More Watercolors

I have been on a watercoloring kick lately. This is addictive, I tell you! I’ve tried Distress Ink, Gamsai Tambi, Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, Tombow markers, and even my neglected Twinkling H2Os. The Zig CCB Markers were my least favorite.

All of these images were stamped and embossed on Ranger watercolor cardstock. I have several other brands, but the Ranger is bright white and the colors look so much better on it.

This one was colored with Distress Inks – Aged Mahogany and Victorian Velvet for the flowers, and probably Crushed Olive with a little Forest Moss for the leaves. I got brave and flicked a little watered down Aged Mahogany with a paintbrush! I’m always afraid of ruining the whole thing that way, but it worked out this time. Whew!

I love the SSS Antique Gold embossing powder. It gives some pretty shine without being too in-your-face.

Twinkling H2Os on this one. It’s been SO long since I used them, but I will be using them more often, I think. I love the way this turned out, just a subtle shimmer and shine. No Wink of Stella needed. If you still have these, get them out and show them some love – you won’t regret it.
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It’s hard to capture the shimmer in a photograph, but it’s there.

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This one (WPlus9 Dahlia) was colored with Tombow markers that I scribbled on an acrylic block. I used a waterbrush and colored with them the same way as with the Distress Inks and H2Os. The colors are a little softer, but I love the effect. I think I need more colors.

Once again, I used the SSS Antique Gold embossing powder. Love that stuff!

Thanks for stopping by and I’d love to hear what your favorite watercolors are and also your favorite watercolor paper. Just click the Comment button below and let me know.


Watercoloring Success!

At last, a bit of watercoloring I can be happy with. I love these Doodle Buds stamps by WPlus9 and have seen so many gorgeous cards made using them. I was inspired by this card I found on Pinterest and just changed it up a bit.

Maybe this watercolor stuff isn't as hard as I thought :-) I may have used the Zig Clean Color Brush Pens, or it could be Distress Ink, I honestly don't remember. The Distress Inks are much easier to use, though, at least for me. I may break out my Gansai Tambi set someday, once I get a little more comfortable with the whole thing.

Stamps & Dies: WPlus9 Doodle Buds, SSS Sending and Wishing


Birthday Cards

I finally made some cards! It's been a while and I just haven't been able to muster the inspiration after failing miserably at watercolors, but 2 imminent birthdays got me back in the groove. Well, that and an inspiration card here:


I sponged pigment ink over white embossing on a piece of Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock and added a little Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen for some sparkle. The sparkly sequins added a little more bling.

I've also gotten a bit better at watercolors, so there may be more cards posted here soon. Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Stamps: SimonSaysStamp Spring Flowers
Ink: Radiant Neon Electric Yellow, Electric Pink, and Electric Coral, Hero Arts Charcoal (sentiment)
Die: Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday
Lifestyle Crafts Shape 'n Tape
Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins


To The Moon, Alice!

Who remembers that show? Ah, the good old days :-)

I've seen so many of these galaxy backgrounds and I was just fascinated by how cool they look. Some of them seem really involved - 4 or 5 colors, blending till your arms fall off, spritzing and splattering with this and that, etc. I watched the videos (over and over again) and checked out the blog posts, and finally settled on this one from Jennifer McGuire.

It was much easier than I thought, and I love the way they turned out. 

So, I made a birthday card for my sweet (31 year old) baby girl. I cut out the moon using a circle die and added some tiny stars for the shaker bits.

After I put the whole thing together it occurred to me that there are no stars in or on the moon. It's art, just go with it, I said. So I did. She liked it and that's all that matters to me.