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Watercolor Poinsettia

I usually procrastinate in making Christmas cards in a timely manner, but my friend Barb challenged an online group of us to make a card with a poinsettia and I thought I should join in! I was sort of surprised that with all of the stamps I own, this set is the only one I found that had poinsettias, and it had two different ones.

Supplies used:

~ Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection – Yuletide Gatherings CMS390 (poinsettia) and Modern Christmas CMS388 (sentiment)

~ Authentique Magical Collection – Magical Five

~ Karin Brushmarker Pro markers

~ Metallic gold watercolor and gold twine

I have been wanting to test out the Karin Brushmarkers direct to the rubber stamp and this one was a great candidate. These markers are great for watercolor and have a brush tip, so they are perfect for applying color to a rubber stamp. For this one, I didn’t spritz the stamp with water before or after, and the image came out very nice and crisp. I was able to get three more impressions after this by adding water to the stamp. Here is how they looked:

So depending on the look you’d like to achieve, you can get a lot of impressions from one ink application, which is potentially a big time saver. As a result of this experiment, I have several images to work with for more cards. Always a plus!

Thanks for visiting today.

Challenges:

Christmas Flowers (November) – Moving Along with the Times Blog

Challenge #83 – Anything Christmas Goes – The Holly and Ivy Christmas


Wheeee!

These little mouse is so cute, trying to stay aloft among the balloons!

  • Stamps and Dies – Lawn Fawn – Really High Five
  • Patterned paper – Lawn Fawn – Yellow Brick Road
  • Enamel Dots – Hero Arts – Hero Hues Aquas
  • Copic markers

I created this card for a class I’m teaching at Runaway Art and Craft Studio in Salem, Oregon. This mouse is so cute and I loved making it the star of this card! It was fun to color the balloons to match the colors on the rainbow stripes of the paper. All of the balloons and the mouse are colored with Copic markers. I cut the rainbow paper in a narrow strip, halved it and adhered it to both sides of the card base. It gave it a really different look. I added the enamel dots by the sentiment, stamped at a jaunty angle, to finish off the card. Thanks for stopping by!

Challenge: Always Fun Challenge #150 – Animals


Holiday Starlight Bear

  • Stamps –
    • Penny Black Starlight
    • Lawn Fawn Ho Ho Holidays (sentiment)
  • Die – Penny Black Chrystal Frames
  • Cardstock
  • White embossing powder
  • Zig Clean Color markers
  • Gold Sparkle Pop pen

I had a lot of fun coloring this adorable Penny Black image, watercoloring it with Zig Clean Color markers and a water brush. I highlighted the stars with a gold metallic Sparkle Pop pen. Once dry, I framed the image with the frame that fits it perfectly. I added the stamped and heat-embossed sentiment at the bottom of the card. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge: Always Fun Challenges #140 – Snowflakes

 


Snow globe greetings

  • Stamp – Lawn Fawn Offset Sayings: Christmas
  • Dies – Lawn Fawn Snow Globe Gift Tag and Mini Snowflakes
  • Patterned papers – Lawn Fawn
    • Peace Joy Love collection: Rudolph
    • Snow Day collection: Chunky Scarf
  • Glitter paper – Lawn Fawn Pixie Dust and Gold Rush
  • Red cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ribbon
  • White embossing powder

I really like this snow globe die set from Lawn Fawn! You can make adorable gift tags with it, but I had fun using the globe as a focal point on this simple card front. For the layout of this card, I used a sketch featured in CAS(E) this Sketch #350 challenge. I combined two small prints on the patterned papers for a little spice and tied a ribbon through the tag to keep it authentic. Thanks for stopping by.

 


Cat in the Box!

  • Stamp and Die – Newton’s Nook “Purr-fect Present”
  • Stencil – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection – Diamond Dot Layering Stencil
  • Embossing Powder – Gina K – Champagne
  • Mini Action Wobbles – Art Impressions
  • Ribbon
  • Glitter Cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Cardstock

I created this following the sketch for this month’s Inky Paws Challenge 111 on the Newton’s Nook blog. I really liked the layout of this sketch so when I saw it I knew I had to make a card! I colored the kitty with Copic markers and heat embossed some green cardstock with gold embossing powder for some elegant pattern. The really fun thing about this is that I attached an Action Wobble to the cat–so he wiggles! See below for a wiggly video! The small things in life make me happy!

I’ll be teaching how to make this card in early December at Runaway Art and Craft Studio, along with two other Christmas cards. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

 


Masked Valentines?

  • Stamps –
    • Newton’s Nook – Raccoon Rascals
    • Lawn Fawn – Happy Happy Happy Add-on
  • Stencil – Newton’s Nook – Tree Rings
  • Dies –
    • Mama Elephant – Heart Border
    • Elizabeth Craft Designs – Entwined Hearts
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents and BoBunny
  • Copic Markers
  • Distress Ink – Walnut Stain
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Ribbon – May Arts

This was a fun card to make, partly because of the subject matter (more cute animals!) and also because I pulled out supplies from multiple companies. It is fun to mix it up sometimes. It was way too difficult to resist making a raccoon Valentine for my mom. Many people don’t know this, but she has several friends who are raccoons.

I started by coloring the raccoon image with Copic markers and fussy cutting it. I made the tree stump (slice?) by applying Distress Ink through a stencil and cutting it out, then using it for a backdrop. I assembled the various elements, finishing with the sentiment and tying a ribbon at the top. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge – Shopping Our Stash Challenge 389 – Make Your Mark


Agapanthus Thank You

  • Stamps – Hero Arts – Beautiful Day Agapanthus
  • Cardstock –
    • BoBunny Periwinkle Double-Dot
    • Paper Accents White Glitter
  • Ribbon – May Arts
  • Ranger Distress Oxide Ink – Shaded Lilac
  • Ranger Stickles™ – Diamond
  • Copic markers

I began this card by stamping the lovely Hero Arts Agapanthus onto white cardstock and coloring it with Copic markers. I edged the white cardstock with Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide Ink to subtly repeat the flower color. I created a background using matching BoBunny dotted cardstock and “slats” of white sparkle cardstock, attaching the background to the card base. I popped up the focal image with dimensional adhesive and tied matching ribbon with a sheen at the top of the card. The final touch was adding some sparkle to the flowers with Diamond Stickles™ glitter glue. I like how the colors and sparkle all tie together to make a cohesive card. Thanks for stopping by today.

Challenge: A Blog Named Hero – Crafter’s Choice


Sending Smiles

  • Stamps –
    • PaperArtsy – JOFY 62
    • Hero Arts – CM335 – Hero Greetings Sending Smiles
  • Stencil – PaperArtsy PS130 (Design by JOFY)
  • Acrylic Paints – PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics: Sherbet, Bougainvillea, Vanilla, Antarctic, Glacier Ice
  • Watercolors – Prima Tropicals set
  • Embossing Powder – Stampendous Detail White
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Brad – Lasting Impressions
  • Posca pens (black and white)

I created this mixed media card in phases. First I stamped out the flower stamps onto watercolor paper with Archival ink and added color with some watercolors. Once dry, I colored in areas with black and white Posca pens and added a few doodles of my own. After fussy-cutting the flowers out, I began working on the background. I made a number of gel plate prints using PaperArtsy Fresco paints and the JOFY stencil that matched the flower stamps. I selected one that I made with a small plate that framed the flowers nicely, then doodled around the perimeter and trimmed it out. I layered the flowers together and attached them in the center with a brad. I finished the card by adhering the flower to the background and adding a sentiment that I heat embossed. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge: A Vintage Journey – Put Your Stamp On It Challenge


Today is a new day!

  • Stamp – Art Gone Wild / Catherine Scanlon Designs – Say It
  • Washi tape -Queen & Company
  • Patterned cardstock – BoBunny
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Embossing powder – Stampendous – Detail White

I really like the strong lines in this card design and really had fun interpreting the sketch. The sketch is the current sketch at the Case This Sketch site. I created the bold lines with washi tape using the dotted cardstock as a base. I then heat embossed the sentiment so that it would match the black and white of many of the elements. Very simple, but I was pleased with the outcome. Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge: Case This Sketch #304

 


You’re special to me

  • Dies –
    • Memory Box – Flicker Hearts
    • Spellbinders – Romantic Rectangles
  • Stamp – Technique Tuesday – Dogwood
  • Patterned paper – Prima Marketing / Julie Nutting – Blush
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I’m still embracing creating cards that are different from the Christmas cards that I concentrated on during the last month or two. It is fun to pull out some different supplies! For this I pulled some scraps together and used some pretty dies in my stash to create a simple card. This will be added to the box I’m putting together with cardmaking friends to send to a military unit (for the soldiers to send home to their friends and families). Thanks for stopping by.

By the way, my new friend pictured to the right of my card was a Christmas gift. Is he cute or what?! He is such a good model that he may appear in more upcoming photos! Thanks, Rene’!

Challenge: Your Next Stamp – Fun Friday Challenge #104 Anything Goes