Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Watercoloring with Distress Inks

I shared this Watercolor Tutorial using  
over on the CropStop blog today!
Distress Inks react wonderfully with water to 
make some gorgeous looking images...
especially when paired with Watercolor Paper!
 1. Gather your supplies - Distress Ink/Stamp/Watercolor Paper/Mini Mister 2. Start at the top of your stamp and begin applying ink (I used 3 different colors to create a blended effect - you can use as many or as few as you like) 3. I like the mini distress inks because they're easier to work with in small spaces 4. Mist your stamp with water from the Mini Mister 5. Stamp on watercolor paper (If you don't have water color paper you can use regular cardstock - box six shows you the comparison) 6. Trim and create your card
 For this card I used: Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, & Aged Mahogany Distress Inks; Mini Misters; Watercolor Paper; Teastained Petitie Florals (Petaloo); Paprika (Teastained Red) Petaloo Lace; Circular Grid Anna Griffin Embossing Folder; Love is a Grand Thing (Stampin' Up);  White/Black Cardstock 
I made this next card to show you the difference the amount of water makes. For the first card I spritzed it 3 or 4 times to create a deep, well-blended effect. For this card I spritzed my inked stamp only 2 times for a lighter look.Supplies for this card:  Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, & Aged Mahogany Distress Inks; Mini Misters; Watercolor Paper; The border from Circular Grid Anna Griffin Embossing Folder; Love is a Grand Thing (Stampin' Up); Coral/Deep Red Cardstock;  White/Black Cardstock 
 I want to share one more variation using the distress inks. For this card I inked my watercolor paper with Fired Brick distress ink and the misted it with water using the Mini Misters. Next I heat set it using my heat gun. After the paper was completely dry, I inked my Love stamp with Versamark Watermark ink and stamped it on the paper before adding black embossing powder and heat setting again.  I layered the stamped piece on white cardstock cut with the Scalloped Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders) and layered it over a die cut from Creative Expressions (Petite Striplet - Jubilee). The black cardstock is embossed with the Circular Grid Anna Griffin Embossing Folder.
 Here's a side by side comparison for you: 1. Watercolor Paper vs. Regular Cardstock 2. Regular Cardstock with different ink colors and colored cardstock 3. Heavy on the water 4. Light on the water 5. Embossing over watercolor 6. One stamp 3 ways!

Before I sign off here's a simple mini square card I created
with that colored cardstock image,
a little velvet flower, and tiny pearl!
(Every card doesn't have to be a "masterpiece")
 I hope you've enjoyed this little watercoloring tutorial! I'd love to see what you create with these techniques so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up!

This post linked to:
4 Crafty Chicks (Watercolor),

Really Reasonable Ribbon (Red or Pink)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Masculine Birthday

Today I'm sharing a masculine card I created as a birthday card and then by changing the sentiment made into an "all occasion" card as well.
Supplies and Tools:
Cream/Black/Kraft Cardstock, Whole Punch, Circle Punch, Baker's Twine, Diamond Border punch (Fiskars), Deer Stamp (Blue Ridge Impressions), Chalkboard Sentiments (Anna Griffin), Blending Tool, Ground Espresso Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)

This post linked to:
(Let's Celebrate)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Love One Another

Verve Stamps is giving away a sheet of Digital Stamps called Love from Me. If you make a project and link it up to their blog you have a chance to win a $40 gift voucher. The stamps are super cute, and I couldn't wait to try them out!
I created the above pocket card from a glassine bag. I folded my paper bag to create a pocket and sewed a piece of DP from the Kirby Teesdale Studio collection (The Paper Studio) to the front. Inside are two tags I decorated to match.
The big tag (in the back pocket) has empty white space for writing a personal message to the recipient on.
The smaller tag (in the front pocket) is decorated with designer paper, a paper doily, small tag, flowers etc.
Supplies and Tools:
Glassine Bag, Kirby Teesdale Studio DP (The Paper Studio), Sewing Machine, Verve Digital Stamp, Sequins, Lace, Ribbon, Twine, Paper Doily, Daisy Punch (Fiskars), Washi Tape, Mini Tag Die (Provo Craft), 3D Flower Die (Sizzix), Sunny Flowers Sentiment (Stampendous), Circle Nestabilities/Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinder), Broken Chine Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Pearls, Embroidered Lace Punch (Martha Stewart), Labels 10 (Spellbinders), Frond Punch (Martha Stewart),

This post linked to:
(Show Your Love)
(Anything Goes)

Watercolored Dahlia

I had so much fun with my first watercolor card, I decided to make a second one! This one features a Jumbo Dahlia stamp from Stampendous. I kept the card design fairly simple because I wanted the flower to be the center of attention.
I used the same technique as the first card (stamping the image lightly, coloring with distress inks, and then re-stamping the image in a dark ink over the water-coloring. (You can read a more detailed explanation here.)
I love how the extra paint spatters make the card just a bit more interesting!  

Supplies and Tools: 
Watercolor Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Spun Sugar, Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Ground Expresso), Jumbo Dahlia (Stampendous), Pink Twine, White/Black Cardstock

This post linked to:

Watercolor Flower

When I saw the challenge theme over at 4 Crafty Chicks this week was "Watercolor," I knew I wanted to play along. I recently bought some watercolor paper and have been experimenting with using Distress Inks to create water color looks!
To create this card, I lightly stamped my images in Antique Linen Distress Ink on watercolor paper. Then I stamped my chosen colors (blues, greens, yellows, and oranges) on my desk top and added a bit of water to make "paint." Next I painted and blended the colors together over the stamped image till I had something I was happy with.  After the watercolors dried, I re-stamped my images in black ink over top of the watercoloring and then added some spatters of blue ink.
 Here you can see how I water-colored two flowers and used dimensionals to pop one up off the card.
I had so much fun creating this!  Don't be surprised if you see more water-color creations in the future!
Supplies and Tools:
Choose Happiness (Stampin' Up), Patterned bugs (Inkadinkado), Doilies (Little Yellow Bicycle), Tall Watercolor Flower (Hampton Arts), Circular Grid Embossing Folder (Anna Griffin), Watercolor Paper, Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Antique Linen), Mini Mister, Sequins, Die Cut Sentiment (Momento), Polk-a-dot ribbon

This post linked to:
(Anything Goes)

Friday, January 27, 2017

Journey of a lifetime

I’m having so much fun creating projects to share with you using CropStop products!! There are so many fun supplies to pick from in the store, and plenty of designs, styles, and techniques to try out too!
To begin with I embossed a piece of black cardstock with the Tim Holtz Doily embossing folder and cut it out. Next I cut a small envelope out of double sided cardstock using the My Favorite Things Envelope Die.
 Tucked inside the envelope are two tiny flags made from toothpicks and snippets of paper from the Red Sampler Pack (Canvas Corps). I tied a pretty little bow around the outside with Burgundy Burlap String and stuck a tiny Teastained Red flower in the center.
The Sentiment is stamped in Fired Brick Distress Ink on coffee stained paper using the All Occasion stamp set from Heartfelt Creations.   A tiny line of pearls adorns the bottom right corner and three little punched red hearts add a pop of color to the left side of the card.
This post linked to:
(Show Your Love)
(Anything Goes) 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Library Journal Cards

I've added a set of
8 Library Journal Cards to the Etsy shop.
These cards feature seasonal/holiday sentiments and pictures.
Perfect for cardmaking, scrapbooking, decorating journals,
smash books, tags, etc.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Valentine Journal Cards

Sharing two cards I created to showcase
Here you can see how I cut the heart and sentiment out and 
popped them up (or added a mat)
 to make the first card have more dimension. 
Supplies and Tools:
Kraft Cardstock, Journal Cards, Baker's Twine, Red Thread, Crochet heart,
Love Die Cut (Sizzix), White Paper Doily, Burlap, White Lace,
Black Ribbon, Lace Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
This post linked to:
(Anything Goes)
(Red or Pink)
(Show your Love)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

How've You Bean?

Coffee and Daisies - Kind of an unlikely combination, 
but I made them work together in this card!
The plaid background is made with watercolor paper,
 distress inks, and a mini mister.
 I layered several daisies on top of one another and added a
 quilled yellow center to the large one
and two tiny pearls to the smaller ones.
You can also see the white pigment ink I brushed over the
embossing to make it stand out a little more.
 I decorated the inside of the card
with a Kraft panel and strip of daisy lace.
Supplies and Tools:
Kraft/White/Yellow/Green Cardstock, Watercolor Paper, Mowed Lawn/Pine Needles/Ground Expresso Distress Ink,
Mini Mister, Crazy Daisy Embossing Folder (Couture Creations), White Pigment Ink,
Plaid Background Stamp (Impression Obsession), Large Daisy Punch, Small Daisy Punch,
Quilling Tool, Daisy Ribbon, Polka-dot ribbon, Staple, Latte Love Stamp Set (Fiskars)
Mini Pearls, Labels 4 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Sharpie Marker

This post linked to:
(Anything Goes)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Valentine Teddy -- FREE printable

I'm sharing this sweet little Valentine card
over on the CropStop blog today.
I made two cards in slightly
different color schemes using products
from CropStop and the FREE printable library card below.
 For a Free Printable Library Card - CLICK HERE or visit my FREEBIES page.

Supplies and Tools:
My Favorite Teddy (Stampin' Up), Library Card, White/Kraft/Black/Red Cardstock,
Red Sampler Pack (Canvas Home Basics), Eyelet Lace border punch (Martha Stewart), 
Mini Heart Punch, Wordsworth Sentiment

This post linked to:
Really Reasonable Ribbon
(Red or Pink)
Word Art Wednesday
(Anything Goes)
(Fresh and Bold)
(Classy and Elegant using the Red/White/Black from the photo)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mini Valentines

 I've been in the mood to create Valentines and decided
to recycled these little crocheted heart ornaments I made a little while ago
into card embellishments! 
I cut their hangers off and hot glued them to 
free printable library card to turn them into mini Valentine Cards.
 A larger one-layer version is available for purhcase
in my Etsy Shop.

Supplies and Tools:
Crochet hearts, Washi Tape, free printable
sentiment die form Momento, Pink/Red/White Cardstock

This post linked to:
The Card Concept
(Mixed Media - Red/White/Black in photo)
Word Art Wednesday
(Anything Goes)