Easy Stamped Cards With Masking Fluid!

Hi friends! Today I want to share a card idea you can adapt for any occasion:

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Watch the video to see how easy it is!

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Supplies:

Directions:
1. Stir masking fluid. Coat paintbrush with dish soap and dip brush halfway up the bristles in masking fluid.
2. Paint whatever word you like on cardstock. This word will remain white. The masking fluid protects the white of the paper. You can either work directly on a card base or you can trim a piece of cardstock and adhere it to a base later.
3. Select a stamp (I like to pick a different stamp for each letter but you can use as many or as few as you like) and ink pad for your first color. Stamp above a letter then off stamp on the letter without reinking. Keep stamping on the letter until no ink remains on the stamp. Stamp below the letter then off stamp in and around the letter. Repeat this until you have as much color as you like and then do it with your next stamp/ink combo on the next letter until you have completely covered your “word” with ink.
4. If desired use a sponge to fill in any areas with ink.
5. Blot excess ink off the masking fluid word with a paper towel then gently rub the masking fluid off the paper to reveal your clean white word.

Options! If you like you can add outlines or doodling with a pen!

Masking Fluid Tips:
1. Do not let your masking fluid freeze or it will be ruined.
2. Stir masking fluid before use.
3. Always soap up your brush before using masking fluid or it will be ruined (and wash the brush afterwards!)
4. Test the masking fluid on a scrap of cardstock you plan to use to test for compatibility. Paint it on and let it dry, then peel it off. If it peels away clean it is good to use, if it rips the paper find another cardstock to use.
5. Do not use a heat tool or hair dryer to dry masking fluid, it might bake it to the paper permanently.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE: Bee & Blossom Watercolor Tutorial @ 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! Here is what we painted today in the live stream! Remember the live streams occur on Fridays at 12:30pm Eastern Time, hope to see you next week! The archived video is available in the player below:)

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Here is a color study and 5 minute sketch:

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We will sketch it together during the live stream. Remember if you want to chat live with your artsy friends you will want to watch at 12:30pm Eastern time on YouTube but I will record it and you can watch the reply in the player below anytime:)

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I hope to see you at 12:30pm on YouTube for a fun & Free watercolor painting class! Happy crafting!

Loose Watercolor Practice & $10 classes!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun loose watercolor excercise for you!

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Even if you only have 10 minutes to paint today you can do this so grab your paint, paper and brushes and try this fast and loose technique!

In case you like my little portable travel palette I have a tutorial here. I think it would make a cute and thrifty gift:)

Supplies:

  • Qor Watercolor (Magenta, Gamboge, Sap green, Ultramarine) any brand you have is fine:)
  • 90# Aquabee CP watercolor paper, use what you have!
  • Prima waterbrush or a brush and bucket of water is totally fine:)

SALE !!! Most Popular Classes $10 at Craftsy Today Only!

I had to share this amazing deal with you after seeing one of my favorite classes by Anna Mason on sale for $10!

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But there is more than That on sale, Craftsy took the top classes from each crafty gene and put it on special today only! This wonderful digital photography class is normally $59.95 but today it is only $10 just in time to take gorgeous holiday photos.

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Did you buy a Cricut Explore machine on black Friday? Try this class to get more use out of it! It’s $10!

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How about brushing up on your drawing skills? This class with help you draw what you see and it is only $10 until midnight!

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From Quilting to Cookie Decorating you will find an amazing class and any class you buy through my special discount links help keep my daily tutorials free on my blog and YouTube channel. Thanks so much for your kind support (and it also helps the teachers of these classes, sharing is caring!) Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me during this busy holiday season and til next time happy crafting!

Christmas Decorative Painting Project & Brush Giveaway!!! {Acrylic Painting and Free Pattern!}

Hi friends! I had a lot of fun designing this acrylic painting project for you. I thought it would be sweet to paint these motifs on a paper mache mailbox that my friend Kathy gave me last year but you can paint it on any surface you like such as a canvas, slate, cigar box or even a greeting card. Here is what the finished project will look like:

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You can download my free printable template here. I just realized that my scanner can scan something as a PDF so it will print out the correct size for you and hopefully be easier for you to print than a snapshot of a sketch. Today’s video includes step by step instructions for painting this “Letters to Santa” mailbox. Watch the video to see how!

You can win this bundle of brushes, or any set of your choice from our sponsor FABART!  Just let me know in the comments if you want to win the brushes I used or another set from the store. Also you can save 20% on ANY of the brushes or interchangeable knitting needles in the FABART store too by using coupon code: KZCPG9ZE  (Amazon Prime members get free 2 day shipping!) This is a great discount for buying holiday gifts or restocking your own brushes!

Supplies:

Skill level: Beginner
Time Needed: 1-2 hours
Skills learned: color mixing, brush strokes, brush care

Directions:
1. Base coat mailbox and let dry.
2. Cut apart the printable pattern and rub the back with a light-colored chalk. Place the image chalk side down on your surface and trace. This will transfer your design.
3. Using the chalk likes as a guide, paint your image.
4. Paint Santa’s Address on the flag side of the mailbox.
5. Freehand a candy cane stripe on the flag and lip of the front of the box.
6. Load a toothbrush with watery white paint and spatter it all over the mailbox if desired.
7. To protect the paint for years and years follow-up with your favorite water based sealer.

I hope you enjoyed this project and if you know anyone else who would like it please send them my way or share this project using one of the handy social media buttons at the end of this post. Don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a set of brushes or knitting needles, I will draw a name at random in one week! If you plan on ordering these brushes or anything else from the Fabart store be sure to use the coupon KZCPG9ZE for 20% off and the interchangeable brushes are back in stock! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Stamp School: Layered Stenciling! {a USE YOUR STASH project}

Hi friends! Do you ever look at the pile of supplies in your craftroom and feel badly that they are collecting dust? Well today we will put some neglected supplies to use: stencils, Gelatos, gel sticks, watercolor crayons, pastels, distress crayons, ink pads you name it. And don’t even think that you can’t do this project because I am sure you can find something in your stash that will suffice. No excuses:) I had been feeling badly about the small fortune I spent on Distress Crayons (because quite frankly I was not impressed with them and then I felt bad that I wasted my money) but then I thought, well, they are bought and paid for, I might as well see what I CAN do with them and turns out they worked darn well for this technique!

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No more Distress Crayon guilt for me! Do you have any supplies you feel guilty for buying and not using? Let me know in the comments and hopefully today’s video will inspire you to use them!

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Supplies:

  • Stamps from Art Neko: Marine stuff,  Steampunk, Postcard
  • Bristol board or smooth cardstock (cut 4.5″x6″)
  • Stencils
  • Water-soluble crayons or oil pastels (Distress crayons, Gelatos, gel sticks, gel crayons, portfolio water-soluble pastels, Prima water-soluble pastels or watercolor crayons.)
  • Die based ink (Like Distress Ink)
  • Black Pigment ink (Like Versafine Onyx black)
  • Baby wipes
  • Make up sponges (cosmetic wedges)
  • Heat Tool (optional)
  • White gesso or acrylic paint
  • Low tack painters tape or masking tape
  • Cheap aerosol hairspray (I like Aqua Net for this)
  • Most importantly, time to play and have fun!

Directions:
1. Cut cardstock or 9″x12″ Bristol board into quarters. You can stamp postcard info on the back or use this as a card front.
2. Place a big stencil on top of the panel and secure with tape. Sponge ink over the stencil.
3. Ink up some pattern stamps with the same color ink and stamp over stencil, it does not have to be perfect.
4. Add similar color pastels to the openings of the stencil and blend with a baby wipe.
5. Place a smaller stencil on (over the big stencil still in place) and stencil with gesso.
6. Remove stencils and add ink to the panel if desired. You can stencil more with the gesso too if you like!
7. Stamp your focal image with black pigment ink and ink the edges in black.
8. Spray with a fixative or cheap hairspray to seal the postcard.

Remember if you don’t want to use this as a post card or if you mess up the back this makes a pretty card front as well. You can even use this technique on an art journal page! I would love to hear what you think of this project in the comments below and if you liked it please consider sharing it using one of the handy social media buttons at the end of this post. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

3 Minute Watercolor Practice: Loose Cherries

Hi friends! If you have 3 minutes you can paint these cherries!

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Watch the video to learn how!

Learn to let your watercolor paint flow and do what it wants to by creating a water path for it to follow. This is great for beginners and can be done with ANY watercolor paint even in inexpensive paper. Plus this design makes an adorable note-card. This is a fun technique to practice and it will help you relax and get used to what your paints want to do naturally!

Supplies:
M Graham Watercolors (Aliz Crimson, Mauve, Perm yellow light, sap green)
#8 round mimik brush
Jones Palette
Aquabee 90# CP watercolor paper

Did that tutorial get you in the mood for something sweet? Craftsy has all of their Breakfasts, Sweets & Desserts classes on sale for $12.25 today only! Buy purchasing any class via my special discount link you help support the free videos on my blog and YouTube channel and I thank you for your support.🙂

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I think it is a pretty fun sale, I’ll teach you how to paint the sweets and Craftsy will show you how to bake them just in time for holiday entertaining! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How To Scan Your Artwork & Print Cards at Home!

Hi friends! When I painted this cute deer watercolor I mentioned how I planned to scan the painting and turn it into Christmas cards.

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Many of you were interested in scanning your paintings to turn them into cards as well and in today’s video I will show you how!

Keep in mind that if you don’t have a scanner you can take a good straight on shot of your painting with a camera (even camera phones do a great job these days!) and follow the steps after the scan portion of the tutorial.

Tools and Equipment needed:

  • Scanner or camera: I am using an Epson Perfection v19 scanner
  • Image editing software: I am using Paint Shop Pro 12 software but Photoshop, or the free open source software Gimp or (maybe) Picasa can be used. There is also a free app online called ipiccy that will work for laying out your images and basic editing if you need it, it is very easy to use but is not similar to what I show on-screen.
  • Color printer: HP Photosmart D7360 printer (Discontinued but still works great!)
  • Matte photo paper
  • A2 greeting card bulk packs from Micheal’s Craft Stores ($5 a 60 pack last year)
  • ATG adhesive (double-sided tape)

Your process will differ a bit if you are using different equipment but the basic steps are the same:

  1. Scan painting at a quality of 300dpi using the color photo setting or take a high-resolution photo of your painting.
  2. Adjust levels using the curves tool or an intuitive “photo fix” button.
  3. Open a new 8.5″ x 11″ document and copy and past your image in it.
  4. Resize the image so it will fit on 1/4 of the paper. Add text if you wish.
  5. Merge the text to the image but selecting the text layer and choosing merge down then copy and paste that combined image in each quarter of the paper.
  6. Merge all layers and print using the best quality setting and nice quality matte photo paper.
  7. Trim images and adhere to card-bases.

I hope you give this a try, it might take a few minutes to get used to using your photo editing software, there are many options out there and I recommend you use what you have or try the free gimp or ipiccy options before investing in expensive software. If all else fails you can use Windows picture editor to print 4 images on one sheet so don’t despair if your image software is difficult. That is what I mentioned ipiccy, you can upload your image and drag and drop it into cells and print but you do lose some control over what you can do in editing software. The way I learn any new software is to play with it, you are not going to break it:) Good luck & happy crafting!

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