Water Color Techniques

Country Road Clear Block Stamping

Pink clear block stamping
Sunrise Country Road
Blue clear block stamping
Blue Sky Country Road

I combined Country Road, my new favorite stamp set with clear block  stamping, one of my favorite techniques!

These cards were quick and simple, taking less than 5 minutes to create.

Here's how:

  1. Dab ink pads onto a clear block, then spritz with water until the ink begins to pool and run.  Stamp on card stock and let sit for a few seconds.  Remove the block, and you'll have a mix of colors, creating a pretty background.  For the first card, I dabbed Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo, and Mango Melody ink onto an "E" clear block, then stamped onto Shimmery White card stock.  Watercolor paper would work also. Colors used for the second card were Pool Party and Pacific Point.
  2.  Once the ink had dried, I masked the bottom of the square with a strip of copy paper, then stamped the "weed" image from Country Road using Mossy Meadow ink.   The greeting from Country Road was also stamped in Mossy Meadow.
  3.  I attached the card fronts to the Mossy Meadow and Pacific Point card bases using Dimensionals to pop them up. 

Done, that's it!

Be sure to check out my other Country Road projects HERE

 

Country Road

Country Road

Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Country Road

Ink: Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Mossy Meadow

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Pacific Point, Shimmery White

Accessories: Clear Block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Mini Dimensionals

 

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Happy Stampin'!

Fresh Card Making Idea-Splattered Watercolor Background

Lift Me Up
Lift Me Up Splattered Watercolor Background

One of my favorite stamping techniques is creating watercolor backgrounds.

Anytime I find an interesting way to achieve a pretty watercolor background, I'm all in.

The Splattered Watercolor Background is a quick and easy technique, perfect for creating skies, water, landscapes, or abstract backgrounds.

My June Fresh Card Making Tutorial will feature the Splattered Watercolor Background.

Other projects included in the Splattered Watercolor Background Tutorial:

Pocketful of Sunshine

Dragonfly Details

A Little Wild

Want to learn more?

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Once the sign-up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you.

Happy Stampin'!

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel Background

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel Background
Bold Butterfly Paper Towel Background

I often incorporate the paper towel that I have used to clean stamps, ink pad covers or ink refill bottles into my crafting.

This was the case after I used this paper towel to wipe off the tops of ink refill bottles which I had used in my Ink Refills and Hand Sanitizer projects.

This is what the paper towel looked like:

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel

Love the bright colors and patterns!

I decided to use it for a butterfly cut out using my Big Shot and retiring Bold Butterfly Framelits Die.

Here's how:

  1. The paper towel is 2-ply, so I first separated the plys.  This will give me another piece of paper towel to craft with at a later time.  In order to make the paper towel easier to work with, I always attach it to a piece of card stock.  By doing this, it is easy to cut the paper towel down to size using a paper trimmer.  I applied glue from a glue stick onto a scrap piece of Blushing Bride card stock.  Self-adhesive sheets would work as well.  Then, I trimmed the paper towel down to the size of the Butterfly Framelit.
  2. Run the piece through the Big Shot using the Bold Butterfly Framelit Die.
  3.  To create the background, I simply tapped Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist and Garden Green inks (all retiring) onto my "E" clear-mount block, spritzed it with water so the inks would pool and run, then stamped the block onto a piece of watercolor paper.  I let it sit for a few seconds, lifted it up, and set the paper aside to dry.
  4. Attach the paper towel butterfly to the watercolor background using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.
  5. Stamp greeting from Wish Big using Tempting Turquoise ink.
  6. Attach to Melon Mambo card base.

Done and easy!

So don't throw those paper towels away after ink cleanups. 

Recycle and reuse! Add them to your crafting arsenal for future projects!

Bold Butterfly Framelits Die is retiring.

Bold butterfly

Don't miss out on your favorite retiring Stampin' Up! products.

Items are available through May 31 or while supplies last.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist, Garden Green, various ink from refill bottles as I did cleanup

Paper: Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, watercolor paper

Accessories: paper towel, Big Shot, Bold Butterfly Framelits Die, "E" clear-mount block, spritzer bottle with water, Mini Dimensional, glue stick

Happy Stampin'!

Clear Block Pocketful of Sunshine Watercolor Background

Pocketful of Sunshine acrylic block background

I recently needed a quick birthday card.

  It was a bright and beautiful day here in the mountains of southern Colorado. 

This was the inspiration needed to create this quick and simple clear block watercolor background paired with the sun image found in the stamp set Pocketful of Sunshine!

Here's how:

  1. To create the watercolor background, tap ink onto a clear-mount block, spritz the ink with water, and stamp onto a piece of watercolor paper.  Let it sit for a few seconds, then lift.  Set the paper aside to dry completely.  For this card, I tapped on Crushed Curry ink in the middle of the block, Calypso Coral on the bottom right of the block, and Dapper Denim on the bottom left and upper part of the block.
  2.  Once the paper is dry, swipe an Embossing Buddy over the card front.  Stamp the sun and ray images from Pocketful of Sunshine using Versamark ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and copper embossing powder.
  3. Stamp greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes using Versamark and heat emboss using a heat tool and copper embossing powder.
  4. Attach card front to a copper foil mat, then attach to a Crushed Curry card base.

Done!

I like how the mixing of the Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Dapper Denim inks created a slight lavender and green tint to the watercolor paper.

Pocketful of Sunshine

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Pocketful of Sunshine, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim, Versamark

Paper: Crushed Curry, copper foil, watercolor paper

Accessories:  Clear Block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder

 

Happy Stampin'!

Brusho Crystal Colours Meets Party Panda

Brusho Party Pandas

Stampin' Up! is pleased to announce the addition of Brusho Crystal Colours in the new 2018 Occasions Catalog!

Watercolor ink crystals—Sprinkle them directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst.

Brusho crystals

Package includes 5 pots, 1 each of 5 colors: Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue, Yellow

#144101, $30.00

I've been having lots of fun playing with the Brushos. 

I love how abstract backgrounds can be created easily by simply by adding water to watercolor paper, then lightly sprinkling on some of the Brusho Crystals. 

The crystals will run and pool creating unique backgrounds.

And each one will be different.

For the card above, I paired the Brusho Crystals with my favorite Sale-A-Bration stamp, Party Pandas.

Here's how:

  1. Cut a piece of watercolor paper measuring 5" x 3 3/4".  Using an aqua painter, swish water onto the watercolor paper. 
  2. Shake first color of Brusho Crystals onto the water.  Add other colors as desired.  For my card, I started with the Brilliant Red, than added Gamboge and Yellow.  The wetter the paper, the more the crystals will spread and pool.  Dab off excess water with a tissue if needed, then set aside to dry completely.
  3. Swipe Embossing Buddy over card front.  Stamp panda using Archival Black ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and black embossing powder.
  4. Stamp balloon part of the panda on a scrap piece of Crushed Curry card stock using Archival Black ink.  Cut the balloon out using a pair of scissors.  Stamp the confetti image using Archival Black ink.  Paper-piece balloon using  a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.
  5. Stamp greeting using Archival Black ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and black embossing powder.
  6. Stamp confetti on the card front using Archival Black ink.
  7. Attach card front to Crushed Curry mat.  Attach to Basic Black card base.

 

Don't forget, it's Sale-A-Bration!

For every $50 spent, you'll be able to choose an exclusive free item out of the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.

Now's a great time to stock up on all your crafting supplies!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Party Pandas

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Basic Black, Crushed Curry, watercolor paper

Accessories: aqua painter, Brusho Crystal Colours, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black embossing powder, Mini Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Woodland Embossing Folder Watercolor Background

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It's easy to create watercolor backgrounds using the Big Shot and Woodland Textured Embossing Folder.

This is the card I created after creating this 3D Woodland embossed card found HERE.

To create the background for this card, I simply spritzed the inside of the embossing folder with water like I was cleaning the ink from the inside. 

The ink pooled and began to run.   I inserted a piece of Whisper White card stock and ran it through the Big Shot.

Now the colors are behind the embossed image.

To fill in the spaces, I stamped the small leaf image from Sheltering Tree using Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango inks.  I colored in the lines on the bark using my Early Espresso marker.

To see my other 3D Woodland Embossing Folder creations, along with a step by step tutorial, please visit my page HERE.

So, before you clean up, try creating another card.  The look will be slightly different than the original!

Woodland Textured Embossing Folder

Woodland embossing folder

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Eastern Beauty

Ink: Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso marker

Paper: Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Crushed Curry

Accessories: Big Shot, Woodland Textured Embossing Folder, spritzer bottle filled with water, Crumb Cake seam binding (retired), 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

A Little Wild Garden Party-Acrylic Block Watercolor Background

A Little Wild Garden PartyI've had so much fun crafting with the adorable A Little Wild stamp set and coordinating Little Loves Thinlits Dies.

Before I put the stamp set away for the time being, I decided to create a cute little garden party flip card for my granddaughter's one year birthday coming up in October.

I combined it with the Acrylic Block Watercolor Background technique.

Here's how:

  1. To create the background, I tapped Marina Mist, Island Indigo, and Wild Wasabi inks onto an acrylic block, then spritzed it with water so the ink would pool and run and stamped it onto a piece of watercolor paper.  I let it sit for a few seconds, then removed the block and set the paper aside so it would dry completely.
  2. While the watercolor paper was drying, I stamped the images from A Little Wild onto scrap pieces of watercolor paper using Archival Black ink.  I then colored the images using watercolor pencils, a Blender Pen, and an Aqua Painter.  I set them aside to dry completely.
  3.  Once dry, I cut the images out using the Big Shot and coordinating Little Loves Framelits Dies.  I folded them over and removed the little tabs on each one using a pair of scissors.
  4. On the inside of each animal, I stamped a greeting from A Little Wild and Teeny Tiny Wishes using Archival Black ink.

On the inside of the bear, I stamped "hello there, honey bear!" and added a Dapper Denim Enamel Shape:

A Little Wild Garden Party Bear Inside

On the inside of the lion, I stamped "wild about you" and added three Glitter Enamel Dots:

A Little Wild Garden Party Lion inside

And finally, on the inside of the elephant, I stamped "happy birthday" from Teeny Tiny Wishes and added a row of rhinestones colored using a pink Sharpie Pen:

A Little Wild Garden Party Elephant inside
       5. I stamped the grass image from A Little Wild onto the Wild Wasabi part of the background using Emerald Envy and Old Olive inks.  I stamped the image repeatedly full  strength and after off stamping.

       6. I stamped the bees in the sky part of the background using Archival Black ink and then colored in the images using a Crushed Curry marker.

      7. I attached the watercolor card front to my Crushed Curry card base, then attached each of the animals using Mini Dimensionals.

      8. I tied bows out of various baker's twine and attached to the animals using Mini Glue Dots.

A Little Wild Garden Party Closeup

A Little Wild stamp set and coordinating Little Loves Framelits Dies can be purchased separately.

But, if purchased as a bundle, you can save 10%

A Little Wild Bundle

Be sure to check out my other A Little Wild creations Here!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: A Little Wild, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Archival Black, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Wild Wasabi, Emerald Envy, Old Olive, watercolor pencils, Crushed Curry Marker

Paper: Crushed Curry, Watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Little Loves Framelits Dies, acrylic block (not Stampin' Up!), Blender Pen, Aqua Painter, Enamel Shapes, Glitter Enamel Dots, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen, baker's twine, Mini Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

A Little Wild Lion-Wild About You

A Little Wild Lion

Here's a fun and quick card using the cute little lion image found in the stamp set A Little Wild and coordinating Little Loves Framelit Die.

This card just makes me smile!

And it's easy to create!

Here's how:

  1. Stamp lion image from A Little Wild onto a small piece of watercolor paper using Archival Black ink.
  2. Color lion using watercolor pencils a a blender pen.  For the mane, I picked up the color directly from the pencil using the blender pen to get the yellow darker.  Also use the blender pen to blend the colors.

Wild About You Lion Close Up

3. Cut lion out using the Big Shot and Little Loves Framelits Die.  The framelit will cut out a front and back piece, folded in the middle.  Cut the back piece off at the fold line.

4. Cut a circle out of Basic Black card stock using the Big Shot and Circle Framelits Die.

5. Create at ring out of Basic Black card stock by nesting two Circle Framelits Dies and cut out using the Big Shot.

6. Attach Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper card front to Basic Black card base.

7. Attach circle.  Attach ring using Fine Tip Glue.

8. Attach lion using a Dimensional.  Tie a bow out of black Baker's Twine and attach to lion using a Mini Glue Dot.

9. Stamp greeting onto a piece of Crushed Curry card stock using Archival Black ink.  Banner cut the end and attach to the front of the card using a Dimensional.

10. Color rhinestones using a black Sharpie Pen and apply under greeting and to top of card to complete.

Done!

Don't you think the A Little Wild stamp set and coordinating Little Loves framelit dies are the cutest things ever?

I sure do!

The stamp set and framelit dies can be purchased separately, but if bundled together, you'll save 10%!

A Little Wild Bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: A Little Wild

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Basic Black, Crushed Curry, watercolor, A Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Little Loves and Circle Framelits Dies, watercolor pencils, blender pen, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen, Baker's Twine, Mini Glue Dot, Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue

 

Happy Stampin'!

Clear Block Watercolor Background-Wild About Flowers

Clear Block Background Wild About Flowers

My plan for this week was to create cards for birthdays coming up in July. 

I try to tailor-make each card for the person I am going to give it to.

I created this one for a special neighbor who will be turning 84 this year.

She loves the wildflowers that grow around our properties here in the mountains of southern Colorado, so I decided to create her a watercolor landscape that might look familiar to her.

I used the Clear Block Watercolor Technique paired with the 2-step stamp Wild About Flowers.

To create the landscape, I tapped Marina Mist, Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide onto my clear block "E." 

I spritzed the ink with water until it started to pool and run. 

Then, I stamped the block onto my Whisper White card front, letting it sit on the paper for a few seconds.   I lifted the block and set the paper aside to dry completely.

Once it was dry, I stamped the leaf image from Wild About Flowers using Tranquil Tide ink.  Then, I stamped the coordinating flower stamp using Fresh Fig ink.  The grass image is from In the Meadow (retired) using full strength Tranquil Tide and stamped again without reinking.

The greeting is from Dragonfly Dreams and seems to be my latest go-to for birthday cards.  I think it is the perfect sentiment for the occasion!

I really like the bold colors on this one. 

I think our neighbor will like it too!

Clear Block Background Wild About Flowers Close Up

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Wild About Flowers, In the Meadow, Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Marina Mist, Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide (3 of the 2016-2019 In Colors)

Paper: Dapper Denim, Whisper White

Accessories: clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water

Happy Stampin'!

Happy Home, Happy Retirement-Clear Block Stamping Background Technique

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique-Happy HomeThe Clear Block Stamping Background Technique is one of my all-time favorites! 
This technique allows you to create beautiful landscape backgrounds for any occasion!

I recently needed a retirement card for a friend, so I decided to combine this great technique with the stamp sets Happy Home and Fun with Flowers.

To create the background, I simply patted Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron and Crushed Cucumber ink pads directly onto my clear block "D",

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 1

spritzed it with water,

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 2

then stamped it onto my Whisper White (you could also use watercolor paper) card front, letting it set for a few minutes.

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 3

  I lifted the block off and let the paper ink dry before stamping the image from Happy Home over the background. 

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 4

I used Island Indigo, Early Espresso and Cucumber Crush markers to add color directly to the different parts of the stamp.

Remember, when you color a stamp with markers, "huff" on the stamp before stamping.  This will add moisture to the ink for a better image.

The greeting from Fun with Flowers is perfect for the occasion for this card!

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Happy Home Close Up

Create pretty backgrounds by giving the Clear Block Background Stamping Technique a try.  Be sure to share your creations with me. I'd love to see them!

Be sure to share your creations with me. I'd love to see them!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Happy Home (retired, but any stamp would work), Fun with Flowers (greeting)

Ink: Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush ink pads, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Cucumber Crush  markers

Paper: Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Whisper White

Accessories: clear block "D", spritzer bottle with water

Happy Stampin'!

Ombre Watercolor Wash Technique-Detailed Dragonfly Inlay

Ombre Watercolor Wash with Detailed Dragonfly Inlit

A quick and easy card using the Ombre Watercolor Wash Technique with a dragonfly inlay.

Recently, I was cleaning up my craft table, and I came across a scrap piece of ombre wash watercolor paper.

This piece was created by swiping Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Elegant Eggplant inks over a piece of watercolor paper using an Aqua Painter.

(For more instructions, please visit my Watercolor Ombre Technique meets Detailed Dragonfly post HERE)

I also had a Whisper White dragonfly left over from another project, so I instantly knew that I should pair them up to create a quick and easy card. 

I cut the dragonfly out of the watercolor wash paper using the intricate dragonfly from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die.   I mounted the piece onto a  Rich Razzelberry matting.  Then I simply inserted the white detailed dragonfly into the cutout, adhering it with my Fine Tip Glue. 

Now, my white dragonfly has Rich Razzleberry showing through its wings!  

Love how the dragonfly really pops on the bold background!

Then, I placed the matted piece onto my Whisper White card front, using Dimensionals to pop it up.  The greeting comes from Love and Affection and was stamped in Rich Razzleberry.

Ombre Watercolor Wash Background with Detailed Dragonfly Inlaid

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Love and Affection

Ink: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Whisper white, Rich Razzleberry, watercolor paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, Aqua Painter

 

Happy Stampin'!

Aquapainter Watercolor Wash Background Technique-Detailed Dragonfly

Watercolor Wash Detailed DragonflyOne of my favorite techniques is to create a simple watercolor wash background using an Aquapainter and ink.

For this card, I started out by creating my ink palettes by squeezing the tops of my closed ink pads. (Hard to photograph because I usually use both hands for the squeezing).

Colors used are Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder.

Making an ink palette

By doing this, the ink in the pad side will transfer ink into the lid.  This will now be my palette for picking up the ink with the Aquapainter.

Making an ink palette

Then,  I simply picked my ink colors from their lids using my Aquapainter, swiping each color in bands onto watercolor paper.

watercolor wash with aquapainter

After the paper had dried, I stamped the dots image from the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams along the edges using Island Indigo and Perfect Plum inks. 

The upper, detailed part of the dragonfly was cut out of Elegant Eggplant cardstock using the thinlits die from Detailed Dragonfly.  The lower, solid part of the wings was cut out of a scrap piece of Cucumber Crush card stock using the solid thinlit from the set.  The Cucumber Crush piece was left over from a recent cling wrap/shimmer ink project that didn't quite work, but I had a nice piece of scrap paper to craft with. Remember, never throw anything away!

The dragonfly was popped up onto the card front using Dimensionals, the greeting from Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin) was stamped using Elegant Eggplant ink, and Candy Dots were added to complete the card.

Watercolor Wash Background with Detailed Dragonfly

Watercolor Wash!

Any number of color combos will work with this technique.  Give it a try, and let me know what you come up with!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams (Bundle with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies and save 10%), Wish Big

Inks: Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Watercolor

Accessories: Aquapainter, Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue, Candy Dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

Watercolor Pencils and In Lines Designer Series Paper

I recently needed some quick and simple thank you cards.

To accomplish this task, I got out my Watercolor Pencils found in the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper, In the Lines!

Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines
Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines
Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines

To create these cards, I simply cut down one of the 12 x 12 sheets of the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper to 3" x 4" individual pieces. 

Then, I colored in parts of the images using the new Watercolor Pencils, using a Blender Pen to shade the colors.

Black, white with a pop of color! 

Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines

Super easy!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Rose Red, Basic Black, In the Lines Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Watercolor Pencils (Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive), Blender Pen, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Watercolor Pencils and Hey, Chick

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Am loving the Hey, Chick stamp set found in this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration catalog (spend $50, earn a free item out of the catalog!)

These "chicks" just make me smile!

This is a quick and simple card featuring the stamp set plus the new Watercolor Pencils found in the Occasions Catalog. 

I stamped the "chick" onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Memento Black ink.  I colored her comb, tail, and beak using the watercolor pencils, blending them with a Blender Pen.  I used the Big Shot and circle framelits to circle cut the piece, along with the Real Red matting.  I inked up the chickens for the background using Memento Black, off stamped, then stamped so they would be muted. 

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The watercolor pencils are smooth, high-quality, acid and lignin free.

Perfect for water coloring stamped images. Use with Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, or alone.
And they come in 13 Stampin' Up! colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White

Hey, Chick and Watercolor Pencils.  A perfect match!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Hey, Chick

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red

Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Big Shot, Circles Framelits, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Tie Dye Background Santa Part 2

Tie Dye Santa

Here's one more tie dye background paired with Santa cut out of Night of Navy card stock using the Big Shot and Detailed Santa Thinlits Die.

See my Melon Mambo/Tempting Turquoise die dye Santa here

Colors for the background are Marina Mist, Island Indigo and Wisteria Wonder.  Inks were dabbed onto my clear block "E", spritzed with water, then stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I let it sit for a few seconds, then lifted it up, and I was left with a tie dye background.

After Santa was cut out, the greeting was heat embossed using white embossing powder, then popped up on the background using Dimensionals.

What colors will you use for your tie dye Santa?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Santa Thinlits Die, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder,clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water,  Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue

Happy Stampin'!

Tie Dye Santa

Tie Dye Greetings from Santa

Tye Die Santa: a little different Christmas card using non-traditional Christmas colors. 

The background is the clear block stamping technique.  I dabbed on Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Wisteria Wonder inks onto my "E" clear block, spritzed with water so the ink would pool and run and then stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I let it set for a few seconds, lifted it off and let the ink dry. 

I Just love the tie dye look!

Greetings from Santa

Santa was cut out of Elegant Eggplant card stock using my Big Shot and Detailed Santa Thinlits Die. He was popped up from the background using Dimensionals.  The greeting is from the coordinating stamp set, Greetings from Santa, and was heat embossed using white embossing powder.

What colors will your tie dye Santa be?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, "E" clear block, spritzer bottle with water, Tombow Multi-purpose glue, Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Rose Red Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

Here's another stenciled reindeer using left over pieces from Santa's Sleigh cut outs (see posting from 12/6).

The reindeer is Rose Red and the background is the clear block watercolor technique using Rose Red, Mint Macaron and Cucumber Crush inks. 

This stenciled reindeer makes me smile!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Christmas Pines

Ink: Rose Red, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush

Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red

Accessories: Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, sponge dauber, clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Cucumber Crush thick baker's twine, Mini Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

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A couple of days ago, I posted a project I did using the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits to cut out reindeer for Hershey Nugget boxes.

I was left with this strip of silver glimmer reindeer:

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I turned it over and used the strip as a stencil to create the Elegant Eggplant reindeer above.  Recycle and reuse, right?

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The background is the clear block watercolor stamping technique.  I dabbed Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder inks onto my clear block "E", spritzed it with water so the ink would run and pool, then stamped it onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I let it sit on the paper for a few seconds, lifted it off, and I was left with this pretty tie-dye background. 

I placed the stencil on the paper and used a sponge dauber to add Elegant Eggplant ink.  In person, the reindeer looks like velvet.  I am loving this card!

 

 

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder

Paper: Whisper White

Accessories: stencil from Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, sponge dauber, clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Night of Navy thick baker's twine, Mini Glue Dot, clear Wink of Stella for shimmer

Happy Stampin'!

Flurry of Wishes-Emboss Resist Meets Clear-Block Stamping

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Here's another take on the Emboss Resist Technique. 

This card combines the Emboss Resist and Clear Block stamping techniques!

I first created by clear block background by dabbing Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder and Night of Navy inks onto my clear block "E".  I spritzed it with water so the inks would run and pool and then stamped it onto my Whisper White card front.  I let it sit on the paper for a few seconds.  I then removed the block and let the paper dry completely. 

(It is important to make sure the paper is totally dry before moving onto the next embossing step.  If you don't, when you add the white embossing powder and emboss, your background may turn white wear the paper was wet.)

Next, I stamped the snowflakes from Flurry of Wishes using Versamark and heat embossed them with white embossing powder.  I sponged on a little extra ink around the embossed images, then buffed them off with a tissue.  This makes the embossed images pop.

I added rhinestones that had been colored with a purple sharpie to the centers of each snowflake.  I also added some clear Wink of Stella to the background for a little extra shimmer.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Flurry of Wishes

Ink: Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, clear block "E", Stampin' Spritzer with water, sponge, rhinestones, purple sharpie

Happy Stampin'!

Winter Lovely as a Tree

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We finally have had a taste of winter here in the mountains of southern Colorado.  We've also had a little snow.  Just enough to cover the ground, then melt away a couple hours later as the sun came out.  But, we'll take whatever moisture we can get! 

This card was inspired by our little taste of winter.

The background was created by dabbing Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder and Night of Navy inks onto my clear block "H", spritzing it with water so the inks begin to run and pool, and then stamping it onto my Whisper White card front.  Once dry, I stamped the trees from Lovely as a Tree using Night of Navy.  The greeting comes from Greetings from Santa.  I added some clear Wink of Stella to the background for a little winter shimmer!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Greetings from Santa

Ink: Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White

Accessories: clear block "H", Stampin' Spritzer with water, clear Wink of Stella

 

Happy Stampin'!