Hello and happy weekend, friends! Today's project combines some of my favorite things . . . watercolor, flowers, and pretty vibrant pinks! I hope you'll join me today in the CLASSroom to find out all the details on how to create this watercolored die cut card!
Today I have a fun partial die cut border technique to share with you, using Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies. I hope you will join me over in the CLASSroom to find out how to make this unique, fun card!
Happy March, everyone! Today I am sharing a Spring home decor project with you, using some of Pink Ink Stamp Company's latest stamp release!
This photo holder/stand was a gift from a dear friend nine years ago, shortly after we moved into our last house. I thought it was only fitting to spruce it up a bit, since we will be moving into a new home in one short month ... thus, the great "New Beginnings" sentiment! So I made a watercolor background on a 4" x 6" piece of watercolor paper using Tumbled Glass Distress Reinker:
Once the background was dry, Copic Opaque White was used to paint the clouds -- I thinned it with a bit of water and painted it on the watercolored background with a brush:
Next, I stamped Pink Ink's Row of Bulbs and New Beginnings sentiment with Versamark Ink onto an Inchie Arts 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" ATC Art Board and gold heat embossed it. I always love how nice and crisp Pink Ink's red rubber stamp images stamp and emboss -- such pretty fine details! And the Art Board stands up to the heat embossing, Copic coloring AND the Opaque White being heavily painted onto it!
The flowers / leaves / pots were colored with these Copic Sketch markers:
Water-based pigment. Easy warm water clean-up. Perfect for finishing highlights and effects. It won't bleed into your base color and allows for sharp line definition. Works great on permanent inks, such as Copic markers, as well as watercolor. Apply with a brush. Easily thins with water for added effects.
For the middle flower pot, I simply used a watercolor brush to paint on a thick coat of the Opaque White that comes in a 30 cc jar/pot to give the flower pot great texture:
Using one of my favorite crafting tools (a wooden toothpick!), I made dots on the yellow pot:
Lastly, I used Copic Opaque White that comes 10 ml "nail polish" type bottle with brush to paint thin lines/highlights on the purple flower pot ... Look at that super fine brush! (Click on photos for a larger view):
All those details really make this piece come alive, don't they?!!
The stamped Art Square was mounted with foam tape to the watercolor background and anchored with a thin strip of aqua stripe patterned paper. Then the piece was inserted into the photo holder = Easy-peasy new Spring artwork!
Wish me luck with the "New Beginnings" -- packing, doing some reno to the new house, moving, and un-packing! Now you know why I may be a little scarce around the blog here for a few weeks! Happy Spring!
Hello and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Hop … I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today! And be sure to read through to the end of this post for GIVEAWAY details! Here's a peek at the entire release, which you can find in the store HERE, or click the graphic below:
I started by gold heat embossing the flowers onto watercolor paper and then simply filled a water brush with Copic Colorless Blender and used it to pick up the Various Ink Refill color from a palette to "water"color with! Did you know Various Inks are computer matched from batch to batch, to guarantee a lifetime of consistent color!
Here are the steps to color this pretty variegated hydrangea:
1. I started with my darkest green, YG23 Copic Various Ink Refill, and colored the blossoms in the background or anywhere I wanted a darker green. 2. Using lighter green YG01, I colored the petals in the foreground or near the top of the bloom or tips of the petals:
3. Moving on to my pinks, I used lighter RV52 for the lighter pinks, leaving some areas of the pink flowers still uncolored. 4. Next, I used lighter YG01 to color some parts of the pink flowers. This mixture created a pretty coral color!
5. To finish the flowers, I used RV63 Various Ink Refill to color the flower centers and deepen some of the background pink flowers:
6. Finally, I used Copic Various Ink Refill BG000 to lightly color a blue sky behind the hydrangea:
To finish the card, I stamped and gold heat embossed the beautiful "Thinking of you" sentiment that is included in this stamp set on the lower part of the card. A 1/4-inch section was cut out of the card front, above the sentiment, and colored with Copic RV55 marker to match the flower centers.
To create the background, I used the smooshing technique: Press Distress Ink pad(s) onto non-stick craft sheet, spritz with water, then dip watercolor paper into the ink; allow to dry. First I started with Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry:
Then added Abandoned Coral and Wilted Violet:
Then I die cut the pretty Bed of Roses from this paper. As with any intricate die such as this, I always use a metal adaptor plate in my die cutting sandwich, to ensure good clean cuts.
Next, I die cut Bazzill Gummy Bear (purple) cardstock with a Taylored Expressions Stitched Banner Stacklet and white heat embossed the "you are" sentiment from the new Totally Awesome stamp set. Finally, the Brushstroke Wonderful die was used to die cut gold glitter paper and the word added to the banner.
There is also a crazy awesome Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom! To enter, be sure to leave a comment THERE, also by February 16th. ALL winners will posted at the CLASSroom on Friday, February 12th!
You should have arrived here at my blog from Kelly Griglione’s blog, Notable Nest. The next stop on the hop is Amy Lee‘s blog, the craft bunny. If you get lost along the way, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers and blogs.
Today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom I'm sharing a sneak peek of a new upcoming Essentials by Ellen stamp and die release ... I hope you'll join me there for all details of this sweet bear card! And we hope you will join us next Tues, Feb. 9 for the release blog hop we have scheduled for you!
To give the image a homespun quilted look, I used Taylored Expressions Stitched Square die to emboss stitch lines into the Art Square, then layered it onto a pinked-edge square dark pink die cut. I love that the Art Square stands up to heat embossing, watercolor, AND dry embossing, all on one project! The image was then layered onto a white card base embossed with Taylored Expressions Swiss Hearts embossing folder. Gold thread was wrapped up and placed behind the image, to resemble a bird’s nest. :)
Taylored Expressions has some fantastic new 3”x4” Watercolor Panel packs, which are pre-printed with 12 different designs, ready for you to quickly color and add to any kind of papercrafting project! These fabulous panels combine two current hot trends: watercolor and adult coloring books! You can use any kind of coloring medium you’d like on these heavyweight textured watercolor paper panels, and I combined two different inks – Copic markers and Distress Ink!
I hope you'll join me today over on the Taylored Expressions blog for all the details on how I created this Merry & Bright card, using one of these fun new watercolor panels!
I adore white pumpkins – they are something different and unexpected! I also love the fabulous texture Taylored Expressions’ embossing folders bring to papercrafting, so today’s project combines a few of my favorite things into this grateful pumpkin shaped card:
You can find all the details on how to create this layered pumpkin over on the Taylored Expressions blog today ... I look forward to seeing you there!
Whether we are ready for it or not, Christmas is just around the corner! And with the stores already decked out in holiday cheer, I can't help but get in the Christmas spirit when I see all the pretty decorations! And now you will probably be humming this song, just like I was when creating this card!
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Isn't this Pink Ink Must Be Santa image the sweetest?!! And with my rekindled love of watercolor, I couldn't wait to stamp it onto and an Inchie Arts 3-inch white Art Square and color it up! I black heat embossed the image and then used Peerless watercolors to color it. This was my first real use (other than testing) the Peerless and I LOVED them!! I used the the smallest Complete Edition set of 15 and it has a really good selection of colors for a beginner to try out -- just to see if you like them and/or they would make a great gift since there is a nice range of colors and at a good price point! The matboard Art Square holds up very nicely to watercolor -- no warping and the colors blend very nicely!
After the watercolors dried, I added White Wink of Stella to the white parts of Santa's suit, hat, mustache, and boot cuffs -- hopefully you can see the pretty shimmer in the darkened photo above.
To finish the card, I layered the watercolored Art Square onto a Taylored Expressions Postage Stamp die cut from Bazzill Licorice Twist cardstock, tied Peppermint twine around the bottom, and popped the image up on X-Press It Foam Tape. The card front was also watercolored using a brick stencil on watercolor paper.
Thanks so much for joining me today ... I hope this song doesn't stay stuck in your head for too long! :)
Hi, Friends! Today I have stepped out details on how to watercolor Pink Ink’s beautiful new Angel on High #6108L. So let’s get started!
1. Stamp angel and sentiment with Versamark ink, then gold heat emboss. The embossing helps to keep the watercolor contained on finely detailed images! 2. Watercolor sky with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, using broad waterbrush.
3. Watercolor angel dress with Spun Sugar Distress Ink, using detailer waterbrush. 4. Add depth to folds of dress with darker Worn Lipstick Distress Marker; blend with waterbrush if needed. 5. Color skin with Antique Linen Distress Marker; blend with waterbrush if needed.
6. Watercolor wings with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink. Concentrate more color under the rows of feathers, to help create depth and accent them.
7. Watercolor hair with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Add Spun Sugar Distress Marker to cheek; blend with waterbrush if needed.
To finish the card, I trimmed the watercolored panel between the angel and sentiment, and also trimmed a little less than 1/4” off the top of the panel. The panels were separated and adhered with foam tape onto a white card base, with an accent strip of gold foil paper adhered to the card base below the panels.
Do you prefer coloring with just markers? Then use these same steps with either dye based markers on plain or watercolor paper, or use your Copic markers on Copic-friendly paper such as X-Press It Blending Card, and I’m sure you’ll achieve wonderful results!