Beautiful You and Watercoloring

Today I have been working with the Stampin’ Up! Beautiful You Stamp set with Watercolor paper and the new Watercolor pencils.  I love the backgrounds that you can make with the Watercolor pencils.  I have put together a Watercolor class using the pencils and the Beautiful You stamp set!
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This is a card that was inspired by one of my downlines on the Stamping New England Design Team, Margaret Galvez.  I love this card!

So the details on this card:

This 3D Frame is made by scoring a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Night of Navy Cardstock at 5″, 5 1/2″ & 10 1/2″.  Then cut out a window on the front panel by cutting 1/2″ in on each side of the card leaving a 1/2″ window.  Cut a 4 1/4″ x 1″ piece of Night of Navy cardstock.  Score down the middle at 1/2″  Fold in half and attach to inside of frame with Tear & Tape to hold the frame together.

The actual image in the frame is a 4 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of Watercolor paper.  I used the Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo pencils and scribbled on the Watercolor paper from the top to 2/3 of the way down the paper. Next I used an aqua painter filled with water to spread and blend the color from the pencils.  I used a fair  amount of water to make a lighter image.  You can use less water if you want a deeper image. Then I colored the bottom of the paper with the tempting turquoise pencil and again used the aqua painter to blend the pencil.  Set this aside to dry.

In the meantime – stamp the dancing lady from the Beautiful You stamp set on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock with Black Archival ink.  Use the pencils to color in this image and cut the lady out.  Ink up the top half of the lady and stamp on a scrap of dazzling diamonds glimmer paper to make just the top of the dress.  Cut this out.  Attach to the dancing lady image that you cut out.

After the watercolor paper has dried, stamp the dancing lady image again lining up the bottom of the foot with the line between the pink and blue of the background.  Use dimensionals on the back of your dancing lady that you have cut out.  Attach over the stamped image on the watercolor background.  Attach the background to the inside of the frame.

Stamp the phrase “Life Looks Beautiful on You”  with the black archival ink on a scrap of Whisper White.  Cut out with the layering oval framelits.  Cut an oval scallop one size larger from a scrap of Soft Sky cardstock.

To add a little dimension to the frame, I used a Wink of Stella pen to outline the inside edge of the frame.  It adds just enough pizazz to pull your eye to the card.

I hope you have enjoyed my card today!

Happy Stamping!


Love the new Coloring Books?

Do you love the new Craze for Coloring Books?  Coloring is so relaxing and not just for kids anymore..  Well Stampin’ Up! is getting in the game with a new Designer paper.  Have you seen the new Designer paper – Inside the Lines?   I love this paper!

But it is only available for a limited time.  This paper is part of this year’s Sale-a-bration bundle.  I have designed a class around this new Designer paper and the new Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils.

I am teaching a Watercolor class this Friday to show you watercoloring techniques with the new Watercolor Pencils!  I am so glad that Stampin’ UP! has brought back Watercolor Pencils!  I have put together a special class just for the pencils with the Inside the Lines Designer paper.  You will make 5 cards.

There are two ways to get this class:

1.  Attend my Friday March 3rd class 
This class includes:
  •  8 Sheets of the new Designer paper (2 sheets of 4 designs)
  • A set of the new Watercolor Pencils
  • An aqua painter
That is approximately $35 in product.  And you will learn a couple of techniques for using the new Watercolor pencils, as well as make 5 cards – all for $45!

2.  Not Local to me?  You can Order my Tutorial with full color instructions for making these cards for $9.95.

Attend Watercolor Class


Order Class Tutorial

Here are the details on Friday Class:

Friday Daytime:  10am to 3pm – the class does not take 5 hours.  But you can come within this timeframe and make one of the kits.
Friday Evening:  7pm

I hope to see you on Friday!


Dragonfly Dreams Sneak Peak

Today I am sharing a card with the Beautiful new Dragonfly Dreams stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog which goes live on Wed. the 4th!  This is one of my favorite stamp sets in the new Occasions Catalog!
One of the things that I love about the Dragonfly Dreams set is that the Dragonfly is two part.  This means that there is a stamp for the background and another for the detail of the dragonfly.  Well, the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly thinlits are the same.  There is an outline of the dragonfly and then a detailed thinlit to cut a detailed dragonfly from coordinating paper.  When I think of dragonflies, I think of a watercoloring effect.  Dragonflies are not one color.  They are a blend of colors!  So I used a watercoloring technique to color the dragonfly before I cut out the background image.

Here are the details of this card! 

The card base is a piece of Mint Macaroon cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at
4 1/4″.  Next is a layer of Mint Macaroon cardstock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and embossed with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.  The front panel is a piece of the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper cut to 3″ x 4 1/4″.  This is layered onto a piece of Sahara Sand Cardstock cut to 3 1/8″ x 4 3/8″.

The sentiment “to a wonderful friend” is stamped with mint Macaroon ink on the bottom of the designer paper.    dragonfly-cu

For this card, the dragonfly is colored using a blend of Peekaboo Peach, So Saffron and Mint Macaroon inks.  I used an aqua painter to brush ink across the cardstock and then cut out the dragonfly shape.  Next I cut out the detailed Dragonfly shape from a piece of Dazzling Details Glimmer paper.   It is hard to see in the picture but the Glimmer paper really adds punch to the Dragonfly!

This card and set are inspiring me to prep a class on Watercoloring techniques!  Especially with the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor pencils coming back!

Stay tuned!  These items will be available for ordering on Wed. the 4th!

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Star of Light Handmade Card

Today I am sharing a handmade Christmas card that I made using the Stampin’ Up! Star of Light Stamp set and coordinating thinlits.  star-of-light-2wThis card was inspired by the week’s Mojo Monday sketch challenge.

So the details on this card:

The card base is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  Next is a layer of Soft Sky cardstock cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.

The panel on the right is a 3 1/8″ x 3 3/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock layered on a piece of Dazzling Details Glimmer paper.

The background of this panel is a Watercolor technique on Whisper White cardstock using re-inkers and an aqua painter. Place 2 drops of Island Indigo re-inker and about 10 drops of water in the top of star-of-light2-cua button container.  Stir it up with an aqua painter and brush across the cardstock.  NOTE:  practice on a scrap of white paper first to get the level of shading that you want.  Then I repeated the process with soft sky re-inker.  Then set this piece aside to dry.

The Panel on the left is a  1 1/2″ piece of  Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper which has been lightly brayered with Soft Sky ink.  This is also layered onto a piece of Dazzling Details Glimmer paper.  I added a piece of Blushing Bride and Silver Glitter ribbon.

the Snowflakes are cut from Dazzling Details Glimmer paper and Blushing Bride Glimmer paper cut with the detailed Starlitght thinlits dies.  These are layered on my watercolored panel that has been stamped with Blushing Bride  using the swirl stamp.  The small star is a stamped with versamark and embossed with Silver Embossing powder on a scrap of whisper white.

It is hard to tell, but I used the Wink of Stella Clear Brush to add dazzle to the blushing bride swirl.  The snowflakes are attached with glue dots.  and of course the center of the snowflakes have been embellished with Rhinestone Jewels.

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Sneak Peak & Watercoloring Technique

Today I am sharing a new video that I made using a DSCN1055wwatercoloring technique that works well for stamped outline Images.  This beautiful Floral set, “You’ve Got This” is one of the new sets in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog that goes on Sale next week, June 2nd.

The Details of this card:
Strawberry Slush DSP and cardstock 
Shimmery white
Watermelon Wonder (New in-color)
Calypso Coral
Daffodil Delight
Strawberry Slush

With this particular watercoloring technique you emboss the outlined image with white or black embossing powder.  So what I wanted to do with this technique was to try it out on different types of cardstocks.

You can see the results of my experiment in the video below.  The video shows the look that you get using 3 different kinds of cardstocks that Stampin’ Up! sells.  Whisper White, Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White.

These are some closeups of the coloring results:

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The finished card is made using White Embossing powder on Shimmery White cardstock.

These next two examples were made with Watercolor Paper.  One using white embossing powder and the 2nd with Black embossing powder.  With the second piece, I used a bit more water and you can see that the color ran outside the lines giving it more of an impressionist look.

This third sample was made using Whisper White cardstock.  As you can see the ink ran a bit more with this piece also.  Since Whisper White is a lighter weight cardstock, it also curled a little with the water.

So which is your favorite look??

My Stamper’s Club members have requested a lesson in this technique for June.  Interested in learning more about this technique and getting more ideas using this stamp set?  Check out my Stamper’s Club.

Or – you can purchase the Full Color directions and layout for 4 cards using this technique and the Stamp set:  You’ve Got This for $7.95

Happy Stamping!
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