Author: craftybullpen

Salted Watercolor Backgrounds

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I had so much fun making these backgrounds that I went a big overboard! Grab yourself a steaming mug of cocoa and enjoy the post! To create my backgrounds, I went pieces of watercolor paper, added color and then tossed some salt (both kosher and table salt) onto the paper. I let everything dry naturally and used an acrylic block to scrap off the dried salt and wahl-la! Fantastic backgrounds. The card above uses the Simonsaysstamp Believe in the Season stamp set. Using the coordinating dies, I cut the shadow out of vellum and stacked 3 white cardstock cuts of the sentiment and adhered it to my panel. The remainder of the sentiment was white heat embossed and I added some sequins with wink of stella shimmer pen on the word Believe to finish off the card.

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This card was stamped with black Versafine ink and clear heat embossed. The sentiment is from Impression Obsession. Using some scrap hearts, I added them to my panel, used some wink of stella shimmer pen and added gloassy accents for shine and dimension.

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I really love the font of this sentiment from Papertrey Inc. Dash Away All stamp set. For this card, I used the coordinating die to cut the reindeer and temporarily adhered it to my card. Stamping with Black Versafine ink, then heat embossing, I was able to ensure proper alignment of the reindeer afterward. With the embossing melted and smooth, I removed the reindeer, stacked a total of 3 together and then permanently glued the reindeer to the front aligning the sentiment. The card was finished with matching sequins.

deck the halls

This is not my favorite card, as it didn’t execute as I had intended. I think I selected the wrong red to recreate the retro feel. However, I love the sentiment and ornament from the Papertrey Ink Vintage Ornaments stamp set. This is an in-lay die cut. I used the coordinating die and cut my watercolor panel where I wanted the ornament to sit. I stamped and cut my ornament out of white cardstock. I adhered the watercolor panel to my card front and inserted the stamped ornament. The sentiment is white heat embossed and surrounded by sequins to draw attention to it.

falala

This Falala sentiment from the Simonsaysstamp Falala stamp set brings a smile to my face! This is one of my favorite backgrounds as well. Using the coordinating die, I cut a shadow from vellum, 3 sentiments from white cardstock and stacked them together to ensure the sentiment stood out on the vellum. The remainder of the sentiment was white heat embossed and I used some sequins and wink of stella shimmer pen for shine.

joy to you

A similar color pallet as above, only this time I cut a vellum heart which I hung off the edge of the panel for some interest. The Joy word die is from the Hero Arts Joy set. Again, I stacked 3 words and white heat embossed the sentiment.

merry and bright

This is the new Merry & Bright sentiment from the Concord & 9th Ornamental stamp set. I stamped the sentiment using versamark ink and coated it in gold embossing powder. Once the image was heat set, I added gold sequins.

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The background image on this is really fun – you can almost make out each salt granule. Here I used Altenew’s Merry die from the Holiday Script Words dies. I stacked three sentiments and then stamped versamark ink on top of the word so that the surface is sticky. Then it was dipped in silver embossing powder and heat set. I repeated this process 3 times to get a metal look. The sentiment was adhered to an off set vellum heart and then the words “and bright” was stamped in black versamark ink and heat set with clear embossing powder. As with previous cards, this was finished with some sequins for additional shine.

oh holy night

The script on this Simonsaysstamp die is just beautiful. Stunner. I kept this card simple. The shadow was cut out of vellum and the sentiment was cut 3 times and stacked. After it was adhered to the watercolor panel, I used a wink of stella shimmer pen over the top of the sentiment. Finally, I added silver glitter Nuevo drops – next time I would use a different color I think.

peace love and joy

Using the same technique as above, I die cut and heat embossed the word Peace using the Hero Arts Peace stamp set and coordinating die. The sentiment was placed on top of a vellum heart with “love and enjoy” stamped in versamark ink and heat embossed. The card was finished with silver glitter Neuvo drops.

snowflake believe

The last card used two snowflakes cut from vellum with Silver White Winters die from Papertreyink. The sentiment is from the Altenew Holiday Script Words dies. Again, 3 word dies were stacked on top of each other and sequins were added for sparkle and interest.

I really had a blast with this watercolor technique! Thank you for stopping by.

 

Magnolia Hugs

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Altenew makes such beautiful flower stamps. This Magnolia stamp set is no exception. Using a piece of watercolor paper, I stamped and heat embossed my flowers along the edge of the paper. Using my Gansai Tambi watercolors, I layered on various pink shades to make the flowers as realistic as I could. The entire background color is a shimmer pink included in my watercolor set.

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I finished off the card with a velum shadow and solid pink HUGS sentiment from Honeybee Stamps with a scattering of sequins.

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your week!

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.

card2 A healthy spritz of shimmer spray was used to give the image overall shine and I cut my sentiment (Love from the Altenew die set) 3 times from black card stock. After the die cuts were stacked and glued to the card front, I used my shimmer pen and glossy actions for dimension and shine. I finalized the card with a few sequins.

I really appreciate you stopping by and have a great week!

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?

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

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.

Thank you for stopping by!

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.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great week!

 

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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For 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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