Yellow Bellow Kiss a Fellow

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My grandmother used to always say, “yellow bellow kiss a fellow!” Yellow was her favorite color and daisies were her favorite flower. Alas I didn’t have daisies to color this time around, but I did have this beautiful bouquet of Timless Tulips from Mama Elephant. I employed my Zig Real Color brushes and painted the image I had stamped in Ranger Archival Black ink.

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Watercolor Wishes

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This was my attempt at suppressing my Type-A personality and allowing myself to color outside of the lines! Watercolor, by far is one of my favorite mediums and I truly enjoy playing with my paints. I was fortunate enough that last Christmas my husband bought me a set of Tambi Watercolors and I just love them.

I wanted an artsy feel to the card so I selected my Altenew Wild Hibiscus stamp set. Using the largest flowers I stamped them randomly onto my 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 watercolor paper. With fresh, clean water, I wet the entire panel. To start, I used a beautiful pearl white shimmer paint over the entire background.

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Mixing my own colors, I dabbed them over the flowers. I added more water or dabbed water but really tried to let the process dictate itself. I set each panel to dry overnight (no heat gun used here as I didn’t want harsh lines). Using black cardstock, I cut the sentiment using Wishes from Altnew. I cut the sentiment three times and then stacked the words for some dimension.

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Once the watercolor panel was dry and trimmed down, I adhered it to a piece of black cardstock and then to a side folding white notecard base. I finished the card off by adding my sentiment and some sequence. The shimmer from the pain is just stunning in real life.

How do you push yourself to try new things in your crafting?

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Watercolor Grateful for You

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Really digging this stamp set from Simon Says Stamps. While watercoloring is my favorite medium I certainly do not do it enough and when I saw this set, I just felt a calling to watercolor it.

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I tried to employ layers of color not only on the background of this image but also on the flowers. This is the first time, in my opinion, I was able to give a realistic look to my image.

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The white heat embossing helped me to stay in the lines and to compliment the black heat embossed sentiment, I added the watercolored image to a piece of black cardstock. I think this really helped to make my image stand out.

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A Monster Good Time

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How cute are these monsters from the My Favorite Things More Monsters stamp set. I made these cuties for my daughter’s class to celebrate Halloween. She is only 2 years old so these monsters are perfect as they are fun and playful and not scary!

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There are 6 different monsters in all and I started by stamping them in various color inks. Once I added the faces I die cut them with the coordinating dies and gave them a good spritz of shimmer spray.

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I prepped a white panel by masking off a section using 3m post-it tape and blended Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey in the open space.

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For the sentiment I stamped it using black versifine ink and clear embossing powder to give it shine. I arranged my monsters and used a black gel pen to add shine to their eyes and antennas.

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The card was finished off the card with a healthy serving of Nuevo Drops and the entire panel was trimmed down and added to a grey top folding notecard.

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Partial Cut Vellum

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Today I am sharing with you two cards that use a partial cut on vellum. A while back, Jennifer McGuire posted a video about coloring on vellum using Spectrum Noir shimmer pens. I really loved the final result and knew I wanted to try it out for myself. When Simon Says Stamp released the Bouquet of Thanks stamp set, I knew I would use it for this technique.

For the first card, I stamped the flower bouquet with clear versamark ink and white heat embossed it on a vellum panel. I selected a my beautiful Pink Garnet and Holly Leaf shimmer pens and got to right down to business. To gain a realistic looking flower, I concentrated the most intense color at the center of the flower. Using the clear shimmer pen, I spread the color out from the center to the tip of the flower so it got lighter. After each application I did clean off the tip of my clear shimmer pen to ensure I did not stain it. While I had the Pink Garnet out, I die cut the word “hello” 3 times from white card stock, stacked them together and colored the top layer with the shimmer pen. After cutting around the edge of the flowers I adhered the vellum panel to a top folding notecard. I added my sentiment and topped it off with glossy accents for some interest and dimension.

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ForΒ the second card, I wanted to make a sympathy card. Do not ask me why, but blue and sympathy just pair well and I selected the Starry Sky shimmer pen. Following the same process as above, I colored my sentiment and my flowers.

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For this version I did not add the glossy accents to the sentiment.

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Heartfelt thanks

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I do not know about you, but sometimes I make a card and it simply makes me smile. This card does that for me. The colors, the excited croc, and the shimmer. Ah!

I have had this “thanks” die from MFT Stamps for a while now and I wanted to use it. Centering the die on a piece of white cardstock cut to 4.25×5.5, I cut the word. Using up colored scraps I had lying around, I cut different colors of paper for each letter in the word. I adhered the full white cardstock panel to a side folding notecard and fit each letter back into the negative space. From my Thanks and Giving HoneyBee stamp set, I stamped the sentiment under the center of the die cut in black versifine ink and used clear embossing powder to give it shine.

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Using black Ranger archival ink, I stamped my croc from the same Heffy Doodle stamp set and colored my croc using Zig Real Color Markers. I then restamped the colored image with versifine ink and heat set the ink. This gives the croc really crisp black lines. Then I used the coordinating dies to cut out my excited croc! I then tucked the croc behind the green ‘N’ in my die cut so it appears as though he is popping out from behind the letter. Making my own embellishments, I added small hearts to the panel, covered them in both shimmer and glossy accents. To complete the card, I went over the individual letters with my wink of stella pen for some more shimmer.

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Are you smiling yet? This is such a happy thank you card! Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your week.

Smitten’ Kitten

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Love, love love, this cover plate die from Avery Elle. Additionally, I had a craving to get inky with my Oxide inksΒ – most specifically, my fossilized amber oxide ink. Starting out with a Bristol Smooth White cardstock panel, I blended fossilized amber from darkest to lightest. Using another piece of white cardstock, I used my die to cut out the cover plate. I cut another panel with the cover plate this time using a piece of vellum – I only needed the inside circle in vellum. Using black versifine ink, I stamped my sentiment from the Heffy Doodle Ad-ROAR-Able stamp set Β and used clear embossing powder to heat set it.

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Using black Ranger archival ink, I stamped my lion from the same Heffy Doodle stamp set and colored my lion using Zig Real Color Markers. With a wink of stella pen, I added shimmer to the image and used glossy accents to give her nose some dimension. I restamped the colored image with versifine ink and heat set the ink. This gives the lion really crisp black lines. Then I used the coordinating dies to cut out my super cut lion!

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To assemble, I glued the ink blended panel to a white top folding notecard, added the die cut panel to the top of that and fit the vellum circle in the negative space. I adhered my lion above the sentiment and added some stars to finish up the card.

Hope you enjoy this creation and thank you for stopping by!