Happy Friday and weekend, crafty friends ... Sharon Harnist here with you again! Today I have two styles of watercolored cards to share, because I couldn't make up my mind which I preferred! I would love to hear which is your favorite, below in the ...
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Watercolor 2 Ways: Textured Watercolor

Happy Friday and weekend, crafty friends ... Sharon Harnist here with you again!  Today I have two styles of watercolored cards to share, because I couldn't make up my mind which I preferred!  I would love to hear which is your favorite, below in the comments!

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My first card boasts a new technique I haven't seen anyone else share, and it was a fun experiment ... I hope you like it!  I call this one "Textured Watercolor".  To begin, I painted gesso onto heavyweight white cardstock using a regular paint brush and let it dry. You will naturally get some paint strokes in the gesso and this is what you want ... it creates some great texture in the final project!  After the gesso was dry, I used Avery Elle Liquid Watercolors on top of the gesso.  My original intent was to apply the watercolor directly from the bottle to the top of the tilted cardstock panel and just let them run down the panel, creating whatever pattern occured. While this could create a really great background, it just wasn't what I was looking for the background for this card.

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Instead, I took a watercolor brush and smoothed the watercolor over the background panel and let it dry.  (Note: The watercolor takes a little longer to dry on top of the gesso vs. standard watercolor paper and since it can't soak into the paper, the resulting colors are a bit softer).  I love how the watercolor settled into the paintbrush texture, creating subtle shade variations!  For the background, I used a combination of Avery Elle's Mint To Be and Aquamarine liquid watercolors. After the watercolor was dry I flicked some plaint water onto the background which dried and lifted some of the watercolor, creating a water droplet effect. It's not showing up in these photos very well, but more apparent in the top photo.

Next, I die cut Butterfly Parade from another gesso-treated panel and then started watercoloring each of the different elements in this pretty die cut.  I used Cherry (pink-red), Fizz (orange), Lemon Grass (yellow-green), Sapphire (blue), and Sugar Plum (violet), dabbing the color on with a paint brush so I would get some variations in the depth of color.  To finish the card, I added a white Wrapped Stitch Frame and gold embossed Thank You Sentiments.  Both the Butterfly Parade and the sentiment banner were added to the card with foam tape.

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My next card is a little simpler.  For this one, I cut the Butterfly Parade from plain white textured watercolor paper and also watercolored it with the same Avery Elle liquid watercolors.  I also die cut a Wrapped Stitched Circle Frame from watercolor paper and watercolored it with the Cherry Avery Elle Liquid Watercolor.  The watercolors here appear more vivid.  Both elements were glued flat to a white panel die cut with a Stitched Rectangle Layers:

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To finish the card, I gold heat embossed the Birthday Sentiments onto the white panel.

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So which card do you prefer?  Let me know in the comments below!  Thanks so much for joining me today! Sharon-Signature

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Partial Die Cutting: Hot Mess!

By now you've heard the news: There are two new Leading Ladies over at Ellen Hutson LLC

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These fabulous Ladies are the awesome creation of Brandi Kincaid, exclusively for the Essentials by Ellen line.  Today I have another example of partial die cutting, along the right edge of this card:

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Here's how she was created:  First, I used my Misti to stamp the Hot Mess Lady onto watercolor paper. The rough texture of watercolor paper sometimes prevents a crisp, fully stamped image. If that happens, it is easy to re-stamp the image again using the Misti!  I'm loving my new bar magnets (wrapped with glitter tape for easy handling) and easy wipe mouse pad made for the Misti!

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Next, I placed my top die cutting pad along the right edge of the paper, where I wanted to cut away the area around Hot Mess's hand using her coordinating die. When you run this sandwich through your die cutting machine, it will only cut the paper where the top plate covers it:

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Next, use your paper trimmer to finish cutting a straight line above and below her arm, trimming away the excess:

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Here, I placed a piece of bright paper behind her arm, so you can easily see the cut:

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Then I pulled out my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors and colored the Leading Lady, plus an extra 1-1/2 inch strip of watercolor paper with donuts stamped on it:

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This is how the card looks open:

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I drew a straight line next to Hot Mess using a black Copic Multiliner, to create a table she could sit her drink on (which is popped up with foam tape):

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If I were juggling something, I would love for it to be donuts, too!  ;-)

Thanks so much for joining me today ... You can find more fabulous projects over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom today, by Sandy and Ardyth!

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Partial Die Cutting: Everyday Hero!

Hello and happy Sunday ... There are some new Leading Ladies in town today!

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Just in time for Mother's Day, or any occasion you may have for any of the "Leading Ladies" in your life!

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Here's how this top-hinged, partially die cut card came together . . .

First, I stamped Everyday Hero with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a Neenah 110 Lb. Solar White cardstock panel. If I had known how I would finish this card, I would have stamped her onto a top-folding card base, so take note of that if you would like to re-create this card!  :)

Then I colored her with these Copic Sketch Markers:  (Not photographed - Skin: E00, E11, E121); Pictured below - Shirt: R22, R24, R27; Jeans: B21

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(Pictured below) - Jeans: B23, B26; Cape & Headband/Crown: Y08, YR21, YR23, E33; Hair: T0, T1, T2, T6

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Then I partially die cut just her legs by placing my top die cutting plate only over the lower portion of the panel I wanted cut away. Using a ruler, I placed pencil marks across the bottom of the panel where I wanted to cut away the lower quarter (you can see those just above the edge of my die cutting plate below) and used this as a guide to place the die cutting plate. I held the coordinating Everyday Hero die securely in place using this awesome new iCraft Purple Tape by Thermoweb. The tape holds dies firmly in place, yet releases easily and cleanly from your cardstock, without tearing the paper!  Bonus: It is thick enough that you can use it over and over again, without it losing its stickiness or tearing!  This tape is heads above my previously used washi tape for this purpose ... I highly recommend it!

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Once her legs were die cut, I finished the card front with double stitching lines and the "Everyday Hero!" sentiment die cut with the coordinating Everyday Hero dies:

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The card front opens to reveal a white card panel for writing a personal message and black/white Pattern Happy heart paper that I colored a few hearts with Copic R24 and R27 for accents.

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This and another new Hot Mess Leading Lady are available beginning today, exclusively at Ellen Hutson LLC (Check back here on Tuesday, when I'll have another partial die cut card to show you that uses "Hot Mess" and watercoloring!)  :)

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Thanks so much for joining me today! 

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Floral Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards can be difficult to make, requiring just the right balance of color and elements to achieve a somber and reverent message.  Today I'm using some gorgeous Birch Press handmade papers and tape, combined with beautiful Memory Box dies and stamps that hopefully strike that delicate balance:

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This card started with a Memory Box Custard notecard with a strip of Birch Press Mineral Green washi tape along the right edge.  The next background layer is some beautiful Birch Press Ivory Cabbage Rose handmade paper, matted with gold metallic cardstock.  Next is a layer of gorgeous Birch Press Bouquet hand screen printed paper, with a touch of gold metallic outlining -- aren't the colors amazing?!!  These amazing papers feel like fabric!

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The pretty sentiment is from the Memory Box Prayers Sentiments stamp set.  It was stamped with Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz onto an ivory Memory Box Tree Blossom Stitched Circle Frame. An additional Tree Blossom Stitched Circle Frame was die cut from gold metallic cardstock and glued on top.  The ivory flower die cut was colored with Copic BG23 to match the floral paper and washi tape.  The circle element was popped up with foam tape.   Finally, the elegant Soaring Swallow was die cut from ivory cardstock and accented with gold metallic watercolor, then mounted with foam tape.

I made this card for Memory Box's monthly challenge -- I hope you'll read all about it here and join in on the fun (you could win an awesome prize!). Thanks so much for joining me today!  

- Sharonsig

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Pattern Happy Paper Piecing

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Happy Friday, Friends!

Today Ellen Hutson designers are joining the Pattern Happy designers for a blog hop celebrating Pattern Happy products arriving at the Ellen Hutson shop!  You will love these fun and playful clear stamps and coordinating dies, as well as their awesome 6x6 patterned paper packs! 

Today I'm using the whimsical Coolest Ever stamp set and coordinating Coolest Ever dies:

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To create the popsicles, I stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto delicious patterns of paper from the Rainbows 6x6 patterned paper pad, then cut them out and glued the pieces onto an additional stamped and die cut white cardstock popsicle.  The far right popsicle's stamped dots were colored in using the rainbow Copic markers shown below in the supply section. The popsicles were popped up with foam tape onto a white panel die cut with stitched scallops.  The wonderful sentiments were stamped with Hero Arts Bold Ink Cubes (Orchid and Rose Madder), and Black -- aren't those fonts fresh and fun?!!

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To finish the card, I popped up the white panel on top of a white top-folding card base that has a bold black and white patterned strip of paper from the Pattern Happy 6x6 Color Me paper pad along the bottom edge. I simply colored the top edge of the card base using the chisel end of a Black Copic marker. To give the card lots of luscious sparkle, I coated the popsicles and "coolest" and "sweetest" sentiments with Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen (hopefully you can see all the wonderful shimmer in the photo above!).

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Please visit the blogs of these awesome designers on today's hop, to see more inspiration using Pattern Happy products!

For additional inspiration, you can also visit Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom blog or the Pattern Happy blog.  Not only do we have bunches of inspiration, we have prizes!  Make sure to leave comments at each stop on the hop for a chance to win one of two Pattern Happy prize packs!  Leave your comments before April 5th, at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be contacted via email.  Thanks so much for joining us today!

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