Watercoloring Florals ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a card from a very versatile stamp set, the Petal Pallet. I’ve shown you many styles from this stamp set … for example just this past May 14th with the “Life is so much Better” card.

This beautiful card is quite easy to create. I choose Smoky Slate because I wanted the card to be a little softer than stark black.  I stamped several of the leaf images into the corner, and the floral piece was stamped in Black Momento ink on a separate piece of paper …

The floral image was cut out using the coordinating dies.  (Remember, this bundle will retire at the end of this month).  I then used the Aqua painter to watercolor my flowers in Bermuda Bay and Old Olive.

The floral piece was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the greeting from the stamp set “Rose Wonder” was stamped on the front. The front was also attached to the Smoky Slate base with the dimensionals.

This beautiful card could easily be made into a Birthday card … or Get Well … your choice. I hope you enjoyed and that it inspired you to create a few of your own.

Enjoy your day and thank you for checking in with me today!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST …

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Dare to Dream

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Well… this is actually my Tuesday, March 13th post but while editing, I hit the wrong button and it posted (AGH … technology!!)  Anyhow, let me show you what I’ve been up to!

For the past two days I’ve shared my creations from the Epic Celebrations, well I’ve got two more for you, so today and tomorrow I’ll be sharing those and you will get to see how fun and versatile this stamp set is …

I love this card for a young lady who is dreamin’ big … traveling, going off to collage, or heading out to explore life! I used the “Post Script” background stamp because I thought it looked cool with the tennis shoes.

The little circles on the background are what gave me the idea to create my focal point using … circles!! The tennis shoes were colored in using the Watercolor Pencils and Blender pen. I feel you have a lot more control using the pencils than some of our other water coloring techniques.

The little pop of designer paper comes from out Picture Perfect Party stack … and again, little circles!! The “Dare to Dream” greeting comes from one of our Exclusive Hostess stamp sets; Dare to Dream! This makes me feel like these were all suppose to be put together 🙂

Our circles were created with the Layering Circle and Stitched Shapes Framelits! And while I was at it … I decided to finish it off with a few now circles by using the beautiful little Glitter Enamel Dots!

I love this card in black -n- white with that pop of color, just sets the tone to inspire an awesome young lady to “Dare to Dream”! Switch out the color and you can send off your young man to follow his dreams too.

I’m so happy you stopped by today and checked out my card.  No reason in the world you can’t Dare to Dream as well … I’m always dreaming (and workin’ towards those dreams).

Have an inspiring day ~

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Wonders of Watercoloring …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

You’ve heard me talk a lot about the Aqua Painters, especially when working with the new Brusho Crystal Colour so today I’d like to share a video that shows more ways to use the Aqua Painter!

You’ll see two of our favorite products are the Aqua Painter and the Blender Pen. Both tools are used for watercoloring, or in other words, they both make you feel like a professional artist.

 

I will also share a video on our Watercolor Pencils … this way to can get a better look at what Watercolor technique works best for you. If you want a hands on try out … attend my Watercolor Technique class. Dates will be posted this weekend.

I use all of the products shown here today, they all have many different uses and also work beautifully together!

Remember to stop by again this weekend to a full list of Upcoming Classes and each day to see what else I have for you!

Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to visit.

Have a wonderful day  ~

TODAYS WISH LIST ITEMS …

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Here is a cute card from Stampin’ Up!
that shows the Watercolor Wash Background and the Splatter!
 

 

Simply Sunday: Brusho Crystal Colour Technique

 Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m back today with a card that I made with my Stampin’ Clubs this month. They were the first to use the Brusho Crystal Colour technique … a new product that was introduced in the Occasions catalog on page 26.

On this card we used the Shimmery White Cardstock and the “Beautiful Day” stamp set.  We will be embossing the flower with the black embossing powder.

Next thing you want to do is to poke a hole or two in the top of the plastic bottle the Brusho is in. I used my Paper Piercer to poke the hole and then use a push pin to keep it sealed ….

I like to use a little washi tape to hold my sides down … it keep the colors from running together if the paper “rolls up” from the water.  Then you will gently tap the Brusho bottom to dispense the powder … Less is More!  You can always add more but it’s best to start light, especially if you are new to this technique. It looks a little like peppering your food! lol

I started with “Yellow” in the center, “Gamboge” around the center, and then the “Brilliant Red” around the outer petals.

Now with your Stampin’ Spritzer … spritz some water onto the image. I stand during this process and I’m at least 8 – 12″ above my cardstock – You don’t have to measure, but if you are too close it might splatter your color.

Notice I kept the Brusho colors I used away from the leaf — also less spritzing, I can always add water with the use of my Aqua Painter… which I will be using to color in the leaf.

With the use of my Aqua Painter, I began to move my color around starting with the yellow.  I keep a tissue or paper towel handy to keep my Aqua Painter clean.  If you mix your colors too much – you’ll end up with one color or a mess!

Once the color was where I wanted it, I tapped a bit of the Green Brusho onto a block and used my Aqua Painter to pick up the crystals and color in the leaf directly.  That is two techniques you’ve now learned with the Brusho!!  Once DRY you can cut it out and mount it to your card ….

I used a Whisper White base with a Basic Black mat and my background was embossed with the beautiful “Layered Leaves” Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. The greeting comes from the stamp set “Beautiful Day” which is found on page 26 of the Occasions catalog with the Brusho.

The pretty little butterfly comes from the “Bold Butterfly” Framelits and cut out of the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper!!

It really is simple to use … Remember, I did this at my Stampin’ Club and each and everyone’s card turned out beautiful yet no two were alike … it was awesome!!

I will be hosting a “Brusho Crystal Colour” Watercoloring Class … be sure you’re on my mailing list! You won’t want to miss this one. I have an entire class list coming out VERY soon!

Thank you for joining me today ~

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Seven top water-coloring tips!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Just a quick post today to share this fun card showcasing the Watercoloring Technique …

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The “You’ve Got This” stamp set is the perfect set for practicing your watercolor techniques.  Here are some Watercolor Tips for you …

Are you ready for 7 top water-coloring tips? You’ll feel like a pro when you practice these tricks!

  1. Make sure your Aqua Painter brush is full before you start–you do NOT want to run out of water in the reservoir right in the middle of your project! If you are using a regular brush, keep a little dish of clean water right next to your station.
  2. Be aware that water-coloring can bleed through to the back, so protect your work surface. I use a non-porous granite floor tile that doubles as a palette, because I can squeeze my inks right onto it and wipe the residue right off afterward.
  3. Have a paper towel or baby wipe handy to blot off excess drips, and to clean the tip of your brush regularly so you don’t muddy colors.
  4. Dampen your watercolor paper first so the color slides instead of saturates. Work in small-ish sections, and re-dampen new areas if they’ve dried before you moved on.
  5. Keep that Aqua Painter moving. Don’t rest the tip in any one location too long. Straight re-inker is going to be VERY dark, so squeeze the Aqua Painter gently every time you pick up fresh ink, to dilute it with water.
  6. Remember that you can always add more color later–but you can’t easily take it off once it’s on, so paint in layers, revisiting areas to add deeper shades later.
  7. Keep in mind that it’s only paper! Not cheap paper, no, but it’s still JUST paper. Allow yourself a sheet to practice on and test colors on.

Hope you feel inspired to pull out your watercoloring tools and give it a try.  When you do … feel free to share your work with me.  You can send them to … lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com   and I will post it on my blog at a later date.  Please use Stampin’ Up! stampes and supplies.

Great to see you here today …

I hope you have a marvelous Monday!

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