One of my most favorite things in card making is word dies. Especially when they have a really cool font. The New Happy Birthday thinlit fits the bill perfect.
Don’t you just love that font!!! I sure do! And it is a great size. I decided to use this die for the most recent challenge over at Fab Friday! This weeks challenge is a color. Challenge using all the Newest InColors. This was the perfect opertunity to use the embossing paste Stampin’ Up! introduce last week ( more on that in a moment) and the dimond shaped decorative mask.
The design team has some awesome examples with these colors. I hope you take a moment and see ther projects at Fab Friday.
The new embossing paste is awesome! It is whipped and has a slight texture to it! Not all embossing paste have this texture. Some are much smother. I love the added texture of this paste! It remindes me of my favorite stucco texture paste.
For each color I made some “colored” embossing paste. By mixing the embossing paste with a little reinker.
Then spreading through the stencil a little of each color in different places.
The die cut is stacked. I cut 4 of the happy birthday thinlits and stacked them. This created a added layer of demention.
The dies are easy peasy to stack when using the new adhisive sheets. I was not foing to get these sheets. But, decided to at the last minute! I am so glad I did!!! This is a fablous product!!!
The ribbon is the new shimmery basic black ribbon!
We always love our host! But right now they are extra special!!! So, when you are reay let me know!!! I am always happy to work with you. It’s a perfect time to save even more on all the NEW products!!!
The new catalog is full of Awesome New product! And some pretty amazing returning items!!
Thank you for stopping by! I always enjoy sharing with you! Hope you have some time on this Tuesday to be creative!
The Botanical Blooms stamp set is one of my favorites! I have not used in quite some time. Today was the perfect opportunity to use it with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and the Fab Friday color challenge! The color combination that Fab Friday is using is totally awesome!!! I love the spring time feel of these colors.
The sketch from Freshly Made Sketches is perfect for those of us who love lots of layers!!! You guys know that “layers makes everything better”
I took the sketch and turned it on its side. Just for something a little different. And I thought it would work better this way with the botanical blooms stamp set.
Botanical blooms stamp set
This set really does not look like much but, the layers of stamps really make a big impression. And when you couple this with the coronation dies…oh wow!!! Now you really have something awesome!!!
The flowers and leaves are stamped and die cut or just cut with dies.
The background flowers are stamped directly onto the whisper white panel.
The sentiment is from the live, love, grow stamp set
The background is the Boho Chic texture impression
The design team over at Fab Friday have a great sketch challenge going on. When I saw my friend Brian King card for this challenge, I know I had to try to recreate it! On my desk had been sitting a poinsettia that I made from watercolor paper. All week, I had been staring at the poinsettia wondering what to do with it. Well, I decided to use it as the focal point to recreate this sketch. Here is the Fab Friday Sketch. I hope that you hop over to Fab Friday and check out all the cards by the design team.
I have had the Reason for The Season stamp set and the Festive Flower Builder Punch for a while now. Though, I am just now really beginning to use it. I love how easy it is to create a flower that is beautiful in just a few steps. I did thought have to watch the video on how to build the flowers to get it just right. My first attempt was quite a special spectacle……. After watching the video it was fun and easy. I made several poinsettia just for the fun of it one afternoon…
the stamp set:
Reason for the Season
and the builder punch:
Festive Flower Builder Punch
Here is the video…
You are going to love-making these flowers… It is quite addictive… Here are a few details:
The flowers are stamped with Cherry Cobbler in on watercolor paper. Then spritz with Wink of Stella. And set aside to dry
After the flowers are dried I punched each one out using the festive flower builder punch and assembled the flower.
I have been practicing watercolor techniques that were discussed in the Online Card Class Watercolor Intermediate Class. I have learned so much from the class and I am still working through all the class projects and techniques. You can see much of my progress and learning on Instagram. One of the things I am most amazed by is how much the paper you are using effects the outcome of the painting or washes. I personally have fallen in love with a cotton paper
that is hot press. The hot press makes a smother surface for stamped images. And the cotton makes a fabulous surface for washes.
If you are like me and always wondered why your washes do not outcome looking like you want. Then change papers. It truly can make all the difference in the world. Even when using ink. It really makes a difference.
Canson Watercolor Aquarella Paper / Before Dry
Canson Watercolor Aquarella Paper / After Dry
Cartiera Magnani Portofino / 100% cotton
I personally really like how the Catiera Magnani paper reacts to ink. The other paper has great change from the beginning to when it dries. And that the ink does not lay well on the paper. I would have added a picture of the Cartiera Magnani paper when it was dry. But, you would not have been able to tell the difference. When working on another color challenge I did this same wash test and the results were much more obvious.
Canson Watercolor Aquarelle
Cartiera Mangnani 100% cotton
The Bermuda Bay ink really blooms into the other inks on the Canson paper. On the Cartiera Mangnani paper the transition is much smother. So, Like I said if you are not happy with your washes. Try a different watercolor paper!!!
I am supper excited that the Fab Friday challenge is back for 2016 with all new challenges for us all. There first challenge of 2016 is a color challenge inspired by the upcoming Valentine’s Day.
Be sure to hop over to Fab Friday and see all the wonderful cards by the design team! They truly have some great inspiration. I decided to use this color combination to make a wash behind a bold sentiment. The Botanicals for You Stamp Set was perfect.
If you just love this stamp set it is one of the Sale-A-Bration sets. This mean that it is FREE when you purchase $50 from Stampin’ Up!
The card base is real red card stock cut at 5 1/2 inches and cut at 8 inches. Then scored at 4 inches on the 8 inch side. This makes for a unique card size. The layers are Blushing Bride ( 5 1/4 by 3 3/4) and Watercolor paper ( 5 by 3 1/2) The sentiment is stamped in Versa Mark ink. Using White embossing powder and a heat gun the images is embossed on the watercolor paper. Then using the ink refills and a little water I made a simple wash of Watermelon Wonder and Real Red over the stamped/embossed image. After the wash dried I added the Blushing Bride sequins. (they are actually from a set of sequins from mint owl. But, they are the exact color of Stampin’ Up! Blushing Bride. Shush….don’t tell anyone :>) Finally, I add a little gold thread to the left side for a little extra interest.
A few tips:
Remember to decorate the inside of your card….
To add the sequins…simply add a little crystal effect to the Silicone Craft sheet . Using tweasers I dip the back of the sequin into the crystal effects then add to the card….
The watercolor wash is started with Real Red then migrates into Watermelon Wonder then back to Real Red.
Hot Press watercolor paper is smother than Cold Press watercolor paper. This makes a big difference in the stamped image. Especially. if you don’t want to stamp the image more than once.
Be sure to head over to Fab. Friday to check out the projects by the Design Team! They are really great. And be sure to leave some blog love while you are over there!!! Also, be sure to check out the newest class over at Online Card Classes. I am currently working through the Watercolor Intermediate class. And it is amazing!!! I am learning so much :> I would love to here from you.. What is your favorite watercolor paper? Are you loving Sale-A-Bration as much as I am?
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