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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Birthday girl!

Birthday card using Stampin' Up! Hello stamp set and watercoloring
Have you seen all the cards out there that are using watercoloring? There are some beauties, and it got me inspired. Before I teach this technique in a class, though, I needed to learn it for myself!

Here's my first ever attempt, and I found a lot to like.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper, and then embossed the greeting in black. Then I went over the page with plain water, using the SU! aquapainter. Finally, I added some drops of ink from a reinker, and brushed that into the water. At first I was really nervous about how dark it looked, but it dried into this beautiful range of blues. Next time I'll try not to get giant blobs where I drip the ink, but overall, pretty.

After I made this card, I hunted down some technique videos, and found one where it recommends that you put a little water and ink into the lid of a stamp pad before washing onto the card. I'll try that next and see which version I like better.

Have you experimented with watercolor washes? Any tips?

Stamp sets

  • Hello (hope you grabbed this one before it retired!)


  • Pacific Point base 
  • Basic Black at 4 3/8" by 3 1/8" 
  • Watercolor paper at 4 1/4" by 3"


  • Versamark
  • Pacific Point

Tools and accessories

  • Black embossing powder
  • Heat tool 
  • Aqua painters
  • Dimensionals (because of course dimensionals)

Monday, February 15, 2016

You brighten my day!

This all-occasion masculine card uses the Stampin' Up! Cups and Kettles framelits and the Going Places DSP

It's a little chilly here in North Carolina today, but this card brings a warm greeting that's perfect for a cold Monday. I guess it COULD be that the person you are giving the card to brightens your day, but really, I'm talking about coffee. Coffee brightens my day EVERY day!

I'm mixing up some products from the Occasions catalog -- there's lots to love in there! The Cups and Kettle framelits include this awesome mug (I want to figure out how to turn it into a beer mug, but that's a project for another day). I rolled in some of the Going Places DSP and the sentiment from the Sunburst Sayings set.

This card used my very last sheet of Mossy Meadow. I'm gonna need to order some more before this very favorite in-color retires in June!

Stamp sets

  • Sunburst Sayings


  • Thick Whisper White base and 5" by 3 3/4," plus a scrap for the "steam" die cut
  • Basic Black at 5 1/4" by 4" 
  • Going Places DSP at 5" by 1 1/2" and for the die cut
  • Mossy Meadow scrap for the die cut


  • Archival Basic Black

Tools and accessories

  • Cups and Kettle framelits
  • Dimensionals
  • Metallics sequins
  • Detail glue

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