I found this sweet FREE digital file from Jane’s Doodles. I immediately feel in love with it and was so grateful that Jane was letting us have it for free!
I knew this would be perfect for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!
Here is a close up of this cute file. I used Derwent Inktense and regular watercolour pencils to color this in. I also used some Distress Markers to tweak my coloring technique. It really is just some trial and error. Have some fun and play. I find that is when I usually hit on a winning technique. I then outlined all of the images with my Micron black marker to make the edges crisp.
I then used some Elmer’s glue and spread a thin amount on the sandcastle. I sprinkled some Martha Stewart glitter onto the sand castle with the glue and with my fingers mixed it around to make a pasty sandy appearance. I really liked the result. I used darker brown for the opening of the sandcastle to keep the shading. I then used my Micron marker and outlined the edges of the images again since some of the glitter spread over the edges. I used an Xacto blade to scrap some of the glitter that went over the edges as well and the worked really well to clean it up. I find that if I waited until the glue/glitter dried it was easier to outline it and the glue/glitter mixture didn’t goop up my Micron marker.
I then used two coats of glossy accents on the crab. I added some white dots (inspiration from (Nichol Magouirk) on the crab on top of the glossy accents. I punched out a little heart and put glossy accents on that too. I think I may be addicted to glossy accents.
I then used Distress inks to create the background. I just played around until I liked the results. It is a pretty forgiving technique. You can dab up what you don’t like with a towel and make changes pretty easily. I added some more concentrated color with Derwent watercolour pencils/Distress Inks and a paint brush and flicked the color onto the images.
The image is cut out of the banner shape from the Lawn Fawn Die set. I then cut out a piece of chevron paper from a Recollections paper pad I have. I tied a bow with some Paper Studio Baker’s Twine and added some clear sequins. It is all on a pre made kraft notecard from Michael’s. I think this would be a fun card to duplicate and try different coloring combos with it.
QUICK TIP: I did not put any kind of sentiment on this card yet. It would work well for so many different types of cards. Have some generic cards that you can dress up easily with a sentiment if you need to when the moment arrives. I could add a banner above the sand castle to say “Happy Birthday!” I could add a “Thanks” to the other claw of the crab, or I could stamp a sentiment right on the sand. There are so many cards that could work for many different situations, so if you have some cards that are all ready to go besides the sentiment you can add something quickly and be ready to send it out!
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I decided to make another entry for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge–Anything Goes! It is fun to just create whatever I want sometimes and I figured I would take advantage of this week’s theme.
I was in the mood for some coloring so I got out my Penny Black Big Wish Set and colored in this cute little girl. I experimented with watercolor pencils (Regular Derwent and Inktense) and some Distress Markers. I found that making sure the image was dry before I added dimension helped keep it from looking muddy. She is such a sweet girl! I added a bit of Wink of Stella to her dress and some glossy accents to the dots on the cake and the flames. I used the sponge applicators that I used on my last card to add some Milled Lavender distress ink to the background of the birthday girl.
I used a pre-made square kraft note card from Paper Studio. I cut out a square pink foil cardstock and embossed with a dot pattern. I also cut out the little girl with Banner die from Lawn Fawn. I accidentally cut off part of the banner so I just cut off a bit more and put it on the card like I mean to do that! Most mistakes can be rescued.
I cut out a flower shape from my Sizzix die and then embossed it with Metallic sparkle WOW embossing powder. I tied a bow with the ribbon and attached the pink foil paper embellishment with some foam dots.
I added the “Oh Happy Day!” sentiment from Stampabilities and embossed it with some American Crafts Copper embossing powder.
I love this card and hope you are inspired to find some flashy cardstock to add to your cards!
I am going to submit this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge–Anything Goes as well!
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I couldn’t resist another attempt at the cute Penny Black kitty stamp. I don’t have a supplies picture this time but I did use a Paper Source note card ( from Michael’s), We R Memory Keepers washi tape ( from Costco), twine ( from the garden section at Walmart), and the birthday sentiment is from the Avery Elle Cake And Wishes Stamp set. The sentiment was stamped on the circle I punched out for my previous card. I added some glossy accents and some Wink of Stella to the kitty’s party hat. I used Hero arts soft granite and tide pool shadow inks for the sentiment.
I used my Cricut for the “best wishes”. This card was easy to create and it would be easy to replicate.
I am joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge…Spots and Dots.
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I had another bit of inspiration for the Virignia’s View Challenge featuring Die cuts!
I colored in this adorable kitty from the Penny Black Big Wish Stamp Set a few days ago with my Derwent Watercolour pencils and was thinking of a way to make him into a card. I added some Glossy Accents to his party hat to make it appear shiny. I also added a little Wink of Stella to the kitty to make him sparkle. I have found that there seems to always be a reason to use a little Wink of Stella.
I have an 8-year-old daughter and it is always wise to have a few kiddo birthday cards ready to go for birthday party invites.
I forgot to add the Sizzix Circle Framelit dies that I used to cut the circles with my Big Shot in the Materials picture! Opps!
I started by die cutting a circle into a square pre made notecard from Michael’s. I added some SEI patterned paper on the inside and attached my birthday kitty on some foam tape so it would pop up out of the circle. I played on a black and turquoise theme for this one. I love that color combo and the cute kitty and bright turquoise work great to offset the small splashes of black that I have so it keeps it looking like a kid’s card. Although I could see this as a cute woman’s card too actually.
I kept this pretty simple by adding some sequins (found at Hobby Lobby) and a simple sentiment from the Chit Chat Paper Smooches Stamp Set. I used a border stamp from my Stampabilities Mixed Border Stamp Set(another Hobby Lobby find). I embossed the sentiment with American Crafts Zing Black Embossing Powder. I added some Sakura Black Micron 005 Marker to the outline of the sentiment and border because for some reason I didn’t get a crisp enough outline like I wanted. I am wondering if I might need some more Versamark.
I spaced out my sequins to make sure they looked good to my eye and then I one by one glued them down with some Ranger Multi Medium Matte.
I love this sweet little cat and I can see myself using this stamp over and over again. This card would be easy to reproduce but yet is still so cute!
I am entering this into the Virginia’s View Challenge–Die cuts! I am loving Die cuts right now, so this challenge has been great inspiration.
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I just can’t get enough of this adorable Lawn Fawn Love you S’more Stamp set and die set. I created another birthday card in preparation of a bunch of summer birthdays we have in my family.
I started with some Strathmore 300 series watercolor paper. I used faded jeans, chipped sapphire, and peeled paint Distress Inks to create my background. I started with chipped sapphire at the tope, faded jeans for the middle and peeled paint for the bottom. I sprayed it with water numerous times and then placed my watercolor paper into it. I dried it with my heat gun, and layered more color onto my craft sheet with my ink pads and did another layer of color. I had trimmed my watercolor paper down to fit onto my A2 notecard. I trimmed it so that a small border would be around the notecard.
I then stamped my images onto the same watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx black ink, and used my Derwent Watercolour Pencils to color it in. I shaded the animals so the color would be lighter towards the camp fire, since that would be how they would like in real life…assuming animals could roast s’mores over a camp fire. 🙂 The Derwent pencils have a very creamy texture and color. A little pencil goes a long way, so there are portions that I did not even sketch in any color and only used my paintbrush to create a light color. A light hand with the color is definitely a key tip to getting more subtle variations in color.
QUICK TIP: Sally Beauty Supply Stores have great papercrafting supplies. I got my squirt bottle there for super cheap, they have cute decorations for nails that could easily be used for cards, and they have nail files, buffers that can be used to distress items. If you sign up for their saver card you get coupons in the mail. Of course, their selection of nail polish makes your shopping trip a double win!
I used the coordinating dies and cut them out with my Big Shot machine. I then started to attach my images. I cut out some trees in black cardstock and made some hills with black ink and the hill stamp that comes in the set. I wanted a night time scene so the trees are black to represent more of a shadow. I embossed the stars with White sparkle Recollections embossing powder to add some dimension as well. The sentiment is embossed with black American Crafts embossing powder. I used glossy accents on the flames to make them stand out and I really like the effect it made.
I am really happy with the way this turned out. I am still perfecting my coloring and shading techniques….so more practice makes progress!
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