A Sara Thing

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I want to share some of the beautiful cards created with the 2017 April Paper Pumpkin kit called “A Sara Thing.”  This kit was designed by Sara Douglass, CEO of Stampin’ Up! and it was absolutely stunning!  The kit contained all of the materials you needed to create 12 colorful cards!  And the kit showcased one of my favorite techniques…watercoloring!  If you watched the video I posted the other day, then you have already seen how easy it is to watercolor on embossed paper.  Well this kit has some fun embossed paper to play with!

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Watercoloring Made Simple

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends!  I have another video tutorial to share with all of you today!  This tutorial showcases a quick and simple watercoloring technique.  It’s quick and simple because of a handy little tool called an aqua painter!  Aqua painters are the paint brush and water all contained in one fun little tool!

Watercoloring - First Sight

The video showcases how to use the aqua painter to create a watercolored background for your project!  Plus there are a few tips on sponging and, of course, instructions on how to create this pretty little card!




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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Lighthearted Leaves

fall themed cardGood Morning! Today I have a fall themed project to share with you. It showcases the beautiful images found in the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set as well as a bit of watercoloring with aqua painters.  Let’s take a look at how to recreate this.

Start with a piece of crumb cake cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of cajun craze cardstock and adhere it to the front of the crumb cake cardstock. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of very vanilla cardstock and randomly stamp some of the leaf images using versamark You will be embossing the leaves). Sprinkle some gold embossing powder over the images, tap off the excess, and use a heat tool to set. Tear the top and bottom of the cardstock as shown. Grab a few different colored re-inkers: old olive, cajun craze, hello honey and crumb cake. Add water to your aqua painter. Put a few drops of each color ink in a little painter’s tray. Dip your aqua painter into the different inks, one at a time, and drip the ink onto your cardstock. Tip:  After dipping the dip of your aqua painter in ink, slightly squeeze it so that the water inside the painter mixes with the ink on the tip…allow it to drip onto your project. You can also use the tip of your aqua painter to spread out the ink and water a bit on your cardstock. Play around with the watercoloring technique until you achieve the desired look. Let dry and adhere to your card. For the finishing touch, emboss a little sentiment on a piece of cardstock or crepe paper and embellish with some of those autumn wooden elements. Enjoy!

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Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Cajun Craze 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Old Olive Classic Stampin' Ink Refill

Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Ink Refill

Hello Honey Classic Stampin' Ink Refill

Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Ink Refill

Versamark Pad

Heat Tool

Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder

Aqua Painters

Lighthearted Leaves Photopolymer Stamp Set

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