Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Quick Crafty Tips- Watercolor

I'm introducing a new series to my blog called, QUICK CRAFTY TIPS, where I share a simple crafty tip. I'm in no way reinventing the wheel...just sharing what I found that works for me in hopes it may help you as well.

I love to watercolor on my projects. I used to use a mason jar filled with water to rinse off my brush in between changing colors of watercolor. I didn't really like it because I felt like I could never get the brush completely clean and the previous color sometimes mixed with the new color. However, I recently picked up this ice cube tray at Marshalls in the clearance section (for under two dollars) and I LOVE it!
Having all those sections of clean water really helps keep my brush clean and the plastic in between the sections is awesome for mixing colors on. 

Hopefully you will give an inexpensive ice cube tray a try the next time you watercolor! Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, February 20, 2015

5 cards using SSS "Hop to it" Release Goodies...

Hello. Have you seen all the new goodies from the Hop to it release from Simon Says Stamp? Man, it is some good stuff! Heidi was sweet enough to send me three stamp sets to play with from the release. I created five cards (I was SO inspired)...

First card...

I decided to go out of my comfort zone and create a different sized card. I chose to go longer so that I could stamp the adorable bear from THIS set multiple times. I stamped him with THIS ink and heat embossed each one with Clear Embossing Powder. I added Distress Ink to each image in rainbow order (Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, and Seedless Preserves). I sprayed some pearlized water on top and dabbed some of the color away with a papertowel to achieve a "bleached" look. I stamped a greeting from THIS Neat and Tangled set in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it in white on a strip of black cardstock. I added glossy accents to each of the hearts. 

A closer look...

Second card...

I love this sweet girl from THIS stamp set. Isn't she adorable!? I stamped her on some Neenah White Cardstock using THIS ink and colored her with Copics. I also stamped her on some patterned paper for her pajamas. I stamped the moon, stars, and sentiment from the set using VersaMark ink and heat embossed each using colored embossing powder. I cut a strip of patterned paper using THIS die for the bottom of the card. I finished the card of by adding an epoxy bow to her hair. 

A closer look...

Third card...
This was the most time consuming card, but my favorite! I don't know about you, but where I live, it's COLD and I'm over this weather! So I made a card using a girl from THIS set and combined it with THIS and THIS set. I wanted to create a winter scene outside her window but have her surronded by flowers and thinking about SPRING. Can you tell I'm ready for Spring!? LOL

For the window scene, I added Stickles to the window panes to resemble frost and applied THIS stencil with some white embossing paste to give the look of snow falling...

Fourth card...
I used the adorable bear image again and stamped him multiple times on a piece of watercolor paper, creating a background. I die-cut a shape from the center and popped it up for some interest. I used my Peerless watercolors to color the bear and die-cut THIS heart from blue fun foam. I combined THIS set and THIS set to create the sentiment and stamped it on some Doodlebug Paper. I added some pattern paper for a finishing touch under the raised piece...

Final card...
THIS stamp set is so unique. I decided to make the card unique as well. This is a flip card (which is difficult to photograph-sorry!). I colored the girl image with Copics and cut her out and adhered her to a circle piece cut from THIS die. I stamped a coordinating sentiment and added a few wooden stars that I added black epoxy to.

When you flip up the circle, you see this mirror stamped with and encouraging message! ...(again, VERY difficult to photograph)

Isn't that fun!? I used Black Staz-On ink to stamp on the mirror.

Okay, now go check out the new release HERE. Good stuff. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Inspired by OCC- Card #4

Today's card was inspired by Day 2 of Clean and Simple 4 class. Kristina shared a fun die-cut technique that I wanted to try...
I've had THIS stamp set on my desk to use for quite some time and finally got to play with it! I just love that Yeti! I stamped him on to some Neenah White Solar Cardstock using THIS ink. I colored him in with some Copics and cut him out. I stamped the sentiment using the same black ink on to a word bubble that I die-cut using THIS die. I replaced the heart with one of THESE hearts. I used THIS stencil to create falling snow in the background using some white embossing paste. I die-cut scalloped strips, adhering them together with a small gap to resemble mounds of snow. I used a hole punch to punch eight small circles that I covered with THIS to create snowballs.

Here's a closer look...
I wanted to created some texture on the mounds of snow so I traced over the tops of the scallops with THIS and THIS and mixed them up with my finger. I love the texture it adds. I finished off the card by adhering some patterned paper strips to THIS note card and adhering the panel on top with foam adhesive

That's all for today. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a GREAT weekend! 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Inspired by OCC- Card #3

Hello! I'm back today with another card inspired by Clean and Simple 4 class...
The stripes were inspired by Kristina's direct to paper inking technique and Jennifer's ink pattern technique on Day 5 of class. I created the stripes by applying masking tape strips to a piece of watercolor paper. I removed a few strips and inked the rest with THIS ink. After gently removing the masking tape, I was left with some "rough" line edges that I really like. It adds a little texture.

I stamped a greeting from THIS Hero Arts set using THIS ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I die-cut this die several times out of THIS white cardstock and THIS glitter paper and adhered them together, adding dimension. I also punched out a heart shape and adhered it to the bottom to finish off the card.
I absolutely love the gold against the graphic black and white. There is one more inspiration piece I should mention in creating this card. I came across this ADORABLE notebook while shopping at T.J. Maxx the other day and snapped a picture...

Inspiration is everywhere. Next time you see something that strikes you, snap a picture! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day! I'll be back soon with another card share...

Watercolor Challenge

Hi! I don't think the watercolor trend is slowing down anytime soon, so I thought it would be a perfect fit for the next challenge over on the Little Tangles Blog. Here is my card for the challenge...
 

I started by stamping THIS stamp on to some watercolor cardstock using VersaMark ink. I heat embossed it using white embossing powder. Heat embossing is a great way to keep the color in the right spot and prevent bleeding. I chose sentiments from THIS stamp set to heat emboss inside the sign to give it a "love"theme. I like to mix sentiments from different sets to create a whole new look. It's a great way to stretch your stamps! I used THESE watercolors to add color the sign image. I let the image dry completely and covered the gray with glossy accents. This acts as a mask as I moved on to the background. 

For the sky, I used much more water to get a soft look. I die-cut the card panel using THIS die and die-cut some clouds from the same watercolor cardstock using THIS die. I stamped a greeting from THIS set using Black Dye Ink and added a few epoxy hearts. I attached the whole piece to a Hero Arts note card

A closer look...

I hope you can play along with the challenge. We've switched from two challenges a month, to one. This gives extra time to create. Gotta love that! Click HERE for more information.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Inspired by OCC- Card #2


Hello! As promised, I'm back today with another card inspired by Clean and Simple 4.  Jennifer McGuire taught an embossing technique on Day 7 that was so clever. Here is my take on it...
I used some of THIS yummy cardstock as my base and used THIS die to create a scalloped frame. I heat embossed THIS sentiment in the center using THIS awesome embossing powder. I die-cut three balloons from THIS die using some Doodlebug paper. I heat embossed parts of the sentiment on each balloon using clear embossing powder. After tying the ends with THIS thread, I adhered the balloons in the correct spot using foam adhesive...popping up the gray balloon a bit higher than the green one. A closer look...
I finished off the card by stamping a few of the stars from THIS set using THIS ink. I added foam adhesive to the back of the panel before adhering it to THIS note card. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with another card share. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Inspired by OCC- Card #1


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Hello! Raise your hand if you are taking the latest Online Card ClassClean and Simple 4! I've been so inspired by every single technique shared that I can't keep up with all of the ideas that are popping in my head! I thought it would be fun to do several days of card shares inspired by this awesome class.

Today's card is inspired by a technique that Yana Smakula shared in class....
I die-cut THIS die several times from Neenah Solar White Cardstock and adhered them down repeatedly in a diagonal pattern. I love the tone on tone look...
I finished the card off by embossing a strip of black cardstock with a sentiment from THIS set. I also added a stamped heart from a limited edition Lawn Fawn set that I stamped in THIS ink and clear heat embossed.

TIP: Use colored fun foam! I adhered a piece of hot pink fun foam under my card panel before adhering it to a black note card. Not only does this give dimension but letting some of that pink show on the sides gives it a finished look and ties in with the pink heart. Something fun and different!

Oh, and the winner of the Sew Easy kit is Teri Wilde! Congrats. Click the CONTACT ME button and send me your address.

That's it for today. Stay tuned because I have MANY more cards to share inspired by this class. Thanks so much for stopping by!