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Watercolor Stamping

September 11, 2017

Watercolor Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, glad you’re here!  I’ve been busy for the last week fighting technical difficulties, and it’s so good to be back.  I’ve got a fall card to share with you, and if you’re not good at watercolor (like me!), you’ll love this tutorial.

Watercolor Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I’m using Distress Inks today, in Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, and Vintage Photo.   They’re great for this technique, because they blend so well with water, but use any dye inks you have.  I added some of the ink to the stamp, and you can see that the colors don’t quite touch.  This keeps your pads from contaminating each other, but as long as you start with the lightest color, it shouldn’t be a problem.  Next I misted the stamp with water, and stamped it onto watercolor paper.  Let it sit for a moment or two to let the ink soak into the paper.  By the way, I’m using the Leaf Motif stamp set by Catherine Pooler, but any stamps will work.

Watercolor Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

The water helps the colors blend into each other, and it makes the details softer.  The more water you use, the less pattern you’ll see.  I experimented with how much water I used, so some of the leaves have more pattern than others. And can you see the ink smudge over the red leaf?  I’ll have to fix that!

Watercolor Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I filled in with more leaves from the Leaf Motif stamp set, and acorns from Catherine Pooler’s Autumn Blessings stamp set.  No more smudge!  Now it’s time for the sentiment.

Watercolor Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I trimmed down my panel using the Stitched Rectangle dies from Simon Says stamp, and die cut my sentiment using the Thankful die by Catherine Pooler.  I attached the panel to my chocolate brown card base with tape runner.  Next, I glued each of the tiny pieces back into place inside the letters, and leaving the die cut in place makes it easy to get perfect placement.  After all the pieces were in, I removed the die cut word.

Watercolor Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I stamped the rest of the sentiment from the Autumn Blessings stamp set, and heat embossed it in white onto a strip of red cardstock.  Then I added it to the card with foam tape.  I used brown bakers twine from my stash for a final touch.

And I found out something I didn’t know before.  Did you know September 12 is the National Day of Encouragement?  I love that, and I love sending handmade encouragement to others.  But my question is, why should we limit encouragement to one day?  So many people are hurting right now, and I know you know at least a few people who are having a hard time.  I’m challenging you to take time this week to send out handmade encouragement to the people you know who need it the most.  I’ll be posting lots of inspiration this week, and I’d love to hear if you’re planning to join me!  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon.

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Christmas Gift Tags

August 31, 2017

Christmas Gift Tags -Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for stopping by.  I’m working on tags for Christmas gifts, and I’ve got a few different versions to share with you today.  I found a pack of kraft cardstock gift tags in my stash that I bought at Michael’s a few years ago.  Might as well use them up, right?

Christmas Gift Tags -Colorful Encouragement

I wanted to try something simple, so I stamped a few snowflakes on the tag with Yeti pigment ink from Lawn Fawn.  Any white pigment ink will work, just use whatever you have.  After it dried, I stamped the same snowflake in Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink, and offset it a little.  For the “To” and “From,” I used an Emboss It pen from Ranger.  This is a marker with embossing ink, and it lets you emboss anything.  I added white embossing powder over my sentiments, and melted it with my heat tool.  I added a gem to the center of each blue snowflake, and finished it off with white satin ribbon from Walmart.

Christmas Gift Tags -Colorful Encouragement

On this tag, I used a octagonal template that works with a MISTI or other stamp postioner to let you create amazing layered designs.  I used a leaf stamp from Catherine Pooler’s Leaf Motifs set to stamp a poinsettia with white pigment ink, and then over it with Candied Apple Distress Ink.  When the ink was dry, I added lines on the petals with a silver marker, and 3 gems in the center of the flower.  I embossed “To” and “From” in white again, and added silver ribbon.

Christmas Gift Tags -Colorful Encouragement

This tag only took me 5 minutes to make.  These gorgeous dimensional snowflake stickers are from Hobby Lobby, and I added 2 to the tag.  I used my EK Success Powder Tool on the back of the stickers, so the overhanging parts don’t stick to anything else.  Finally I wrote “To” and “From” with a white gel pen, and added more silver ribbon.  Easiest tag ever!

Christmas Gift Tags -Colorful Encouragement

This last tag is my favorite, and it started with a sticker, too.  I found these dimensional poinsettias at Hobby Lobby, but they don’t come with leaves.  I die cut leaves from Catherine Pooler’s Leaf Dies, using a dark green cardstock.  A metallic or glitter green paper would be beautiful, but I don’t have any right now.  So I added clear embossing powder instead, and attached them to the card with Glossy Accents.  I stamped “To” and “From” with JustRite’s Joy To The World Medallion Labels, and heat embossed them in white.  Last I added gold ribbon, and all of my tags are done!

I love making simple tags like these, and they make such an impact on the final gift.  Do you make your own tags?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time!

 

 

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StampNation Challenge

Hey, thanks for stopping by!  I’ve been pretty busy this week, now that we’re back into the school routine.  I’m hoping to have a tutorial to share with you by the end of the week, but in the meantime, there’s another challenge at StampNation this week.  Dust off your layered stamps, and make an amazing card.  Then, jump onto StampNation, and post it for all to see.  Simple, right?  Hope I see you there!

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StampNation Inspiration

August 25, 2017

Stamping With Water - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for coming by!  I mentioned earlier this week that StampNation started a new MasterClass this week featuring the wonderful people of CAS-ual Fridays.  Michelle Lupton taught a Sassy Rainbow class, and I wanted to make one, too.  I hope you enjoy it, and feel free to come by StampNation and find out how to make your own!

 

 

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StampNation Challenge

August 23, 2017

StampNation has another challenge starting today!  We’ve got new challenges going on every week, and this one has a prize!  For the chance to win a $50 shopping spree with CAS-ual Fridays, you need to post your card by September 6th.  I hope you check out all the awesome stamps and dies they have at CAS-ual Fridays, and then post your card on StampNation for a chance to win!  And one of the cards in this challenge is mine, can you guess which one?

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