I wanted to practice some watercolor techniques so I stamped this cute doggie a bunch of times on Strathmore watercolor paper. I colored them in with distress markers. I used a ruler and a pencil to make equal lines and then just erased the lines after I stamped the dogs. I didn’t want them to be perfectly straight but I just wanted them to be in a general line.
I cut out the stars with my Sizzix dies from sparkly Recollections paper. I stamped the sentiment with an Avery elle stamp set. I embossed it with Wow! metallic platinum sparkle powder.
You can’t help but smile at these party-ready pooches!
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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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I decided to go shaker style on this card! My brother and his wife are expecting their first child (a girl!), in November and I am super excited to be an aunt. So with them in mind, I created this sweet little so happy for you card. You could easily adapt this to a kid birthday card with a different sentiment.
I used the smaller banner die from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners Die set some assorted sequins from Hobby Lobby, baker’s twine from Paper Studio, and the heart and small star stamp from the Lawn Fawn Love you s’more stamp setI had a $1 stamp from Michaels, American Crafts Opaque White Embossing Powder, Recollections purple tinsel and raspberry pearl embossing powders as well. I used an old star punch and the We R Memory Keepers 1/2″ Corner Chomper. The patterned paper came from a clearanced out DCWV mat stack from Target. the notecard was a premade one from Michael’s (Love to stock up with their coupons!). Glitter paper is also from Michael’s.
For the shaker element, I used old acetate from a stamp set that I saved just for this purpose. I cut out two banner shapes with the Lawn fawn set and one from the acetate. I used Tombow Mono Multi glue to adhere the acetate to the top banner. In order to get the window on the top banner, I just used my Xacto and ruler and cut out a frame. I then used thin foam adhesive to line the edges of the banner shape. It is important to get along the whole edge, so your shaker filling stays put.
QUICK TIP: Need an easy cutting surface? I bought a large cutting board and use that for all my Xacto cutting projects.
I used photo squares to attach the shaker element to the card. Since the shaker element stands out quite a bit, I will probably include this in a baby gift package that I will send. That way I don’t have to worry about the postal service tearing up my card.
This card is entered in:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Shake it!
Beyond Grey: Let’s Get Kiddish!
This card is inspired by the awesome Jennifer McGuire and is based on her post: http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2014/05/video-ink-splatter-new-hero-arts-discount-code-giveaway.html
I took some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers and a blending tool to layer on some color to the white cardstock I used.
I think used my Derwent Inktense pencils to splatter on some more color. I love the Inktense pencils because they add a vibrant color to your project. I used a cheapy paint brush to splatter some of the color onto my card stock. I got the paint brush wet first and then rubbed the tip of the paintbrush to the tip of the pencils and then flicked the color onto the cardstock.
QUICK TIP: Use a craft sheet or plastic placemat or some other surface that you can easily clean when you are done. This can definitely make a mess. Also, I recommend doing a few trial runs to figure out the amount of water versus color you want to use. You can always use the trial pieces for other projects.
This is what it looked like when I finished. I used my heat tool to dry the color between applications so the color would not get muddy.
I then used my punch bunch MegaGiant (around 3 inches) circle punch and my Fiskars circle punch (around 2 inches). I didn’t have the exact punches that Jennifer used so I adapted it to the ones I had. I had a star punch that I used but you could easily use any die cut stars you have on hand. I used glitter paper from Recollections ( a Michaels’ brand) but you could use any glitter paper you have on hand.
I cut out the big circle and then cut into the big circle with the smaller one to make a moon shape. You could make the moon as full or crescent as you would like.
For my sentiment I used my computer to print it out. I found fonts that I liked together. I printed out a bunch so I could make multiples of this card.
I simply adhered the elements to a standard size note card and added some yellow bling. I cut the sentiment into a banner shape and adhered the moon and sentiment with double sided adhesive so it popped off the page.
You could have so many different color combinations for this card and it will be unique every time. There are a lot of elements but this was a pretty simple card to put together.