Watercolor Embossed Images

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Today I have a quick and simple watercoloring technique to share. This particular technique was inspired by the April 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit!  It involves watercoloring over embossed images. You can use specialty paper, like the Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper, or simply stamp and emboss your own images! So many possibilities! Watch this video tutorial to see how quick and simple it is!

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Watercolor Easter

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have a fun watercolored Easter project to share with all of you!  I really love the watercolor look on projects and it was a fun way to showcase the HAPPY embossing folder!  This embossing folder is one of two that you receive in the Celebrations Duo Textured Embossing Folder pack.

To make this card, start with a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Shimmery White Cardstock or Watercolor Paper. Grab your Calypso Coral and So Saffron re-inkers….and an Aqua Painter.  You will also need a little painters tray or something to put a few drops of ink on. Start by squeezing a bit of water from the Aqua Painter onto the Shimmery White cardstock and spread it around. Dip the tip of the Aqua Painter in the Calypso Coral ink, hold the tip of the Aqua Painter over the cardstock and squeeze out a bit of water. It will mix in with your ink and dilute it. Then use the Aqua Painter brush to spread the ink around on your cardstock until you achieve the desired watercolor look. Note:  the more water you squeeze out the more dilute (and lighter) the ink color will become.  Repeat this process with the yellow ink. While the cardstock is still a little moist, emboss the HAPPY across the center.  Embossing while the cardstock is moist will prevent crinkles from using a small embossing folder. Let dry. Your cardstock will curl a bit when it’s dry. You can smooth it out with a bone folder or one of your acrylic blocks.  Adhere the shimmery white cardstock (or watercolor paper) to your card front using a strong adhesive like the Tear & Tape.  Then for the finishing touch, just embellish with some patterned paper, sentiment and a few butterflies.

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Moon Baby

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Happy Friday!  Today I have an adorable little baby card to share with you. This card was created at the request of one of my stampin’ friends. She has been asking me to make a baby card for months…and now I finally have!  I hope she enjoys it and I hope you do too!  This particular card was created with the Moon Baby stamp set and features a bit of watercoloring. It was inspired by a project showcased in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.

To make this card, start with a piece of basic gray cardstock for the base of your card. Emboss the front of the card with the Lucky Stars embossing folder. Take a 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inch piece of white cardstock and stamp the moon baby image onto it using black ink. Cut out the image using one of the Lots of Labels Framelits and your big shot or other embossing machine. Once the image is cut out with the label, stamp a few more stars and a sentiment on it. Grab your watercolor pencils and simply color in the baby and the moon. I used the watercolor pencils with a blender pen. The blender pen allows me to shade the areas and “drag” color across the image to lighten it. I colored in areas that I wanted to “highlight” on the baby using the watercolor pencils and then used the blender pen for lightening and shading. It takes a little bit of practice but it’s a lot of fun to play around with.  For the finishing touch, I added some Wink of Stella to the stars and around the moon to make it glitter. Enjoy!

 

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Watercolored Love Notes

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Can you believe it’s February already? Wow! Where does the time go?  Valentine’s Day is fast approaching so if you haven’t started working on projects yet, I have a few ideas for you!  Today I want to share another fun project created with the Sealed with Love bundle. Hopefully you had a chance to get your hands on this adorable little bundle of products!  This is such a popular set that they have sold out of their stock!  But don’t worry, it will be coming back and should be available by the end of this month. Even though Valentine’s Day will be over, this particular bundle of products can be used all year long to create some simply adorable cards for any occasion! In the meantime, find a stamp set that has a little heart image and you can easily recreate this card…just without the little love note.

To make this card, start with a piece of pool party cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of shimmery white cardstock. Shimmery white cardstock works perfect for watercoloring. Grab an aqua painter and some pool party ink. Dip the tip of your aqua painter into the pool party ink (don’t use an aqua painter directly on your ink pad). Once you have some ink on the aqua painter, gently squeeze the aqua painter and sweep the brush back and forth across the card to create a watercolored background. Let it dry. Grab the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and stamp the splatter image and the “lines” image randomly on the card using real red ink. Grab a little heart stamp, ink it up with pool party ink, and stamp it in the upper left hand corner of the watercolored background. Keep stamping the heart, without re-inking it, to achieve lighter shades of blue. Then simply embellish the card with a metallic doily and your favorite Valentine or “love themed” sentiment. You could even make this into a birthday card!  Enjoy!

 

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