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My watercolor tips and tricks for beginners Part 1

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If you are new to drawing  or are intimidated by the idea of a blank space waiting to be filled use a stamp to help you. I used Papertrey ink’ s violets stamp.

Tip #2

I used distress inks to stamp my images on my watercolor paper so that it wouldn’t leave a harsh line. I used dusty concord for the flowers and peeled paint for the leaves. I liked that effect of the outline becoming g part of the painting.

Tip #3

Plan your stamping images out ahead of time. I used a scrap piece of white paper and planned where my images were going to go, so that I didn’t  waste watercolor paper.

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I really liked Strathmore watercolor paper. It holds water well. It is inexpensive, but still provides a nice look, especially when  you are just string out like me.

Tip #5

I think the most important thing to have is good brushes. They don’t necessarily have to be super expensive, but  a good brush can really help. The two blue winsor  and newton brushes are the ones I used for this painting. I think the best thing is to try out a few different styles of brushes and see what you like.

Tip #6

I used M. Graham & Co. Paints but there are tons of beautiful watercolor options that work really well for a beginner. I also recommend  a pallette that has lots of wells, so you can mix colors. Watercolor is nice because you can leave your paints on the pallette and just reactivate them with water. This really cuts down on waste if you don’t use the pan style paints. I bought this one at Dick Blick.

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Tip #7

Tape you piece down. As you paint your paper will curl and that will affect how the water moves and pools on the paper. I use painter tape and bought an inexpensive foam display board from Michaels. I cut it into slightly larger pieces than my paper so that I had room to tape it down. It provides a stable hard place for me to paint and it is lightweight so I can move it around easily. I like that I can get a large sheet and work on multiple projects by custom cutting it up for what I need.

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I’ll continue my tips for the painting process in a new post. I am no expert ,but figured since I am a beginner some of you might have the same questions.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

 

Witchy Halloween card–Distress Ink

9.2014witchWell, I am starting to feel a bit ready for fall. I do love Halloween and although I don’t really send out Halloween cards I may have to rethink that because this sweet witch stamp is too cute not share!

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I stamped the witch with Ranger Archival Ink on some Strathmore watercolor paper.  I really like this paper. It is a good value and gives great results.  I then used my Distress Inks and Distress Markers to color her. I used Black Soot and Seedless Preserves on her dress and hat. I used Peeled Paint and Seedless Preserves on the stripes on her hat, dress, and stockings.  I used Spiced Marmalade for the pumpkins. I just layered the color to add some shading and darker colors. I ended up using my heat gun to dry things so I could keep going.  I used Crushed Olive for her hair and added some white dot detail using my Gelly Roll pen. I couldn’t resist adding some Wink of Stell to her dress and hat for a little sparkle.

I love how she turned out.

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I then used some purple cardstock (from the multi-color packs from Michaels) behind my image and for the “Trick or Treat” sentiment. The Trick or Treat sentiment is from an old Stampin’ Up set. A similar sentiment would not be hard to find.  I embossed the Trick or Treat sentiment with Wow Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing powder.  and cut out with my Fiskars circle punch.  I added some white dot detail with Gelly Roll pen too.  I used foam tape to pop the image off the notecard. I finally added some Paper Studio Baker’s Twine for a bit more detail. I sometimes find it hard to stop myself and didn’t want the card to be too busy. I think I prefer a more clean and simple design. I am not as good at the shabby chic look.

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Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you enjoyed, and I would love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments!

—Lisa

 

Watercolor Hello Card

8.2014flowerhelloIt is nice to have some general cards on hand that could be used for birthdays, thank yous, or just  thinking of you cards. I am going to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challlenge—Anything Goes!

I started with the idea of wanting a soft watercolor flower look. I used my Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint Distress Markers to color in the flower image (from Doodlebug). I then stamped the image onto Strathmore watercolor paper and it left a soft imprint with some blank spaces. I then took my paint brush and added some water and scribbled a bit of each color on my craft sheet to lightly fill in some of the image, but being careful to leave some white space. I think that is the biggest challenge for me when it comes to watercolor is embracing the white space!  I think it is the leftover childhood refrain of color everything in that still rings in my head.  With watercolors, though the white space it what makes the creation.

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I added some white dots (ala Nichol Magouirk) on the leaves for some interest. I glued a purple sequin into the center of each flower since this stamp and die cut it leaves that area perfectly blank.

I dry embossed the image on some tan cardstock with the Cricut Cuttlebug Birds and swirls embossing folder.  Opps!  I forgot to include it in my supply shot!

I added a sentiment from the Paper Smooches Chit Chat Stamp set with the banner die from the same Doodlebug set. I used vellum for the sentiment. The vellum added some more softness that went well with the softness of the watercolor. I embossed the sentiment with American Crafts Copper Embossing Powder. I just bought this and I LOVE it. The copper color is really great.  I used foam dots to pop the flowers  up off the card a bit and glued the sentiment down carefully by adding some Ranger Multi Medium Matte so it would not show.

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I tied some purple bakers twine from Paper Studio around the tan embossed piece and adhered it to my notecard. Before I attached the notecard, however, I added little white dots with my Gelly Roll white marker to break up all that tan and tie back into the dots on the flowers. I used some Hero Arts Lime Green Shadow Ink to make an outline on my notecard to break up the more  neutral palette of this card.  Finally,  I added some white lines around the lime green edge of the notecard.

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Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Kitty Happy Birthday

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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!

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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!

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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.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Little Girl Birthday Card

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I started with this cute little birthday girl from the Penny Black Big Wish stamp set.  I bought it so I could practice my coloring techniques. I used watercolor pencil (Derwent Inktense and regular Watercolor) and a little Sakura Micron Pen (for her bows) to color her in. I usually use a Tim Holtz waterbrush, but decided to break out my real watercolor brushes (DaVinci) to try this time.

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I added a bit of Elmer’s White Paint Marker for the dots on her hat and dress. I wasn’t terribly fond of the dots, so I added some tiny bling to the flowers and some glossy accents to the balloon and the dots on her hat.

I embossed some little hearts from another set onto the notecard because it was looking a little plain.  I used Recollections White tinsel embossing powder.  It embossed clear with some glitter.  I embossed the sentiment that also comes with the set,  with some Recollections Purple Detail embossing powder. I used the Sizzix Framelits Flower Dies to create the background behind the little girl. I used the 2nd to largest for the image, and the largest for the two background papers. I used that same foil paper and striped paper I mentioned in other posts from Recollections as well.

It felt like it was missing some more dimension/texture, so I added a washi tape banner. The washi tape is from We R Memory Keepers (bought from Costco) and I had some embroidery floss lying around that I used as the string for the banner. I used a ready-made note card again, and am pretty happy with how this turned out.

I am thrilled to enter this creation into Virginia’s View Challenge.  This week is die cuts!]

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I hope you enjoy ! Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

Watercolor Embossed Birthday Card–SSS Wednesday Challenge

6.2014 SS CA challenge2I started this card as an entry into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and I wanted to use my American Crafts Opaque White Embossing Powder to create a watercolor floral image.

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20140628_131742 I love the look of white on kraft cardstock, and my Derwent Inktense Pencils give a rich vibrant color that really stands out.  I stamped the flowers from the My Favorite Things Sweet Roses stamp set.  For the coloring I used VERY little water because I wanted the color to be truly intense. I used two pencils close in color for each flower. So, the shading is subtle. I figured the pencils are pretty vibrant all their own and I wanted each flower to be a bit more monochromatic.

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20140628_114402I cut out two hearts using my Sizzix heart dies on a page of foil paper I found clearanced out at Michael’s. Gotta love a good deal! I used foam dots to adhere the hearts to add some dimension. I added the “Happy Birthday” using my Cricut ( 1 3/4″  Classic Cricut Font). I adhered the “Happy Birthday” with some Ranger Multi Medium Matte, and added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the sentiment. I tied a bow with some berry colored ribbon from Michael’s. I used glue dots on the ribbon to keep it in place and cut a slit on the fold of the card to insert the ribbon through the back. I used more glue dots to keep the ribbon in place in the back. I made sure the ribbon was cut long enough so that it overlapped in the back for a more finished look. I think the bright colors really stand out nice from the more plain kraft cardstock.

QUICK TIP:  Practice your coloring first on a scrap piece of paper to make sure your color combos are what you want them to be before you commit them to your final project.

6.2014 SS CA challenge2Summer makes me think of bright colors and you can let your imagination run wild. Experiment with some bright colors today!

–Lisa

 

 

Thanks card

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These cards are easy and fun to make.  The great thing is that they can be easily reproduced. You could make them for a teacher’s gift or keep a bunch on hand when you need a sweet personalized thanks!  I used Inktense watercolor pencils to color in this cute stamp from Penny Black.

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The notecards are from Paper Studio, and the bows are pre-made ones from Jo-Ann Fabrics. I cut down the original image and mounted it onto some black cardstock. The “Thanks” stickers are form Provo Craft and I have a ton of these laying around, so it is a good way to use my stash.  I used foam squares to attach it to the notecard for some dimensional interest. I then added some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to the basket and Glossy Accents to the apples for dimension and shine.  This is a great place to practice your watercolor technique since the image is simple and big enough to try out different shading techniques and color combos.

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Hope you these little guys brightened your Monday!

–Lisa

 

 

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers Watercolor Card

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I have been in love with watercolor effects lately. They have such an elegant lovely look to them. For this card I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink markers. I used the brush tip abd scribbled Worn Lipstick, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, and Pine Needles on my Ranger craft sheet. I spritzed the craft sheet with some water and then laid my watercolor paper into the pools of watercolor ink.

I waited for the watercolor paper to dry and then I stamped my Her Arts flower image onto the watercolor paper with Versamark Ink in frost.

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I enbossed the image with Hero Arts white embossing powder. At first my watercolor image was a bit muted against the white embossed flower image, so I decided to add some more color. I used the same color markers and the same technique of scribbling on the craft paper, adding a bit of water and then pressing the image into the watercolor pools of ink. I was careful not to spread it around too much so that it wouldn’t create a muddy effect. It really is just trial and error to get the look that you want for your card.

I used a piece of Bazzill 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock and cut it in half for the card base (4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″). After I scored the card I scored lines down the entire card for a raised embossed look to add dimension to the card.

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I added bling and a birthday wishes greeting to finish it off. I got the stamp at the dollar section at Michaels. I wanted the watercolor image to speak for itself so I only inked the greeting part of the stamp with Versamark Black Onyx Ink. The bling I bought at Michael’s too when it was on sale. It is their Recollections store brand.

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I adhered the water color image onto a scrap piece of black cardstock (also from Michael’s) then added foam tape to the back of the water color image to have it pop off the card with more dimension.

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This card is a lovely way to bring spring into your cards!

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Here are the supplies I used. If you have any questions on what I used, please leave a comment.

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Have fun creating a little Spring for your cards!

 

Princess Card

princess xardPicsArt_1395602929033I have a certain princess who will be turning 8 soon and while I have been making cards for other people for years, I very rarely make a home-made card for my own family. I want it to be just right for them so I often get stuck by trying to make it perfect. This year my girls begged me to make THEM cards for their birthdays, so I figured I needed to get over my creative block and just do it.

I used a card base from Michael’s.  It was just one of their 5X7 notecards. I had some heart patterned paper from Michael’s as well.  I used the Hero Arts “Magical Castle” Stamp set, and I really like the images in this set.  They stamp nice and clear.

I used Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder and Versamark Ink to stamp and emboss the images before I colored them in.  I used Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils (http://www.pencils.co.uk/product.aspx?mid=718) to color in the image. I used pink and green scraps to cut out the heart and scalloped edge.  I had a small $1 punch from Michael’s and the scalloped edge is from an old decorative scissors that I haven’t used in ages.

My inspiration came from the Hero Arts website: http://shop.heroarts.com/p/magical-castle