Friday, February 26, 2021

Butterfly Kisses

My latest project is a really fun card using a watercolor pencil technique and the awesome stamp set called Butterfly Kisses by Little Birdie Crafts.  I really enjoy this set because I have a special interest in multi font greetings.....cursive and print greeting combos are awesome!

For this card, I started with a piece of watercolor card.  I then grabbed a few colors of my watercolor pencils and started dipping the pencils in a tiny bit of water and then coloring directly onto the stamp.  I wanted a tie dye effect so I used several colors together.  Once the color was on the stamp, I lightly missed the stamp with water and then stamped it down.  

I used a little extra pigment and made a few washes of color around the border to take some of the stark whiteness off the image. I heat set everything with my heat tool.  After trimming the piece down, I then roughened the edges with a distress tool but you could also use a bone folder or ruler to do the same.

I added some chalk paint to a piece of turquoise cardstock and layered my stamped piece on top.  The pink wood grain paper is from the Boho Dreams cardstock pack.  I brushed on some of the Silver Charm metallic paint to "weather" the wood a little more.

Lastly, I heat embossed my greeting from the stamp set in purple embossing powder.  The candy glaze pearl drops complete my card today for a little embellishment.

I hope you are inspired to consider the Butterfly Kisses stamp set and maybe grab some watercolor pencils yourself and have a go at a similar card or project design.  The possibilities are endless :)


Supplies Used:

Butterfly Kisses stamp set

Boho Dreams cardstock pack 12x12

Metallic Paint - Silver Charm

Pearl Drops - Candy Glaze

Lavender Chalk Paint

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Mermaid Wishes

 Hello Crafty Friends!

I have a fun Birthday card for you today featuring the Songs of the Sea paper pack from Little Birdie Designs.  Lets get into the details, shall we?

So I knew I wanted to use this particular piece of paper with the gorgeous mermaid hanging from the hook and the music notes playing so I found a creative way to use the paper as a stamp in a way.  I cut my rectangle with a framelit so I'd have a window to display my wavy background piece.  

I then took a piece of watercolor paper and used this wave stencil from Hero Arts to letter press emboss the paper.  Emboss the paper, with a stencil???  YES!!! I learned this in an online class I took recently.  I'd never done it before and I LOVE the results it gave me!  I sprayed the stencil with a solution of Gesso and soft blue chalkboard paint by LBD.  Then I placed the stencil on top of my watercolor paper piece and then I ran it through my Big Shot with a rubber mat to letter press emboss the whole design.  Pretty cool, huh?  I especially loved how it was lighter at the top and darker at the bottom....very much like the real ocean!

After adding all that to my card base, it needed a little something more so I added a piece from the Songs of the Sea Ephemera pack.  I popped it up on some dimensional tape. I also added some pearl drops in the colors of Jade Isle, Aqua and Dew Drop all over my card front to mimic the natural bubbles in the ocean.

Lastly, I took a stamp greeting from the Loads of Wishes stamp set and heat embossed it in silver at the top to complete my card.  I also used a glue pen to add some iridescent glitter from my stash to the bottom edges to mimic a sandy bottom :)

I hope you enjoyed this project!  I'd love to hear how you liked it or what you liked best or maybe even if you learned anything new.....creating and sharing is my passion!  Have a wonderful week!


Supplies Used: 

Dew Drop Pearl Drops

Aqua Pearl Drops

Jade Isle Pearl Drops

Loads of Wishes stamp set

Songs of the Sea cardstock pack 6x6

Songs of the Sea Ephemera

White Gesso

Chalk Paint

Hero Arts Waves Stencil