My Secret Trick for Soft Blending with Watercolor Pencils

Hi friends! I was playing with my watercolor pencils a lot this weekend and it occurred to me that you may have never heard of the tool I used to get soft even blending with these pencils. It is a water-based blending marker. My favorites are Stampin Up or Tombow but you can also get them by Dove, Letraset, Marvy LePlume and probably others. It is basically a marker filled with equal parts water and glycerin. One of my viewers even cleaned out an old marker and filled it herself because she could not buy them in her country. Watch this video to see how easy blending watercolor pencils with a clear water-based blending marker is, PLUS frugal card making tips!

Now, just to be clear I prefer this method for coloring stamp art because the images can be kind of small, for drawing and painting freehand I prefer a water brush or a synthetic brush and a bucket of water. Try both methods and see what you prefer. Make sure you use a water based blender because the alcohol ones do not work well for this and they make the colors stain through the back of the paper (not good if you want to make a one layer card.) A water-based blender will set you back about $3 but a good one can be used for years! I hope you found this tutorial useful and you are inspired to try it with your watercolor pencils soon! The Prima Watercolor Pencils I am using are from Hallmark Scrapbook. Happy crafting!

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Rubber Stamp Giveaway & Cardmaking Tutorial!

Hi Friends! Today I will show you how to make a lovely thank you card using the new Year of the Ram stamps from Art Neko. I will share a few techniques including watercoloring, embossing and tips on using new unmounted stamps. So, grab a cuppa and spend 15 minutes in the craft room with me while we make a card!

All you have to do for a chance to win the stamps I used is leave a comment on this blog post. This giveaway is open to everyone in the world!

Supplies:

  • Ram and Heartfelt Thanks stamp from Art Neko
  • Embossing folder
  • Patterned paper (So Sophie/My Minds Eye)
  • Die (Darice)
  • Cardstock (110# Recollections from Micheals)
  • Floral gems
  • Watercolors and brush
  • Hot pressed Watercolor Paper (Fabriano Studio #90)
  • Waterproof black ink (Ranger Archival)
  • Alcohol Markers
  • Adhesive

Follow along with the video for full instructions! Many of you have told me that you prefer the casual “craft with me” videos to the short edited ones so I hope you found this one fun and I hope it was not long and boring to everyone else. 🙂 Good luck in the drawing and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp Winners & a New Tutorial!

Howdy folks! Last week I hosted a giveaway from the generous and fabulous About Art Accents and we had so many people enter the first night, and with it being Christmas ans all, the owner said I could pick two winners! Yay! and (drum-roll please) here they are! Kim Ferguson and Jackie P! Congrats ladies, you have some fabulous surprise stamps coming your way! Be sure to check your email for details! Speaking of great stamps, check out this chickadee stamp from About Art Accents, it is part of the 50 state birds & flowers collection:

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I think though, after the weather we have had in Maine this week I should have given my tree some snow and icy glitter! BTW BIG THANKS to all of the road crews, tree cutters and linemen (and women) who worked tirelessly through the holiday from as far south as Rhode Island to get the power back on in Maine, we would still be in the dark if it wasn’t for you! Sorry about that brief aside, I’m just feeling grateful to have electricity 😀 Anyway, here is the tutorial:

I hope you got enough tips and techniques there to make it worth watching a 20 minute video. Here is a look at the cards close up.

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Tips!

  1. Make an envelope (I use the Kreate-a-lope) and use the scraps to decorate you card!
  2. Speaking of scraps save them in files sorted by color, that way you won’t need to cut into a full sheet of cardstock for paper piecing or when you just need a bit of a color. Plus you get interesting pattern and color combos when scraps mix and mingle!
  3. Speaking of paper piecing, take a look at your punches, what else can you make from the tired old shapes, my notched circle punch became a pine-cone, a balloon can become an Easter egg, dig out the old tools and use them in a new way!
  4. Switch out scissors for a craft knife and ruler, you will be surprise how quickly you can cut smooth banners and even mats, your die cutter will get lonely!
  5. Before you run to the store to buy the latest and greatest think about the tools and supplies you already have and see if you can duplicate it! Creativity is a muscle, use it or lose it! I think we can all enjoy that workout, am I right?

Thanks to About Art Accents for letting me pick two stamp winners this month and thanks to you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Stamping Tips Video & a Stamp Giveaway!

Good morning crafters! It is time for our About Art Accents June stamp giveaway! today I have this pretty crane medallion stamp I used in this card:

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The burlap ribbon I used can be found here at Papermart. The card takes about 10 minutes to make and I decided to film a quick video and share a bunch of stamping tips with you from how to make an embossing pouch (and save yourself $12!), how to store white cardstock for stamping and an easy coloring idea! Have a look:

All you need to do to win the stamps is to leave a comment on this blog post by June 25th 2013, I’ll draw a name on the 26th. That’s it, easy peasy! Good luck, thanks for playing and til next time happy crafting!

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A winner and another resist card!

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is recovering from the long Memorial Day weekend! Last week I had an About Art Accents stamp giveaway and today I can announce the randomly drawn winner: Rita Ruff! Congrats Rita, I have sent you an email so check your spam folder if you have not seen it yet! here is another card made with the resist technique from last week and some of my homemade gelatin print paper:

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I use another stamp From About Art Accents on that card too! Also I scanned some of my favorite gelatin prints and I have packaged them in a printable kit for sale, if you are interested you can find them in my shop.

Gelatin Print Art Papers

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamper’s Mixed Bag {of tricks!}

Happy Monday everyone! I have some awesome news to share, I am on the design team for Lost Coast Designs. I totally fell in love with their stamps at the stamp show last month and I jumped at the chance to design samples for them. Here are 2 cards made with their dressform and rulers background stamps:

 

I used many techniques on these cards, some are refresher and some might be new to you. You can watch me make the card from start to finish in this video:

Here are some close up shots of the cards:

 

Well, I’m off to the beach, looks like another hot day (I’ll take it!) so stay cool and til next time happy crafting!

Another Card with a Doily on it!

I’m making sure I get my money’s worth on that Cheery Lynn doily die I bought at the stamp show last month LOL! Today I snuck down to my craft room while the house was quiet and made this card using the sketch from Oriental Stamp Art:

 

The lantern stamps are from BoBunny and they set was another stamp show purchase, it was a steal of a deal at $3! The card came together quickly because All I had to do was stamp the lanterns on cardstock and then from paper scraps and piece it. All the paper is from a 6×6 My Minds Eye pad. The thank you stamp was one of my first ever stamps I got 12 years ago by PSX. So my tip for today is to mix the old with the new and let your creativity blossom! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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