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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Taco 'Bout You

If I could stop ordering so much, I wouldn't have so many Sale-a-Bration stamp sets that I initially thought I wouldn't want. However, the play on words in this set is so fun. And I can see using these stamps with my grandchildren, as well as adults. You'll see the saying on this one at the bottom says, "Let's taco 'bout how awesome you are!" What a great card to just express appreciation to someone special. I also used the watercolor pencils for this card. Most of the cards in the class were done on Shimmery White Paper, but this one uses watercolor paper.

Since the watercolor pencils are primarily from our brights collection (Calypso Coral is not) plus three neutrals (Early Espresso, Basic Black and Basic Gray), the purchase of a Designer Series Paper Stack in our Brights Collection was the perfect accompaniment. This card features Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral with some Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Basic Gray, and Basic Black. Some discontinued Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Twine seemed to coordinate well with the other colors.

The nice thing about the watercolor pencils is how easily they work in those small places. I used Blender Pens with this instead of the Aqua Painter for the same reason- easier to stay in the lines with the finer tip than the brush bristles.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Watercolor Dip

I didn't think I was interested in this stamp set, "Hey, Chick" when I saw it in the Sale-a-Bration catalog, but I've seen a number of great ideas since. Plus, we were using this stamp set for the watercolor technique class I took on-line. For this particular technique, I dipped the Real Red and Early Espresso pencils in water before coloring. This technique produces bold colors.

Hey Chick stamp set is found on page 17 of the catalog. I have a ton of Early Espresso baker's twine, which is no longer available, but found it just the thing for this card design. Plus, I was using up my Early Espresso Candy Dots from our previous annual catalog. By the way, I have come to love the layering dies—circles, ovals and squares. Obviously I used the circle dies here.

For all the coloring done with the pencils, I stamped the images with our Archival Basic Black ink pad and usually heat set it.  When using Daffodil Delight to color and paint, it is crucial to heat set the ink because there is something about that color that causes the black to bleed. However, I didn't use the Daffodil Delight on this card. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Another Page Inside the Lines

I've had so much fun using the Sale-a-Bration designer paper! But I had only used one of the sheets during my on-line class, so I decided to experiment with another sheet. You'll see some of the same techniques but with a twist for three totally different looks. The first card also uses the Metallic Ribbon from the Sale-a-Bration mini catalog. I fussy-cut the flowers on the second card using ideas from one of the samples in the brochure. SAB is winding down and comes to an end on March 31st, so you need to place your orders as soon as possible. You receive one item free for every $50 dollars you spend. The items seen on this post are found on page 11.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Setting Sun

Another technique from my watercolor class is a setting sun. The colors for this surprised me: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red and Rich Razzleberry watercolor pencils. Once again, your brush strokes with an Aqua Painter run from the lightest color to the darkest.

The class used the Birthday Fiesta stamp set with its coordinating Framelits, neither of which I possess. So I chose to do some more fussy cutting after watercoloring the deer from the stamp set, In the Meadow. And our Paper Snips make fussy cutting so easy because the tips are precision-ground so they cut to the end of the blades.

Products Used:
In the Meadow rubber stamp set (8), W 140751, $28; C 140754, $20.00
Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (24), 105117, $8.00
Shimmery White 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (10), 101910, $8.00
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad, 140931, $7.00
Watercolor Pencils (13), 141709, $16.00
Aqua Painters (2), 103954, $17.00
Early Espresso Baker's Twine (discontinued)
Paper Snips, 103579, $10.00
Layering Circles Framelits (16), 141705, $35.00

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Watercoloring "Inside the Lines"

I have ordered more than one pack of Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper because I love it. And I'm finding so much versatility with it. Of course, I really should move on and use some other sheets in the pack...

Because of the watercoloring on-line class I'm taking, I used two techniques on this card front: shading and mixing colors. I'm loving the Watercolor Pencils that coordinate perfectly with our colors! So much fun to color and then smooth the coloring out with the Aqua Painter. And I find myself adding a little clear Wink of Stella to the bee whenever he shows up on the paper.

Products Used:
Crazy About You stamp set (33), W 138856, $52.00; C 138859, $39.00; P 137137, $25.00
Melon Mambo 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (24), 115320, $8.00
Basic Black 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (24), 121045, $8.00
Inside the Lines 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12), free with $50.00 purchase
Watercolor Pencils (13), 141709, $16.00
Aqua Painters (2), 103954, $17.00
Clear Wink of Stella, 141897, $8.00
Hello You Thinlits (4), 137363, $25.00

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


I struggled to find a stamp set I had that would work for the lesson on mixing colors. Then I debated whether to mix colors on each petal or on the flower as a whole. Obviously, I chose the latter and I'm glad I did. Of course, I had to fussy cut this flower, but I find that rather relaxing.

To get this effect, I used my Rich Razzleberry watercolor pencil on the bottom and curving upward. I followed that with Melon Mambo and finished with Daffodil Delight. The stem is colored in Old Olive and a touch of Pacific Point.

Two tricks you need to know if you try this technique on your own: First, heat set the archival ink whenever using Daffodil Delight. I'm not sure why, but this color tends to cause the black to bleed while none of the other colors do. Second, apply your Aqua Painter to the lightest color first and pull down. Obviously, your brush will still pick up some of the darker color, affecting the lightest. But if you pull your colors up from the darkest color, your lightest will disappear.

Products Used: 
Remarkable You rubber stamp set (6), W 139891, $45.00; C 139894, $33.00
Watercolor Pencils (13), 141709, $16.00
Aqua Painters (2), 103954, $17.00
Basic Black 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (24), 121045, $8.00
Old Olive 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (24), 100702, $8.00
Shimmery White 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (10), 101910, $8.00
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad, 140931, $7.00
Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 141493, $7.50
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (150), 119246, $5.00
Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine (25 yards), $3.00
Banner Triple Punch, 138292, $23.00

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Golden Sympathy Card

When a dear friend's mother died, I wanted to make her a special sympathy card, especially because my friend is also a stamper. The Big Shot makes these fancy cards so easy! I used the Rose Wonder stamp set and coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits to make this card. Although I could have stamped the frame within the cutout for "With Sympathy", I chose to cut the embossed words with the framelit and adhere it to a piece of Gold Foil. I then took my paper snips and cut a frame around that piece. I finished it off with a gold enamel heart.

I love that Stampin' Up! came out with the Die Brush with foam pad to make it so much easier to remove delicate cut-outs from the dies.

Products Used:
Rose Wonder photopolymer stamp set (14), 140697, $27.00
Rose Garden Thinlits (5), 140619, $31.00
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (40), 101650 $9.00
Gold 12" x 12" Foil Sheets (2), 132622, $4.00
Metallic Enamel Shapes (100), 141678, $7.00
Embossing Buddy, 103083, $6.00
VersaMark Pad, 102283, $8.50
Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder (1/2 oz.), 109129, $5.00
Die Brush, 140603, $11.00