Since I'm home for the summer, I'm trying to stay busy making cards. I normally pour over ideas for school and my classroom. But this summer I decided to really take a break and try some new things for myself. So I've been watching lots of videos on ...

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  1. Fairy CASE for #WorldWatercolorMonth
  2. First Attempt- Texture Paste
  3. MFT Sketch #338
  4. Kind Friend Watercolor Card
  5. New Watercolors!
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Fairy CASE for #WorldWatercolorMonth

Since I'm home for the summer, I'm trying to stay busy making cards. I normally pour over ideas for school and my classroom. But this summer I decided to really take a break and try some new things for myself. So I've been watching lots of videos on YouTube on cardmaking. I've found several amazing channels to follow. I saw this videos recently and knew I wanted to try to recreate this card from Sandy Allnock.

 


I started by stamping all my images. I watercolored them but was a little hesitant to try to add the background. I waited overnight for the watercolored images to dry and to work up my nerve. This is my final outcome.





I added some pearl shimmer paint to the fairy wings and background. I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out. Thanks for looking!



    

First Attempt- Texture Paste

I have been learning about different textures you can use on your cards from scrapbook.com- Mixed Media Tips and Techniques for Beginners with May Flaum. Many of these were new to me because I normally just stamp, color, and put my card together. I ran up to Michael's and picked up a few things. I couldn't go crazy with supplies but I picked up a few I thought I would use.

The one I tried yesterday was whipped spackle. I used it was a palette knife and my Tim Holtz stencil set 5. I've become obsessed with stencils lately so I wanted to try my spackle with this one for a distressed look. I didn't put it on evenly because I wanted that worn look.


After the spackle dried I went to work putting my card together. I really didn't have any idea what I wanted to do before I started. I originally thought I would go with some flowers but (GASP!) I really only have 2-3 floral sets and none of them had the leaves I was looking for. I turned to YouTube for inspiration. Of course, I found it from Jennifer McGuire:

 


 I decided to go with the wet on wet watercolor look. I crossed my fingers and went for it. I misted my paper with water and then put watercolor on it, blue and green. Because I"m impatient and my idea was coming together, I dried it with my heat tool. Then I used some butterfly dies that came in a magazine my wonderful husband bought for me a few months ago when I was sick. I die cut them, coated them with Versamark, and coated them with silver pearl embossing powder. That was a little tricky but I figured it out.

I cut of the white CS for the sentiment using the Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banner. I picked words from one of my favorite sets, SSS Uplifting Thought Among the Stars. I stamped it in Versamark and embossed with silver powder. Then I glued 3 different sized butterflies on the card front.  



This was not my typical card, but I'm in love with it! Thanks so much for looking at my card today.
    

MFT Sketch #338

I made this card for the MFT Sketch #338. I wanted to keep this pretty basic so I pull out some old designer paper. I popped up the balloon and circle with the elephant on it. I also added some glitter & crystal effect on the balloon. A few sequins finished this one off.



Thanks for looking! 

    

Kind Friend Watercolor Card

I had an idea for a card in my head and it worked out! After watching Jennifer McGuire's video (below) I had an idea for a card. I have only made one watercolored card but I had to try this. She made it look so easy so I gave it a try.

 

To start, I cut out watercolor paper using the Wonky Rectangles die from Simon Says Stamp. I also cut out a circle of watercolor paper with the SSS Stitched Circles. I wanted the flowers to look like they were coming from under the circle I had planned for the center of the card. I used my Misti to set it all up and I stamped Altenew Persian Motifs and embossed it with sliver pearl embossing powder.


I used my watercolors to color the flowers. I haven't used watercolors much at all but by painting in the water first, all I had to do was drop the color in. It spread out and was relaxing to watch. 


The hardest part was waiting for the watercolor to dry. While I waited, I cut out the word kind from navy cardstock using the Concord & 9th Kind card frame add-on. It leaves the end of the word attached but I just snipped it off to use on my circle. Then I cut a small banner and stamped Hearted Friend from Concord & 9th Kindhearted stamp set. I can't wait to use this set more (it is new) because it is so versatile. 


I added some dimension to the circle and banner with my roll of foam tape. This is my finished card. I'm so tickled with the way this one turned out! Thanks for taking the time to take a look at my card. 





    

New Watercolors!

Yesterday, my very first set of watercolors came in the mail. I found these Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors for a really good price on Amazon.  I also got some brushes because I didn't have any.



I pulled out an old daisy stamp I have had for a really long time. I figured it was a good stamp to start with, since this was the first thing I've ever watercolored. I love how you can paint it with water and then just drop the color in. It is really neat to watch.


To make my card I dug in my stash of paper and found this. I thought it went well with the daisy stamped image so this is my finished card. I added some Nuvo clear drops to look like water and then added a few sequins.


Thanks for looking at my card today!

    

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