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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Watercolor - Easy Peasy

One fool proof method for waster coloring with little risk is to heat emboss a stamped design then just paint in the lines. The emboss edges are raised so it keeps the color inside the lines and you don't have to worry about any blending if you don't want to.

I took a Papertrey Ink stamp, heat embossed it in white and then working one color at a time, gave the area a wet wash then using a wet brush picked up some color and added the color to the wet section, this causes the color to bloom in larger areas or you just fill in the section. Too much then use a paper towel or dry brush to pick up the excess.

For my flower I did overlays some colors to add more interest and allow them to bleed together a bit. The center is nontraditional but I really didn't want to use black.

After I painted the flower I diecut and popped it up on foam tape, then added my sentiment and voila!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Watercolor Backgrounds - Reel Cool

When I broke out my watercolors a few weeks back I decided to make some back grounds and while rummaging around in my stamps I came across one from Rubberneckers. I fussy cut the stamps out, used their sentiment on a diecut speech bubble and then added a couple of glass effect drops and popped up the images. A perfect birthday card for my fisherman hubby.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Mickey Mouse - Make A Wish

At the last expo I spied some Disney dies. Being a Disney fan I am always on the lookout for pretty much anything Disney. Imagine my delight when I saw these dies from Character World. I drooled over the princesses, Mickey and Minnie and oh so many more. First I admired them and then I walked away, I needed time to think these dies weren't cheap. I came back later and examined them more closely. These dies would need several cuts to make one finished diecut and thus I walked away again. Did I really want to spend this kind of money and have to take time to assemble the end product? More time passed by and I thought how much would I use one of these..trying not to give into my immediate impulse to have them. After a debate in my mind I bought the Mickey one. I knew this would be good for my pocket pages, layouts and cards.

Thus this is my first chance I had to use it now almost 4 months later.

I used my stamps from Poppystamp for this card as I feel they work perfectly with Disney products as well as star dies from Memory Box, trimmed the wishing die from Simon Says Stamp and finished it off with a little Mickey Balloon sticker.

As you can see I had to cut each color once. I used the black as the base and layered everything from there. These aren't for the faint at heart because there was some simple cutting to get the pieces off a base diecut and a lot of gluing,. I would definitely make a few at a time to make the time it takes to assemble worthy. I am definitely a fan regardless and since they make Marvel dies I'm probably going to purchase another one at the next expo.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Watercolor - Mums

This stamp from WPlus9 is beautiful by itself with prearranged flowers and normally I just do a centered  image but figure I should try offsetting it since I do that with my Altenew stamps and this really shouldn't be any different.

My only fall back is I tend to stamp and paint images way bigger then trim or die cut to what I need and sometimes I hate having to waste and cut away all that work. I was fortunate that at least I was able to preserve most of what I had.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Altenew - Watercolor Dahlia

I was loving my marbled peonies so I also tried my hand with some dahlias, not quite as successful but I was loving the pink orange combo. I diecut these flowers and popped up the smaller one, then tucked in some leaves. I was able to use up a leftover piece of scrap of pp from MFTS and a diecut happy sentiment from Simon Says Stamps I already had cut which worked perfectly here so I only had to stamp birthday also from MFTS and then add a few enamel dots. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Watercolors - Kraftin Kimmie

 While I had my watercolors out from the painting my flowers, I thought I would go ahead and make a few backgrounds while I was at it. The blue here was speaking summertime to me and at first I was going to grab MFTS shark stamps but I spied some Kraftin Kimmie gals and thought what the heck I haven't used these girls in eons and still had a fondness in my heart for them.

I did keep it summer time and created a birthday card because you know you always need one of those.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Watercolor - Tim Holtz

Another watercolor background and while pink definitely screams girl I saw my Tim Holtz dog stamps which are more on the masculine side but I have a few dog loving friends so I made the card a little more on the girly side. Using the pastel pp from MFTS really helped pull it off I think.