Tuesday, October 17, 2017

No-Fuss Watercolor Christmas Rose Bouquet

Hello Crafters! It's Kelly here and for today's card I wanted something that looked gorgeous but required minimal effort. Kinda like champagne taste on a coca-cola income, you know what I'm saying?

Let me help you understand my state of mind heading into this card. Have you seen the movie The Help?

In the movie, the housekeeper Aibileen tells the little girl she cares for "You is kind. You is smart, You is important." Which is beautiful. I have a less charming version I think to myself every morning.

"You is hungry. You is late. You is tired."

Can I get an Amen?

The new Christmas Rose Bouquet set was a perfect fit for my mood.

I only stamp this stunning border stamp twice to cover my entire card panel. No masking, no arranging, just stamp and BAM! we're on to the coloring. This is the best type of card when you just want to chill and color.

Speaking of coloring, I went the foolproof route here too. I'm not even ashamed.

I heat embossed set my images using white embossing powder. This style of watercolor helps keep all of the water in their designated areas making it super easy to get a beautifully watercolored card really easily.

Another easy way out? I didn't have to prepare a palate to paint from. I used a few watercolor dot cards I had. Wet paint brush to dot card, dot card to watercolor paper. Easy Peasy folks.

You can watch the whole card come together in the video below.


Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

I love how the vellum sentiment floats over those gorgeous flowers. The images are stunning with just a bit of sparkle to finish it all off.

I'd say we pulled it off. How about you? I'd love to hear your favorite ways to craft when life's got you feeling the strain.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Featured Supplies

For your convenience, here is a list of the featured supplies used on today's project(s), along with links to purchase. Please note: this list contains affiliate links.

Wplus9 White Cardstock
Wplus9 White Cardstock
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Wplus9 Christmas Rose Bouquet
Wplus9 Christmas Rose Bouquet
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Wplus9 Holiday Trimmings
Wplus9 Holiday Trimmings
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Sizzix BIG SHOT PLUS MACHINE Gray And White
Sizzix BIG SHOT PLUS MACHINE Gray And White
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Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent
3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent
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Canson MONTVAL WATERCOLOR 9x12 Pad
Canson MONTVAL WATERCOLOR 9x12 Pad
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Simon Says Stamp LARGE GRID PAPER Pack Pad
Simon Says Stamp LARGE GRID PAPER Pack Pad
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun
Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
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Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag
Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag
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Pretty Pink Posh 6MM SPARKLING CLEAR Cupped Sequins
Pretty Pink Posh 6MM SPARKLING CLEAR Cupped Sequins
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Pretty Pink Posh 4MM SPARKLING CLEAR Cupped Sequins
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM SPARKLING CLEAR Cupped Sequins
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER WHITE Fine Detail
Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER WHITE Fine Detail
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Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS
Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS
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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
MINI MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
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Silver BLACK VELVET Brush Size 2 Round
Silver BLACK VELVET Brush Size 2 Round
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Bazzill 40 LB VELLUM 8.5 x 11
Bazzill 40 LB VELLUM 8.5 x 11
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Silver BLACK VELVET Brush Size 8 Round
Silver BLACK VELVET Brush Size 8 Round
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We R Memory Keepers TRIM AND SCORE Board
We R Memory Keepers TRIM AND SCORE Board
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Simon Says Stamp Daniel Smith DEBBY'S SET Watercolor Palette
Simon Says Stamp Daniel Smith DEBBY'S SET Watercolor Palette
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Simon Says Stamp Daniel Smith SHARI'S SET Watercolor Palette
Simon Says Stamp Daniel Smith SHARI'S SET Watercolor Palette
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Simon Says Stamp Cardstock WHITE GLITTER
Simon Says Stamp Cardstock WHITE GLITTER
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Simon Says Stamp BASIC RECTANGLES Wafer Dies
Simon Says Stamp BASIC RECTANGLES Wafer Dies
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Christmas Rose Bouquet in Colored Pencil with Yana

Have you started working on your Holiday cardmaking yet? Christmas will be here before you know it so better start early and enjoy the cardmaking process to the fullest! Hello friends, this is Yana and I hope you are having a wonderful week!

If you follow my blog and Youtube channel you might have seen these two projects I shared in September using WPlus9 newest Christmas Rose Bouquet set. I adore this large floral cluster and find it a perfect one for creating extra special Christmas cards.

Today I wanted to share a simpler, easier to make version of the two projects I posted on my blog earlier. I started working on this card by heat embossing the bouquet image from the Christmas Rose Bouquet set onto Coal Mine cardstock in Platinum embossing powder. I also added a heat embossed “Joy” from the Hand Lettered Holiday set.

This time I decided to use Prismacolor pencils (I wanted to try using other pencil colors and since I have a full 150 set of Prismacolors I picked this brand of pencils for my project, although I prefer to use Polychromos pencils from Faber Castell) and did very basic, beginner coloring. If you actively follow the WPlus9 blog, you might remember some of the pencil colored projects I shared in September - Emerald Leaves Background and Indigo Leaves Background.

I made note of the colors I used in case you’d like to CASe this project.

  • Greens: Chartreuse & Limepeel; Prussian Green & Dark Green
  • Reds: Permanent Red, Crimson Lake & Dark Purple
  • Whites: Peach Beige & White
  • Grays: 70% Warm Grey & 50% Warm Grey

Once my coloring was done I outlined the image with a 70% warm grey pencil and blended it out with a 50% warm grey. Next, to smooth out and soften the gray coloring I went over it with a pencil eraser and erased a lot of the pencil.

I trimmed my panel to 4 x 5 ¼”, inked the edge with embossing ink and heat embossed it with same Platinum embossing powder. Finally, I foam mounted my panel onto an A2 Coal Mine cardstock panel.

Have fun stamping!

Featured Supplies

For your convenience, here is a list of the featured supplies used on today's project(s), along with links to purchase. Please note: this list contains affiliate links.

WPlus9 Christmas Rose Bouquet Stamp Set
WPlus9 Christmas Rose Bouquet Stamp Set
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WPlus9 Hand Lettered Holiday
WPlus9 Hand Lettered Holiday
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WPlus9 Coal Mine Cardstock
WPlus9 Coal Mine Cardstock
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Prismacolor 150 Premier Colored Pencils
Prismacolor 150 Premier Colored Pencils
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
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ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
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Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Platinum Embossing Powder PW117
Hero Arts Platinum Embossing Powder PW117
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Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
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White Fun Foam 12 Pack 9 x 12
White Fun Foam 12 Pack 9 x 12
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Friday, October 13, 2017

The Crew: School Days With Kara

Hello! It's Kara and I'm back today to share a fun-to-create card for the book lover in your life using the new The Crew: School Days stamp set.

As I've mentioned before, I interpret for students in a high school. Last week was our librarian's birthday and I wanted to create a special card for her. She is such a great resource for the staff and students. When I was thinking about what kind of card I wanted to make her an image of her at her desk surrounded by books came to mind. I knew that with the new School Days stamp set I could easily create that.

I started by stamping the stack of books stamp repeatedly on white cardstock to create the background.  I wanted to leave that black and white so that the books in the foreground really stood out. I stamped and die cut the same stack of books quite a few times, as you can see. This time I colored them with Copics in primary colors to keep it bright and fun.

I love that the people in this set, as well as the Garden Club set, have many different styles of clothing and hairstyles so that you can customize it to you recipient. Once she was colored, I tucked her in behind the large oval window that I die cut using the Basic Greetings die. I then stacked the books around her using various adhesives to add dimension.

A simple 'You're the best' sentiment embossed on a black banner from Bountiful Blooms Dies is the finishing touch. She loved it and I hope you do too! Thanks so much for stopping by today and I'll see you again soon.

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