Friday, April 20, 2018

Tropical Thank You w/Kara

Hello! It's Kara and I have something a little tropical to share with you today. I love all of the different ways designers are using tropical leaves recently. I've been seeing these large leaf designs on all kinds of homeware: pillows, dinnerware and even wallpaper! If you're like me and not bold enough to add them to your home we can certainly enjoy them on our cards.

I love this large leaf stamp from the new Modern Calla Lilies set. It reminds me of the kind of leaves I've been seeing in these trendy designs. I decided to stamp the leaf several times, overlapping the image, but also leave a lot of white space. I colored in the leaves with green Copic markers. I chose 3 coordinating greens. I colored each leaf a different shade and where they overlapped I got even more color variation.

I created black panels to go on top of my designs using the 4 Bar Stitched Rectangle Die. By die cutting the words 'thank you', using the No One Else die set, it allowed the leaf design to peek through.

I added a stamped sentiment using the No One Else stamp set on both cards. For the card on the left I created a little tab to stamp my sentiment and added it to the side of my black panel.

I hope you enjoyed and it inspires you to bring a little of the tropics into your craft space! Thanks for stopping by!

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Wplus9 White Cardstock
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Modern Calla Lilies
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Tombow Watercolor Markers w/Kathy Racoosin

Hello! Today we are welcoming another special Guest Artist - the talented Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker.


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Kathy is an amazing colorist. She is always full of tips and tricks for getting the most out of images and supplies and adding details to really make them "your own". Today, she is sharing a card with us featuring the Modern Calla Lilies set watercolored with Tombow Markers and Distress Ink.

To create this card, she started by stamping the images with the MISTI stamp positioner in Scattered Straw Distress Ink onto Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper. The edges of the stamp were colored with one or two markers then stamped again. Kathy chose to die cut, stamp and then watercolor. However, if you find it easier, you can stamp, watercolor and then die cut. It's all personal preference.

After stamping, she scribbled a little marker onto a palette (you could also use a craft mat or an acrylic block) and picked up the color with a wet paint brush to apply to the images. The stamped color will reactivate and mix with the colors you are applying to create some beautiful variations and blends of color. This is a great trick for quickly and easily adding interest without have to "think" about it or fuss over it.

The background was stamped with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink and a line of color down was drawn down the center with a green marker. The rest was painted with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. Super easy and relaxing.

A layer of vellum was glued on top to soften the background and ready for the bouquet. To finish it off, she custom colored a bit of twine with a Copic Marker and tied it around one of the Calla Lilies. Another great tip!

A great big "Thank You" to Kathy for joining us today! And as always, thank you, for stopping by!

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Modern Calla Lilies
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Modern Calla Lilies Die
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Kindness Shaker With Kara

Hey there! It's Kara and I'm back with a little shaker card featuring the new No One Else stamps and dies mixed with the beautiful Modern Peonies.

I started by stamping these large peonies on watercolor paper and heat embossing them in white. I added color to them using distress inks and water. I had also colored some peonies and leaves with Copic markers and had them on my desk. While moving the pieces around, I actually really liked the look of the water colored flowers with the Copic colored leaves.

To create the shaker portion of the card I die cut the word 'kindness' using the new No One Else die set near the top of a panel that had been cut with the 4 Bar Stitched Rectangle die. I also stamped the sentiment above the die cut window before filling my shaker with heart confetti. I backed the shaker with a piece of white cardstock that I had stamped with the peony and leaf images from Modern Peonies for a bit of interest behind the letters.

I adhered the peonies and leaves at the bottom of the shaker panel and attached it to the card base layered up with a piece of black cardstock.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Wplus9 White Cardstock
Wplus9 White Cardstock
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Wplus9 Black Cardstock
Wplus9 Black Cardstock
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Wplus9 4 Bar Stitched Rectangles Die
Wplus9 4 Bar Stitched Rectangles Die
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Wplus9 PURE COLOR Black Dye Ink
Wplus9 PURE COLOR Black Dye Ink
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Wplus9 Modern Peonies Stamp
Wplus9 Modern Peonies Stamp
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Wplus9 Modern Peonies Die
Wplus9 Modern Peonies Die
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No One Else
No One Else
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No One Else Die
No One Else Die
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Friday, April 13, 2018

Free Hand Watercolor Florals w/Kelly

Hello Crafters!

I don't know about you, but I'm so ready for Spring. So ready. It just seems like this particular Winter will not let go. Somehow it missed the memo that it's time.

In the meantime I'm still making Springtime in my craft room because a girl has to find a way to survive the snow.

I have had a few crafters ask me how I go about painting what I call "blobby" flowers. It's really just an extremely loose watercolor but it looks blobby to me haha. I thought I'd show you two different ways you can approach it.

For the first card I started by using the large lily from the He is Risen stamp set to create my placement. Building bouquets can be a struggle for me when I'm stamping in general so I like to use a stamp as a place holder. I stamped in a very light distress ink color because they are water soluble and when I paint over them, the color I originally stamped with basically disappears.

For the next card I really did just wing it. I placed down several blobs of rose in a general wreath shape before adding a circle or halo of water around each one. This helps the pigment spread into organic shapes so none of my flowers look the same. I adjusted the design as I needed to with this version. If it seemed off balance I could just add a leaf or a flower here and there until I was happy.

Some things are easier to "show" than "tell". You can see how I created these cards in the video below:


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The cards were really quick to make. I think this is the shortest video I've made in about 6 months lol. Seriously though it would be fun and really quick to make several of these for a set or even just to practice. The more you practice, the more comfortable you become with the process. And I promise, improvement comes as well!

I think the flowers are soft and pretty, but honestly my favorite part is the combination of the sentiment, bold and structured contrasted against the light soft flowers.

Do you see yourself trying out this technique? Let me know in the comments below. I always look forward to and enjoy reading your comments!


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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN
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Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
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Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
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Canson MONTVAL WATERCOLOR 9x12 Pad
Canson MONTVAL WATERCOLOR 9x12 Pad
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Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET
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Simon Says Stamp LARGE GRID PAPER Pack Pad
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MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
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MINI MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
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Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES
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We R Memory Keepers TRIM AND SCORE Board
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Daniel Smith QUINACRIDONE PURPLE
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Tim Holtz INK PALETTE
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