock had a 1" flap.  Notice that the white cardstock of the front panel is slightly longer than the black carcstock on the front:


Once I colored the roses on the front, I centered it on the black panel so that the top, left side and bottom of the card to place it correctly.  Remember, the right hand side of the white panel will hang over the black.

Score the 11" long black cardstock at 4 3/4" and 10"

When you assemble the pieces of the card, glue two buttons on the front of the card so that one is on the white panel and one is on the black flap so that you can close the card with some twine.


For the second card, I made a faux envelope flap on the front that was held closed by a button.  Here is what the flap looks like when it is open:


It has just enough room to add a sentiment.

To make the front, I started with two pieces of watercolor paper that both measured 4" x 5 1/4." The first piece had all the stamping.  The second was scored and cut to make an envelope flap.  Here is how to create it:


Score the length of the card at the 3/4" mark.  Next, I marked the center of the card and drew a line from the edge of the flap to the center point to use as a guide in your paper cutter.  When you cut the triangle flap, adhere it to the watercolored piece by gluing the 3/4" strip to the back:


In this picture, I moved the paper slightly so that you could see where the flap is adhered.

I hope you are having a great weekend and are inspired to make some cards with various flips and folds.