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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!