Watercolor Gradient with Brush Lettering

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Watercolor and Brush Lettering are two things that I love! Both are intimidating to me, but I tried them anyway. You should too! It is exhilarating to create something beautiful with them, and you CAN do it. For me the key is play. Before you put the pressure on to make something with watercolor or brush lettering, take some time to play with them. Just have fun. See what you can do. You will learn a lot from it. What works, what doesn’t…and that isn’t always the same for everyone. You will develop your own style and preferences through play…and you’ll have fun doing it.

Enough preaching :0) Here is how I did this card.

I used some Canson mixed media paper and trimmed it to 4.25 X 5.5 inches. You can use any watercolor or mixed media paper you have.

To color the gradient, I used three colors in each row. I used was the Gansai Tambi set by Kuretake.

TOP ROW:
Red No.32
Rose Madder No.34
Cobalt Violet No. 46

SECOND ROW:
Lemon Yellow No.40
Red No. 32
Cadmium Scarlet No.31

THRID ROW:
Lemon Yellow No. 40
Yellow Ochre No. 44
Burnt Sienna No.46

Use a mixture of about half watercolor with half water to mix your colors on a palette (any piece of plastic, glass, or ceramic will do for a palette).

Apply the colors in the row one at a time, overlapping each one as you go.

Rinse your brush between each row but not while in the same row.

Allow it to dry and then use a brush marker/pen to write a greeting. See my YouTube video below for a demonstration of the hand lettering. Also see the supplies below for a brush lettering workbook to learn brush lettering by Kelly Creates. She also has brushes, but I just used what I already had on hand, which I link below as well :0)

Supplies I used (I am an Amazon affiliate):

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors: https://amzn.to/2VFJcPE
Colors I used:
TOP ROW:
Red No.32
Rose Madder No.34
Cobalt Violet No. 46

SECOND ROW:
Lemon Yellow No.40
Red No. 32
Cadmium Scarlet No.31

THRID ROW:
Lemon Yellow No. 40
Yellow Ochre No. 44
Burnt Sienna No.46
Canson Mix Media paper 98lb: https://amzn.to/2JS8847
Sakura Micron Pen: https://amzn.to/2YFLr7C
Zig Memory System Scroll and Brush Markers: https://amzn.to/2M8eeA2
(Alternative) Zig Brushables: https://amzn.to/2YBtPd1
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/2M9Hkzo

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors: https://amzn.to/2VFJcPE

Canson Mix Media paper 98lb: https://amzn.to/2JS8847

Sakura Micron Pen: https://amzn.to/2YFLr7C

For the brush pens: there are so many on the market to choose from. I really like the Zig memory System I have, but they are expensive. I have the big set which I will link for you below, but I also link the newer brushables which come in a smaller quantity, and cost less.
Zig Memory System Scroll and Brush Markers: https://amzn.to/2M8eeA2

Zig Brushables: https://amzn.to/2YBtPd1

Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/2M9Hkzo

Kelly Creates Learn Brush Lettering Workbook: https://amzn.to/2Yzh2rw

or here: http://shrsl.com/1m82o

Kissing with a Stencil

Oh my! That sounds a little strange :0)  Don’t get too worried, it is not as weird as you might think (ha, ha). It is a simple stamping technique used to add texture and interest to a plain image.  It is a three step process:

Step 1: Ink up a plain, solid stamp. I used a heart shaped stamp by Hero Arts.

Step 2: Stamp it on a stencil that is a pattern. I used a Kaisercraft stencil.

Step 3: Stamp onto another piece of paper to see the beautiful texture created by the stencil.

Watch the video of the process below:

The supplies I used on this card are listed below. I am an affiliate with Amazon and Scrapbook.com.

Speedball Brayer at DickBlick.com for less

Hero Arts D2657 Small Solid Heart Rubber Stamp (unavailable -see the two alternatives beneath this)

Heart Stamp approx. 2X2 https://www.123stitch.com/item/Waffle-Flower-DT-Mix-Clear-Stamp/WFL-271031

Heart Stamp 2X2 https://www.123stitch.com/item/Impression-Obsession-Modern-Heart-Solid-Cling-Stamp/IO-D20412-CLG

Kaiser 12X12 Love Stencil:  http://shrsl.com/1ltcv

Square Dies:  http://shrsl.com/1ltex

Tonic Studios Mirror Cardstock:  http://shrsl.com/1ltf1

Happy Mother’s Day!

May your day be full of wonderfully good things! To celebrate, I have created a spiral rose patterned paper for you! It is a png file format, which means that it has a transparent background. You can print it as is or you can add some color behind it by using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word or a digital illustrating software such as Inkscape (free software at inkscape.org), Adobe Illustrator,  or CorelDRAW. Just put a colored rectangle behind the patterned image if you’d like it to print out with a colored background. Check out my YouTube video on how to do this. To get this file, just click on the image below and choose “save image as” to save it to your computer. Enjoy!

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He is Risen!

This is our hope:  He is Risen! Because He lives, all fear is gone. Death, where is your victory? Where is your sting? (1 Corinthians 15:55-56) What hope we have in Jesus.

To celebrate Easter, I have a beautiful card for you. The cross is a stamp set called, “Layered Cross” by maymaymadeit.com. I used distress oxide inks in the colors of the sunset to create a background for the cross. Then, I used versafine ink to stamp the layers of the cross, which are made of leaves and flowers. To make it stand out even more, I used Moonlight gel pens to color the flowers and leaves. Finally, a mat of black cardstock and a fuchsia card base really sets the card off right. Don’t forget, the cross was not the end of the story, because Jesus rose from the dead!

Enjoy the video:

Here is a list of most of the products I used on the card. The links are free for you to use, and I will receive a small percentage from any purchases you make using the links. Thank you for your support!

Check out my Ebook at Amazon

Maymay Made It Stamp Set Banner Blessings:  https://www.maymaymadeit.com/products/banner-blessings-stamp-set-retail-12-99

Maymay Made It Stamp Set https://www.maymaymadeit.com/products/layered-cross-4×6-clear-stamp-set-retail-12-99

Plus Corporation Double Sided Adhesive:  https://amzn.to/2UhR659

VersaFine Onyx Black Ink:  https://amzn.to/2ILTwCT

Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight Pen Set:  https://amzn.to/2DnLYCS

Distress Oxide Ink Pads:  https://amzn.to/2XmoYMa

Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 80lb Cardstock:  https://amzn.to/2Dod7ps

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press  https://amzn.to/2DodnEB

Quick and Easy Easter Card

 

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I’m so glad you found me today! Welcome to my blog. I made these cards with just a few simple supplies:  paper, cardstock, stickers, border punch and adhesive. There was only 1 optional thing, a greeting stamp for the inside greeting. I trimmed the pattern paper to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and the solid paper about 3.75″. You can totally eyeball the solid paper! Then I adhered them to my card base with double sided adhesive. Finally, I placed some puffy stickers on the front and I was good to go. You can watch the process on the YouTube video below. The products I used are listed here. The links are free and I get a small percentage of the sale for any products you purchase ;0)

 

 

 

Easter Egg Card

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My card for today is an Easter card with a plaid background and stamped and die cut Easter eggs. I used Zig Memory System Twin Markers and a clear ruler to make the plaid background. The ruler is from Westcott. The card base is from Neenah solar white 110lb  classic crest cardstock. The images are stamped on watercolor paper because I used the Zig Clean Color Brush markers on the stamps before stamping them. I did stamp them more than once to get a better impression. It is not necessary to use both types of markers. I just liked the look of the brush markers when using them to “ink” up a stamp. FYI, the Zig Memory System Twin markers are archival quality, which means that they are acid free and lightfast. A nice option for scrapbookers looking to preserve their work.  I could not link them for you because the set I have is 20 years old (really) and I’m not sure they package the same colors in the new pack. It didn’t look like it on Amazon. Seriously, you can use any pastel color markers you have!

A link to the YouTube video is below as well as links to the products I used. The links are free for you to use, and if you purchase anything, I will receive a small percentage of the sale. Thank you for supporting my card making habit ;0)

 

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Quick and Easy Greeting Card with Patterned Paper and Foam Stickers

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Patterned paper and stickers go a long way when you need a quick and easy DIY greeting card! Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover supplies. Since it’s spring, I chose some colors that fit the theme, namely lavender and spring green. To “pretty” the paper up a bit and provide more definition between the pattern and solid color, I punched a heart border using an American Crafts border punch system. Adding a thin strip of white cardstock under the heart border makes them stand out. Although I used white here, you can choose any color that coordinates with the stickers and paper you are using. Each of the three flower stickers have white dots on them which echo the dots on the patterned paper. The only thing left to do is adhere everything to the card base. I chose a heavy cardstock because my stickers were made of foam and therefore a bit heavier than traditional stickers. That’s it! You’re done ;0)

Enjoy the video below. Most of the products I used on this card were from my leftover supplies, so I can’t link them for you. Feel free to rummage through  your stash and find what works for you. Don’t be limited by flowers. If you’re making a card for a child, you can use animal stickers. Your imagination is the only limit here!

However, the tools and basic supplies are linked below in the affiliate links. They are free for you to use, and I will receive a small percentage of the sale of any of the products you may purchase.

Alternate border punch

Similar patterned paper for spring:  SBC_db-5676_0

 

Abstract Birthday Card with Direct to Paper Distress Oxide Ink

dbday2018thumbThis card was so much fun to make. It was intended for a male birthday, so I wanted it to be masculine. I used Distress Oxide Ink to create the background and Crystal Nuvo Drops for the gold highlights and dots. The greeting is from Sizzix Thinlits designed by Tim Holtz. Check out the YouTube video below. The products I used are listed below that. I am an affiliate for the organizations in the links, but they are free for you to use. If you purchase anything, I will receive a small percentage of the sale.

The products I used on this card (I am an Amazon affiliate):

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads: https://amzn.to/2x7tQdm or search for them here:  Ranger Ink Industries

Tonic Studios Crystal Nuvo Drops: https://amzn.to/2xgXeOz

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover 8.5″x11″ 250/pack https://amzn.to/2O5xCuf

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# Cover 8.5″x11″ 250/pack: https://amzn.to/2QhiKdI

Plus Corporation Glue Tape, 4-Pack: https://amzn.to/2NGpUK9

Sizzix Thinlits Celebration Word Dies:  https://amzn.to/2UeqBgZ

Similar products: Elmer’s

E4014 CraftBond Flexible Dual Tip Glue Pen, 1 Fluid Ounce, Clear: https://amzn.to/2NFUtzr

Tonic Studios Mirror Glossy Cardstock Polished Gold: https://amzn.to/2CUeePH

 

Easy Watercolor Card for Spring!

Spring has sprung! Oh those lovely spring colors. You know the ones I’m talking about. They are so heavenly to me, those beautiful colors that epitomize spring and Easter:  Pale pink, peach, and light teal. Using Zig Clean Color Brush Pens (in pale pink, flesh color, and turquoise green), I put down some color onto watercolor paper and then used a Arteza waterbrush to pull out the color in order to create a single color gradient from dark to light. I repeated this step with the remaining two colors. Once it was dry, I added some Elizabeth Craft Designs peel off stickers in gold. To frame it up, I used my Silhouette Cameo 3 to design and cut out some rectangles for a cover to my watercolor panel. If you don’t have a die cutting machine, you can use rectangle dies or just a good old craft knife or X-acto knife. To save waste, I used the positive rectangles from my cut to create a second card. To top it all off, I used a Uniball Signo gel pen in gold to outline each frame. Check out the YouTube video below and don’t forget to like and subscribe. The links to the products I used are below the video. I provided more than one link for some of the items so you can shop around. The links are free for you to use and if you happen to purchase something, I will get a small percentage of the sale because I am an affiliate to the organization they link to.

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The links below are free for you to use and if you happen to purchase something, I will get a small percentage of the sale because I am an affiliate to the organization they link to.

  

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Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel Off Big Flowers in Gold
Elizabeth Craft Peel Off Stickers Hearts
Elizabeth Crafts Peel Off Stickers Doodles with Leaves:  SOLD OUT as of this posting

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Hello Spring

Spring is here! That means pretty colors and beautiful weather. To celebrate, I dry embossed some cardstock with a stencil and then added some color with a stencil brush and some gelatos.  Gelatos look like lipstick tubes, but they aren’t for your lips ;0)

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To dry emboss with a stencil, you’ll need a rubber embossing mat as well as your embossing plates. For Cricut cuttlebug users, you’ll need your A plate, then put your paper down and the stencil on top of that. The rubber embossing mat goes next. Then you’ll need two B plates, and finally a cardboard shim to get a better impression.

Without removing the stencil from the paper, I applied some gelatos using stencil brushes. The image below shows how I smeared the gelatos onto my craft mat and then picked up the color with a stencil brush. Too bad I didn’t take a photo of the stencil still attached to the card panel :0(   I used some 3M post it tape to hold the stencil in place on the paper (not the craft mat).
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You can see the result below. I just love the rainbow effect this created on the edge of the card, so I repeated it on the other side, which you can see in the finished card.
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For the greeting, I die cut “hello” from yellow paper using  a HeroArts Stamp & Cut set.  I used black ink to stamp the die cut and added some glossy accents accents to make it shiny. To embellish the card, I stamped a butterfly on some acetate using StazOn ink and fussy cut it out. Next, I added some color to the butterfly with Sakura Glaze pens. The StazOn ink and Glaze pens will take a little extra time to dry so plan accordingly. To make it stand out, I popped up the butterly with dimensional adhesive. I just love that the light casts a colored shadow beneath the butterfly. Before mounting it to a card base, I added some “bling” by putting a few drops of glossy accents around the greeting.

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Don’t forget to adhere it to a card base to make it a card. Feel free to use a colored card base.
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The products I used on this card are linked below. I am an affiliate for Scrapbook.com, Amazon, and Hero Arts.

Hero Arts – Die and Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set – Hello
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