Watercoloring

Its that time of year again- Graduation

Well, I haven't stamped for a few days, so therefore, I haven't had anything to post on my blog.

But, today, I took some time to make a special graduation card for my bff's daughter, Brianna. Brianna is "over the top" brilliant and beautiful, so I had to design a card to match Brianna's beauty and brains. No small feat, I tell you.

She just recently graduated from High Point University, where the school colors are purple and white. I had to combined all the aspects above and also make sure it included purple, plus, it had to "look" like a graduation card.

I decided on the Birthday Blossoms stamp set. I pulled it off the shelf and realized that I really hadn't used this set much. I don't know why- its such a pretty set with some great sentiments, any of which would have worked great with this graduation card.

But, as I mentioned, it had to "look" like a graduation card. So, how was I going to incorporate "graduation" on a card stamped with flowers?

Well, I pulled out one of my favorite retired alphabet sets- "Varsity Letters" which is perfect for anything related to "school" wording, and....

Here's what happened:

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Purple, High Point University, beautiful and smart- everything pulled together quite nicely, I think.

This card does remind me of the graduate- bright, sparkly and all around amazing!

Yes, there is glitter on this card, as well as a few shiny rhinestones.

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I used shimmery white cardstock (of course;) to hold up to the watercoloring that I did with blender pens and drops of ink from the ink refill bottles.

Here's a little peek at the inside of the card. I had already written a personal message, so I didn't photograph it completely open. The verse inside says: "She believed she could... so she did." And that's exactly what this highly accomplished graduate did!

You'll find this verse included in one of the new stamps sets in the upcoming, new Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 catalog.

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If you think I'm exaggarating about Brianna's beauty and brains... here's a picture to prove its the truth- she gets it from her momma, for sure.. and I get to be in the middle of the "beauty sandwich."

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It was a wonderful celebration of a sweet and sassy, over the top, on her way to bigger and better things, graduate.

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When I handed Brianna her card this evening, she said " I can't wait to see what you came up with, for my card." I sure hope she loves her card as much as I loved creating it just for her.

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A one of a kind card, for a one of a kind graduate. Congratulations again, Brianna!

I hope you all enjoyed visiting today and I'm glad I was able to share this special graduation card with you.

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Stamping Technique: Spotlighting with the Country Livin' Stamp set.

One of my favorite stamping techniques from years ago is the "spotlighting" technique. I love this technique when used with outline stamps, because I don't have to color the entire image if I don't want to. With this spotlighting technique, the colors pop right off of the page.

It really makes the card unique and a true stand out. I used the Country Livin' stamp set from the Stampin Up 2016-2017 annual catalog. I also used the Hardwood background stamp because it went perfectly with the old wooden truck bed. It also makes for an awesome masculine greeting card.

I do have a video posted below with step by step instructions. NOTE: the video cuts off at the end, however, the only thing you'll miss is me gluing the card together. I'm not sure why it cut out, but I'm new to this video stuff so I'm learning as I go.

This is the card with the spotlighting technique- isn't it cool?

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Here's a close up of the spotlighted circles. I used 2 circle punches to punch out the images on the truck. I stamped two trucks. One that I used as the full truck image on the card and one that I punched the circles from, which you will see in the video. The spotlighting looks a little off in this photo, but its the angel that I took the picture.

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I hope you watch the video and have fun learning this super cool stamping technique. Like I mentioned, the video cuts off at the end, but you won't miss any of the spotlighting technique.

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Stampin' Up! Perfect Mix stamp set

Here is a card we made at card class recently. Its made with the Perfect Mix stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.

I got this idea from another demonstrator, Brian King. I liked the simplicity of the card. I did change the colors and add the star and Sparkle embossed background from the original card.

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I colored the measuring spoons with dapper denim ink. I used a blender pen dipped in the lid of the dapper denim inkpad. I colored the inside of the spoons with the same color, but did them after I colored the outside of the spoons, so that the color would be softer.

I think the colors, dapper denim, cherry cobbler and delightful dijon look great with the neutral of the sahara sand ink and cardstock panel.

Quick and easy and ready to send to a favorite friend.

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Aqua Wash Technique, featuring: "Lift Me Up" stamp set.


I had a lot of fun with this new technique today. Its called Aqua Wash with markers. This is a very pretty watercolor background technique that can be used with pretty much any stamp set or detailed dies.

This technique is super easy and super cool. You'll need the Stampin Up watercolor paper or shimmery white paper, an aqua painter and some markers in various colors. You'll also need to grab a quart sized ziplock bag.

For this card, I used the Lift Me Up stamp set and coordinating Up and Away thinlits. As I mentioned, I used the watercolor paper as well as the melon mambo, pumpkin pie and daffodil delight Stampin Write Markers.

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Here's a card using the elegant eggplant, wisteria wonder and rich razzleberry markers along with the aqua painters:

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I've created a quick tutorial for you...

First scribble on a ziplock bag with your markers.

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Next, use your aqua painter to brush water onto your watercolor paper, kind of in a zig zag motion.

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Then, you will turn the bag over so that the ink is facing down and smoosh it into your watercolor paper.

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Lift up the bag and voila!

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Lastly, let it dry either naturally or zap it with a heat tool and apply the Lift Me Up diecut hot air ballon and embellishments.

This one, I used the basic black cardstock for the hot air balloon, instead of the whisper white cardstock.

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 Here's my You Tube video if you'd like to watch it in real time.

 

I had so much fun using different color combinations and different dies and stamp sets with this technique. I hope you try this awesome aqua wash with markers, stamping technique. And if you do, let me know if you like it!

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Watercolor Wash Technique- Stampin' Up! Big on Birthdays

This is a really cool and easy watercolor technique that I especially love with the Big on Birthdays set, however, it looks great with any bold stamp set.

For this technique I used watercolor paper. Any other cardstock won't hold up under the amount of water used.

You'll need a bold stamp set like this one, Big on Birthdays from the new Occasions Catalog, as well as an aqua painter and 2-4 inkpads, water color paper and emboss powder if you wish. You can use basic black ink, but I love the way the embossing stands out on the watercolor background.

This is the first color combination that I used: Soft Sky, Cucumber Crush, Emerald Envy and Pacific Point. I used a few drops of the re inker bottles on a foam plate and used my aqua painter to pick up the ink and swoosh it over the watercolor paper, starting with the lightest color first, working to the darkest.

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 I embossed the greeting in white emboss powder and colored in the flowers and leaves with the matching marker colors. I topped it off with an emerald envy ribbon.

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 Here's one using Soft Sky, Sweet Sugar Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Rich Razzle Berry and Elegant Eggplant. I embossed the greeting in gold emboss powder and added a sweet sugar plum ribbon.

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I love the shine of the gold emboss powder against the colors of purple.

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The third card colors are Daffodil Delight, Peek a Boo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, and Melon Mambo. Once again the images are colored in with markers and I added a flirty flamingo ribbon.

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This one was stamped in back black archival ink.

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Here's the finished trio:

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This is a really fun and relaxing technique that I hope you will try. Be sure to use the watercolor paper for this one!

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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!

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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.

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It looks great from any angle :)

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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.

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

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

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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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Blender Pens
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