Simple Water Coloring Technique

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends!  Happy Saturday!  Hope you have a fun-filled weekend planned!  Today I want to share a simple water coloring technique that you can use to add colorful backgrounds to your projects.  The technique involves the use of special water coloring paper and an aqua painter. We are going to use one of my favorite color combos as well!  Let’s take a look!

Watercoloring - First Sight

To make this card, start with a piece of Tip Top Taupe for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the special water coloring paper. You can use regular card stock; however, the water will curl and distort the regular card stock making it difficult to work with. I recommend using the special water coloring paper for a cleaner look and ease of use. Grab one of your re-inkers, I chose pool party, for this project. Squeeze a few drops onto a little painter’s palette, paper plate, etc. Take your aqua painter and fill it with water.  Dab the tip of your aqua painter in the pool party ink. Start at the top of your watercolor paper, squeeze the sides of the aqua painter together so the water mixes with the ink and start making sweeping motions with the aqua painter back and forth across the watercolor paper. The more water you squeeze out, the more dilute the ink will become. You can dip the tip of the aqua painter back into the ink to add more color. Continue this process until you achieve the desired look. You can use a paper towel to blot off any excess water that starts to pool or drip.  Let the project dry which will take around 15 minutes or so depending on the amount of water you used.  Once dry, you can stamp and embellish!  For this project, I used the First Sight and Papillon Potpourri stamp sets along with some Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder and Pool Party. Get creative with it! Enjoy!

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One Sheet Wonder Vignette

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have some quick and simple card ideas to share with all of you. It’s called the One Sheet Wonder technique! You will learn how to make 7 cards from one 12 x 12 sheet of patterned paper!  And…the best part is you will use the entire 12 x 12 sheet of paper…no scraps!  This is one of my favorite ways to make cards especially when I need them in a hurry!

There are many different ways to cut up a 12 x 12 piece of patterned paper but this is the quickest and easiest! You can use any stamp set, any patterned papers and add any embellishments you like!  Simply grab a piece of your favorite patterned paper and watch the tutorial for all of the measurements. Enjoy!

Lovely Lace ~ Embossing Technique

sponged dry embossingLooking for different ways to use your pretty patterned embossing folders? Well I have a quick and simple project idea to share with all of you today! There are so many fun patterned embossing folders that it just makes sense to highlight them, right? Right! This fun project idea was inspired by one of my team members, Julie Lulich! Thanks Julie! So let’s take a closer look at how to put together this project.

Start with a piece of blushing bride cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and emboss it with the Lovely Lace embossing folder. Grab some of your sponge daubers, a few different ink colors and start sponging color onto the raised images. Daubers work the best for this project because you can be a bit more precise with your sponging. The colors showcased on this card are wisteria wonder, pistachio pudding, blushing bride and so saffron. For the finishing touch, I added a little sentiment punched out with the 1 1/4 inch scalloped circle. Oh…and I did a little paper piercing around the scallops. Quick, simple and beautiful! Enjoy!

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Moon Lake ~ Aqua Painters

moonlakeToday I have fun technique for all of you to try! This particular project showcases watercoloring with the use of aqua painters. Haven’t heard of aqua painters? Well they are fun little squeezable brushes that you fill with water. All you need is some ink and an aqua pen to achieve some beautiful watercoloring effects. So let’s take a closer look.

For this project, start by creating a subtle backdrop for your image. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and stamp it in basic gray with the hardwood background image. The base of the card is a piece of sahara sand cardstock. Cut a 2 3/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock…this is the piece you will do your stamping and watercoloring on. Cut a 3 1/4 x 4 inch piece of soft sky cardstock for matting out your stamped image. On the white piece, stamp the Moon lake image using memento ink. Grab one of your aqua painters and fill it with water. Put a drop of each color ink you will be using into a little artist tray.  Dip the tip of the aqua painter in the ink and start spreading it around on your project. The more you squeeze the aqua painter, the more water you will have mixed in with your ink, and the more diluted your colors will become. For this project, I didn’t squeeze the painter when I used it. I recommend that you practice using the aqua painter and inks on a scrap piece of paper to get the feel for how they work. Add a bunch of different colors to your project until you achieve the desired look. I will be putting together a video for all of you so that you can see this technique in action a bit better! But for now, just play around with the aqua painter and see what you can create! Enjoy!

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Painted Blooms ~ One Sheet Wonder

painted blooms 6It is just simply amazing what you can do with one sheet of paper! And this one sheet wonder idea was genius!  Thanks so much to Bonnie Waterman for sharing such a wonderful idea with all of us!  I loved it so much that I just had to create some of my own projects with this beautiful paper! Here’s how you do it…

full page painted bloomsStart with the full sheet of flowery paper from the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. When I first saw this paper, I thought of a few home decor projects that I could put together with it. It really never crossed my mind to cut it up and make cards with it! But WOW, once you cut up the paper you will have some simple and stunning cards!

Painted Blooms Measurements 2To get started, let’s take a look at the best way to cut the paper so you get the most out of the beautiful flowery pattern. I put together a little cheat sheet of measurements for you. This is a 12 x 12 inch piece of DSP. I started at the top of the paper and cut three 4 inch sections. Then I took each individual  4 inch section and cut 2 pieces at 5 1/4 inches…which left the 1 1/2 inch sections on the bottom of each piece.

painted blooms 7Once I had all of the pieces cut, then the fun began!  Now there are a variety of ways that you can use these pieces. I choose to make only 7 cards with all of the pieces of cardstock…but you could actually make 9 cards if you use each of the 1 1/2 x 4 inch pieces separately.  The 4 x 5 1/4 inch pieces fit perfectly on a card…just choose a cardstock color that coordinates with your paper. In this case, I chose blackberry bliss as the base cardstock for all of my cards. Next, I decided to use one stamp set for all of the cards…of course, I chose the coordinating painted petals set. I stamped all of the sentiments using blackberry bliss ink.  For those cards that had very busy flowery patterns, I simply punched out a little tag for the sentiment and then embellished it with a bit of ribbon. I also added some elegant butterflies which are my absolute favorite embellishment! The first 6 cards were the quickest to put together! The 7th card took me a little longer to design because I needed to come up with a focal point for the center of the card. I simply took the remaining 3 pieces of 1 1/2 inch x 4 inch DSP and secured them to the base of my card. I cut a 2 x 4 inch piece of white paper and made a scalloped tag. I decorated this tag with stamped images from the painted petals set! Simply gorgeous! Enjoy!

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Shaker Card

valentine shaker cardHappy Valentine’s Day Everyone!  I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with the one you love!  But before you head out to your Valentine’s Day celebration, you might want to just take a peek at this fun little shaker card project I have to share with all of you. No, it’s not necessarily a last minute Valentine’s Day project (although I suppose it could be). Now remember I did give you lots of Valentine’s Day ideas over the past couple of weeks so hopefully that helped you complete all of your cards and projects waaay before today! 🙂

To make this card, you will start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut out a crisp cantaloupe picture frame using the On Film framelit set and your big shot. Lay the frame on your white cardstock and stamp your favorite sentiment in the center of it (on the white paper) using crisp cantaloupe ink. Take the frame off the white paper and secure a window sheet to the back side of it.  You will want to cut your window sheet to the size of the square opening of the frame (so that it covers the opening)….approximately 4 x 4 inches. At this point, you can add a bit of venetian trim ribbon across the lower half of the frame….secure the ends to the back of the frame so they don’t show.

Once you have the window sheet secured to the backside of the frame, place dimensionals all the way around the frame. This is the tricky part as you need to make sure you cut your dimensionals to fit along the skinny part of the frame so they don’t show through the window sheet. You can use shaker frame dimensionals, just cut them into small strips as they are circular. Now that you have the window sheet and dimensionals secured to the frame, pour some of the sequins on the white card over the top of where you stamped your sentiment. Spread them out a little bit so they are not clumped together. Now peel off the backing from the dimensionals and secure your frame on the card over the top of the sequins. Press firmly so that the frame adheres. Now just shake the card and watch the sequins move behind the window sheet.  Cool, hey?

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Festival of Trees ~ Shaker Card Technique

Here’s a FUN little project that showcases a great technique for you!  It’s called a shaker card! See those tiny little stars?  They move around when you “shake” the card.  It’s a super cute way to add a little bit of pizazz to your projects!  Let me tell you how I made this little shaker tag…

I decided to use the new Festival of Trees Bundle for this project…the bundle comes with the stamp set and coordinating tree punch. I started with a 2 x 4 inch piece of real red cardstock. Start out by using your punches…punch out the tree shape as well as the tag top. After punching out the shapes, emboss the tag with the Lucky Stars embossing folder. I lightly sanded the stars to make them pop! Cut a 2 x 3 inch piece from a window sheet and secure it to the back side of the tag to cover the hole left from punching out the tree. Set this piece aside. 

Next, take a 2 x 3 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and stamp one of the festival of trees images onto it. Outline the stamped tree image with dimensionals…you want to make sure you go completely around the tree for 2 reasons: (1) The dimensionals will contain the star confetti to the outline of the tree and (2) the dimensionals will provide just enough lift for the stars to move freely under the window sheet piece you made earlier. So…now that you have your tree outlined with dimensionals, sprinkle some star confetti over the tree but stay within the boundaries of the dimensionals. You can make your own star confetti with the new Confetti Stars Punch! Now, peel off the backing to the dimensionals, grab that red tag with the window sheet that you made earlier, and carefully lay it on top of the dimensionals! The window sheet on the tag will allow you to easily line up the tag so the tree image and confetti show through.  Then just decorate up the tag and adhere it to your card! Voila! You will have a FUN little “shaker” card. Enjoy!

Flower Patch

Do you love the look of embossing? Heat embossing is one of my favorite techniques. And I love to experiment with heat embossed images on various patterns of designer series paper. I happened to be playing around with some different patterned paper when I found a variety of black polka dot paper I had on hand. 

Black and white always look so elegant together so I decided to emboss some beautiful white flowers all over it. Turned out kinda cool, hey?

This card is very simple to re-create. You just need some black patterned paper (the smaller the pattern the better). Stampin’ Up! has a wonderful selection of designer paper…you can browse the selections at http://bit.ly/W3OKoz. Cut a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the black designer series paper (DSP). Find your favorite large flower stamp set, or you can use the new Flower Patch set as I did…ink up your flower images with versa mark and stamp them randomly over the DSP. Sprinkle white embossing powder over the versa mark and tap off the excess. I highly recommend rubbing down the DSP with an embossing buddy so that you do not end up with white embossing powder where you don’t want it on the black DSP. Heat set the flower images and then embellish to your liking! I embellished the card with some vintage faceted buttons, chevron ribbon, a bitty butterfly (cut from the DSP) and a cute little tag. Super fun! You can make it as simple or intricate as you like!

World of Dreams

Since I have been sharing a variety of cards which showcase “sponging” I thought this card would fit the theme nicely! This card was inspired by a good friend of mine, Sue Dumproff. She made a variety of beautiful cards with “sponged clouds.” And…she gave me some awesome templates to sponge with!

To make this card start with a piece of Hello Honey cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock for a matte; then cut a 5 x 3 3/4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock (this is the piece we will do the stamping and sponging on).  Start by randomly stamping the nature images from the World of Dreams stamp set….I used early espresso and mossy meadow inks. 

Once the images are stamped across the bottom of the card, you can begin to sponge the clouds.  I used the awesome cloud template (see pic) but you can accomplish the same thing by cutting out a cloud design from a scrap piece of paper.  Place the template on the top part of the white cardstock and sponge some soft sky ink, lightly, around the scallops of the cloud template. I used a dauber so that I could be more precise with my scallops. I just kept randomly sponging as I turned the “cloud” template in different directions.  Overlap a few of the scallops so that the clouds look fluffy and bunched together. Once you have achieved the desired look, then sponge some color around the stamped images on the bottom (sponge right up to the clouds) using colors like hello honey, crumb cake and a bit of tangelo twist. Then add a little sentiment or just leave it without one.  It’s a fun and simple little technique that has such a beautiful effect! Enjoy!

Thumping Technique

Today I want to share a simple and fun way to use your Stampin’ Up! markers to add color to your projects!  It’s called the thumping technique…yep…thumping. By “thumping” your markers directly on your stamp, you can add bursts of color to your images.  Check out the video to learn more!

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