Thursday, March 29, 2018

Easy Watercoloring Blending

So I was just scrolling along on Facebook and saw this awesome watercolor card done by fellow demonstrator Tami Hewlett and I being the watercolor fanatic I am, went straight to work trying out this fun technique! 

So the first step is to grab a watercolor friendly stamp set such as Oh So Eclectic.  This particular set is already designed to "look like watercolor" but we can take it a step farther and add dimension when using multiple colors on the stamp.
Then once you have the colors picked out for your project, start adding them to the rubber side of the stamp using your markers or in my case, blender pens and the ink I picked up from the lid of my stamp pads.

On my sample I show just one color of ink for the flower image but in my card, I chose both Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry for my flower.

Then grab your aquapainter filled with water and drop/brush on some water - just enough so the inks will dance well on your Shimmery White card stock.

Now when you stamp your image, the inks blend so well together, it looks as though you've spent a long time creating this gorgeous look but in reality, its really quick!

Here are my finished pieces all die cut out.  I used Lemon Lime Twist and Emerald Envy for the leaves and straight Melon Mambo for the smaller flowers.  *The die cut in this set will cut out that flower if you use the one with the stem*

So now we're onto the actual card front.  I used the fun diamond shape die in the set but wanted a white background so here I am getting ready to attach those glue dots to my window area on the backside.

I was going for a basket-like look without using an actual basket die or image

The finished card

I pieced together all the images using my silicone mat, glue dots and dimensionals until I achieved the look I was going for.

I really love the brightness of the colors and how cheery this card came out - perfect for a spring time pick me up!

Here is Tami's link to her project that inspired me 
Have a look at it - it's really beautiful!

Thank you for taking a look and I'd love to hear your comments about this fun technique.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Using Memories and More for Cards???

Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack

I wanted to bring to your attention these cute little card packs that Stampin' Up! sells.  They come with A LOT of pieces inside.  The pack I used here is called the Petal Passion Memories and More Pack.  The cost is very economical in terms of thinking "How many cards/projects can I make with just one set?".  This great pack retails for $10 and is item #145592 available in the Occasions Catalog.

Pack includes:
* 72 double-sided cards in total, of which 52 3" x 4" (7.6 x 10.2 cm) cards (2 each of 26 designs) and 20 4" x 6" (10.2 x 15.2 cm) cards (2 each of 10 designs) 
* 2 accent sheets 
* 2 cardstock sticker sheets 
* 2 acetate card overlays with white print 

Here's a video showcasing the pack:


Here is a card I created using just one of the many beautiful options in this pack.  You can customize the colors and greeting anyway you like!

I've colored this card using the Blends Alcohol Markers but you could also use reinkers with Aquapainters, the Watercolor Pencils or even just sponge ink onto them or use a blender pen to transfer color as you like.  Many options to make your project quick, easy and beautiful!

I encourage you to really take a look at all the Memories and More Card Packs that Stampin' Up! offers - they are a really great way to jump start your creativity!

Thank you for visiting my Blog and I would love to hear what you think about my card or the idea of using the Memories and More Card Packs for more than just Memory Keeping.

-Adrienne West-

Supplies:  Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Gold Glitter Flakes, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Versamark Ink, Blends Markers.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Adventures in Kindergarten Card Making

A few weeks ago I went into Gavin & Kylies Kinder Class to help the kids make some cards for their School Auction Basket.  We ended up with close to 50 cards! 

Here we are recently having a "fancy dinner" :)

In the classroom, we played with Shaving Cream/Reinkers and also did a Sponging card. We had a blast! It was some messy, good fun! 

I thought you all might like to have a look at their creativity 

It was really fun to share this with their Kindergarten Class and to be able to show their Parents what great work they did!  Inspiring generations of crafters - I just loved helping them!