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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Whoops Makeover

We've all had it happen. A major mistake that ruins the whole card. Here's my example. I had designed this card for stamp class, demonstrating the method of dipping watercolor pencils in water before coloring the image.

However, I made two mistakes when using my pencils during one of my classes: I grabbed the
Basic Gray pencil instead of Old Olive and then, in my frustration, I smeared the color outside one flower petal. So I laid it aside to rework later. Here is the result—and I actually like this better than the original:

By cutting out the image, the smear disappeared. A change in color combination made it appear intentional. The funny thing is that I used old retired designer series paper, a pattern I never knew how to use when it was current. Of course, now that it's no longer available, I love it.

The stamp set I used for these cards is Birthday Blossoms. I heat embossed the greeting on the gray card. My colors are Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Old Olive/Basic Gray. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

More Coloring Pages

I was so excited to discover that the upcoming Stampin' Up! catalog includes more designer paper that looks like coloring book pages. But they come with a twist: they are weighted for use with watercolor pencils and Aqua Painters or Blender Pens. Meanwhile, I decided to color the page I really had no idea how I would use it for cards. I colored the entire scenic page and then cut it up to use on my card fronts. I love the way they turned out. Amazing how sitting down to use things you don't think you can sparks creativity you didn't know you had.

The first picture shows the cards lined up so you can see the original page colored; the second photo shows the finished cards. 

I have viewed the new catalog on-line numerous times and can't wait to start ordering. My biggest problem is going to be deciding what to order first!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rich Razzleberry Remarkable Flower

Looking for stamp sets for use with my watercolor pencils, I found I had very few suitable sets. However, the Remarkable You set works well and I haven't used it as much as I should. I am finding I like it remarkably more than I thought. It just takes using those stamp sets. I would suggest you look through your sets and find one you never use and force yourself to design with it. There was a reason you bought that stamp set in the first place.

Anyway, this watercolor technique involved wetting the paper first. Now, before I watched the video instructions, I thought that meant dipping the paper. On the contrary, we merely used the Aqua Painter to wet the section we planed to color (I did this for just one petal or leaf at a time) and then colored with the watercolor pencil. Made the colors remarkably vivid! I think this is one of my favorite cards. Oh, you need to color only part of your image and then pull the color to the outside edges to give the shaded effect. You can probably tell that I fussy cut the flower out and attached it with Stampin' Dimensionals. I hate to admit it, but this ribbon is also discontinued.

Products Used:
Remarkable You rubber stamp set (6), W 139891, $45; C 139894, $33
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $9
Old Olive 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (24), 100702, $8
Rich Razzleberry 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (24), 115316, $8
Watercolor Pencils (13), 141709, $16
Aqua Painter (2), 103954, $17

Monday, March 27, 2017

Remarkable You for Easter

One of the lessons on using watercolor pencils was using colored cardstock. Since I didn't have the stamp set that was being used, I totally redesigned the card, making it an Easter card. I'm not sure if I like using the white pencil or not. I have used it to lighten my coloring, but this is the first I've used it on colored cardstock. I added a little Basic Gray for shading. I had some black grosgrain ribbon on hand that we no longer carry and added that to the card, but you could easily use a 5/8" strip of Basic Black cardstock.

I never noticed that I had scanned this card crookedly, but you get the idea, I'm sure. The card base is Whisper White, although it's hard to tell that there is a frame of white around the Peekaboo Peach.

Products Used:
Remarkable You rubber stamp set (6), W 139891, $45; C 139894, $33
Crazy About You stamp set (33), W 138856, $52; C 138859, $39; P 137137, $25
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $9
Peekaboo Peach 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (24), 141417, $8
Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (24), 131201, $8
Dazzling Diamonds 12" x 12" Glimmer Paper (2), $5.00
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad, 140931, $7
Watercolor Pencils (13), 141709, $16
Lots of Labels Framelits (7), 138281, $27
Hello You Thinlits (4), 137363, $25
Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 141493, $7.50

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hey, Chick! No Lines!

Erica Cerwin called this technique "No Line" watercoloring. We stamped the image in the same color ink as the watercolor pencil we used, Daffodil Delight in this case. Although we used the Aqua Painter for the body, I used the Blender Pen for the details around the chicken's face. What a fun card. You'll see the burlap ribbon and Pumpkin Pie dsp. What I did differently from her instructions was the strip on the left side of the card: I had a scrap of watercolor paper that I colored all over with the Pumpkin Pie watercolor pencil and then blended with the Aqua Painter. After it dried, I added texture with a stamp from the Touches of Texture stamp set. Erica reinforced the adhesive for the Burlap Ribbon with Stampin' Up!'s stapler, but I'm hoping the Fast Fuse holds it forever! Actually, I don't own the stapler but I'm thinking it might be a wise purchase for the future.

The "dirt" beneath the chicken is freehand with the Early Espresso watercolor pencil. To acquire the shading on this chick, I used my heat gun to dry the painting after the first coat and then added more color where I wanted it. Around the wing, I also added a little Pumpkin Pie pencil and blended it in.

The strip of Peekaboo Peach beneath the ribbon is dry embossed with the new Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (Occasions Catalog, 143231, $9.00).

Friday, March 24, 2017

Avant Garden

I want to be sure to post all the cards I've made so far with Sale-a-Bration items before the catalog expires March 31st. I really didn't know what I wanted to do with this stamp when I pulled it out and stamped on the card stock initially. I knew I wanted to incorporate some Designer Series Paper, but wasn't sure what colors I would use or anything. Then I decided to stamp the image in Old Olive and that set the course for the rest of the design. I love the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack so much that I actually ordered another pad, and this paper comes from my supply. And I've also come to love the Stylish Stems Framelits from the Occasions catalog that coordinates with the Special Reason stamp set, not just for the flowers and leaves, but also for this label in two sizes.

Because there is a wee bit of color on this dsp, I took my Calypso Coral watercolor pencil and shaded the flowers just a tad. I fear that pretty Old Olive ribbon, however, is no longer available.

I really like the font used for the birthday greeting in this SAB stamp set. There two more word stamps in the set as well as several other images. You can find another card made with this set in a previous post.

Products Used:
Avant Garden photopolymer stamp set (10), 143272, free with $50 purchase
Old Olive 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (24), 100702, $8.00
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad, 126953, $6.50
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $9.00
Serene Scenery 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper Stack (48), 141642, $10.00
Stylish Stems Framelits Dies (11), 142750, $31.00
Watercolor Pencils (13), 141709, $16.00

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.