Watercolour Smooching

Watercolour Smooching

I thought it would be fun to play with a few of the classic ink pads on some cards, creating a watercolour smooching technique

Watercolour Smooching

Tricks & Tips

  • If you don’t have acetate or a plastic sheet on hand, use an acrylic block. The benefit of the acetate is that you can bend it, and have more control over the placement of the ink than you get with a stiff acrylic block. The results are similar enough that it doesn’t really matter which you use!

Watercolour Smooching

Video Tutorial

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Supplies

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Heat Embossing on Vellum

Patterned paper is just one of the little joys of being a card maker. (The colours! The designs!) In fact, many of us collect patterned paper! However, sometimes it isn’t easy incorporating busy patterns onto small cards. That’s where vellum works wonders in creating perfectly patterned cards.

Vellum, Heat Embossing

I’ve heat embossed my greeting from Thankful Thoughts Stamp Set in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.  Using the 2nd largest die from the Banner Framelits to cut out my greeting.

I’ve finished it off by wrapping some Whisper White Baker’s twine across the top of my greeting and adhering my greeting to my patterned paper using liquid glue.  This way you’re able to hide the adhesive by placing it directly behind the Baker’s twine.

Vellum, Heat Embossing

Tricks & Tips

  • Ensure your heat tool is hot before melting your embossing powder, this will prevent the vellum from warping
  • If the vellum is getting too hot, move the heat away for a few seconds and then try heating a different area, this will help prevent warping on the vellum

Video Tutorial

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Supplies

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Shadow Stamping

Shadow Stamping

Hello there. Today’s video shares how to do Shadow Stamping.  The fun technique of “stamping shadows” is so-very-easy to do, and yet gives really fun results.

Shadow Stamping

I arranged a cluster of solid images from the Garden in Bloom Stamp Set in one corner of  a piece of coloured cardstock from the Brights Collection.  I’ve stamped my image with Whisper White Craft Ink.  I then rotated the paper and stamped them again in the opposite corner.

I then stamped the same images again and this time, stamped them with same colour as my cardstock to match.  The overlapping of the Whisper White Craft Ink  and the coloured classic ink gives the illusion that three inks were used instead of two.

Shadow Stamping

I finished off the cards by white heat embossing a variety of Sentiments from Stylized Birthday and Thankful Thoughts Stamp Sets in the center of the of the cards. I adhered all the panels to white notecards.  This would be a great set of notecards to give as a gift.

Shadow Stamping

Tricks & Tips

  • Stamp your second image slightly off center from the first, this will the illusion of depth to create the shadow technique
  • Craft Ink takes longer to dry.  Dry your cardstock with a heat tool or set aside for the ink to dry completely before adding your greeting
  • Rub an Embossing Buddy across your cardstock to remove any static before stamping your greeting and heat embossing
  • This technique works best with bold colours (brights colour family)

Video Tutorial

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Supplies

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Vibrant Watercolour Wash Background

Vibrant Watercolour Wash Background

For me, creating bold, vibrant watercolour backgrounds is a time-saver! I find that when I have an awesome background, I can keep the rest of the card simple. 

I was inspired by the colour combinations on this project HERE  by Andrea Walford, go check out her work it’s amazing.

The colours I’ve used in today’s project, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.

Vibrant Watercolour Wash Background

I’ve added texture by using the new Hexagons Dynamic Texture Impressions Embossing Folder, and just stamped my greeting from Suite Sayings Stamp set onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut it out using the Stitched Framelits

Tips & Techniques

  • Watercolouring is the opposite of stamping… with stamping you want everything to be crisp and precise, but with watercolors you want each image and colour to flow into the next.
  • Tape your watercolour paper down to something solid, I use a small clipboard, but chipboard from the backing of patterned paper, or to your grid paper on your desk will work also.
  • If you ever feel your paper is getting too dry to let you work with the colours easily, brush over the paper with a damp brush or lightly spritz the paper with water using a spritzer.

View Video Tutorial below

Supplies

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Watercolour Background with Heat Embossing

Watercolour Background with Heat Embossing

I recently sent out an email asking you what projects or techniques they would like to see in upcoming project tutorials.  Many of you had asked for simple watercolour techniques, so over the next couple of weeks I will be sharing with you just that… a variety of watercolour techniques that anyone can do. That’s where today’s card started. I decided to create a watercolour background with heat embossing.  But first I needed a greeting, and large one would work perfectly so as  I was filing through my stash of stamp set that I’ve been meaning to use when I came upon the So Very Much from our current Sale-a-Bration items (Earn yours free with a $90 Purchase) 

Watercolour Background with Heat Embossing

I watercoloured the background using Dapper Denim, Marina Mist & Soft Sky Classic Ink Refills and then splattered some gold ink using my Gold Wink of Stella Pen and just flicking the colour with my fingers across the background.

The greeting was stamped in VersaMark ink and embossed using Gold Embossing Powder

Tricks & Tips

  • Tape your watercolour paper down to something solid, I use a small clipboard, but chipboard from the backing of patterned paper, or to your grid paper on your desk will work also.
  • If you ever feel your paper is getting too dry to let you work with the colours easily, brush over the paper with a damp brush or lightly spritz the paper with water using a spritzer.

View the video below, to see how easy it is to use this technique.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store


Looking for more Watercolouring Ideas – visit my Resource Library for other great watercolour tips and techniques

Thanks Very Much

Since moving to the Outback Australia the view of lush green grass and colourful flowers growing in the neighborhood gardens are non-existent. Instead, we can view the dusty dessert like country side and with temperatures reaching above 40°C, and I was desperately in need of some colourful spring inspired paper craft.  My inspiration for this project came from "Stampin' Success" a quarterly magazine available to Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.  This project features the Flower Shop & Fabulous Four Stamp Sets.

 

Thanks Very Much

I've stamped the greeting from Fabulous Four Stamp Set in Watermelon Wonder Classic Ink.  I've then stamped my flower image from Flower Shop onto scrap pieces of Whisper White and Cucumber Crush Cardstock in both Delightful Dijon and Cucumber Crush Classic Ink and punched it out with the Fun Flower Punch

You can watch the video below on how this project was created

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Thank You – Graduation Stamping

I wanted to try using different ink pads to create a ombre look or a gradation look on today’s card.  I used three different ink pads  to stamp out the focal point of the card and it took just 5 minutes to do so! 

thankyou - Graduated Stamping 2

You can watch the video below on how this card was created

thankyou - Gratuated Stamping

 

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Bye-Bye Pleasant Poppies

Time to say goodbye to Pleasant Poppies Stamp Set, it's a great background stamp set and can be used for almost anything.  Below is my favorite example.  I've embossed my image with White Embossing Powder and coloured some flowers with my Stampin' Write Markers so the image will pop.

Pleasant Poppies

I've created a video on how I did this technique which you can watch below.

Items are selling fast, and are only available while supplies last.  This set is only available in Wood Mount at 25% off, click the image to purchase this set in my online store 

pleasant poppies

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So Thankful

The Amazing Birthday Stamp set is currently one of my favourites.  It is so simple to use, and so many different things you can create with it.  Today I want to show you one quick and simple card you make using this set.

My inspiration for this card today came from the current Stampin' Up Catalaogue found on page 44. I stamped the Banner image using Strawberry Slush Classic ink and the Greeting using Bermuda Bay Classic ink then cut these out with my Banner framelits and Big Shot machine. The circle was stamped using Crushed Curry Classic ink and punched out with the 1 1/4" circle punch.  

Amazing Birthday

I added a piece of Cofetti Celebrations Patterned Paper to the card front and added my stamped images to the front using Stampin' Dimentionals.  To finish off added a piece of Bumuda Bay Bakers Twine.

You can view the video tutorial below on how this was created.

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Thank you Treat Pouch

Do you have an excess amount of Designer Paper that you're not sure what to do with?  Today's project is very simple and quick to mass produce, and it all starts with a 6" x 6" piece of Designer Paper.  Watch the video below as I show you how to create this cute little gift idea.

gift pouch

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Washi Tape Note Cards & A Special Offer

Have you ever looked through the Stampin' Up! Catalogue and wanted learn how to make some of the project samples?  Well now you can with the "You Can Make It" feature in the catalogue! Today's video we're creating the  project is found on page 147 for the main Catalogue. Featuring "A Round Array" Stamp set

A Round Array

Washi Tape Thanks

you can view the video on how these were created below 

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Monochromatic Thanks & A Special offer

I was encouraged by a friend that I should design a card based around a stamp set that is in my stash but unused.  So I accpeted the challenge and went staight to my cupboard of stamps, and pulled out this one  "Stippled Blossom."

Stippled Blossom

This Stamp set "Stippled Blossom" is a two-step stamp set where you can layer each image 'solid' and 'outline' image on top of each other to create a fuller effect.  In my card today I've just used the outline image.

Stippled Blossom

You can view todays video to show you how this card was created below.  I aplogise in advance my lighting isn't the best, my original light source was unavailable at time of filming 

 

Exclusive Video Tutorials for You

Did you know that you can access Exclusive video tutorials FREE each month through my online stamp club?  These projects and video tutorials will not be available anywhere else.  To become a member just fill out the form on this page HERE.  I will send you an email on 1st of every month to remind you to log into my online store and to purchase your products (anything you like) and once you've placed your order I will send you a link to that months projects.  It's that easy.  What are you waiting for?  Sign up now

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Medallion Thankyou

Today’s card features the Mixed Bunch Stamp Set

Mixed Bunch, Sassy Salutations

 

Directions:

  1. Fold the 15 x 21cm piece of Basic Black CS in half with a bone folder creating a 15 x 10.5cm card base.  Set aside for a moment
  2. Stamp the medallion image randomly over the 9.5 x 14cm piece of Melon Mambo CS, using Jet Black StazOn ink
  3. Stamp the greeting from Sassy Salutations Stamp Set onto the 2 x 9.5cm piece of Whisper White CS with Jet Black StazOn ink and a Stamp-a-ma-jig
  4. Center and stick the 9.5 x 14.5cm piece of Melon Mambo CS to the 9.7 x 14.2cm piece of Whisper White CS using double sided adhesive
  5. Center and stick the matted Melon Mambo CS to the Basic Black Card base, using double sided adhesive
  6. Stick the greeting Whisper White label to the 2.2 x 9.5cm piece of Basic Black CS, leaving equal boarders on the to and bottom, using double sided adhesive
  7. Stick the matted greeting onto the card front, approx 2cm up from the bottom,using double sided adhesive
  8. Stick a small basic rhinestone in the center of each of the medallion images, stick a small basic rhinestones on each of the six points on the medallions, as shown. You’re done!

 

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Thankyou

Today’s card features our Chevron Boarder Punch and Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stacks and the directions can be found below

Lots of Thanks, Chevron Boarder Punch

 

Directions:

    1. Fold 15 x 21cm Blackberry Bliss CS in half, with a bone folder, creating a 15 x 10.5cm card base.  Set aside for a moment
    2. Make a pencil mark on the underside of the Chevron Boarder punch, along the impression line of the punch using a pencil and a ruler
    3. Slide the 9.4 x 13.8cm piece of Whisper White CS into the Chervon punch, Align the right edge of the CS with the right pencil line you drew and punch.  Rotate the CS 180 degrees. Slide the 9.4 x 13.8cm piece of Whisper White CS into the Chevron punch.  Align the right edge of the CS with the right pencil line you drew and punch.
    4. Lay the 9.4 x 13.8cm piece of Whisper White CS on your work surface with the back side of it face up.  (You want the chevrons to be in the top left corner and the bottom right corner.) Stick a scrap piece of Moonlight DP to the Whisper White CS directly over the bottom right hand chevron, making sure that the DP isn’t covering any other open chevrons, using Tombow Liquid glue.  Repeat this process until all six chevrons are covered.
    5. Stamp the greeting in the center of the Whisper White CS using Jet Black StazOn ink
    6. Center and stick the piece of Whisper White CS to the 14.2 x 9.7cm piece of Basic Grey CS
    7. Center and stick the Whisper White Mat to the cardbase using double sided adhesive.  You’re Done!

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Welcome to Day 2 of my World Card Making creations.  How are you celebrating?  Why not come celebrate the creativity of handcrafted cards by participating with me in one of the below events

Between 1 -6 October I will be posting a card with a video tutorial for you to create at home.

Today’s card features a technique using die cutting, with die cutting being such a popular part of card making these days, I felt it would be good to focus on clean and simple card created with the help of dies. And I think you will love what I have to show you!

Die cutting is perfect for clean and simple designs, thanks to the crisp, clean lines this cutting method offers. Also, there are many eye-catching techniques you can do with little effort, thanks to die cutting.

Today’s card is bold and so very creative! In this video I will shares tips on creating a repeated design to make a clean and simple design.

Starburst  Sayings, Square Framelits

Tips & Tricks to Note

  • When using a bold, clear stamp, place a piece of craft foam under your cardstock to provide just a little bit of give to your stamping surface. This will help you achieve a crisp, clear image.
  • To ensure that you don’t have any lint or dust on your stamp that could mar your stamped image, stamp the image a few times on scrap cardstock before moving on to your card.

Directions

    1. Tape the Square Framelits dies together with washi tape to create a nested frame.  Turn frame on an angle (diamond shape facing you) and measure 1″ from the center of the frame on either side.  Place one piece of washi tape on each side of the die at 1″ mark to help you position your cardstock with the die.  You should have 2″ between tape pieces
    2. Cut various colours of cardstock at 2″ wide strips. and position between the tape guides on the nested dies. Secure each using washi tape.
    3. Die cut cardstock using dies and big shot.  Remove die cut pieces from the die.  Repeat until all colours have been cut
    4. Arrange multi-colour chevrons on a large strip of washi tape (sticky side up) You will want to put the pretty side down onto the tape.  Set aside
    5. Fold your piece 21 x 15cm piece of Whisper White CS in half to create a card base (15 x 10.5cm)
    6. Stamp your greeting in the bottom left hand corner using stazon black ink
    7. Apply stampin’ dimentionals to each chevron. Turn the sticky strip over (sticky side down) and adhere chevron down.
    8. Remove washi tape.  You’re Done!