Saturday, February 6, 2016

Valentine Countdown #5: Beautiful Life

Yes, I have another watercolored card for you :) I really am on a roll with it! I finally ordered a bunch of stuff from the new Occasions Mini, and I am telling you, I may well end up with almost everything in the catalog! I thought I did not love it all, but it appears that I do. Now, I better sell a bunch of cards or product to do that!

You might recognize that background piece. I made it while filming a video on how to create a Northern Lights background. It has been lurking around my craft room waiting to be added to a project of some kind. It still evokes a night sky in this setting, but hopefully more of a road trip feel to it. And what about that little dog?! Isn't he the cutest thing ever?! There are several adorable accessories in the Beautiful Ride set, and since it is a photopolymer set, it is easy to put them just where you want them :)
Here is how I made this card:
  • Create top folding Thick Whisper White cardbase with a 4¼"x11" scored at 5½".
  • Cut a 4"x5¼" panel of Smoky Slate, emboss with the Lucky Stars embossing folder.  Adhere centered on the card front.
  • Using your favorite black ink, stamp the "good company" sentiment inside the card, then the hearts centered below it. And then add the "xoxo" stamp to each side of the hearts. Use Aqua-painter to add some light Blackberry Bliss to the hearts.
  • Stamp the VW bug in a waterproof ink on Thick White cardstock, then add the dog in the window. Apply color (SU Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss, and Tim Holtz Distress Black Soot) with an Aqua-painter. Use a light hand with the water though, removing excess from the brush as needed. 
  • Fussy cut the VW bug. Or, if you were lucky enough to get the Dies by Dave VW Coupe die, use that! I say lucky because he sells out frequently and his shop is closed about 1/3 of the time while he works his real job :)
  • Cut a piece of vellum to 1½"x4", stamp the sentiment in a black ink near the bottom center of the vellum strip. Then sprinkle with Clear embossing powder and heat with heat tool until embossing powder is melted. 
  • Create the 3¼"x4½" watercolored panel by first spongin on Blackberry Bliss and Night of Navy ink, then sptrizing with water to blend the colors. Dry, then splatter panel with water, allow the water to sit for a few seconds, then lay a cloth or a paper towel over the panel to pick up the water adn some of the ink. Repeat if needed to get the desired effect. Dry again. 
  • Outline watercolored panel with a Signo white gel pen. 
  • Apply dimensionals or foam tape to the back of the watercolored panel and adhere to card front. 
  • Figure out where the car will cover part of the vellum, apply Tear & Tape to the back of the strip there and adhere to the card front. Use liquid glue or more Tear & Tape to adhere the car. 
  • Use Fine-Tip glue pen to add some dots of glue, then apply a few irridescent and a purple sequin to the card front. Or you could skip these if you don't want any frou-frou on the card :) 
All Done!

I tried to keep the dimension reasonable for mailing as I am not sure who I will be giving this too. Otherwise I may have used dimensionals on the car too.



And here is that video with how I created that background. Hopefully it helps someone out there :)

I suppose you want to see the inside of the card :) Here it is. I love how this turned out!!

What do you think? Have I convinced you to do some watercolor of your own yet? I would love to see what you make if you do!!

And if you would like to purchase some of the items I used today, here are some convenient links to help you out :)  And if your order is less than $150, please use this month's Host Code: PCUN2KHD

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Plaid Blooms


I am still loving on this stamp set, although I must admit that I made this card before Christmas when I first got my Gansai Tambi watercolors. I have quite the stash of supplies and stamps as I have been a papercrafter for over 10 years now, so sometimes I really just need to play with whatever I have! And I needed to add to my stash of big cards for work, so this is another 5½"x7½" card. I am so glad I have the envelope punch board, and scads and scads of the DCWV DSP stacks from my pre-SU days. They make great envelopes, white on the outside and patterned on the inside :)


  • I chose 3 colors of watercolor to create the plaid, and the trick here is to do the stripes in one direction, dry the paint with the heat tool because I am not patient, then paint the stripes in the opposite direction. Yes, I found this out the hard way :) The flower covers most of the muddied stripes. The Gansai Tambi colors that I used are: #50 Light Aqua, #42 Bright Yellow, and #21 Scarlet Red (I think- or it could have been #30 Cadmium Red- it's been too long for me to remember and I was just enjoying myself, not thinking about future postings :)  )
  • I had taped the watercolor paper down to a board while making the plaid, and decided to stitch along the edge of the paint for a nice border. OK, who am I kidding. I've been stitching everything lately, lol! Then I adhered this panel to the Tangelo Twist card base.
  • I decided to use SU inks to watercolor the flower. I used Crushed Curry and Tangelo Twist on the petals, laying down the yellow first, then dropping in a little of the orange while the yellow was still wet to get the blending and wicking effect. The leaves are Garden Green. This green is much neglected in my craft room. I think I am rediscovering it lately, and it is about time! It makes quite lovely leaves. After the flower was dry, I fussy cut it out and put a bunch of dimensionals on the back.
  • I took a 2"x7" piece of vellum and heat embossed the sentiment (Think Big Favorites: #24) with some glittery gold embossing powder in my stash. At this point, the plaid panel was already glued to the card base, so I had to resign myself to the thought of the stitching to hold the sentiment strip showing on the inside of the card. It generally bothers me to see the stitching or a strip of ribbon from the front of the card on the inside. Just my quirk.
  • I made a tangle of gold thread and stuck it to the back of the flower and then stuck that to the card base. 
  • My last bits are a few orange and iridescent sequins that I am not sure where I got. I used the Fine Tip Glue to stick those babies on.

For the inside I stamped the flowers in Tangelos Twist, then stamped this greeting from Inside and Out: Birthday in Early Espresso. And of course, I outlined the inside of the card with a Signo white gel pen :)

There it is, one more watercolored card for the stash at work! I wonder who the recipient will be :)

What do you think? Is this a pleasing color combo, and should I have added more sequins? That is always the question, lol!

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Valentine Countdown #4: World of Love

Time for the next installment in the Valentine Countdown! It is another little watercolor work. I have realized recently that I do very few projects without watercoloring taking part in the process lately. It has such a big impact on the finished project and I enjoy it so very much :)

This card is another little card, a 3"x4" totally watercolor paper card.  Here is how I created it:
  • Tape the card flat on the board. Wet  most of the front of the card with clean water with an Aqua-painter. 
  • Drop Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe into the wet areas and allow to blend and combine. Dry with heat tool if you want to speed it up.
  • After the watercolor is dry, stamp the globe image and the sentiment (from PTI Love Notes) in Soft Suede. 
  • Die cut the "love" from Early Espresso and adhere to the card front. But be careful, make sure the ink from the stamped images is dry or it will smear. You made need to hit it with the heat tool to dry it if you are impatient, like me :)
  • Open card to the inside, apply painters tape about ½" from the bottom of card, taping down to a board and creating a mask at one time. 
  • Apply a little water again with the Aqua-painter, then add add Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe ink, like was done on the card front.
  •  Allow to dry, or dry with heat tool. Remove tape. All done!
I used Canson 140lb cold press watercolor paper here. I believe this is considered a student grade paper, but I have had good results with the things I have been doing with it. Be sure to use a good quality watercolor paper, like SU watercolor, Canson or Strathmore 140lb cold press, Tim Holtz Distress watercolor, or even Arches 140lb cold or hot press. There are so many great papers out there, but the 90lb or less varieties will warp more and not make a good card base.

And in case you are wondering, the difference between cold press and hot press is that the hot press has a smoother finish and will take a stamped image easier. There are several other differences, but for my purposes, that is the biggest. That and it is much harder to find and the price is generally higher :)

I have taken a couple of the Watercolor for Card Makers classes through OnlineCardClasses.com and really enjoyed them, and I would like to think they have improved my skills, and that with practice, I will become much better at watercoloring!

Both of these inks have several colors "unlocked" when they are used in watercolor techniques, so they give a big effect with little effort. There are just a few ink colors that are like this, and Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake are a couple others that will give you a great variation of color. 4

I do believe this card is going to end up in my husband's lunch box soon :)

What do you think? Are you ready to give it a try yourself? I would love to see what you create! Post a comment with a link to your creation so we can all check it out!

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