I have recently been trying to expand some of my creative endeavors to include the "messy things." I'm talking about mediums like watercolor, stenciling, pastes and Distress Oxide inks. All of these things typically give me a lot of anxiety, but I am finally (and ever so slowly) beginning to open up and appreciate these arts and embrace each learning experience, all while forgiving the mess! Today I am sharing a variety of watercolored cards using the "Vintage Flower" stamp by Concord and 9th.
*All cards were made nearly identical in layout, I simply varied the color scheme. A full supply list is located at the end of this post.
The base of each A2 sized card is made from a solid colored cardstock (Blueberry Bushel, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape). I then cut a frame out of white cardstock using the Papertrey Ink "Mix and Mat: Plaid Die." I stamped the sentiment "Feel Better" on most of the cards in either the corresponding ink color, or I heat embossed it in gold. I stamped the large vintage flower in Versamark ink on watercolor paper and heat embossed some using white embossing powder and others using gold embossing powder to see how different each looked. I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to add color to each flower. After each flower was dried, I used the coordinating die to cut each flower out and I adhered the flower to the card using foam adhesive. Lastly, I added a couple randomly placed clear rhinestones to each card for added sparkle.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing these cards in a variety of colors! Do you have a favorite? And, do you like to experiment with watercolor or any other "messy" medium?!
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!
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Hello readers and happy Friday! Today I'm actually "working" at the Scrapbook Expo in Marlborough, Massachusetts, teaching the make-n-take at the Stamp On It booth, so if you'll be at the show Friday or Saturday please stop by and say hi! You can also follow along on my Instastories and I'll share you with some behind the scenes footage and more of the weekend's rubberstamp and scrapbooking show.
I have been looking for what seems like years for a "perfect" unicorn stamp set and I finally found one that I am happy with. I can't believe I'm actually saying this but I've been very judgy about some of the unicorn stamps sets on the market! I hesitate to admit this, but seriously, some unicorns seemed too angular and squared off, other were kinda overly pudgy (don't hate me!) and a few were just too small for the look I was going for. I feel like Goldilocks looking for the perfect bed. . . This one is too soft, this one is too hard, but, the Unicorn Awesomeness stamp set from Concord & 9th was just right!
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I created a black frame using the Scalloped Stitched Rectangles Nesting dies from Gina Marie Designs out of Basic Black cardstock. I lined the back of this frame with a piece of an acetate sheet in order to create the shaker card. I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink directly onto the card base. I sprinkled about a tablespoon of iridescent sequins directly onto the base of the card and then I lined the black frame with 3M foam adhesive to give the frame height and allow for movement of the sequins. Using the Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud borders I die cut clouds from Balmy Blue cardstock, Daffodil Delight cardstock and Flirty Flamingo cardstock. I adhered the cloud layers to the outside of the acetate film. I stamped the unicorn in Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. I adhered the unicorn to the top of the card with 3M foam adhesive and lastly added a coat of Clear Wink of Stella to the unicorn for added sparkle.
Here is the Unicorn Awesomeness stamp set from Concord & 9th that I used to create today's card:
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Last Tuesday I taught a beginner's cardmaking class at my local library in West Springfield. This is a great community event that is sponsored by the library and free to the public. This year the class generated so much interest there was a wait list and enough to schedule a second class in June! Registration has not opened yet, but watch the library's Facebook page to reserve your spot for my next class on Tuesday, June 25th.
Today I am sharing with you one of the cards we made at the class last week. During this class you will also learn about the various types of inks, the differences between wood, rubber and photopolymer stamps, plus the best brands and weights of cardstock available and all the basic tools you need to begin making cards on your own. It's a LOT of information jammed into two hours, but, I'd like to think I make it pretty fun at the same time!
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Melon Mambo cardstock. Using the Gina Marie Designs Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Nesting dies, I cut the first layer from Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. Using Blushing Bride ink, I stamped the first layer of the wreath in the center of the scalloped cardstock. Using Melon Mambo ink, I stamped the second layer of the wreath directly over the lighter pink. Using a small flower punch, I punched six flowers from Blushing Bride cardstock and adhered them to the wreath using 3M foam tape for added height. In the center of each small flower, I added a pearl rhinestone. On a 5" strip of white cardstock, I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Memento Black ink. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's "Birthdays II Inside and Out" stamp set.
Here is the Magnolia Wreath bundle from Concord & 9th that I used to create this card:
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