Simple Watercoloring Day 3

Hey friends. Back with some more watercoloring today. This is my 3rd instalment of Simple Watercoloring. You can find Day 1 here and Day 2 here. I love easy techniques and these mini cards came together in a snap. I used Papertrey Ink Circle Scribbles and Inktense pencils for some messy watercoloring. I used a technique I learned from one of Jennifer McGuire’s videos (if you do a search on her site for Inktense Pencils you will find it!). Basically, you wet a brush and touch it to the tip of the pencil. This gives you a lot of control over the consistency (i.e. how much water) and the color intensity. I have found this by far the easiest way to use these pencils. I have not had tons of success coloring directly on paper and then blending & smoothing. WatercolorDay3_group WatercolorDay3_1 WatercolorDay3_2 WatercolorDay3_3WatercolorDay3_4These cards are tiny – measuring just 2.5″ x 2.5″. I think they’d be great with a bouquet of flowers or as a small gift. what-you-need_choosen

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Simple Watercoloring – Day 2

Hello! I’m back with another instalment of Simple Watercoloring. This mini series is all about the easiest ways to add a watercolor look to your paper crafting projects. I said it on Day 1 - I’m not interested in techniques that are going to cause me stress & take the fun out of card making. These cards are easy and doable – trust me – I’m no artist!

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For today’s card I created a mask using circle dies and cardstock. I used 2 pieces of heavy cardstock to create the mask as I knew it would be getting wet. In hindsight, I might have opted for acetate as the water did still manage to seep through the mask a little. In this instance, however, I felt the ‘mistake’ added to the natural, watercolor look of the card.

I first added water to the circle openings using a paint brush. Next, I used re-inkers to add the color, carefully dropping small dots of color. Using more water, I smoothed together the colors. Often I went in and added additional color to intensify the look. I finished off the card with some enamel hearts and a bold sentiment from this Winnie & Walter set.

The card is for the current Case this Sketch challenge – I loved this week’s sketch.

Thanks so much for stopping by today – wishing you a wonderful Thursday!

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Simple Watercoloring – Day 1

I love the watercolor looks that are so popular right now in card making. For me, simple is best and I always opt for techniques that are achievable and won’t lead to endless hours of frustration – once that starts happening this hobby is no longer fun! I have had a few of those experiences in the past when I desperately try to master a technique and then wonder why I’m forcing myself in the first place – this is supposed to be relaxing after all!

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Enter the simplest watercolor technique of all – Distress Markers + Stamps + Water. I love doing this and the results are always nice (in my humble opinion!). For today’s card I wanted a bold, watercolored sentiment and this Mama Elephant one was the perfect choice. I inked up the stamp with a few shades of Distress Markers, spritzed with water and stamped – voila! The results are not perfect and that is the beauty of a watercolor look.

I paired it with a bold patterned paper, toned down with a strip of vellum and this simple card was done. The banner is stitched in place, but not adhered to the card, so it has a lot of movement and dimension.

This card is for the current Mama Elephant watercolor + birthday challenge. Thanks for stopping by – more simple watercoloring to come this week!

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Watercolor with Reinkers

A very quick post today – things are busy around here as we gear up for a weekend away and struggle through rainy weather and no child care!

I made this for a friend yesterday – they just had a baby and I knew she’d appreciate this sentiment, which I absolutely adore.

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I used Mama Elephant Nursery Deco for those cute animals and messily scribbled first with water and then dropped some reinkers onto the watercolor paper. Using a wet brush, I moved around the ink – such a fun and loose way to add watercolor – one of my favorite methods. The outline of the animals disappeared a little under the bright colors so I went over the outline with a gel pen – the result isn’t quite as perfect as I like, but does add to the ‘handmade’ feel of the card. 
Ok, that is all for me today. Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

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Getting my watercolor on

Hey friends!

Yesterday I posted some photos of the gorgeous flowers I saw during a stroll through a fresh flower market in central Zurich. I really adore flowers. I am actually considering trying to get some part-time work in a florist to try to learn the trick to floral arranging – I think I would love it.  Even though I was most smitten yesterday with all the huge, blossoming Peonies, I was particularly taken with some mutli-colored roses.

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Using this pictures as an inspiration, I did a little watercoloring with one of my favorite stamps of all time, Papertey Ink Year of Flowers: Roses. I didn’t worry too much (ok, at all!) about shading – I just had fun mixing up colors and doing some quick & easy coloring. 
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I didn’t get quite the perfect color match as the stunning roses from the market – I stuck with more oranges than pinks, but I like the result all the same. And heat embossing the image makes it so easy to stay in the lines. There is something so relaxing about coloring – this sort of project reminds me of the coloring books from my youth (albeit with slightly less gorgeous images!). Maybe that is why I like this card-making stuff so much – in essence, it is just a grown-up coloring book!
Ok crafty friends – lots to accomplish before calling it a night, so signing off! Thanks for stopping by – I really appreciate it!

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The little things…

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Another Hero Arts card today – with a watercolored background using ink daubers. I layered some colors onto my acyclic block – some pastels with bright colors – spritzed with water and smooshed around the tag with the heat embossed flower. Even though this technique really couldn’t be easier, it does take a little practice to avoid getting muddy colors – I find it the case especially when there is green in the mix.

This is another one for the Hero Arts sketch challenge – I chose the same design (again!) and this time flipped it horizontal.

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Hello, Friend

Hello from sunny Tel Aviv! We are here for 10 days visiting my in-laws. Lots of sun & sand for us right now – and a few fleeting minutes on the computer during nap time! I made a few cards before I left so I thought I’d share one of those today.

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This is another one for the Hero Arts sketch challenge – each time I went to make a card for the challenge I thought I might choose a different sketch, but kept going back to the same one – it is definitely the design that feels most natural for me. I did some multi-color inking on the feather and the watercolor strip is something I saved from another project – I never throw anything away (you’d believe me if you saw my office!). I am loving the bright colors with pops of gold. 
Thanks for stopping by today – back soon with some more watercolor cards!
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Paper Smooches Sparks – Anything Goes

Hey friends. Hope you’ve been having a great weekend! Maybe you had a chance to get crafty for National Scrapbook Day yesterday? Unfortunately, no such luck for me – I am so behind on my Project Life! One of these days I will catch up…maybe.

Anywho, onto today’s new challenge. It is Anything Goes time at Paper Smooches Sparks. Definitely no excuses – you’re going to get ink anyway, right? How about dusting off an old set and giving it a new spin? Or use something new that is sitting on your desk waiting patiently to be inked?

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I chose to use the gorgeous Botanicals 1, paired with a sentiment from Pretty Phrases. I did a watercolor wash for the background behind the lovely florals and leaves. I stamped the sentiment with Charcoal Hero Arts ink and stitched the panel to an orange card base. I usually opt for more neutral card bases, but felt like this needed an extra something.

Thanks so much for stopping by today – have a great weekend and make sure to check out all the amazing DT creations & play along!

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Bold & Bright Watercolor

Morning blog friends. Can’t believe it is already April 27th – seriously, where does time go? Nearly May. Just crazy.

I am stopping in for a very quick post this morning to share a card I made for the current Case this Sketch/Runway Inspired challenge. I loved the inspiration photos & the sketch. I was also inspired by this Donna Mikasa card – she is definitely one of my ‘muse’s’ and I chose this card for its angles, complemented by a gorgeous watercolor floral image – I am also entering this for the Case Study DT search.

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Here is Donna’s lovely card  
And here is the Sketch & Runway Inspired inspiration 
Thanks so much for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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True Friend

So, I have had this Mama Elephant stamp set sitting in my ‘to be inked’ pile for a LONG time. I love the set, just never seemed to get around to using it for some reason. I finally inked it up & it didn’t disappoint! I love the gorgeous tree & the sentiment is really heartfelt.

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I saw the inspiration photo for the current Mama Elephant challenge and knew I wanted to use the tree and play on the colors in the challenge for my watercolor background. The little butterfly is die cut from 3 pieces of vellum and colored on the back with various shades of blue and green and stapled in the center – it has really nice dimension and pulls all the colors together nicely. Bonus – it hides a tiny spot of not-so-perfect embossing!

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That is all for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by – as always, I truly appreciate it!

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