Monday, May 23, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Monday: Manly Navy Birthday

The May Paper Pumpkin kit, Many Manly Occasions, is still out on my desk! I love the geometric laser cut card bases, as well as all the masculine stamps. There is a Pumpkin Pie corrugated paper that is meant to be used as the background, but I decided to make this one with a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Night of Navy cardstock.I'm sure the corrugated paper will find its way onto a project soon.

The only "extra" I used that wasn't in the kit was a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Night of Navy cardstock. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Technique: Watercolor Resist and Balloon Celebration

Resist techniques (when you use something that "resists" the ink) are always fun, so why not add in watercoloring??? The key to making this technique work is the MISTI. It allows you to overstamp your images several times, to make sure the Versamark attracts enough embossing powder. Watercolor paper by nature is rough, so it would be difficult to accomplish this without being able to re-stamp.

Using the MISTI, stamp the images 3 times with Versamark, then emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Let cool.

Tape all 4 sides of your watercolor paper to a watercolor board. Use a wide brush to apply a light coat of water to the watercolor paper. If you don’t want the color to extend clear to the edges, leave a slight dry border.

Using a wet Aquapainter, dip into ink (start with Curry and work darker, to Cucumber Crush and Bermuda Bay) and touch to wet areas on WC paper. Keep adding till you get the blend you want. Allow to dry.

After Watercolor panel is dry, use black fine-tip pen to draw borders and balloon strings.

Here are a few different samples--all made by me, and all using the same technique. Each one will be different!


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Monday, May 16, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Monday: Watercolor Manly Occasions

My  May Paper Pumpkin kit arrived Saturday! I rarely get it so early. I was playing around with the Night of Navy ink spot that came with this kit, Many Manly Occasions, and I ended up adding a bit of water coloring to the edges of the die cut card base. There are also a few spatters across the greeting, but it's hard to see in this photo.

This is a great kit! There are two types of laser-cut card bases:
A great stamp set:
And corrugated Pumpkin Pie cardstock and Pool Party enamel stars:

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Go Wild Birthday Balloon

The Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack (retiring) is a great source for masculine cards. If you find yourself struggling to make birthday (and other occasions) cards for the men and boys in your life, I highly recommend it!

The balloon is punched from a failed watercolor experiment, and I love how the bit of Gold Wink of Stella gives it a bit of glow.


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Monday, May 9, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Monday: March Birthday Sunburst

The March kit (Pocketful of Cheer) came with some great card bases printed with a Pool Party spatter. I cut them up so I could make MORE CARDS! hahaha This card uses one of those card bases underneath the Bermuda Bay Sunburst cut. The sentiment is from a retired Sale-a-bration set, Party Pants. It is the perfect size for this circle layout. The dots were made with my Bermuda Bay marker. Sometimes a little doodling really makes the card shine!


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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Technique: Layered Watercolor Stamping

The Picture Perfect stamp set has been out on my desk for the last few months, because I just can't stop making pretty projects with it! This card features a simple but lovely technique: Layered Watercolor Stamping.

Start with watercolor paper and brush a very light coat of water where you want to stamp first. Then stamp your bottom layer of your 2 (or more) step stamp. Use your Aquapainter to lightly smudge the image and spread the ink around a little bit. Once you're satisfied with your image, use a paper towel to lightly dab off any excess water. Stamp your next layer, and smudge a little more. Continue this process, making sure to remove excess water with each layer before stamping again. When you are finished, use the Aquapainter again to spread a tiny bit of ink out from the edges of your image. This softens the borders and completes the watercolor look.

I used Layered Watercoloring on both the rose and the leaf images above. I love that this technique gives you an entirely different look with the same stamp set! I hope you'll give it a try and post your project in the comments.


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