Video: No-Water Watercolor

Hello there. Today’s video shares how to stretch your supplies to achieve a faux watercolor look with no water.

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I discovered this technique by accident while at a craft retreat in the spring. I am always so happy when I discover new ways to stretch my supplies and wanted to share with you…

I started by stamping the layering images from the Watercolor Wonders stamp set by Altenew using Hero Arts Shadow Inks on to a piece of 80lb Neenah White Cardstock. I flipped the panel over and heavily saturated the back of the stamped images with a Copic Colorless Blender Marker. When the Colorless Blender reacts with the ink, it makes the color bleed… and you’re left with a beautiful, soft watercolor look.

Remember, the more Colorless Blender you put down, the better the results will be! And to be safe, only do the blending on the back. If you apply it directly on the stamped image, the ink color will transfer to the tip of the marker. I just scribble this off and it doesn’t bother me. Up to you.

I finished the cards by heat embossing a sentiment from Altenew’s Baby Zoo stamp set using white embossing powder on to a piece of black cardstock. I adhered a few of Lucy Abram’s sequins (I like that the gold sequins have a matte finish) and added a Hero Arts gemstone to the center of each sequin. Many people ask about the placement of sequins… I like to put down an odd numbers and cluster some in a triangle shape.

You may be wondering if other inks work for this technique. I think this technique works best with the Hero Arts Shadow Inks and other inks with the same formulation, such as the Simon Says Stamp inks and the Wplus9 inks. These inks bleed with Copic Markers… which is good for this technique. On the more coral-colored card above, I used the Altenew Crisp inks. I did achieve the same watercolor look, but had to add a bit more colorless blender to the images. I encourage you to try whatever dye inks you may have. Test them out!

You could also try a paper stump with rubbing alcohol instead of the colorless blender. However, I much prefer the results and control with the marker.

If you’re like me and struggle with the control of watercolor – or simply want to stretch your supplies for a new look – this might be a fun technique to try.

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By the way, if you are interested in the new Altenew release… stay tuned. I will have a release video soon.

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Video: Watercolor and Salt Technique

Welcome back, stampers. Today’s video shares a technique that has been around for a long time, but is such fun to do – - adding salt to watercolor.

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Lately I have been having fun revisiting “older” techniques. This watercolor and salt technique is a great example that and one that gives fun and unexpected results. I actually find techniques like this very inspiring.

After applying blue and purple Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor to watercolor paper, I sprinkled on various types of salts that I coated in Perfect Pearls. The salt absorbs that water… drying with unique effects. And that added Perfect Pearl gives lovely shine.

After rubbing away the salt once it was dry, I white heat embossed the sweet Wplus9 Wishing You sentiment. I also stamped and cut out the adorable bunny, clouds and moon… and added fast coloring with Distress Inks, an Ink Blending Tool and a Fantastix. To “match” the sentiment, I added a silver string between the bunny and moon. Finally – tiny little star sequins from The Ton Stamps added just the right amount of shine.

Look closely – that background is both die cut and embossed with the Wplus9 Starry Night Background Die.

I really encourage you to try out this watercolor and salt technique. There are a billion different ways to get unique results… just vary the type of salts used, the amount of water used with the watercolor, etc. It is fun!

Oh, and I mentioned in the video our Watercolor for Card Makers class. You can take it anytime… and you can find more info HERE.

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Guest Artist Video: Watercolor Vellum with Carissa Wiley + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. I am again traveling with the family… this time to Alaska. (We like to go on as many adventures as possible when school is out! But for all you dog lovers – no worries. Our friend Hudson is staying at our house and keeping Roxie company.)

Today I have another guest artist video for you. The incredibly talented Carissa Wiley joins us to share how to create a watercolor look on vellum.

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Carissa is one of my favorite cardmakers so I was thrilled she did this great video for us. Her technique of “watercolor on vellum” results in such soft and stunning backgrounds.

To achieve this look, Carissa scribbled Copic Markers on to a sheet of vellum. She spritzed it with rubbing alcohol and took a paintbrush to move the color around. The result is a beautiful watercolor-like background.

In her video, Carissa also shares some clever tips on how to adhere the vellum to cards.

This next card is my favorite. That glitter (from AC glitter paper) “hello” (from Hero Arts die) is divine!

I really like Carissa’s use of embellishments. She always finds the perfect placement and I can’t get enough of her trademark touch of bold black on a soft card with gold glitter accents.

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Thank you Carissa for sharing your talent with us! Check out her blog, Sprinkled with Glitter and her Youtube Channel for more inspiration. (Thank you, Carissa, for doing such an awesome job on this video! xo.)

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win a $25 gift certificate to Ellen Hutson? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/31/15 giving Carissa some love. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

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Guest Artist Video: Marker Watercolor with Julia Altermann + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. Today I have an incredible guest artist – Julia Altermann – with a video sharing some great tips for watercolor with markers.

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I first noticed Julia’s work on Instagram and immediately asked her if I could hire her to do a video for me to share with you here. I am so glad I did! In her video, Julia shares tips and tricks on how to use inexpensive markers and blend them out to get a beautiful watercolor look. I find her tips so helpful and unique.

Julia used the Wplus9 Unforgettable and SSS Sketched Alphabet stamp sets, along with the Stabilo Markers. Inspired by her, I also bought these markers and find they are fun to use. But remember – you can try her techniques with most any water-based markers. No need to buy new ones!

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Make sure to check out Julia’s YouTube channel and blog for much more inspiration. I enjoy her clean and simple cards (like THIS one), light coloring (see HERE), and clever designs (oh my cuteness!). I think you will, too.

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I hope you enjoy a very occasional guest artist here on my blog.  I think it is so very important to encourage and lift other artists in this industry… and I also enjoy sharing talent with you. I hope you will support these designers by leaving kind comments and thumbs up on YouTube. It is a very easy way to spread some kindness in our industry. :)

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win a 20 pack of the Stabilo Markers Julia used in the video? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/17/15 with some kind words for Julia. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

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Video: Brusho Color + Waffle Flower Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Today’s video gives a look at a few of the fun techniques you can do with watercolor powders. This post is also part of a fun blog hop. (More on that below!)

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“Watercolor powders” have started popping up in the cardmaking world recently. I have wanted to try them for a few months now and I finally did… and boy are they fun! The Brusho Crystal Colors are “unique, transparent, highly pigmented watercolor ink powders giving wonderful bursts of color when used.” There are MANY techniques you can use the powders for and my video only shows a few. In some ways, the powder form allows you more control. (Mixing of colors, using to color pastes, etc.) In other ways, the powder offers unpredictable fun, which you see in the video.

I first showed how you can color in images by filling them with water and then shaking on the Brusho powders. The powders blend together and give unique results. (My favorite is that blue/purple flower!) I also did this technique for the leaves. (By the way, this gorgeous flower is from the new Waffle Flower Lotus set, and the leaves are from the new Leafy set.)

It is fun to see all the colors that result from mixing the powders. I have the set of 12 and am very happy with it (and feel no need for the bigger set). Mixing is easy to do, so no need for lots of colors! (Save those extra dollars for more stamp sets! ;) )

Next, I shared a few different ways to create fun backgrounds. First, I applied a few light sprays of water and added a tiny bit of Brusho for a splatter look. Another variation is to shake on a tiny bit of Brusho on dry watercolor paper and spray on top of it. (I am telling ya – there are a million ways to play with these!) I struggle with messy backgrounds, but did like these…

Next I shared how you can achieve a soft watercolor background with the Brusho by using them with a more tradition watercolor method…

And finally… color craziness! I sprayed the paper with water… added several Brusho colors… sprayed it a bit more… wanted to throw the hot-mess away… set it aside to dry instead… and ended up loving it! These wild backgrounds can be a lot of fun. Can’t wait to play with them more.

WAFFLE FLOWER BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Waffle Flower Coloring Fun Blog Hop. All of the designers on the hop will be using the newest Waffle Flower products along with some favorite coloring techniques. Waffle Flower is a great company so I am honored to be part of this!

I am the last stop on the hop today, so you can start at the beginning by going to the Waffle Flower blog HERE.

GIVEAWAY

Today I actually have TWO ways to win a giveaway.

1. Waffle Flower is giving away a $50 gift certificate! A random winner will be drawn from comments left on all of the blogs in the hop. (Winner will be posted on the WF blog on 7/13/15.)

2. I will be giving TWO Waffle Flower stamp sets to a lucky winner who leaves a comment here.

For your chance for either prize, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/12/15 telling me if you are enjoying the watercolor trend. (The winner’s name for the second prize will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

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Video: Dye Ink Watercolor

Hello. Today’s video shares how to use dye inks as watercolor. (You gotta love a technique that lets you get more out of what you already have, right?)

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Watercolor is very popular right now. There are so many watercolor products available – and that can be overwhelming. Using dye inks often works well for “watercolor” of stamped images… and you likely already have it on hand. For today’s video, I used the new Lawn Fawn dye inks. (These inks are excellent inks – click HERE for a video with more info on them. And another HERE.)

Aren’t these images from Lawn Fawn’s Fintastic Friends and Party Animals stamp sets adorable? So fun. I stamped them with VersaFine Black Ink on watercolor paper and clear heat embossed them. After pressing the new Lawn Fawn Dye inks (Lobster, Celery Stick, Peacock, Fish Tank, and Juice Box) on to an acrylic block, I used a water brush to pick up the color and watercolor the images.

The new Lawn Fawn wave border dies offer three “wave” sizes – small, medium and large. The small is perfect for the little scene I created on a small white panel for the center of the card.

For the background of the cards, I die-cut the new Lawn Fawn Cloud Border dies (again, three sizes in the set) several times out of yellow cardstock and adhered them together like a puzzle for an inlaid look.

I encourage you to try this technique with whatever dye inks you have on hand. Just experiment with different amounts of water and practice for a bit. It will work great!

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