316 posts categorized "Watercolors"

03/06/2020

Fri 06

Wild Rose Stem Stamps & Dies
by Vicki Finger

Welcome to the blog!  Vicki here with you today!  I am featuring the newly released Wild Rose Stem Stamps and Dies.  I love wild roses although, in reality, they are a pale pink or rose color.  The great thing about what we do is we can make them any color we want.  The beauty of Art - every kind of art.  

This color wasn't my intent when I started but it kind of snowballed into this.  My primary objective was just some pale pink.  I recently signed up for a watercolor class.  I haven't started my homework or classwork yet, but I've been "collecting" tubes of Daniel Smith Watercolors a couple at a time over the last year or so, and I have about 26 colors right now.  They have over 300 colors, so I am just getting some basics and some neutrals and will mix colors.  I have two or three of each color family plus a neutral, a neutral buff, and a couple of greys.  I'm also learning how to mix colors as part of a Facebook Group I'm in.  So this kind of started as one project and turned into class practice only a couple of layers of color into it. I switched from Watercolor Pencils to Daniel Smith Watercolors after that. 

I used a little Sap Green on the leaves but my focus today was on the petals and getting a much better look than I have previously.  I'm very happy with this first attempt although I can see many things I will do differently next time.  This is a great image for practice as the petals are large and you can create your custom color and add depth to bring the image to life with depth.  Each time is a little bit of a learning experience and things to do differently next time, like adding deeper shadow layers on my next try.  There's also a lot to be said for walking away to let that layer fully dry because it does look so different after it dries.  I used Quinacridone Purple and Quinacridone Pink for the petals.  Today's focus for me was learning to scrub out a little color and add depth a little bit at a time with a complimentary or neutral color.  I could have increased the depth!

I love the look of watercolor and I really want to get better at it doing it so, I've been "collecting" information, thoughts, and experiences of friends who are successful in this endeavor.  This is my first try at this particular method and I am so excited to do more.  For the little stamen on the wild roses, I used Plum Shimmer Fairy Sugar (a new product) to make the deep purple dots.

After I watercolored the blooms, I die cut it with the coordinating die and grabbed the new Springtime Bouquet Patterned Paper Pad to decide which paper I wanted to use to put my card together.  I'm a sucker for stripes, especially this more narrow version, and the lovely pastel colors make me think of Spring which is hopefully right around the corner here in North Texas.  I used a piece of Winter Wisteria Cardstock to die cut one of the Matinee Rectangles to use as a label.  I also really love the font and style of this Poppy Stamps Sentiment Stamps Set called "Springtime Fun".  Poppy Stamps is also a Memory Box Company.  I love elegant and this font suits me to a "T"!

As usual, I heat embossed my image and my sentiment with Versamark and Antique Gold Embossing Powder from Simon Says Stamp.  Using a blending brush, I went all around the outside edges with the matching ink to darken the edges.  I just love how this card turned out and how much my watercolor improved. 

I still enjoy learning and trying new techniques to share with you all as much as possible. If you are interested in the class, there's a link over at my blog.  

 

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02/14/2020

Fri 14

Watercolor Stencil Print Technique
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I to talk about how to combine watercolor paint and the stencil of your choice to create a decorative background.  Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design all have new releases of stencils, so I thought this would be the perfect time to show you one method for using the beautiful patterns.

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To begin, I took a piece of the new Memory Box watercolor paper and taped it to a heavy piece of chipboard using some washi tape.  The new watercolor paper is a thick 140lb paper that resists warping.  I taped it down to really keep it flat, even if I ended up using a ton of water.

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Next, I wet my watercolor paper in a free-form shape with some water and a paintbrush and then added some blue and green watercolor paint to the pre-wet area.  I used Peerless watercolor paints, but you could use absolutely any paint you like.  I wanted to give the impression of grass and sky without actually painting distinct lines.

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While the paint was still wet, I placed my stencil (Birch Press Design Ring Tile stencil) on top and then placed some heavy objects onto the edges of my stencil to hold it down onto the paint.  Don't worry if the stencil pops up a bit in places.  With this technique, you will have some areas with distinct patterns and some areas where the stencil didn't make great contact with the paper.  I think you will find that the finished piece looks great with the variety of impressions you will get.

Let the stencil and paint air dry.  This will take 30 minutes or so.  It really depends on how much water you use.  I would recommend letting the stencil dry naturally so that you don't burn your stencil with a heat gun or hair dryer and you don't move the paint around trying to blow it dry.

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When your piece is dry and you remove your stencil, you are left with a patterned watercolor background.  Think of all the possibilities you can create by changing colors and stencil patterns!

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To finish the card, I added my floral die cut, some brand new Fairy Sugar glitter glue for dimension and interest, and a sentiment tied with a bow.

I hope you will give the technique a try.  My advice is to do several backgrounds at once and give yourself some space to have them air dry.  The backgrounds are a fantastic thing to have on hand when you need to make a quick card.

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02/04/2020

Tue 04

Get Well Soon
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone!  This months MB blog challenge is Hearts, so I created a get well card using a few new products.  

To make this card I die cut the Get Well Soon Loving Heart Die from a piece of white cardstock.  I created a watercolor background which I glued behind the heart opening.  Then I glued the die cut back into the opening.  

I used watercolor paper and stamped the flower twice from the new Friendship Floral Heart stamp set. Once the flowers were painted and fussy cut, I used foam tape to adhere them to the card.

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I spattered the card front with gold ink and used foam adhesive to glue it to a white card base.

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That's it for today!  I hope you have a creative and fun week!

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01/28/2020

Tue 28

Hugs Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone, today I have a fun resist technique to create backgrounds for your cards. I started with a piece of watercolor cardstock, and filled the background with my stamped images. Next I white heat embossed the images. 

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The embossing powder acts as a resist to the watercolor paint I added to the background.  I did dry my paper in between adding more watercolor to build up a deeper color. I added white paint spatters to the background. 

Next I die cut the Hugs Loving Heart from white cardstock and glued it to a piece of vellum. I trimmed around the outside of the heart and glued it to the card front.  

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I stamped and white embossed the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock and glued that to the card. To finish the card I glued a few embellishments to the card.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!

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12/29/2019

Sun 29

Friendship Across the Miles
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  When I wrote my tutorial about using 3D embossing folders, I went ahead and made a ton of backgrounds.  After all, when you have things set up, why not make a bunch to have on hand? The Shining Mandala folder will be part of the Memory Box February release.

For today's card, I used the embossed background as well as one of the images from the Friendship Floral Heart clear stamp set.  I absolutely love that the set has a ton of sentiment to send your friends. I stamped the image onto 140lb watercolor paper with black versafine ink and then colored my flower with Zig clean color real brush markers.  I then softened all of the colors using a waterbrush.

Here is a close up of the flower:

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I cut out the flower with detail scissors and then glued it along with the sentiment onto my 3D background.

Do you send more cards to your friends or family?  I am just curious.

Have a wonderful end to your weekend.

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12/25/2019

Wed 25

Diecut Friendship Floral Heart with Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out by Jean Okimoto

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Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating today!  

December arrived so quickly, bringing the Valentine's 2020 Collection filled with beautiful hearts and flowers.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple watercolored design from the new collection - and a faux-splatter technique.

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Spritz the smoother side of watercolor paper with a fine mist of water.  Paint it a pale, watery pink - I used a diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refill.  Heat-set it - from both sides to minimize curling.

Stamp the large Friendship Floral Heart with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Watercolor the flowers, leaves and berries.  Heat-set it again.

Cover the entire heart with the Poppystamps Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape. It's a versatile tape with a soft translucent shimmer - and white specks. It resembles random splatters of white paint, water or bleach.  These amazing little white spots landed exactly where I wanted them to - unlike the wayward, wonkly splatters I usually end up with. Cut it with the largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out.  Cut the front panel of a gray 5-½" square card with the same die.  

Paint the smooth side of a watercolor paper scrap pink.  Heat-set the ink and stamp "be happy" from the new Big and Little Valentine's Clear Stamps with a clean VersaMark inkpad.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder, set it aside to cool.  Brush Slate Gray Kaleidacolor Dye Ink over it with a slightly damp wide paintbrush.  The embossed greeting will resist the dye ink and match the Friendship Floral Heart.

Assemble the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add ¼" punched circles of pink glittered cardstock.

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Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and will try these techniques on holiday thank-yous and Valentine designs. 

Thanks for visiting - see you again tomorrow!

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12/18/2019

Wed 18

A Vintage Holiday
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  Christmas is just a week away!  Are you ready yet?  Sadly, I’m still working on my holiday cards. 🙈  And on that note, I have a mixed media vintage holiday card to share today.

I started by adhering Twas the Night wide Washi tape to thick white cardstock, then die cutting it down to A2 size using Rectangle Basics largest die.  I wanted to watercolor on it, but Washi tape is non-porous so watercolors would just slide off.  To resolve this, white gesso was applied to the Washi tape with a flat brush.  Gesso is a primer that gives surfaces a slight texture, allowing them to accept paints, watercolors, etc.  

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Once the gesso panel dried, it was watercolored with a few brown reinkers.  Kept it darker around the edges and lightest in the center.  Allowed that to dry completely before stamping the pine branch from Winter Greenery with Archival black ink.  Treated the panel with an anti-static bag, then stamped the same pine branch with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

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Added white splatters using white gouache paint.  Finished with a custom sentiment, die cut from black foil paper using Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet die.  The apostrophe is the center of the letter “A”. 

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This wraps up my first year as a designer here. 😉   I want to thank everyone again for all the support and encouragement.  Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas... see you next year!

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12/12/2019

Thu 12

Watercolored Joy and a Mistletoe Swag by Jean Okimoto

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Layer Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape over the Mistletoe Swag for a new look combining two special holiday designs.  The bold Joy Airy Script - watercolored to match the berries - and clear gem stickers add the final touch.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with my last holiday card of a very quick and busy year.  Mistletoe isn't usually bright green with pink berries...but it is today.

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Stamp the large swag from the Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps Set on watercolor paper with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Paint it with diluted inks from the Fruitcake Kaleidacolor inkpad. Yes, fruitcake!  Dry the inks, then cover it with a layer of Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape.  Cut it with the large Stylish Frame.  Diecutting the tape-covered paper or cardstock leaves a smooth,beveled edge - it's a nice finishing touch on your cards.

Attach the frame to a 5-½" square white card. add the stamped circle - layer it over one of the delicate sections on the right side.

Paint a scrap of watercolor paper with the pink used for the berries.  Dry the ink, the cut it with Joy Airy Script.  Leave the dot over the "j" in the die until you need it.   Attach the greeting to the card.  Tiny dots or slivers of ScorTape or Couture Creations doublestick tape will attach it to the washi tape.

Add clear gem stickers.

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Layering Twas the Night wide washi works with all of the Holiday 2019 clear stamps.  I wish I had used this technique sooner!  It's a great technique for tags too - the tape reinforces the hole punched for the cord or ribbon.  

If you're in Seattle - join us for the Whittle, Scribble and Stack class at Impress on December 14th.  We're making 6 everyday cards  - two each with the Poppystamps Whittles, Memory Box Scribbles and stacking dies from Birch Press Designs.  We'll use several items from the Memory Box and Poppy 2020 Valentine Collection.  You'll love the new designs - and the wide range of heart-styles.  There's a heart for everyone!

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

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12/07/2019

Sat 07

Wintergreen Leaves on the Petite Leaf Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Send warm holiday wishes with a watercolored Petite Leaf Frame card - or make it a birthday card for someone celebrating in December.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a versatile design that's great for any occasion.  Different colors would have made it a fall card just a few weeks ago. 

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Diecut the large Petite Leaf Frame from white cardstock and set it aside.  Save the center square too.

Pressure-emboss it on watercolor paper.  This will be a guide for watercoloring the leaves in a random mix of green.  Carefully remove the frame with the leaves intact.   Paint the leaves - I used the different shades from the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor inkpad.  Set it aside to dry.  

Attach the white diecut frame to a 5-½" square white card.  Patiently attach the painted leaves.  It took a bit of time, but it was a welcome distraction after spending several hours at the Emergency Vet with Taffy last night.

Stamp the greeting - from the Winter Greenery Clear Stamps and Die Set - on the center square with Golden Glitz Delicata.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  I don't usually clear-emboss metallic inks, but this gave it a very cool shimmer.

Paint a scrap of watercolor paper with the green inks.  Cut 3 little leaves and 1 large leaf.  

Cut the seed pod from gold glittered cardstock.

Assemble the card.  

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Square cards require extra postage - but I think this one's special enough to deserve it.  Hope you like it!

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday.  Have a great weekend!

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11/25/2019

Mon 25

Watercolor a Set of Scribble Leaf Bundle Notecards by Jean Okimoto

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The new Scribble Leaf Bundle Background and Scribble Leaf Bundle Outline dies are the perfect pair for quick cards. Stamping the casual greetings from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamps set directly onto the cards saves even more time.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a set of six simple notecards for a hostess- or teacher-gift that's sure to be appreciated.

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Paint watercolor paper with soft, overlapping layers of earthy colors.  I've used Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Air-dry it, then spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it.

Cut a set plus one extra leaf with the Scribble Leaf Bundle Background.  Cut a set plus an extra leaf of the Scribble Leaf Bundle Outline from matte gold cardstock.  

Cut  two 1-½" x 2-¾" rectangles of green, yellow and orange cardstock.  The  Rectangle Basics set is temporarily unavailable from Memory Box - your Retailer may have some.

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Stamp the greetings from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamps Set with coordinating colors.  I used Verdant and Summertime VersaFine Clair and Wild Honey Distress Oxide.


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Attach the diecuts to side-folded A-2 cards of cream cardstock.  Add green, orange and yellow gem stickers.

It's quick and easy - and not boring, because each leaf is as unique as its watercolored background.  Hope you'll have some time to make a few cards this week, especially quick and easy cards.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again on Thursday!

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