Vintage and Modern Card Ideas with the Same Stamp!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you two very different cards using stamps from my Budding Spring Stamp set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Both of the cards also feature peg stamps!

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The first card involves scene building, masking and watercoloring with ink pads to create a storybook like scene.

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The next card is quick and modern for those times when you want a cheerful card in a flash!

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Watch the tutorial to see how I made them:

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Supplies:

*Here is the glue I use to mount my unmounted stamps, a bottle lasts for years and you can squeeze drops onto a non stick surface, let it dry and make your own glue dots too!

Other Supplies:

Directions:
1. Stamp the main images in scene masking if needed.
2. Press ink pads to tile to create your watercolor palette.
3. Wet the background and pick up ink with the waterbrush and add it to the wet background.
4. After the background is dry you can color the other elements.
5. Fill in the scene with peg stamps masking if needed. You can also spatter on ink to give an impressionistic look to the landscape.

I hope you try these fun ideas on your next card! Happy crafting!

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!

Get Out Your Watercolors!

Let’s Paint! I love watercolors, the splashy vibrant color and the immediacy of creation is what hooks me every time. Unlike oils or acrylics they are always ready to go when I am! This painting is done in watercolor but I applied the paint in different ways: painting, spraying, stenciling and spattering. I love the texture and interest these different methods give the piece.

Cyclamen Watercolor Painting Copyright 2012 Lindsay Weirich

I really believe that anyone can paint, you just need to give it a go! If you don’t think you can draw well enough you can print out a digital stamp (there are lots of great ones that would be perfect for watercoloring in my Fancy Flowers set) and transfer it to your painting surface with graphite paper. I almost always draw it on a scrap first and then trace it so I know I have the drawing again if I mess up or if I want the pattern to use in a class. I mixed watercolor in a spray bottle with water to use with my stencils and I also sponged on some thicker watercolor. Normally I do not use white watercolor but in this case I did to mimic the velvety soft petals in the flowers and for the polka-dot stencil. As a final touch I added some stamping. No rules, just paint! Just remember, it’s only a piece of paper!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Sock Monkey Birthday Card!

I love to make cards for kids and one of my go-to stamp sets for making a quick kid card (say that 3 times fast!) is the Sock Monkey stamp set from Stampin up.

 

Isn’t he cute? The trick to making it quick and easy is watercoloring. And I mean easy, I just slap on the paint and I do not worry about staying in the lines because I will cut it out. To show you how sloppy I am here is a look at the banners I stamped and painted for the card. This awesome set is from the Banner Set (Small) clear stamp set from Pink Persimmon, I add these cute little banners to EVERYTHING!

 

Neatness does not count if you are going to cut it out! Save time and have fun and paint OUTSIDE the lines! Yes, you are a REBEL! Be proud 😉

Here is a straight-on view of the card. I am trying something new and photographing my cards made on white cardstock against black, what do you think? I can never tell what looks better 😉 also I have to point out that the layout and paper I chose was a happy accident, I took the few scraps left over from a scrapbook page, matted them on white and pieced them together. Actually I had the background done and sitting on my desk ready to go when I started to stamp. Also I punched 3 small 3/8″ circles from green cardstock and embossed the back of them with a stylus on a mouse-pad to make fake eyelets. So really it was mostly scraps here, a card from leftovers, gotta love that! Oh, another great thing about watercolor is that you can use the cheap GP cardstock and it looks as good as any other, not so with markers, so let’s hear a big hurrah for watercolor!

That’s  it for today ant til next time happy crafting!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

I just started watching the show “The Lazy Environmentalist” and it got me to thinking…”Can I be even greener in my crafting?” Here is a card I made with some thick plastic packaging:

Stamps: Stampin Up!, Paper: K&Co., Die Cuts: Cricut

Stamps: Stampin Up!, Paper: K&Co., Die Cuts: Cricut

I used the cute Sock Monkey set from Stampin Up, stamped it with SU! basic black on Georgia Pacific Cardstock and water-colored him, with M Graham co. paints. The paper is by K&co (there are the cutest sock monkey patterns in there!) and I cut all the shapes out with my Cricut and accent Essentials cartridge. Now that’s some Chic Trash! Happy Crafting!

Sweet Slices

Ahhh Summer (at least that;s what they tell me, it’s been raining for 5 days strait!) Nothing says summer to me like cold crisp watermelon and I’m gonna show you a very easy way to paint (yes I said paint, now hold on, don’t freak out I swear it is easy) some realistic slices of the good stuff like I did on this card. I used this weeks sketch at 2 Sketches 4 you for inspiration:

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: Arches, Paper Pizzaz, Basic Grey, Tools: Score Pal, Score Bug, Cricut & SCAL software

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: Arches, Paper Pizzaz, Basic Grey, Tools: Score Pal, Score Bug, Cricut & SCAL software

Have you seen the cute Lori Renn stamps they have over at The Rubber Cafe? They took a bit of getting used to for me because they are rather large but that makes them perfect for scrapbook pages or as a focal work on a card. I hand wrote “let’s get” and stamped “Together” then wrote “for a B-B-Q” I love how it turned out because getting together is the best part of a barbecue IMHO 🙂 I added a little texture buy using a Scor-Bug and Scor-Pal to make my stitching and I cut my Label, knife and fork with my Cricut and SCAL software. Did ya notice that I embossed the edges of my label? Check out yesterday’s post to see how.

Now on to the painting. You will need a sheet of watercolor paper (I’m using Arches 140# cold pressed but use whatever you have, white cardstock will work in a pinch just don’t pre-wet it) a 1″ wide paintbrush, and paint (I used Sap Green and Alizirian Crimson by M Graham & co.), plastic wrap and a jar of water.

step 1. Draw a circle on the paper (mine was about 8″ wide) you can use a compass or just trace a bowl. Wet the paper inside the circle with the brush. Dip one corner of the paintbrush in the green and paint around the edge.

watermelon painting step 1

watermelon painting step 1

Step 2. paint the middle of the circle with juicy red watercolor (the color will dry a shade lighter so don’t be shy with the color) if it starts to run into the green paint use a tissue or paper towel to blot the paper between the colors. Don’t worry if it looks sloppy, it will turn out just fine 🙂 Quickly take a piece of plastic wrap and press it to the red paint and smoosh it so it created interesting patterns and let dry for a couple of hours or over night. The longer you leave it the more dramatic the results will be. I left mine on for a couple of hours.

step 2: press plastic wrap into the wet paint for interesting texture.

step 2: press plastic wrap into the wet paint for interesting texture.

To finish: Cut out the circle and cut it into slices (very easy with a paper trimmer). I used a teardrop punch and black cardstock to make my seeds. I think these would also be cute as place cards or as a pot luck dish marker.

when dry trim the circle and cut into wedges.

when dry trim the circle and cut into wedges.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you try this technique on one of your next craft projects. Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

A “pink” and orange challenge!

Have you heard of the company Pink Persimmon? Well, I saw their stamps for the first time a couple of months ago and fell in love! I really wanted the Little Red Wagon set but it was sold out, well, they were back in stock last weekend and I snagged a set! Here is a card I made with it:

Stamps: Pink Persimmon, Little Red Wagon set, Cardstock: The paper Co, Ribbon: Target, Paint: M Graham

Stamps: Pink Persimmon, Little Red Wagon set, Cardstock: The paper Co, Ribbon: Target, Paint: M Graham

I also got the “Oh Deer”, “Ribbit” and “Polka Dot Mushroom” too and I used stamps from those sets on this card:

Stamps: pink Persimmion

Stamps: pink Persimmion

Crafty Tricks: Use both sides of the clear stamp as I did on the larger mushroom. Put the stamp on the block backwards and stamp it like a shadow stamp, wipe off the stamp and apply it correctly then stamp the outline over it, easy coloring! I cut a wave out of a scrap of paper and used it to mask the “sky” area of the card and blotted a green inkpad on the bottom of the card for grass. I colored the images on both cards with M. Graham Watercolors, another quick tip, if you are trimming your images out there is no need to stay inside the lines when you color, let the paint fly!

If you check out their blog they are having contests all month to celebrate their birthday (1 year!) and if you participate you could win yourself some stamps! Gotta love free stamps!

That’s all for now, It is such a beautiful day today I’m gonna get the kids outside to enjoy it! Till next time Happy Crafting!

Masking how-to

Masking is one of the best tricks a stamper can have up her sleeve. It gives depth, perspective and lets you use your stamps in totally different ways. There is an awesome feature on masking in the May issue of Vamp Stamp News (I just so happen to have never-before-seen work featured in that issue too!) so if you want more techniques be sure to pick up a copy at your local stamp shop (I think Barnes & Nobles carries it too) or subscribe on line before it is sold out! Here is a card I made last night using a positive and negative (mortise) mask:

Wow! that card is bright! Paper: DCWV, Stamps: Stampin Up!

Wow! that card is bright! Paper: DCWV, Stamps: Stampin Up!, Watercolors: M. Graham & Co.

Here is how you do it:

Easy masking step-by-step!

Easy masking step-by-step!

Well, I am off to a 6 year old’s birthday party and the card is for him. I know the kid will be more interested in what is in the present than the card but his mom is a scrapbooker and she always recycles my cards of her scrapbook pages so I always try to make something they both will enjoy and I hope you enjoyed it too. BTW the stamp set I used is by Stampin up, it was a splurge for me (around $30) but worth every penny, it is such a fun easy set to use. To color it I used my M. Graham & Co watercolors on plain cheap Georgia Pacific white cardstock. I love the easy fun look it gives it (plus water-coloring is the quickest coloring method I know) and I love the results! Have a great weekend, It is going to be sunny and near 80 in the northeast!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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