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More Swan Lake using Watercoloring techniques

I have a couple more Swan Lake cards to show you today. I loved watercoloring this darling stamp set, which is from the Stampin Up Occasions Catalog.

I shared a Swan Lake card the other day, using the watercolor pencils and blender pens, which I did use on one of the cards that I'll show you here.

This card uses the new watercolor pencils from Stampin Up!


We will do a very similar card at Kim's Card Class this coming week. I can't wait for all of you to use the new stamp set and the awesome watercolor pencils.

I used our tear tape to attach the pool party satin ribbon and silver sequin trim. The dragonflies were stamped in soft sky onto soft sky cardstock and I drew the trails with the Stampin Up journaling pen.


It looks great from any angle :)


This card was colored with the aqua painters dipped in ink refills. The splatter was made by splattering the aqua painter over the watercolor paper.


I added a rhinestone to the middle of the cute Classy Designer button to give it a little sparkle.


This makes such a darling thank you card for a wedding, or really any occasion.


Here's a recap of all the Swan Lake cards including the one that I posted last week.

Such a great stamp set. I love creating with the darling images in this sweet stamp set.


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Stampin Up: "Swan Lake" simplicity

I have a quick card to share with you today. Its made with the new Swan Lake stamp set from the Stampin Up Occasions Catalog 2017. I wanted to use watercoloring on this card, because its a great "outline" image to color.

Of course, I had to try out the brand new Stampin Up Watercolor Pencils. The pencils were so easy to use and I blended them out with our blender pens. So simple!


All I did was stamp the images in basic black archival ink, then I outlined the images with the watercolor pencils. I then used the blender pen to pull the color from where I outlined the image to color in with. When using blender pens, be sure to clean the tip between colors by swiping it on your scratch paper until the tip comes clean.


The great thing about the new Watercolor Pencils is that they coordinate with our exclusive Stampin Up colors! So, they match our cardstock, inks, ribbons, etc. So awesome!

For the water/sky, I simply scribbled across the cardstock to lay a bit of color down and then blended it out with the blender pens.


I have more Swan Lake cards to show you- so be sure to stop back!

Until then...

Keep on Stampin and Come back again soon!


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Sneak Peek- New Stampin Up Occasions Catalog

As promised, I have a sneak peek of some new  2017 Occasions Catalog products. The Catalog goes live on January 4th!

I designed a Valentine card with some new fun stuff! You all know how much I love making Valentines. I guess I just love the hearts and pretties.

For this card I used the new stamp set "Love Sparkles." I stamped the word love in versamark ink and then embossed it with the new "real red" glitter embossing powder.


I also used the new "Falling Petals" emboss folder. I turned the folder upside down so that it looked like falling hearts instead of falling petals. Take a look at the new "Sending Love" designer paper. Its 48 6x6 sheets of eight double sided designs. So pretty!


Don't you just love how the red glimmer paper matches the sparkle of the real red glitter embossing powder?


I made a bunch of these for a demonstrator swap that I participated in.


Start thinking about what you'll make for Valentine's this year. Its not too far away. There are lots of great ideas and products to choose from in the New Occasions Catalog. You're going to love it!

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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Stampin Up Blooms and Wishes with the Color Block, Masking Technique

Last week I posted a card using this same color block masking technique. It was a fall card using the "Every Occasion" stamp set. I also posted a tutorial- which you can view here.

Today I used the "Blooms and Wishes" stamp set to design a colorful birthday card.

I had the idea to use it in a kind of ombre way... so I used 3 shades of ink that were in the coral color family from lighest to darkest.


I used a simple masking pattern by only blocking off three diagonal lines. I started with the lightest color, flirty flamingo at the bottom, with calypso coral in the middle and topped it off with watermelon wonder ink. So simple and so pretty.

I used the 1 1/2" and 1 3/4" circle punches to frame the greeting from the "Blooms and Wishes" stamp set. I love how this set gives the flowers a watercolor vibe.


I framed the flowers with basic black cardstock and used flirty flamingo cardstock for the card base. The punch circle is watermelon wonder cardstock. Again I used the Project Life Journal pen for the fine dotted line.

Its hard to see, but I added a piece of calypso coral cardstock on the inside and stamped the small flower with watermelon wonder.


I think it turned out sweet. I hope you give this technique a try. Its super easy and super fun!

Until the next time...

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Stampin Up Thoughful Branches stamp set- Limited time only!

Stampin' Up! has released a special stamp set this month. Its called "Thoughtful Branches" and its only available through August 31st. This set also has a coordinating "Beautiful Branches" thinlit set.

I was able to make 2 cards with this set so far, but there are so many more I'd like to make. This set can be a variety of trees, flowers, and leaves. Its so, so pretty! And it has some wonderful verses in the set as well.

I'm going to share one card with you today.

I used perfect plum and soft sky inks and cardstocks. I also used pear pizazz cardstock for the stem on the flower.


I used two emboss folders in the backgroud: Seaside and Softly Falling, to give it lots of texture.


Since we no longer carry crysal effects- I used the fine tip glue pen to add shine and dimension the the flower and leaves. It dries really quick and has pretty much the same results as using crystal effects.


I also layered 3 diecuts of the flower, so that it popped up a bit from the card. So, there is 2 more layers of soft sky cardstock under the stamped flower.


I added the greeting and punched it out with circle punches and scattered some pearl jewels around to make it fancy.


All wrapped up in a silver bow, ready to send off to that special someone.

Don't miss this opportunity to get your very own "Thoughtful Branches" and "Beautiful Branches" thinlits, Bundle. Its only available until August 31st!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Until the next time..

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Stampin' Technique - Outline Edging - with the Watercolor Words set

I've got a quick and easy card and technique to share with you today. Once again I've used the Watercolor Words stamp set, but this time, I've used the flower images to make this fun card.

I've actually used two different stamping techniques on this card. The outline edging technique and a simple favorite, sponging with sponge daubers.


I used elegant eggplant, wisteria wonder, soft sky, and old olive inks to stamp the flowers and leaves as well as the striped background and the greeting. I then sponged in the color with sponge daubers. This is such a quick and easy way to color outline images. Not to mention, it gives the flowers a soft, delicate look.

You can see that I've done the outline edging technique here. I stamped the entire card, except for about a 1 3/4" space from the bottom. This gave me enough room to cut the outline of the flowers and still have room to stamp the greeting below.


I love stamping the insides of cards with a pale ink color in a cute pattern, like this Brushstrokes background stamp shown here.


The inside of the card.


A few rhinestone jewels add a sweet sparkle to this simple and sweet card.


That's my quick tip and techniques for the day.

Go ahead and give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by.

Until the next time...

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