I’ve been told I’m really slacking on updating my blog! Can you believe that?? I have to agree…I really have been slacking on posting and plan to do a lot better. I have made lots of cards and projects for classes and workshops, but haven’t taken the time to post them here for you all to see.
Here is one of the recent cards we’ve made at my classes. I had a lot of fun creating it and think everyone else did, too. I love watercoloring. Sometimes, I stamp several images just to watercolor while watching NCIS, my favorite TV show. If I really like the way they turn out, I might use them on a card. If not, it’s only paper and it goes in the trash, but I still had fun while doing it!
Another thing I love about this card is the new Whisper White 8-1/2″ x 11″ Thick Card Stock (pg 149 in the catalog)! It’s 100-lb. weight card stock and is perfect for card bases, boxes, and wherever you need a sturdier paper. You get 24 sheets of card stock for $7, enough for 48 card bases-That’s just a little over 14 cents a card!
The card base was stamped using one of the images from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set and Watermelon Wonder Ink. The flower image from the Best Thoughts Stamp Set was then stamped on a 3-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Watercolor Paper in Black StazOn Ink. (StazOn Ink is what you want to use when watercoloring, so the black ink doesn’t spread into your images when using other colors of water-based inks.)
I squeezed the top and bottom of my Watermelon Wonder Ink Pad together while it was still closed to get some of the ink on the inside of the top of it. (After you do that and open the ink pad, you have a small pool of ink to use for watercoloring.) I started off by picking up a small amount of ink with my Aqua Painter (pg 163 of the catalog) and lightly painted over all of the flower petals. While it dried a little, I did the same thing with the new Cucumber Crush Ink and painted the leaves and stem. After cleaning my brush again, I went back and added more Watermelon Wonder Ink to the petals where I wanted to add a little shading. Then I used my Stampin’ Write Marker to add the darkest details. The same thing was done to the leaves using the Cucumber Crush Ink.
While the flower was drying, I stamped a greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set on a scrap of Whisper White Card Stock and punched it out with the Word Window Punch. See those little splotches of Watermelon Wonder Ink on the tag? Don’t they really add interest to it? Well, la di dah, that’s where I touched it with wet ink on my fingers! I like it!
The Modern Label Punch I used to punch out a piece of Watermelon Wonder Card Stock just retired and I’m upset about that. I used it quite a bit, as it made the perfect mat for greetings punched out with the Word Window Punch. I will have to try the new Washi Label Punch (pg 166 of the catalog) to see how it looks as a mat. I adhered the greeting to the bottom of the card front.
After my watercolored flower was completely dry, I added a shadow around it by using my Aqua Painter and some Soft Sky Ink. It really makes the image stand out! Next, I used my White Stampin’ Chalk Marker (pg 163 of the catalog) to add more detail to the petals and leaves. I glued it to a 3-1/2″ x 4″ piece of Watermelon Wonder Card Stock and then adhered it to the card front. I stamped a butterfly from the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set in Daffodil Delight Ink and punched it out with the Bitty Butterfly Punch. I used a Glue Dot to place it on the stamped panel and added 3 tiny pearls to it. The tiny faux bow was made out of the 1″Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim Ribbon.
It may sound like it took quite awhile to make this card, but it didn’t. I was finished in less than 20 minutes, which included cutting all of the card stock! Watercoloring with the Aqua Painter is fun and easy. The secret to it is, don’t try to be perfect. Don’t overthink it, just paint quickly and don’t worry about getting out of the lines or coloring every single space of the image. The objective is for it to look like watercoloring. Give it a try and have fun!
The clear Best Thoughts Stamp Set is a Hostess Set and can be purchased for only $10 with an order or workshop total of $150 or more (before taxes and shipping), a $17 value. The wood set ($23 value) can be purchased for $14. You can purchase it, and everything else I used to make the card, except the Modern Label Punch, by clicking on the “Order Stampin’ Up! Online” button in the right column and placing your order, or by calling me (727-698-7509), or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to get a free card kit to make 4 of these cards? Place your qualifying order of $150 or more (before tax and shipping), which will allow you to purchase the Best Thoughts Stamp Set for only $10 dollars and I will send you a kit with all of the cut card stock, watercolor paper, ribbon, and pearls you need to make 4 cards. (You supply your own ink, stamps, and adhesives.)
Want to just purchase the single card kits ($2.50 each or 4 for $8), plus postage? Let me know and I will send you a Paypal Invoice for the amount due.