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216 posts categorized "Watercolor"

Bold Thanks
by Tricia Barber

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Hello all!  Tricia here with you today to share some old school techniques for the current Poppystamps Challenge.  I have two for you today: ink smooshing and using your dies to create backgrounds. It is so much fun to get out your inks and ink smooshing up a bunch of backgrounds.  I generally use three colors for an A2 panel and you want to use colors that are close to each other on the color wheel, otherwise you will have muddy brown!   I think dye inks give the best results and use a surface that will allow you to ink directly on like a glass mat.   I start by watering down an A2 watercolor panel.   Using three different areas on your surface, stamp the ink pad directly down and then add some water.   The ink and water will bead up and then you can start to pounce your cardstock thru the three inks.  I use my heat tool to dry in between pouncing.  This gives a great layering of the various colors on the panel. For my card today, I used Distress Inks in Lumberjack Plaid, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed.  Once satisfied with the color of the panel, then I used my heat tool to fully dry the panel. I die cut my panel with the Luscious Script Thanks and die cut the shadow from black cardstock.  I used liquid glue to adhere to each other.  

 

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To make my background, I have used another old school technique, using die cuts!   I love finding creative ways to use my dies.  I die cut from white cardstock using the smallest and the middle die from Brilliant Rings to create my background.  With the smaller die, I die the center out of each of the middle die cut circles.  I then layered onto the card base with liquid adhesive.  

 

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I stamped a sentiment from Whittle Rainbow Unicorn Kit and added some Fairy Drops to finish it off!   What are some of your favorite Old School techniques?  Share your card with us and link up your design on the Poppystamps post here.  A winner will be chosen at random of the Old School PSC#108 challenge, see the challenge post for more details.   You have until 12 am US EST on September 28 to play along!

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A Gracious Watercolor
by Janet Katz

 
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The Gracious Floral Stamp Set and Die by Memory Box has endless possibilities. I stamped the image with a black pigment ink onto watercolor paper. I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color in this wonderful image, choosing just a set of purples and olive greens for everything. Next, I die cut the image with the included die.
 
This stamp set not only gives you an amazing floral image, but 15 sentiment stamps you can use on just about anything. They come in 3 different sizes and the 3 largest ones have matching dies in this bundle. How great is that? I stamped the 'just for you' stamp onto black cardstock using an embossing ink and sprinkled white embossing powder on top. I heated it to create a nice, sharp sentiment image. Finally, I die cut the sentiment.
 
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I chose Poppystamps' Evangeline Pinpoint Frame die to be part of the background. I cut it from white cardstock and backed it with a piece of very pale purple cardstock to coordinate with the watercolor image. Next, I glued down the watercolored die cut, then the black and white sentiment on top of that.
 
This stamp and die set can easily be used year round and for so many different occasions. It's something I will reach for again and again.
 
Janet Floral Signature copy
 
 

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Reinkers and Birthday Wishes
by Janet Katz

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This birthday card was simple to make for 2 reasons. First, the background was pre-made. Months ago I had played around with some reinkers on watercolor paper. I ended up with this vivid, almost symmetrical background.
 
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Second, Poppystamps Birthday Wishes Moonlight Script die set is the ideal size and shape on any card to make it look great. I trimmed my watercolor to 4" x 5.25" and matted it onto a cardbase that matched the turquoise shade in the watercolor. Next, I die cut the script saying from the same turquoise cardstock. Then, I cut the shadow from watercolor cardstock to match the background.
 
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I adhered these together and used foam adhesive to pop the sentiment off the watercolor background. Finally, I added some Fairy Jewels in matching colors.
 
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That's it. I love sitting and making card backgrounds, because when it comes time to put together a card, most of the work is already done. Give it a try.
 
Janet Floral Signature copy
 
 
 

 

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Dreamy, Easy Watercolor Background
by Nancy Penir

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Hello and hoping it's a beautiful spring day in your neck of the woods! Nancy, here, and I'm sharing a card with a simple watercolor background that never misses!

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Watercolor paper or cardstock works best for this technique, and allows color to  flow. Use 1 or 2 colors, analogous to each other, (otherwise you're liable to end up with mud!), and let the paint do it's thing.

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I also watercolored the Leafy Vine Corner, one of my favs from the latest Poppystamp release. 

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I ended up adding a few droplets of blue and white, then added my sentiment.

Hope you enjoyed today's post, and try this easy way to create  a background for your cards. 

Again, enjoy the beautiful season!

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Hello Sunshine!
by Rachel Duong

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Hello and welcome to a sun-shiny day! The Poppystamps "Whittle Snails and Whittle Bird" are awake and ready to start their daily activities. These critters are everywhere in my neck of the woods! Do they inhabit your home? 

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This card makes me happy.  I created it to depict my love of spring and spending time out in the backyard. I watercolored the Whittle die cuts, stamped a sentiment, and created a stencil with a background die. Creating a stencil is a great way to get extra use out of a die.

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Steps to create this card.
1. Die cut the large frame from the "Whittle Wood Picture Frames", "Whittle Snails", and the small bird from the "Whittle Birds" dies in medium white cardstock.

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2. Watercolor the pieces with colors in browns, yellow and red. For the shells, dip a fan shaped brush in watered down brown and lightly apply paint from the center and stroke out.
3. Cut a piece of medium white cardstock to 4.25" x 4.5" and using a scissor's edge, rough up the edges.
4. Die cut the Poppystamps "Sunbeam Frame". This will act as a stencil.
5. Place the stencil with the sun in the upper left corner. Blend yellow ink over the stencil allowing the ink to fade out.

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6. Paint a wash of teal in the lower third of where the frame will be placed. Add subtle brown tones in the background.

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7. Adhere the cardfront to a creme cardbase. 
8. Adhere the frame, snails and bird to the cardfront.
9. Stamp "Hello Sunshine" from the "Whittle Sealife Sentiments" in charcoal grey.
10. Splatter watered down brown ink in random areas of the card for character and interest!

 

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I had the best time creating this scene. I hope you enjoyed the fun! Make sure you take a look at all the Poppystamps "Whittles" dies, they are the best! Thanks for stopping in and see you next time.

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Challenge Reminder ~ Cute Critters Seas the Day
by Rachel Duong

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Hi, it's Rachel here bringing you a bright and happy seaside card for the Poppystamps April Challenge - Cute Critters. White capped waves and the "Whittle Sunshine" die makes the most perfect setting for a "Whittle Shark" and "Whittle Dolphin" playdate.  I hope you get a chance to create a project, tag, or card featuring one of your favorite Poppystamps cute critters. 

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Steps to create this card.
1. Swoosh teal distress ink unevenly over the lower portion of a piece of white cardstock measuring 4.5" x 3.25".
2. Add very small amounts of grey or black ink to distress paste and roughly apply to tops of the teal swooshes.

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3. Die cut the Poppystamps "Whittle Sunshine", "Whittle Shark", "Whittle Dolphin", "Double Scalloped Stitched Frames"(largest frame) and "Birthday Wishes Moonlight Script" in white cardstock.

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4. Blend yellow and orange distress ink over the sun, blue ink over the shark, and grey over the dolphin. 
5. Blend varying colors of blue and grey over the sentiment.
6. Arrange the ocean scene and glue the sentiment onto the cardfront.
7. Using grey ink, stamp a sentiment of your choice from the "Whittle Sealife Sentiments". There are so many good ones, it was hard to decide which to use!

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8. Glue the cardfront on a white A2 cardbase. 
9. Glue the frame over the cardfront scene.
10. Glue the sun, shark and dolphin onto the card overlapping the frame.
11. Add "Clear Fairy Drops" to mimick bubbles to finish the card!

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Come aboard and join the challenge with your Poppystamps cute critters creation. Don't forget to link it up in the challenge section. Also, please take a look at this month's guest designer, Traci Jenkins. Traci is a very talented cardmaker and shared an awesome critter card! I won't give it away, but it is so adorable!
Until next time, keep on crafting and "Seas" the day!

Rachel Floral Signature

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