Watercolor Challenge at Connie Can Crop

It’s time for another challenge at Connie Can Crop

This month our theme is:

and our awesome sponsor this month is:

Please visit their store and/or their Facebook page to see their stamps from original, hand-drawn artwork inspired by their children.  Prepare for cuteness!

Here’s the card I made for the challenge:

Watercolored Note Card, Spotlight Effect, Stampin' Up, Nuvo Drops

There are so many watercoloring techniques from which to choose, deciding which to try was a daunting task.  I knew I only that I wanted to do something I hadn’t tried previously.  I’ve seen this spotlighting technique a number of times in Pinterest and decided to give it a go.  I think the look is pretty striking and will definitely try this again.

Here’s how I did it:

  1. I cut two panels of watercolor paper to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.  There are many watercolor papers from which to choose; but my go to is Strathmore 140# cold-press.
  2. From one panel I die cut a stitched rectangle from the center.  After cutting, I taped the inner and outer pieces together on the reverse with low tack tape.  My go-to is Micropore Tape
  3. Using the MISTI, together with their Creative Corners, I stamped the flower outline from the Beautiful Day stamp set by Altenew on the first panel with Tsukineko VersaFine Ink in Black Onyx.  Note: This ink is slow to dry, so be careful not to smudge it.
  4. I swapped panels and stamped again.
  5. I moved the flower outline to the next position and repeated steps 3 and 4.
  6. Before cleaning off the stamp, stamp again on a scrap paper to use as a mask.  For this, I use Post-It Full Adhesive Notes.  I cut the mask directly on the perimeter line.
  7. I masked the flower and then stamped the leaf outline; again swapping and stamping both panels before moving the leaf to the next location.  Finish out the design.
  8. I painted the flowers using Tattered Rose Distress Ink with an aqua painter.
  9. Using the second layer of this stamp set, I inked it with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and then spritzed it with water.  I carefully lined it up and stamped again.  With the aqua painter I added more ink in some areas and lightened others until I was happy with the look.
  10. I used the final stamp layer to add the darkest, Festive Berries Distress Ink; adding and lightening as desired.  NOTE:  I linked to the full-sized ink pads, but I use the mini ink pads and have been very happy with them.  I can ink my stamps with no problem and they take up much less storage space.
  11. Following the same method, I painted the leaves with Bundle Sage and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks.
  12. I allowed the ink to dry.  Alternatively you can help it along with a heat gun.
  13. I added a piece of craft foam to the back of the painted panel and mounted it to the larger panel; carefully lining-up the images.
  14. Finishing touches include the addition of a Hero Arts Hello Die cut which I coated with Wink of Stella and then Glossy Accents.  I mounted it with Ranger Multi-Medium using a new to me item which is now on my “favorites” list, Darice Precision Tip Applicators.  Having had no luck with the other precision tips other bloggers have praised, I hesitated to buy this one; but this one works like a charm.  I coated the painted areas with Wink of Stella and accented it with Nuvo Drops in Ebony Black and Carnation Pink.  Then added some additional dots randomly on the smaller panel.  When I took pictures of the card, I decided I needed more dots, so the card you see at Connie Can Crop shows it with the additions.  I have trouble with dots and sequins…there’s a fine line between not enough and too much and I’m still trying to learn the difference.
  15. I added it to a Basic Black card base.  The inside is blank as I want to use this as a note card.

Here’s a closer look at the flower so you can see the sparkle and dimension:


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Except…when I reduced the size and quality to post on my blog, I lost all that detail.  Well, so here’s a close-up; minus the sparkle and dimension. 馃槈

If you’d like to see what the rest of the Connie Can Crop design team created for you, just click here!  And I sure hope you’re inspired to join the challenge yourself.  You can find all the details on the post.




Sometimes at Eyelet Outlet

These doughnuts look good enough to eat, don’t they?  Alas, they’re Doughnut Brads so you can’t eat them, but you can sure make some cute projects with them!

And, even if I do say so myself, I think this card is cute!  I used a card base I purchased in the Silhouette store as I wanted my card to have that eyelet scallop across the bottom.

Card made with Doughnut Brads from Eyelet Outlet. Sometimes...

From there, I added the eyelet circle to the middle and cut the center hole from the front of the card.  So, you’re actually peeking into the card to see that full plate of doughnuts.

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I created a mat using digital patterned paper from the Puppy Love kit from NitWit Collections.  The greeting was made using the CK Frosting font.  I printed it on a banner with stitching across the top and bottom and matted it on a larger mat of Regal Rose.

When you open the card you see the doughnuts on the plate cut from Glossy White paper (same as photo paper) and the sentiment, which I hope makes you smile.

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The sentiment was typed using the same font using the text to path option in my Silhouette.

I have a curious question for you.  When you type what is sitting on that plate, do you type it as donuts or doughnuts?  I normally type the first version, but because it was listed the other way in the Eyelet Outlet store (and actually the correct version), I used that; but it was a struggle, LOL

How Are Things at Sunsational Stamps

Today I’m sharing a card I made using the cute  Giraffe Photopolymer Stamp from Sunsational Stamps.

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In previous posts sharing Sunsational Stamps images, I’ve colored and paper-pieced them.  On this card, I “filled” them with pattern in my Silhouette design screen.  This is easy to do with digital stamps, but you can do it with photopolymer stamps as well.  All you need to do is stamp it as you normally would, scan it into your computer and then import it to the Silhouette (or the e-cutter you have in your craft room). 

Once in my design screen, I trace the image and then select the area(s) I want to fill using the drag and drop method.  Here’s a closer look at the image so you can see the various patterns:

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I layered the image on two stitched ovals and then placed it on my card base which I embossed with an overall leaf pattern.  I decided I wanted to make my greeting run down the side of the card, so I cut 3/4″ from the front right hand side (leaving the back full size).  I printed my greeting on a piece of white card stock and cut it to 1 1/4″ and attached it under the front of the card, lining it up with the edge on the back of my card.  Here’s a picture, just in case that sounds confusing:

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For the sentiment inside, I just couldn’t help but refer to your “neck” of the woods…I mean, how can you have a cute giraffe and not refer to his long neck???

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For those of you who have an interest, I used the Agent Orange font and filled it with the same pattern as the leaves, making the shadow black.  I hope you return soon to see more of what I have created to share with you!



Sooner at Eyelet Outlet

If you’re looking for my Miss Kate Cuttables project, please click here.  And if you’d like to see my Challenge Up Your Life post, you’ll find that here

Today I’m sharing I card I made for my design team post for Eyelet Outlet using the Heart Jewel Bling.  

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I made the card using a cut file I found in the Silhouette store.  I thought this design was so cute, but never got around to making it.  When I saw the hearts I knew they would take this card to the next level.  So off I went to make it!  There are other heart brads in the Eyelet Outlet store which would have worked just as well; the Plump Glitter Heart Brads Plump Glitter Heart Brads, Heart Brads and Plump Heart Brads are just a few.

The digital patterned paper comes from the Ouchies kit by NitWit Collections.  I changed some of the colors in it to coordinate with the hearts and band aids.  After attaching it to the Whisper White card base, it seemed a bit plain so I hand drew the border.  Here’s a closer look at the band aids, sponged on the edges for depth and dimension.

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For inside the card, I cut a panel and used the color fill option to match the blue to the patterned paper on the front.  For the sentiment, I matched the font to the patterned paper as well.

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More hand drawn border and the card was finished.

Need a Hug at Miss Kate Cuttables

I’m sharing the card I made for my Miss Kate Cuttables design team post.  But I want to remind you to take a look at the Freebie of the Day at the Miss Kate Cuttables store. 

Okay, now I’ll show you my card first and then talk a bit about it:

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I did something with this Cute Octopus that never occurred to me previously.  I turned it into a digital stamp by converting the cut lines to print lines, making them thicker and selecting the print lines option.   I don’t know why I never thought about this; but I just more than doubled my digital stamp collection by doing it and will look at cut files I may have passed over before in a whole new way.

I printed the octopus on water-color paper and cut it in a stitched circle.  I colored him using Copic markers and dotted the bubbles with Glossy Accents.  The mat is an inverted scallop Basic Black circle from the Silhouette store.  Here’s a closer look at that:

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I found two patterned papers I purchased l-o-n-g ago and embossed them with the D-Vine Swirls and Retro Circles embossing folders and placed them on a mat of Basic Black, punching all the outer corners with the ticket punch.  I wrapped some coordinating fiber across the middle before attaching the mat to the Whisper White card base and the focal image with dimensionals.  The greeting was typed in black using the CK Fairytale font; punched with a mat of Basic Black from a retired punch from Stampin’ Up. Two large eyelets to the upper right for a finishing touch!

Inside, I typed a sentiment which plays off both the octopus and the greeting using the same font.

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I encourage you to try doing this with one of your cut file to see if you agree it opens up a whole new world to you.

I’ve also submitted this card to the following challenge:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies-Challenge #4 Anything Goes with a Critter

Picnic at Challenge Up Your Life

Today brings another Challenge Up Your Life challenge.  This week the theme is food/treats.  If you’d like to join the challenge, just click here.

And here’s the card I made in honor of the occasion:

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I don’t know about you, but I love picnics.  I haven’t been on one in a very long time, though, and this card is making me want to pack a basket right now. 

The card is part of a kit by SVGCuts…they’ve got some great card-in-a-box cut files.  I cut the base from Crumb Cake card stock and the balance was either print and cut or cut from scraps…I’ve got lots of scraps, so I’m always glad when I can use them.

The grapes were made using the Red Jewel Bling Sheet from Eyelet Outlet.  I wanted to make them a bit darker, so I coated them with a dark red Copic marker.  And the flower centers are small pearls, also from Eyelet Outlet, are colored with a yellow Copic marker.  Finishing touches include a bow on the basket handle and Wink of Stella on the wine.

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And here’s another look down into the box, so you can see the inserts.  Now that I look at it again, I think this picnic basket could do with a plate of cheese right there next to the wine.  There’s room for it and it would certainly pair well with the wine and grapes, don’t you think.

Once again I want to remind you to check in on the challenge and link up for food/treats themed project…and good luck!

Sending Love at The Cutting Cafe

For our challenge today, The Cutting Cafe Design Team is using the Fun With Silhouettes printable stamp set and cut file.  This set has 66, yes that many, printable images and 36 cut files; so it was quite difficult to decide which I wanted to use. 

Finally I opted to use the airplane and paired it with a clip art globe for my card and coordinating gift tag:

I cut the airplane five times and stacked the layers to make it thicker; like chipboard.  The top layer has a heart shape cut into which I inserted a heart of Real Red card stock.

The globe was free clip art which I turned into a cut file.  I simply cut a circle of Marina Mist and then traced the “land” and cut that from Garden Green, both Stampin’ Up card stocks.  I embossed the blue with the Seaside embossing folder and the green with Square Lattice.  There was a bit too much texture!  So, I put the layers together and then ran it through the Big Shot again between the two plates and some shims to give just the illusion of texture.  Using the World Traveler, I traced the longitude and latitude lines with a stylus.  To finish, I coated the heart and water with Wink of Stella and added a dab of Glossy Accents on the heart.  After I assembled the card, I realized I needed a little something more on the front, so I added the white mat.

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Inside, a short and sweet sentiment with three more hearts.

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I did the same thing with the gift tag; layering for thickness and adding a heart on the top layer.

If you have a moment, check out The Cutting Cafe Blog to see what the rest of the design team has created to share with you.

Wonderful at Eyelet Outlet

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I didn’t know I loved washi tape until I started working with Eyelet Outlet’s large selection of it.  I think the decorative is my favorite, or maybe it’s the glitter washi, no, the foil washi, but the holiday washi is great.  Okay, so I love it all!! 

Today I’m working with two of the Glitter Washi Tapes:

The Glitter Dot Washi

And the Glitter Purple Washi

Here’s the card I made:Wonderful wm 1

I’ve had this Vivid Vases stamp set from Stampin’ Up for a long time now and I bought it because I saw a video on paper piecing the vases.  I was hooked!  When I saw this glitter washi, I knew that’s what I wanted to use. 

I decided to make a split front card using Basic Black card stock, so you’re actually looking at the image through acetate.  I used the heavy weight Hero Art Acetate Cards and cut what I need.  This heavier acetate will keep the front of the card from bowing under the weight.  I made the opening just the right size for my image.  The acetate was attached to the inside of the front of the card.  The extra black card stock was cut to size and placed on the back side of the acetate to hide the adhesive.

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For the front of the card, I applied a strip of the Glitter Dot Washi across the front.  I wanted to accent it with the Glitter Purple Washi, but cut it down to 1/4″.  It’s very easy to cut with a ruler and craft knife.  Also, just in case you didn’t know, washi is low tack so you can lift it and reposition it if you need to.  I love being able to do that.

I created a banner for across the bottom using the greeting from the same stamp set.  There was just enough room on either side of the greeting for some bling.  For that, I used the Purple Jewel Bling Strips.

To stamp the image on a panel of Whisper White, I used StazOn Black Ink and the MISTI to ensure perfect placement.  I stamped it again on a piece of scrap Whisper White, again with the MISTI.  Then I applied the Washi directly on the image and stamped again (several times) until I got a clear image on the Washi.  As an aside, you want to be sure to use StazOn Ink when stamping on the Washi or the ink will smear.  I fussy cut each vase and attached them (keeping them on the scrap card stock for stability) with Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive. 

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My last step was to color the flowers using Copic markers, pulling the color cues from the washi tape. 

Have you used washi tape on your projects?  If so, please share how you’ve used it in the comments section…always looking for new ways to work with it!


A Year of Card Techniques-Bleaching Your Card

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We鈥檝e assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you鈥檒l see a great variety of cards and ideas.

From laundry, to disinfectant, to fashion, bleach is a staple in many households; but did you know you can use bleach in your card making and paper crafting? Yup, from stamping, to painting, and several techniques in between, we鈥檙e going to share our experiments with you. And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

Our  amazing sponsor this month is Debbie Bonczek of Close to My Heart.

Please take a moment to check out the great products Close to My Heart has to offer. To visit Debbie’s blog, click here.


And the awesome prize this month is:

We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win. The winner will be announced on Sunday, July 23, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart鈥檚 blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday the 23rd to see if you are the lucky winner.

You should  have arrived here from the my friend Claudia’s blog.  If you’re visiting  here first, you might want to start at the Claudia’s so you don’t miss out on increasing your chance of winning by commenting on  each blog.

Now to my projects:

For my first card, I used the Bloom with Hope stamp by Stampin’ Up on Early Espresso card stock.  I stamped with Tsukineko’s VersaFink Ink in Onyx Black and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I applied bleach inside the embossed lines.

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Next, I used the Artistically Asian set by Stampin’ Up.  Here I used a bleach soaked paper towel as my stamp pad and then stamped directly on the Real Red card stock.

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Back to heat embossing again, this time on Brushed Silver card stock.  I brushed the bleach on the snowman and all the areas colored in red, green and orange.  I really didn’t have to bleach the areas I was going to color, but the color showed up better because of it.

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Aside from the Brushed Silver card stock,  every color card stock to which I applied bleach turned yellow.  I don’t know if that’s peculiar to Stampin’ Up or if all papers react that way; but I plan to never work with bleach again, so I will never know. 

In the following weeks I hope to share more details for each card, but for now you鈥檙e off to visit with the talented Wilma’s blog.

I hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!






Here鈥檚 the full line-up in case you get lost:  

To Go, Please at Connie Can Crop

It’s my Connie Can Crop design team day!  I’m sharing a card made with an image by our sponsor this month, Bugaboo Digi Stamps.  This particular image is called JJ- Coffee To Go.  I opted to go with a flip card:

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To start I print and cut the mats using digital patterned paper from the Coffee Lover Kit by Digi Doodle Studio.  I color matched that to Bazzill card stock to cut the remaining mats and base.

I printed the focal image and the sentiment on Stampin’ Up’s Very Vanilla card stock.  I printed it on Whisper White first, but it was just too stark against the browns.  I colored the image using Copic markers with a bit of Glossy Accents on her glasses and shoes and the lid to the coffee cup.  A little sponging around the edges with some Soft Suede finished it off and I added it to the front with some mounting tape.

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For those of you who don’t know what a flip card is, here’s a look at it down from the top.  You can see how, through several cleverly placed cuts and folds, the focal image flips when you open the card to reveal the sentiment on the other side.

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And here’s the sentiment…which I love!  I know I have days where I wish that was on the menu!

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I hope you’ve already entered a project in Connie Can Crop’s monthly challenge.  The theme this month is, “Use Your Stash”, so pretty much anything goes!

And don’t forget our sponsor this month is Bugaboo Digi Stamps…wouldn’t you love a chance to get your hands on a gift certificate to their store?  Well, here’s your chance!

To link up your project or to obtain more information on the challenge, just click here.

I’m also entering this card in the following challenge: