Distress Watercolor Over Embossed Canvas

Hi Everyone!

I made a birthday card for my nephew – and I seem to have trouble making cards that are more masculine. I lean towards using light colors – which typically make my cards look more feminine. I’ve used a lot of different advice from people in this video on how to make cards more masculine (Carissa Wiley), how to store embossing powder (Jennifer McGuire), and how to use a laminated white piece of cardstock to help you see the color you’re picking up with a brush when you do watercolor with distress ink (Kristina Werner) – these ladies are all brilliant! You’ll have to see my video to see what I’m talking about – or you can check out their videos on YouTube :).

Distress Watercolor Canvas 2

I like that the embossed canvas gives this card a lot of texture. I haven’t used distress inks in a while so I thought I would use them as well for this card.

Distress Watercolor Canvas

Here’s my video – I hope you like it. Sorry if I sound tired (it’s pretty late here and I’ve had a rough couple of days with my youngest having a fever that won’t seem to let up).

SUPPLIES:

Distress ink colors: Fired Brick, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers

Not Listed: Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper (Retired Stampin’ Up! Product)


Versamark Ink

Versamark Ink


Basic Black Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock


Night of Navy Cardstock
Night of Navy Cardstock

Recollections 110 lb

Recollections 110 lb


Canson XL Watercolor Paper Pad

Canson XL Watercolor Paper Pad


Big Shot
Big Shot

Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Standard Cutting Pads

SU Hello You Thinlits Dies
SU Hello You Thinlits Dies

LF Stitched Borders

LF Stitched Borders


Simply Simmons Round Brush

Simply Simmons Round Brush


White Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue

Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue


3M Scotch Double-Sided Permanent Foam Tape
3M Scotch Double-Sided Permanent Foam Tape

Crazy About You
Crazy About You

HA Canvas BG

HA Canvas BG

Crazy About You Hearts Stencil Birthday Card

Hello again everyone!

I’m trying to get as much as I can done before we head back to KC this weekend for a wedding. In a week, I’ve taught myself how to code my inventory into html coding for my blog – which includes downloading and cropping images for my entire inventory, uploading the images and retrieving image source urls – all foreign language to me a week ago. I have to thank Darlene Devries for her help and support on this – because I really do feel she’s helping me be a better blogger and crafter. Showing any support and help is so meaningful to me. In my post yesterday, I created an image supplies list for the first time and I feel so fulfilled to see it work.

Anyway – so I made another card today and it was really fun. I’ve been trying to branch out and use more techniques and products. I’ve done two watercolor projects and wanted to do something different today so I don’t bore my readers/viewers. Stampin’ Up! has a few stencils and I have both sets to date. I decided I wanted to use them today to make this bright and beautiful card.

Crazy About You Hearts Stencil Birthday Card

 

I used sponging and heat embossing – which I have not done in a video before – mainly because I felt I really needed to have Stampin’ Up! core products to showcase. I recently got the heat tool and all the acrylic blocks so I was really excited to be able to use these new items in this post.

Crazy About You Hearts Stencil Birthday Card

Crazy About You Hearts Stencil Birthday Card 1

Please see my video for a full tutorial and check out my new supplies list at the end of the post – I’m super excited about it!

SUPPLIES:


Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks
Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks

Whisper White Craft Ink

Whisper White Craft Ink

Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock

Heat Tool
Heat Tool

Melon Mambo Ink

Melon Mambo Ink

Tempting Turquoise Ink

Tempting Turquoise Ink

Wild Wasabi Ink

Wild Wasabi Ink

Wild Wasabi Cardstock
Wild Wasabi Cardstock

Vellum Cardstock
Vellum Cardstock

Paper Snips Scissors
Paper Snips Scissors

Big Shot
Big Shot

Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

Black Embossing Powder
Black Embossing Powder

Hello You Thinlits Dies
Hello You Thinlits Dies

Liquid Multipurpose Glue
Liquid Multipurpose Glue

Borderettes
Borderettes

Crazy About You
Crazy About You

Blended Bloom and Pleasant Poppies

It’s been pretty cold here in Ohio and after 9 days with the kids home, school cancellations and lots of snow, I haven’t had much time to craft during my breaks and lunches like I’m used to. Yesterday, I decided I wanted to play with my Blendabilities Markers from Stampin’ Up! They are alcohol-based markers and are new to this year’s catalog. They come in 3 shades for blending to give added depth to all your coloring! I’ve gotten all the colors and they’ve been sitting there whispering my name…Caly….Caly…..

So, I decided to play and used two stamp sets that I have not yet used to make some SPRING cards – I’m definitely ready for warmer weather!

The first card is made from a background stamp called Pleasant Poppies. I stamped the image on Whisper White card stock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink (you can use a permanent ink too) – but make sure to use an acid-free, water-based ink so the colors don’t bleed. I chose Wild Wasabi for the stems and Rich Razzleberry for the flowers. There are a few centers that I colored with Daffodil Delight. Start with the darkest shade, working on one flower at a time, then use the medium and light shade to blend each flower. It takes quite a bit of patience, but it looks amazing when it’s done!

Pleasant Poppies

I used the darkest, then the lightest shade of Wild Wasabi on the stems, although you can’t really tell. You could probably get away with using just one shade, if you’d like.

Pleasant Poppies 1

At first, I only added the ribbon and told myself I’d finish off the cards at a later time. But of course, that didn’t sit well with me. So I pulled it out today at lunch and decided to make it a birthday card for my sister, whose birthday is in a few weeks.

Pleasant Poppies 2

Cool embellishments/sentiments, right? I’ll get to that in a minute…since I used the same set to create this next card. The card base on the above card is in Rich Razzleberry and is used to make the “happy” die cut as well as the sentiment piece.

Here is the second card I made using the Blendabilities Markers and the Blended Bloom stamp. I chose Coastal Cabana  and Daffodil Delight for this image.

   Blended Bloom2

The card base here is Bermuda Bay. I don’t have Coastal Cabana card stock, but I think it’s almost the same hue and still looks great. I have Bermuda Bay markers too, but I wanted a lighter color and this is how it turned out:

Blended Bloom4

About the sentiments/embellishments – I used the Crazy About You stamp set and Hello You thinlits dies – which is sold in a bundle in the Occasions catalog (or you can buy them separate too). I used the Word Window punch for the sentiment, then layered it on the Modern Label punch. These punches are new to my collection and I was excited I got to use them! so pretty!

Pleasant Poppies 3

Blended Bloom3

That’s all for today, folks! Thanks for stopping by!