TIps & Techniques : Just Add Water

Just Add Water

I’m in love with this years in-colours, they blend together beautifully.  Classic inks also get really exciting when you just add water.

050219 - Just Add Water

Using Stamping sponges, I added colour to a panel of watercolour cardstock.  The colours I used were Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, Blueberry Bushel and Gorgeous Grape.

050219 - Just Add Water

Next, I propped up the cardstock and spritz water on each of the coloured areas generously to encourage the colour to drip and run down the panel.

050219 - Just Add Water

I used paper towel to dab up any extra pools of colour and allowed the panel to dry.  You can continue to add more water depending on how runny you want the finished colours to look.

050219 - Just Add Water

To finish the card, I added a Thank die cut from the Thank You Thinlits and stamped the “you” greeting from the Sunshine Sayings Stamp set in StazOn ink.  I trimmed the top and bottom of the panel and adhered it to Thick Whisper White Cardstock to create a standard size greeting card. with liquid adhesive.  I also adhered a thin strip of Basic Black Cardstock as a finishing touch.

050219 - Just Add Water

050219 - Just Add Water

That’s it. Super easy and really fun too!

Masculine – Die Cut Inlay

Masculine – Die Cut Inlay

A Die cut inlay is not a new technique it has been around for some time.  Die Cut Inlay is when you cut an image or shape and put it back in the same place, this give it a bit of dimension as appose to leaving your image just stamped.

I’ve created my background using a sponging technique and various colours (Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler & Cajun Craze).  Sponging is one of the most easiest and cheapest ways to add contrast and character to your project.  Learn more about Stampin’ Up! Sponges HERE

Vintage Leaves, Thankful Thoughts

I’ve stamped my image from Vintage Leaves Stamp Set in Versamark Ink and Gold Embossing Powder.  Next I Die cutted the image using my coordinating Framelits Leaflets Framelits. After adhering my sponged cardstock to my Cajun Craze Mat I replaced my die cut image with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Tricks & Tips

  • Hold your sponge tightly and start my sponging off the cardstock to remove any excess ink and then gradually in a circular motion sponge onto the cardstock til you have the desired effect.

Vintage Leaves, Thankful Thoughts

Video Tutorial

Will show you how to create this card, including supplies and trick and tips on creating a Die Cut Inlay effect in your project

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.

Product List


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You Are Too Kind

You Are Too Kind

You don’t need to have all the embellishments in the world for your card to pack a punch.  As the saying goes “Less is More”

You are Too Kind

For today’s project, I’ve masked off a section (approx 4 cm) in the center of my Whisper White Card-stock. Then lightly sponged my background in Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo Classic Ink.

You are Too Kind

Video Tutorial

View video tutorial below

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
 
Product List

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Gradient Sponged Background

Gradient Sponged Background

Well… I had lost my crafty mojo. To get it back, I decided to dive in and make a lot of different cards using the same technique, Gradient Sponged Background and embossing folders and it worked! 

I don’t normally make a lot of cards at once but  I got carried away. It was kinda of my “healing” from a long struggle of not creating much. I feel so much better! I hope these cards show you that you can take products you have and put them to good use to make a bunch of cards… all with a simple card design.

I have details on what products I used on each card below. On all of my cards I used the super-cool Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

OK, here the colours I used on each card:

 

Love Card:  Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry

Gradient sponged Background

Congrats Card: Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight

Gradient sponged Background

Happy Card: Night of Navy, Dapper Denim, Island Indigo

Gradient sponged Background

Hello Card: Cucumber Crush, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo

Gradient sponged Background

Tricks & Tips

  • Use washi tape or painters tape to get the nice even border around your project
  • If your tape is too sticky wipe your embossing buddy over it to make it less tacky
  • Start sponging off the cardstock and gradually apply colour in a circular motion

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 sponging techniques? – visit my Resource Library for other great tips and techniques