Another Watercolor Card

Hi everyone.  I’ve got another watercolor card for you today.  I’m still working on projects from my online class.  I’m loving it so much.  All of this is so “out of the box” for me, which is a good thing.  Here’s the finished card.

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I must say it turned out well.  I love the variation of colors and how they all blend into each other.  Here’s how I did it.

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I started with a piece of watercolor paper and these Distress Inks.  Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, and Dusty Concord.  I wanted to stay in the same color family but have a variation of intensities.

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I laid down the Milled Lavender first, adding lots of water to move the ink around on one end of the paper.

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You can see how I inked up the acrylic block with the Shaded Lilac next.  It looks like it would be pretty ugly on the paper but not so.  I made sure to spritz the block with water before inking the paper.

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The next color is Seedless Raspberries.  You can see how nicely the colors are blending without any real work.  The last ink color on the block is Dusty Concord.  It’s the darkest.

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This photo looks like a hot mess but if you try this you must trust yourself to keep on creating!  Because this is what the panel looked like after moving the inks around and drying it with a heat tool.

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I trimmed the edges.  Somehow I got yellow ink on the paper, which did not fit into my color scheme at all.  I mounted the panel onto a Rich Razzleberry card base.  I then die cut the “hello” word from some glitter cardstock and centered it on the finished card.

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I think it’s even prettier than the photo.  Hum, which special friend should I send it to?  Maybe YOU!!!

Yeah Seahawks!!!

My daughter and her boyfriend live in Seattle and are HUGE football fans.  They attend as many games as they can.  Yes, even in the rain.  She sends me photos and keeps me advised of all the fun they’re having.  A company where I buy sequins for my cards is also based in Seattle.  Maybe you’ve heard of it, Pretty Pink Posh.  Not to be confused with Pink Posh Cards, although I LOVE her sequins.  All the colors, sparkle and bling.  She has individual colors but Paulina also puts together some specialty mixes.  One of them is called Seattle Spirit Sequins Mix.

There are approximately 300 sequins in the package of metallic blue, metallic silver, and metallic green.  They are exclusive to her shop.  Hurry and get yours before she runs out.  As you know the Seahawks won the Super Bowl in 2013 and have an excellent chance again.  Today’s game will be special.  So, in honor of the Seahawks I made a couple of cards for Charles and Cheryl.

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I had so much fun putting these cards together.  I knew I wanted to make a shaker card so I used the football image that would show off the sequins.  I mounted a blue panel onto brushed silver card base and added some fun green twine.  I love how all the metallic sequins dance around the football.

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I thought the Superman Seahawk image was perfect for the front of the second card.  This time I started with a green card base and added a brushed silver panel.  I used a square die to cut the image leaving a nice white border.

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I created the pennant tag in Publisher making the letters green outlined in blue.  A photo of someone special is on the inside of the card.

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His name is Mr. Kitty.  Isn’t he handsome?  And such a pose!  He likes to curl up with Cheryl and Charles while they watch the games.  Sometimes he even takes over the blankets.  So, this is my salute to the Seahawks and to C & C.  Be looking for these cards in the mail.

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Love you guys!!!

Mama Snowman

I haven’t posted any winter cards so I’m pulling one from my archives.  I made this one about a year ago but I like it very much.  This is a cute mama snowman.  Do you still call it a snowman if it’s a girl?

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I love the red background and the rolling snow hills.  I added rhinestones to make the snow sparkly.  Mama is affectionately looking out for her little one.  I added some blue metal snowflake brads and pretty pink ribbon.

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This friend sentiment is so appropriate.  Our special friends bring us much joy.  We look after them, nurture them and take care of them.  Just like mama snowman.  In turn, they do the same for us.

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Happy winter, friends!!!

Vibrant Watercolor Background

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a project for the watercolor class I’m taking.  Here’s the finished card.

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I love, love, love it!  Now, here’s the process I used for making the background.  I started with a piece of watercolor paper.  I’ve discovered there are different grades of this and let me tell you the cheap is not good.  I got a pad of Strathmore 140 lb. and I love it.  It’s textured on one side and smooth on the other.  This is very heavy weight paper and takes a lot of water, which is a good thing when you’re experimenting and don’t know what to do.

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This photo shows my background almost finished.  I was so engrossed in the process that I forgot to take some pictures along the way.  I started with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and swiped the mini pad across a sturdy acrylic block.  The next colors are Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed.  Each time I added a color it bled into the previous one.  It looks really splotchy at first but I tilted and rotated the paper to allow the colors to mix.

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You can see the process with the last color, Peacock Feathers.  You would never think the ink on the block would look like anything but here’s the result after stamping it on the paper.

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Notice how it looks all wet and splotchy.  I set the colors with a heat gun and trimmed the paper to fit on a white card base.  I used a die cut from Hero Arts that allowed the background be the star.

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I flicked some plain water on the background to create those cool water drops.  Water reacts with the ink and actually lifts the color.  I also love the pretty stitched detail that emphasizes the edge of the background.

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So, THANK YOU for sharing in my card making fun!

Your Next Stamp Sketch Challenge #4

Today I get to share with you a custom card that I created.  I chose a Your Next Stamp oldie.  This cute kitty on a princess cushion, Willow, was the perfect image for the project.

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I decided to also use a sketch for this month’s challenge.

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I changed it up a bit but a sketch is mainly an idea to get your creative juices flowing.  I used a brushed silver cardstock for the base and some pretty coordinating pattern papers to go with the silver.

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I stamped the image twice and colored only one so that I could layer them to create a sturdy focal image.  I used a silver Wink of Stella pen to color the cushion.  I love how it goes with the brushed silver cardstock.  A touch of aqua on her bow and the cushion tassels picks up the polka dot paper.  I left the sentiment for the inside since it was personal.

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I think my customer will be happy with how it turned out.  Handmade cards are the best!

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