Fun Watercolor Powder Backgrounds & Sourdough Update!

Hi friends! Today we are going to dive into the world of watercolor pigment powders. They have been around for a few years so if you like to keep up with the trends chances are you might have purchased some of these in the past. I hadn’t seen many people using them lately so I thought it would be a good time to take them for a spin again!

Watercolor pigment powders are made by many companies, today I’ll use a variety including Colourcraft’s Brusho, Ken Oliver Color Burst, Magenta’s Nuance Powder, Cosmic Shimmer and Infusions by Paper Artsy. Any of these brands will work for today’s techniques. You can even use fabric dyes but you want the kind that have the mordant (salts or soda ash) separate. I have had good luck with Tye-Dye kits but bad luck with Rit as it has the salt crystals in it and it keeps the color from reacting as intensely. I prefer the powders that use multiple colors like the Paper Artsy Infusions do but you might like others. There are a lot to choose from!

I made more backgrounds than I did cards but that’s OK, they will keep. I cut all my paper to layering size (4″x5 1/4″) prior to working so when dry they will go into my paper storage, You might remember a couple of weeks ago I cut all my scraps down made lots of serendipity papers in that size. I’m telling you, cutting down my scraps was the best thing I ever did for cardmaking, I can make a card in no time now and the bins of paper are so inspiring to look at!

So, are you ready to get inky? A few tips before you begin:

  • Cover your workspace with plastic or a craft mat that will wipe clean. This will stain.
  • Wear gloves or be prepared to have multi colored hands for a day or two.
  • Pre cut all paper prior to beginning, Watercolor paper or bristol works the best with the watercolor powder but any thick white paper will also work, expectantly with the texture paste technique.
  • Create a space for the paper to dry, these will take a few hours to try so I usually do a project like this at the end of the day and leave them over night.
  • These powders are really fine and can easily be airborne so you might want to wear a mask (and nowadays we all seem to have them!

Video!

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Supplies:

I think projects like this are perfect when you have a couple of hours but you don’t really know what you want to do but you still want to be creative. There is no pressure for perfection and you are making so many little backgrounds that if you have a couple of duds it’s no big deal. It’s only a piece of paper! You could even stamp, stencil or gel print on any dud so there doesn’t have to be any waste. What was your favorite technique?

Sourdough Bread Update!

I made my first sourdough loaf yesterday and it was a hit! I used a King Arthur Flour sourdough bread machine recipe on the longer rising French bread setting and it was good but didn’t rise as much as it should have. I am experimenting today with the beginner sourdough loaf recipe from TheKitchn because that is where I got the starter recipe from and since it makes 2 loaves I am going to do one loaf (in a loaf pan) risen slowly overnight in the fridge and the other as a round artisan loaf (because I only own one loaf pan LOL!) risen at room temperature so I can serve it with dinner tonight. Both of those recipes require a small amount of baking yeast so it’s not a 100% true sourdough but my starter is only a week old and I am new at this so I am giving myself a break. I must say I enjoyed the crusty heel slice of yesterday’s bread toasted with Margarine today much more than the slice I had yesterday. The kids were disappointed that it was gone! I don’t think I am going to have a problem with discard starter in this family the way they like to eat bread around here! Anyway, that’s what’s going on in my neck of the woods:)

Happy crafting!

Quarantine Card Making: Use what you have!

Hi friends! I don’t know about you but I have really had to push myself to be creative lately. I’ve been feeling down, adrift and out of sorts. It’s hard to get motivated to do anything other than the bare minimum when you feel this way but I’ve found that if I make myself venture down the the frigid basement craft cave and make myself start something I usually end up enjoying the time and working longer than I planned. All you have to do is just start, even when you don’t feel like it.

I know this must sound incredibly entitled and silly that I have to push myself to do something I enjoy. I must sound incredibly spoiled to anyone who is essential and still working outside of the home. In fact, I think that’s part of it. I actually feel a bit guilty that I get to work from home. My work feels very frivolous during this time. I’m struggling. First world problems, I know. If you are feeling like this you are not alone. Art and craft is not like food, shelter and healthcare, it’s not life sustaining but it can be soul sustaining and if you can share a smile with a friend you can’t visit in person I think it’s worthwhile. I sent one of these cards to a friend who is a nurse. We all have a part to play during these weird times. So, even though you might not feel terribly inspired right now pull out some old supplies and make something that will make someone else’s day a bit brighter. That seems pretty worthwhile to me. Watch the video to see how I made these.

Supplies (Affiliate links may be used)

  • I used layered stamps from The Ton
  • I used my old letterpress platform to line up my stamps in a similar fashion that you would use a MISTI. I think it worked just as well as a stamping platform and I already had it!
  • I use a variety of inks from Gina K and Memento. *The smaller pads give greater variety without taking up a bunch of space For the background, I used water-reactive ink such as Distress ink.
  • To seal the postcards with the inky background I used wax, the kind you would wax furniture with.*any wax will work toprotect postcards. This is not needed if you are going to mail them in an envelope.
  • Ink brushes
  • I also used a Stampin up roller stamps and a tattered angles background stamp.

The purpose of this card is to show you that you can make do and re purpose supplies to use them in more versatile ways. Which version did you like better, with the colorful background or without? I ended up turning these into regular greeting cards by mounting them on folded cardstock. I never quite know where a card making journey will take me. LOL! Happy crafting!

Scrappy Happy Hour Replay

Hi friends! It’s spring (or so I’ve heard, the days just blur together lately) so I thought I’d share of our lovely spring weather. This white stuff knocked out the power to most of the state last night.

We just got power and internet back so I wanted to hop on and share a replay of yesterdays live-stream.

This is the left side of the double page layout.
This is the right side of the 2 page spread.

We made 2 scrapbook pages and 4 cards.

It was fun to chat and visit. This might be a nice friendly video to have on in the background as you craft.

I used a variety of supplies here. It’s really more about using what you have that will work than having exactly what I have. Many of my supplies are older and discontinued. I’ll try and list out the supplies you can find now tho. If available, affiliate links used.

That’s all for today! I had a pretty lazy day with the internet down, I sewed my first cloth face mask because they are saying we should wear them in public now. I haven’t been to the grocery store in 3 weeks and I don’t want to be shamed for not wearing one if I have to venture out for food tomorrow. Jason went last week and said only a few people had masks on but I bet most do now. I must finish this blog post and check out student work from my online classes as I was unable to check in today due to no internet, thanks for being patient (I have awesome students!) Oh and if you want to join any of my online classes you can use the coupon code: NOFOOLING to get 50% off for the month of April so you can learn some new skills while you are safe at home. Just click “add coupon” on the checkout page and enter the coupon code to get the deal. All of my courses have lifetime access for one low price, except Critique Club which is a monthly membership group. Have a nice weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Poppy Friendship Cards!

Hi friends! I made and sent this batch of cheerful cards last week and by now they should all be to the recipients so I can share them with you! I have been missing my friends and family terribly these past 3 weeks in isolation so I sent them cards.

This is a “Use what you have!” card. Use mine as an example and raid your stash for similar products, it’s kinda like cleaning the fridge or making chili for dinner. It will be more special because it is personal! Let’s create!

Supplies (Affilate links used)

I hope you are getting crafty today! Happy crafting!

Vintage Fashion Ladies Card!

I just bought this sweet set of Inkadinkado stamps of vintage Simplicity pattern fashion ladies and I couldn’t wait to use them on a card! I picked up this set of Inkadinkado stamps at my local big box craft store. They are silicone so I will show you how I condition them to get a better image.

The markers I am using are by Bianyo. The 72 classic markers have a bullet and chisel tip and are great for coloring small stamped images like I did today. There will be a lightning deal on them on Amazon on Wednesday, Feb 5th (3:55-9:55am PST, – 6:55am-12:55pm EST) taking the price from $39.99 down to $30.99. You can find the product here. *Information on this deal and pricing was provided by Bianyo, the sponsor of this video. Offer ends at 12:55pm EST or 9:55am PST or until stock runs out.

Supplies (affiliate links used)

This card was so fun and I love the way it turned out. I hope this video gives you the courage to try alcohol markers. They are so fun and the set I used today is an affordable way to get started. I have had my set for a year and none have dried out. I recommend storing them in the carry case with the case on it side so both marker ends are evenly inked. I recommend that for all dual tipped markers actually:) If you already have markers than use them! Happy crafting!

I get this stamp LOL!

Hi friends! Once upon a time I used to be a night owl…

…but not lately! I thought the sentiment in this stamp set was so fun and fitting for me. How about you, are you an owl or a lark? Or maybe a bear?

No matter what kind of animal you are I’ll show you how to make these two cards in today’s video!

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Supplies (Sponsored & Affiliate Links Used)

Well, it’s after 9pm as I type this and I’m about to turn into a pumpkin, see you tomorrow and til next time Happy crafting!

Another free printable card kit!

Hi friends! The last free printable card kit I posted with Craftsuprint was so fun we decided to do another one! Today we will make this fast, fun and free Christmas handbag card using a free template from sponsor CraftsUPrint. You can download it for free here. Please share this link with all your frugal craft buddies and craft facebook groups. Craftsuprint wants you to tell as many people as you can about this stunning Christmas freebie.
*You do not need to create an account or sign up for anything to download the printable template. They are happy to print out the template for free and mail it to you but they do charge a shipping and handling charge up to $4.80 to post it anywhere in the world and they also include a $4 craft gift in printed requests to offset the shipping cost.

These cards are beautiful and very easy to make so print out a few extra and you can make a bunch at once and be ready for the holidays early!

Supplies:

  • Printed templates (see links above)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Foam tape
  • Wet (or hot) glue
  • Any other embellishments you want to add!

Watch the video for directions or refer to the step by step instructions included in the kit. If you liked this project you may also like these other handmade purse cards designed by Sandie Burchell or any of the other printables available at CraftsUprint, they have something for every occasion and every level of crafter! Big thanks to Craftsuprint for sharing the beautiful freebie and thanks to you for crafting with me today! Happy crafting!

Simple Sushi Cards!

Hi friends! Today I want to share the cards I made for my teen twin daughters birthday last week.

This is a pretty simple video, you probably know all of this stuff but if you want to visit for a bit and see how it went together here is the video!

*Note: Affiliate links to Hallmark Scrapbook are used. They have the lowest prices on popular stamps, check there first if you are looking for something, plus the owner is super nice!

Supplies:

Something that I wanted to mention about is that you do not have to make a card all at once. There is no race. You can stamp out a bunch of images and then color them as you want. You can get a lot done in 10 or 15 minutes while you are waiting for an appointment. Or maybe you are having a “lazy day” and you just want to cozy up on the couch and watch Netflix, well, grab your markers and color too! I love lazy days! You can save all of your colored images in an envelope and then knock out a bunch of cards all at once. This is really good if you send Christmas cards because you can pick away at the time consuming coloring at your leisure and ENJOY it rather than feeling rushed at the last minute. It’s something to think about anyway:) Happy crafting!

Get Your Craft On With This Free Printable Card Kit!

Hi friends! You are probably not thinking about Christmas Cards yet but with the heat we have been having it is kinda nice to chill out in my cool craft room and create some! Plus it’s nice to have a few done ahead of time because it gets really busy once the holiday’s roll around!

This video is sponsored by craftsUprint! Snag the free printables for today’s project video here.
*Note, you can download this kit for free. You can also get a free printed version of the 7-page template at the link above. A $4.80 postage & handling fee will apply and they ship worldwide. The printed version will also come with a craft gift worth $4. If you have trouble downloading you can contact CraftsUprint support here.

Supplies:

  • Free craft printable available here
  • Adhesive (strong double-stick tape, foam tape, and glue stick)
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder, stylus or butter knife for scoring

If you enjoyed this tutorial please check out the other On the Shelf cards and other printables CraftsUprint has to offer. These affordable templates are fun, unique and are sure to brighten someone’s day! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Project to Practice your Ink Blending!

Hi Friends! This birthday card is fun to make with limited supplies! It comes with an interior pocket that holds a bookmark/tag and would also be handy to hold a gift card! This card can be reused too.

Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Make an A2 size card and tape it to your workspace. 
  2. Cut a curved line out of a scrap piece of thin paper and cover the bottom half of your card. Cut a circle from a post it note and place in on the paper overlapping the mask.
  3. Use a straight edge of paper as a mask to ink sunbeams protruding from the masked circle in orange ink. Then repeat from the other direction using a different shade of orange or red. Add yellow over it all if desired.
  4. Remove the mask and place the other half of the curvy mask over the sun/sky area and ink the grassy area with shades of green ink.
  5. Stamp the pigs on the hill in black and the roosters towards the bottom. Stamp grass in green and black on the bottom edge and ink around the edges in black.
  6. Remove the tape and add banner to card with foam tape and add enamel dots. 
  7. Use a scrap of paper to make the inside pocket of the card and decorate a tag to go in it. Use the tag for writing so the card can be reused by the recipient!

Feel free to use whatever ink blending tools you like to make this project! The more you practice the better you will get and the more professional your cards will look! Happy crafting!

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