136 posts categorized "Watercolor"

03/29/2018

Thu 29

Just a note...Hello
by Robin Tharaldson

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For my post today I am featuring the Big Circle Border Layer die; I think it adds a nice touch to my panel and allows the background color to show.

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My bouquet was created using Peony Stems and Blossom, stamps and dies. The images were stamped with Memento Desert Sand onto watercolor paper and simply colored.

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The following video will show you all the steps to make this card!

 

Thanks for stopping by today!

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03/18/2018

Sun 18

Double Stitch Tag Shaker
by Marybeth Lopez

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Hi there and welcome to: Day Two of the Poppystamps Blog Blitz! The design team will be sharing some of the new spring products from Poppystamps .

You will have a chance to win each day by leaving a comment . Today I will be giving away the :Double Stitch Tags Die Set  to one random commenter.

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The leaves and some of the flowers are watercolored using the Peerless Watercolor Sheet Pack from Birch Press Design, then cut using Poppystamps New Blooming Border. 

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 To make the small tag for the sentiment I cut down the smallest tag in the set as pictured above.

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I wanted the die cut flowers and sequins to shake freely so I have two lavers : One with fun foam and the other double sided foam tape. I trimmed the outer edge of the fun foam to make sure it wouldn't show.  I also added Poppy Sequin mix of :Fairy Sparkle.

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 These are the dies that I used pictured above , the sentiment is from the new and adorable Stamp Set :Easter Chicks from Poppystamps.

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Having the two layers (to raise the acrylic layer) was definitely a good idea, happy I remade my shaker tag. I am sharing a few photos to show the movement of how nicely the move.

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So many fun and beautiful new spring  products, you can see them all at the Poppystamps store!

Last day to comment is March 31 , 2018.  Winners will be posted on April 3, 2018. Good luck!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit today, thank you for all the wonderful and kind comments in the past. 

God Bless.

 

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02/23/2018

Fri 23

Threaded Cards Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone and welcome! I am going to share a technique that has made me as happy as a clam.

Simply put, this concept just involves suspending your die cuts in a web of golden thread. This brings the element of mixed media into traditional handmade card design, and I love the combination! 

I am not sure why it is so striking to me. I think that it is compelling because it introduces such a delicate touch to the card - and makes it feel as if something is floating, or caught mid-jump, before it lands in the envelope.

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This year, I designed several rose dies that coordinate with this particular design - and I will be using them in the video and today's post. They are all full and blooming, perfect for coloring in with soft shades of watercolor!

As I describe the process of figuring out how to suspend the die cuts on the thread, I will also share a few examples that I have made using the dies in a more traditional way, so that you can see how versatile these particular designs are! 

To watch this video in HD click here

I took my time on these cards and enjoyed the process - I watercolored the petals with watercolor pencil and then glued all of the pieces in place to create an amazing rose border. If you love puzzles, then this is the project for you. It doesn't take too long to get all the pieces in the right spot - and the look of the finished card is amazing. Really amazing.

But to be honest - paper piecing is a labor of love. There are a lot of little pieces - so this is a project that you'll need to budget some quality time for. But that's no problem, there is always a book or a podcast you can listen to - or maybe some music.

So I moved along assembling the project and after getting all of the petals and leaves in place, I then set to figuring out how I would mount something in the middle of the circle.

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For the first project, I began with a die that already had an opening in the middle, the Poppystamps 2033 Rose Frame.

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I was trying to figure out a way to make thin strings of thread hold shapes in mid air - and came up with the simple solution of creating a sort of web across an open area and then affixing the die cuts to the thread. It really is a unique and beautiful way to display the shapes on a card.


And it puts a smile on your face when you see the greeting hovering in the opening on tiny golden "wires".Wireworks-(7-of-43)
I think the metallic thread makes a huge difference! The gold catches the light and shines - making it brighten as you turn the card. I adhered the Memory Box 99763 Perky Thank You to the thread here in this close up.

I have used a fair amount of double stick tape in between layers - this holds the petal pieces in place while securing the threads at the same time. In the video you can see that the double stick tape is the way to go for this project, since you will be sandwiching layers together.Wireworks (22 of 43)
Of course, the Rose Frame looks terrific on a traditional flat card design too. Here I sponged some white cardstock with Distress Oxide ink in Worn Lipstick and Peeled Paint, then spritzed it with a little bit of water. 

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I glued the Rose Frame flat onto this background piece and then added the Poppystamps 1690 Scribble Hello to the center. I actually glued three hello's together, stacking them vertically so that they popped out a bit more in the center.Wireworks (25 of 43)

I didn't worry too much about "going outside the lines" with the sponged background - the crisp, intricate lines of the die work just fine with the blended backgrounds. The color just gives a suggestion of what should define the roses or leaves. 
This is a really different look for this die - and I think we all love being able to use a die in different ways!

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For my next threaded project, I wanted to create my own opening, so that it wouldn't matter what die I floated in the middle. This way I could use all sorts of dies - and still incorporate the metallic web of threads into the design.

Oh, the possibilities!

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So I used the Poppystamps 2013 Blooming Rose for my "floating die" and a circle from the Open Studio 30087 Circle Basics set to create an opening. I wanted to use a circle that was a little smaller than the Blooming Rose, so that the ends of the blooming rose could be adhered to the card.

This provided a little extra structure for the design (so that it wasn't too flimsy) and also added a cool detail when the leaves and tendrils were "embedded" into the green background paper. I photographed this against a deeper green background here, so that you could see the sheen on the metallic thread a little easier. It really is striking in person!

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I finished off the card by using the Poppystamps 1996 Double Stitched Rectangle Frames - I have been using these a lot lately. When you cut the frame, the center rectangle falls out - so in this case, I cut it in yellow cardstock, then in green cardstock - and I mixed and matched the two colors.

I spread the threads around the opening a bit more for this card - so that there would be glints of metallic rays around the rose. You can decide what works for you once you start weaving -there isn't a wrong way to do it - and embedding the thread between layers of the center die keeps things looking clean and tidy.

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To compare I made a different card with that same die - the Blooming Rose - shown on a flat card. Again, I sponged with the same Worn Lipstick and Peeled paint color scheme, but this time I added a stamped element which I embossed in white. The Scribble Hello worked perfectly here - I love how the cursive letters mirror the little curl in the Blooming Rose.

The "just wanted to say" phrase is from the CL5210 Thank You Sentiments stamp set and layers perfectly with the other dies. This is simplicity at it's best!

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The phrase is embossed on kraft cardstock and looks very natural with the pink and green color scheme. When I was assembling, I knew the pink and green would be sort of bright, so I wanted something neutral - but not too dark - underneath these colors, and the brown paper was just right.

I didn't glue the Blooming Rose down completely - just enough adhesive here and there to keep it on the card. Again, I wanted things to float on this collection!Wireworks (30 of 43)

The white on white color scheme is a perfect contrast to the vivid pinks and greens. And I just wanted a blush of color on the otherwise white card - I was trying compose something simple, as if the color and shapes had just drifted down and settled onto the notecard.

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I decided to simplify the thread design for the next card. I wanted to suspend a die cut as easily as possible, so I used just a center thread to hang the Memory Box 98265 Vivienne Butterfly

This butterfly was one of the first dies that I ever designed and I have made hundreds and hundreds of cards with it. It is intricate and just the right size for so many applications!

It does have a matching background solid die - the Memory Box 98264 Darla Butterfly - that I also used in today's video. The thread is sandwiched between the Vivienne Butterfly (top) and the Darla Butterfly (bottom) right along the center of the body.

I used a monochromatic color scheme for this card - just shades of pink to paint in all of the pieces on the butterfly wings with watercolor pencils. I included a good tip for putting in different intensities of color with watercolor pencils that I share in the video. Watercolor pencils make painting easy (and fun!).

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Since the thread is suspended right down the center of this design, the butterfly can spin in the open window. So fun!

A little breeze or a tap from your finger sends the butterfly into a little twist - and when the card is resting on a shelf it hovers and moves just a little.Wireworks-(7-of-43)

Rather than a circle, this time I used a large frame die - one of my new favorites! This is the Poppystamps 2002 Double Stitch Scalloped Rectangle Frames die - I cut it out of a medium green cardstock so that it would really stand out against the pink.

This particular die made threading easy - the center of the scalloped edge showed me exactly where the center of the card was so it was easy to position the thread at the top and bottom. Once I had the thread in place I just secured it with some double stick tape - and it was ready to go. 

You can write your message towards the bottom of the card - or if you have beautiful handwriting, then go ahead and write so that it shows up in the opening as a background for the butterfly!

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I did have an "a-ha" moment after doing the rectangle frame when I remembered the Memory Box 99950 Pinpoint Heart die that I designed for Valentine's and wedding cards this year.

Was the opening big enough to accommodate the butterfly? It was!

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Adding the Memory Box 99926 Sentimental Happy Birthday die kept things simple - I really just wanted the colors on the butterfly to stand out. 

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The butterfly floats in the middle of the opening - just like on the previous card. The wings nearly touch the edges of the heart - but miss them just slightly.

There is something about seeing a card like this that makes you want to pick it up and play with it! The little motion that happens when you handle it - you can't help but give the wings a little nudge so that the thread twists ever so slightly.

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I decided to make the wings on this version a little more colorful - so I used watercolor pencils in aqua, teal, bright green and yellows to create a vibrant look.

By the way, I am watercoloring on plain cardstock for these projects - usually you have to be careful about not adding too much water to cardstock or it will curl and buckle. But in this case there isn't any reason to worry - the areas that are painted are really small and the watercolor pencil takes hardly any water for blending.

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I wanted to share a couple more card ideas with you - since I had my rose dies out and I was on a roll with the pink and green color scheme - I used the 2008 Rose Stem Collage die to create another flat card.

This particular die cuts out a circle around the rose like this...

Rose-collageBut I simply cut it into the paper and then trimmed half of the circle off, which left a little half circle for the rose to rise over.

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I combined the Memory Box 99763 Perky Thank You die with the CL5210 Thank You Sentiments stamp set to create "Thank You for your kindness". This design is flexible enough for weddings, birthdays, teacher cards or whatever!

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And here is the the Rose Stem Collage die again, used as I originally intended with a cut out circle and a rose stem in the middle. I created the Poppystamps 1983 Finial Circle die to fit exactly around the edge of the circle - so that they could work together! In fact, the Finial Circle will exactly match any 3 inch x 3 inch opening - and the delicate leaves and tendrils create a beautiful frame around the center shape.

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You can see that the threads here are more than decorative - for this die cut, the rose bloom is supported by a very narrow stem. This wouldn't be an issue if glued flat to a card, but since it is suspended in mid air, the golden threads will support the rose while adding a decorative element at the same time!

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Here's another shot of the card with a dark background - those metallic threads really shimmer and shine around the flower! You can be creative with the design of the thread - I just added a few lines, but you could really fill in that open area.
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So there you have it!

I have ended up with lots of cards and have worked myself into a little corner on my studio table. The table is full of scraps and dies and notes and embossing powder and thread. 

I am now dreaming of filling the openings of cards with all sorts of things - tiny words suspended in threads that create poems, surrounded by butterflies. Or tiny fish on silver threads swimming among bubbles and coral. I will have to make these soon.

Thank you so much for visiting today - I hope I have inspired you to try a few threaded cards of your own!

02/11/2018

Sun 11

Easter Bunny Egg
by Marybeth Lopez

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Hello! Marybeth here today. Getting a head start on some Easter cards today with this fun little shaker .

I am using Poppystamps new Easter Bunny Egg. I decided to water color this one on the front and background  .

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 I layered this the same as my other shakers ( fun foam and clear acetate) then filled with beads for a little bit louder shaking noise. I  added fun foamunder the grassy area (otherwise the beads would just fall to the bottom and I would need more beads to fill) 

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I used an older stamp for the sentiment and just curved it to fit around the upper part of the egg. ( Easter Excitement Poppystamps )

It's always nice when its fun and relaxing when creating a card, I have to say this was one of those kinds of cards.

Don't you love it when that happens!

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Outside of the sentiment this card can be made with one die!

The paint I used is shimmery but not showing up in the photos. Thank you for the visit today. 

God bless and thank you all for your past kind comments, that you take time to leave. 

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02/09/2018

Fri 09

Lots of Love
by Robin Tharaldson

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Valentine's Day is almost here, I hope you have all your cards ready to send or give! If not here's a fun card to make using products from Poppystamps latest release!

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The Petite Stitched Hearts were placed on to a postage stamp image I created using Open Studios Postage Square Layers and craft foam!

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I created a pretty sentiment strip using a Stitched Heart Borders die,  added a dimensional Sending Script die cut and a stamped Lots of Love!

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Here's a video showing you how to make a simple stamped image from craft foam and almost any die you may have!

 

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check out Poppystamps Spring Release!!!

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02/04/2018

Sun 04

Shaker Card
by Marybeth Lopez

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Hi there and happy Sunday to you! Congratulations to all the Blog Blitz winners!

I have fun shaker card to share with you today: using the new Heart Confetti Collage and Valentine Fairies Clear Stamp Set.

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 I have a layer of fun foam under my front panel then clear acrylic ( not pictured). I used shimmer water color paint to paint my back panel.

After I filled the hearts with sequins I added my painted panel. Then placed the painted panel over the filled, fun foam.

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 The fun foam is just the right height for adding a few sequins. When all the layers were complete I added it to pink cardstock.

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Simple Shaker with pretty pinks and soft sequins. Hope you like it! The envelops I use, are from Birch Press Design.

Poppystamps has so many darling new dies right now that are so simple to use and in my opinion cut like butter! 

Hope you have a blessed week!

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01/23/2018

Tue 23

Happily Ever After
by Robin Tharaldson

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I hope everyone is enjoying the Blog Blitz featuring the Spring Release from Poppystamps! You can see the entire Spring Release here.  Plus, you could win a die from each Blog Blitz post you leave a comment on!! The die you could win, if you leave a comment on this post, is the Woven Circle Ring die!  More information on the Spring Release Blog Blitz at the end of my post. 

My card features the Woven Circle Ring and Delightful Daisy dies, both from the Spring Release!

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I don't do watercolors often, but I was quite pleased how this daisy turned out! The Woven Circle Ring was the perfect backdrop for my watercolor.

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A simple pop of black sets off the whole card!

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The following video will show you just how easy my Delightful Daisy was to color!

 

Here is all the important information about Poppystamps Blog Blitz!  The blog blitz runs from January 8-30, 2018; Poppystamps is giving away a prize on every Blog Blitz post during this time.  You must leave a comment on ONLY the posts you wish to enter.   To enter ALL the posts during the Blog Blitz you need to leave a comment on EACH ONE.   One person will be chosen at random from each of the posts during the blog blitz. Only one prize per person per blog blitz. Poppystamps uses a random number generator to select winners from comments. You have until midnight US EST February 1 to leave a comment on each and every post you want to enter. Winners will be announced on the Poppystamps blog on February 3. Good Luck and LEAVE a comment...please!!

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09/14/2017

Thu 14

Sending Hugs and Prayers
by Nancy Penir

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Hi everyone! I have a card today showcasing a new stamp and die set from Poppystamps called, Sending Scribbles.

It's wonderful to have the option to use matching dies when creating a card!

Here's a look at what I used:

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I made my card a shaker using the Curved Banner Frame die, stamping inside and on the banner.

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All those cute little shaker elements are from an online shop called Buttons Galore, (more about them later this month!),

and come already mixed. This vial of sequins and beads is a Candy Cane mix. I sprinkled a few on the outside of the shaker too.

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The banner's been cut 3 times to pop up a bit, and the bottom flowers also popped up with foam.

All my images were colored with Ranger's Distress Oxide Inks.

Hope this inspires you to get creative with some of your stamps and dies! Have a fabulous day!

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08/21/2017

Mon 21

Sending Hugs and Prayers
by Marybeth Lopez

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 Hi there, Marybeth here today! I am sharing a card I created with Poppy Stamps: Sending Scribbles and Sending Scribbles die set. Even though this is one stamp and die set it has many different ways to use it and I think the sentiments are perfect for many uses, seems to be my go to set right now.

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I used my Zig Brush pens, to color in my cut and stamped image. Since I used watercolor card stock I didn't  have to add much water as the paper drinks up the brush pens very well, and I wanted to keep the vibrant color. I scored some random lines across my white panel for some added texture. 

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Here is a picture of the dies and stamp set. If you look closely you can see I  have a cut out and stamped... Sending... sentiment  that I decided not to use this time. Instead I just tamped the sentiment with a soft gray ink.

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I used some pinkish orange and fall-ish colors for this card since its almost fall and still summer. I am really liking that pumpkin-ish color bloom and might add another one to this card.

Hope you liked it and as you can see anyone can create this card. 

Thank you for all the kind comments on the Blog Blitz!

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08/19/2017

Sat 19

Birthday Wishes
by Nancy Penir

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Hi Poppy fans! I have a bright and happy card for you today, using some of the new stamps and dies just released.

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I've been playing with alcohol inks, learning some of the wonderful things they can do, and created a couple of 'artsy' backgrounds.

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From one of them, I cut 2 jars from the newly released, Jar Collection. Jars are so popular right now, and Poppy's given us 3 sizes in one die set. 

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I cut all 3 of the images from Peony Stems and Blossom from watercolor card stock, and stamped with Hero Arts Wet Cement. It's a favorite I use to give a light line to the image I'm watercoloring. The blooms were colored with Zig Clean Colors.

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My sentiment is from is from Sending Scribbles, stamped with Wet Cement on a homemade banner.

See the doilies around the mouth of the jars? They are dies cuts from one of the new, Petit Four Stitched Borders.

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A closeup of the jars shows how I removed some of the color around the edges with a copic 0. By using the 0 pen, you can also add hi lights and suggest a bottom to the jars. I drew in the stems to the flowers with copic W5.

Hope you enjoyed my card and how it was done, and are inspired to play with some of the fabulous new stamps and dies!

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