Thursday, May 22, 2014

Watercolor Stamping With Distress Ink

     This is the last card I made for my watercolor class. This card used distress inks to color the stamped image.  As you can see, a little of the red ink bled onto the paper. I tried in vain to remove the ink but I had no luck.  I'll have to keep practicing to avoid the ink running onto the paper. The poppy stamps I used are from Penny Black and  the distress inks I used are red barn and spiced marmalade

Overall I liked the effect you receive with the distress inks and how the colors blend.   This is one technique that takes some practice to perfect. 
This class was so much fun and I learned so many new techniques.  Now I have all summer to work on practicing all the techniques  we learned in class.
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Watercolor Stamping With Gelatos

     Tonight I have another watercolor card to share that I made using Gelatos.  For this card I used  a different silhouette stamp and  lighter shades of the Gelatos.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches and the stamp is from Hero Arts.

I like how this stamp image turned out. It has more of a soft watercolor look then the card I did with the darker shades.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Stamps Speifically For Watercoloring

     The card I am sharing today uses a flower silhouette stamp and Gelatos to create a watercolor effect.  Gelatos are concentrated pigment sticks that come in brilliant colors.  When used with water, a watercolor effect is created. 

As you can see from the few stray spots of color, I still need to practice more with this medium to get better results. However, I love the bright colors you can achieve from mixing several shades of color.  To add some texture to the card, I used embossing paste and an honeycomb stencil.  A stamped sentiment from the Avery Elle stamp set, Brushed completed the card. 
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Watercolor Stamps

     In watercolor class we were shown how to use stamps made for  watercoloring.   I have to say, I love these stamps!  Joann's had the stamps on sale so I was able to pick up a few sets and I am so glad I did.  The stamps are from Art Impressions.

I like these stamps because they stamp beautifully, no two cards will ever be exactly alike and  you can create so many variations in design and color. Plus each card looks like a little piece of original artwork.   My husband bought me a  box of premade cards and I wasn't really sure how I would use them, but I think this wood grain image on this card works well with the watercolor image.  All in all this was a fun technique.

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Soft Watercolor Washed Background With Stencils

     The next technique I learned in my watercolor class was another watercolor washed background, but this time I used a stencil to create the texture background.  Once again it only took me five or six tries to finally get a background that I liked!  I then used a watercolor flower and leaves  to compliment the background.  The stamps I used were from the Avery Elle sets Petals and Stems and Oh Happy Day.

This card was entered into the Avery Elle Botanical Challenge.

Challenge 7
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Vibrant Watercolor Wash Background

     The card I am sharing  with you today was made for the on-line card class, Watercolor for card makers.  I absolutely loved this class, but since I was sick for the first week of class, I was not able to make as many cards as I would have liked using all the amazing techniques we were taught.  Today's card uses distress inks to make this watercolor background.  It only took me five or six tries to get a background that I really liked!  It looked so easy in the lesson, but through trial and error, I think I finally got the hang of it.

It's hard to tell from the  photo, but  the sentiment consisted of five layers of card stock in the same colors as the ink I used -  red, pink orange and yellow. I trimmed the color wash and use foam dots to add dimension to the card. All in all this was a fun technique. I'll keep sharing more cards until the card class gallery closes on Thursday.
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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Avery Elle Mother's Day Challenge

     Tonight  I have a card to share that I made for the Avery Elle Mother's Day Challenge.  I  used the Simply Tags Christmas stamp set to make this Mother's Day card.  I love this stamp set because it is so versatile and can be used for a variety of  occasions year around.  I started the card by stamping the star, heart and sentiment. After the images were cut out, I used foam glue dots to adhere the pieces together.  The word Mom and the stamped image were adhered to a notebook bracket cutout from Paper Smooches.  Some patterned paper and twine completed the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful Mother's Day!

My Favorite Things Card Design Contest

Once again I am entering a card in the   My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar contest .  I am entering this card in the Clean and Simpl...