Simply Sweet

I decided to do a remake on the Stampendous Teacup Cupcake stamp. I greatly simplified my water coloring on this one.  I really like my first try better but I proved to myself on this one that I can water color this design quickly.  I purposefully kept this card very simple as I used it for a Clean & Simple challenge. 

card size:   A2   5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"

Stamps:   Stampendous Teacup Cupcake,  Power Poppy Simply Camellias(You're Simply Sweet)

Specialty Paper:   Echo Park Dots & Stripes- Bundle of Joy Girl 6x6

Ink/Color:   Distress Mini Inkpads,  Zig Wink of Stella,  VersaMark,  Hero Arts White Embossing Powder


It's All In The Details

I made this card especially to honor the Featured Stamper for this week at Splitcoast Stampers.  Her name is Francie and she goes by f.schles on the site. Her awesome gallery is here .  Her cards are very creative with a lot of color and imagination.  Francie also adds many details to her cards which I really enjoy.  One of the things I like is her use of white gel pens to define shapes or to add some whimsy to her card designs.  She is also maybe the only- other than me- person I know who may have a polka dot fetish. 

I created the background with Brusho watercolor crystals.  Instead of washing all of the color I left some of the crystals as they look before diluting into more pure color.  I did also wet the watercolor paper before sprinkling the crystals so they burst into small confetti-like bits of color. 

card size:   A6   6 1/4"  x  4 1/2"

Stamps:   Magenta- Poppies, Penny Black- Heartfelt(inside)

Specialty Paper:   Pebbles Jen Hadfield- Cottage Living 6x6,  Basic Grey Aurora 6x6

Ink/Color:   Brusho,  Archival Jet Black Ink,  Distress Ink pads,  Silks acrylic paint- Ice,  Posca- White paint pen

Dies:   Penny Black Heartfelt(love)


Sending A Smile

I needed to catch up on some of my projects so I have an extra post today.  This is an Inspiration Challenge card.  The inspiration was a Pinterest board with hundreds of postage stamps.  Virtually any theme was available so I chose clowns.  I have been waiting to color this great digital image from Rick St.Denis.  His drawings are pretty remarkable and very detailed.  I needed some relaxing work today so coloring was a perfect distraction. 

card size:   A2   5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"

Stamps:   Digi Image Rick St.Denis- La Commedia,  Verve- Remember This(smile),  Power Poppy-Simply Carnelias(inside words)

Specialty Paper:   Basic Grey- Aurora 6x6

Ink/Color:   Copic Markers, Zig Wink of Stella

Embellishment:   Doodlebug Designs-Star Jewels

Dies:   MFT- Postage Stamp Stax

Brave Heart

I really love these Dina Wakley silhouette women and hope she creates more.  Sometimes I like to use these designs in my cards as a way to express some feelings.  In this case I was very touched by Bruce Jenner and his story of transformation.  He has lived a courageous life as an Olympic athlete and motivational speaker.  I wish him well on his life journey as he becomes his authentic self.

card size:   A6   6 1/4"  x  4 1/2"

Stamps:   Dina Wakley-  Silhouetted Woman,  Impression Obsession- Kind Words,  7 Gypsies- "Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful"

Specialty Paper:   Echo Park- Jack & Jill 6x6,  Star Dreams- Antique Gold

Ink/Color:   Brusho Watercolor Crystals,  Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint- Snowflake,  Golden Acrylics- Iridescent Bright Gold (fine) acrylic paint



I made a batch of these easy backgrounds using Distress Inks and Saran Wrap.  I first saw this technique on Youtube as demonstrated by Barbara Gray of Clarity Stamp.  She is a joy to watch.  I have learned lots of techniques through her easy to follow videos. The Youtube channel is called claritystamp.  Her blog is listed to the left in my blog roll. 

This is quite an easy background technique.  You would need a coated card stock either matte or glossy.  I used a matte coat for this sample.  You use a coated card stock so that the inks will sit on the surface long enough to create the texture.  An absorbent card stock does not allow for that to happen as well.  All glossy card stock is "coated".  The matte coat card stock is the same as Ranger Specialty Stamping card stock.

You simply select your water soluble inks...I used Distress Ink Pads or Tsukineko Kaleidacolor Ink Pads.  I pre-cut card stock to card size as my base.  Use your brayer to roll your choice of ink colors onto the card stock. You can create additional interest by leaving white or lighter areas on the piece.  Tear a piece of Saran Wrap sized larger than your brayered piece.  Liberally spray the Saran Wrap with water.  Lay the wet side down onto the brayered card piece and scrunch the plastic wrap plus smoosh as desired to create texture.  Just leave to air dry.  It's a quick process.  Maybe 15 minutes to dry each piece at most.  I usually do this technique assembly line style and create a lot of backgrounds in no time at all.  I think this self-explanatory but I would be happy to do a step out on this technique if anyone asks :)

card size:   A2    5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"

Stamps:   Impression Obsession- Sympathy Sentiments

Ink/Color:   Distress Ink- Seedless Preserves,  Archival Jet Black

Die:   Memory Box Blushing Bouquet

Embellishment:   Swarovski Crystals



I colored up one of those huge Catherine Scanlon Design stamps.  I couldn't remember what color peonies usually are.  I just remember when I was a kid we had a couple of them and they were always full of creepy, crawly, voracious ants. 

For the flowers I used Distress markers water colored with water brushes.  I scribbled a little bit of marker directly on the watercolor card stock and then moved the color with the water brush.  I shaded each color with just water.  I only used 4 markers colors for the whole image which includes the Black Soot shadow. 

card size:   A7   5" x 7"

Stamps:   Catherine Scanlon Designs- Peonies (available at Ellen Hutson),  Papertrey Ink-Happy For You set(inside words)

Ink/Color:   Distress Ink Markers,  Archival Jet Black,  VersaMark Ink,  Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Dies:   Penny Black-Deco Frame (Miss You),  Cheery Lynn- Double Scallop Border 


Free Range Thank You

I thought I better get this card made before the allotted time for featuring baby chicks is past.  I love baby chicks, chickens and roosters pretty much all year round as a design image.  These little peeps are just so bright and cheery for Spring.

card size:   5" x 5"

Stamps:   Northwoods- Chicks in Violets,  Flourishes- Botanical Bookplates(outside words),  Flourishes- Hydrangea(inside words)

Specialty Paper:   Lilybee Designs- Picket Fence 6x6

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks,  Peerless watercolor

Embellishment:   The Art Institute Glitter-  Bananan transparent

Dies:   Memory Box- Botanical Stem(cut apart),  Spellbinders-Nested Circles & Nested Scallop Circles,  MFT- Stitched Stax Circle


Dripping With Courage

I've sort of been in the doldrums the last few days.  It rained all day today which for some reason re-energized me.  I worked with the Peerless watercolors.  I really need to paint a palette of the colors you actually get when you use them. Sometimes I am surprised by the intensity and/or the actual tone of a color.  I decided to make a wet on wet background and allow the poppy colors to bleed down.  I used a thirsty brush to remove some of the excess water but for the most part I just went with the "flow".  After everything was dry I added some more color to the poppies. 

card size:   A2   5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Penny Black- Blooming Garden,  Impression Obsession-Kind Words(outside),  Verve- Words of Wisdom(inside)

Specialty Paper:   Graphic45- Artisan Style Patterns & Solids 6x6

Ink/Color:   Archival Jet Black,  Peerless Watercolors

Dies:   Spellbinder- Nested Ovals


Hope is a Butterfly

I made some backgrounds using acetate and smooshing Distress Ink.  I smoosh one color of ink at a time using a mini Distress ink pad on the acetate and then mist with water.  I lay the acetate on the watercolor paper and smoosh around until I get the effect I like.  You can layer many colors with some drying time between or just one.  One of the things I like about this quick watercolor method is the droplets that form on the acetate after smooshing which can then be "stamped" as a design element.  I do use a heat tool to speed up the drying process on these. I also dropped some clear water onto the piece afterwards to get more texture.

size:   A2   5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Impression Obsession- Kind Words(outside),  Verve- Believe(inside)

Stamps:   Paper Artsy Fresco Paint- Cheesecake, Distress Mini Ink Pads,  Archival Jet Black

Dies:   Memory Box- Dancing Butterflies, Kaleidascope Butterfly, and Tall Birch

Tools:   Taylored Expressions- Burlap Embossing Folder


Happy Easter Vi

I made this Easter card for my friend Vi.  I used a different coloring technique ...one which many people have already doing for years...but new for me.  I used the Distress markers by coloring directly on the image (just in the shading areas) and then pulled color out with a water brush. This was a very easy and effective way to watercolor.  I recently bought some Winsor Newton water color markers to do the same thing and I have to say that as of now the Distress markers are much more workable.  Perhaps the learning curve is longer for the "artist grade" markers or it's operator error- but I have to say I am impressed as always with the qualities of the Distress Ink product line as a color tool.

card size:   A6   6 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Stamps:   Penny Black- Me & My Bunny(Mo Manning),  Taylored Expressions- Big Bold Easter

Specialty Paper:   Simple Stories Snap Color Vibe- Lights,Brights & Bolds 6x6

Ink/Color:   Distress Ink Markers,  Copic Marker (polka dots),  Berol Prisma Colored Pencils White & Brown

Dies:   Lil Inker-Stitched Layers,  Cheery Lynn- Carnivale Border,  Memory Box- Tiny Bow,  Poppy Stamps- Bunny Buddies & Fuzzy Buddies,  Spellbinder Nested Circle & Circle Scallop


Hi There!

I found this stamped image in my pile of "to color" stuff.  I used my go to Distress Ink pads smooshed onto a palette tray to watercolor the image.  Then I spent two days trying to find out what company made this design.  I learned a big lesson there- to label my stamped images from now on.  I went through all of the companies I thought could have this image.  I did three separate Internet searches using various wordings of "flowers in a basket".  Finally last night... hi there! I found it!

  card size:  A6   6 1/4"  x  4 1/2"

Stamps:   JustRite Floral Basket,  Hero Arts- Thinking of You set(outside words), Hero Arts- Type(inside words)

Specialty Paper:   Graphic 45 - Home Sweet Home Solids & Patterns Collection 6x6

Ink/Color:   Distress Ink Pads,  Archival Jet Black

Dies:   Taylored Expressions- Mini Borders 2,  MFT- Stitched Stax Rectangles

Embellishment:   Glitter Ritz- Warm Highlight