No line watercoloring with Rooted in Nature

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a quick and easy “no line watercoloring” card featuring the Rooted in Nature stamp set! If you have never tried watercoloring, today’s card is a great way to give it a try, even if you don’t think you have “an artistic bone”! lol Just like with card making, it’s best to start with something small and simple, this way you can work on your skills and gradually work on adding more to your cards!

The base layer for this card is this design from the Garden Lane DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. A 4” strip of the Whisper White Flax Ribbon.

2. Sahara Sand Adhesive-Backed Sequins, from the Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins.

3. Heat emboss the sentiment on Garden Green cardstock in White Embossing Powder and use your snips to cut out.

4. Stamp and watercolor the tree image on a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper (instructions below for stamping and coloring) and cut out with the third smallest layering Stitched Rectangle Die. Use the fourth smallest layering Stitched Rectangle Die to cut a piece of Soft Sea Foam cardstock, which will be layered under the watercolor paper.

For the “no line watercoloring”:

1. Stamp the tree image on the watercolor paper in Smoky Slate.

2. Using the smaller aqua painter brush, use Early Espresso ink for the tree trunk and limbs and Mossy Meadow ink for the leaves.

3. Using the bigger aqua painter brush, use Soft Sea Foam ink to color around the tree, from top to bottom. I gave this a gradient look by using less ink as I colored down to the bottom of the tree.

To assemble the card front, use Tear & Tape to adhere the flax ribbon across the middle of the DSP, use dimensionals to adhere the tree image and sentiment pieces, and use your Take Your Pick tool to place four of the Sahara Sand adhesive-back sequins to the DSP:

This completed piece is adhered to a Soft Sea Foam cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Garden Green ink, and adhere a ¾” x 4” strip of coordinating DSP along the bottom:

Quick and easy card to make! No line watercoloring is another great way to give your stamped images a different look! Of the products used for this card, the Garden Lane DSP, Whisper White Flax Ribbon, and the Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins are all on the retirement list from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. Don’t forget, all products on the retirement list are only “while supplies last”!

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No stamping required!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Country Club Designer Series Paper from the 2020 Mini Catalog! This is part of the Country Club Suite, which is perfect for the golfer in your life! Not only that, but if you are planning what to make for Father’s Day or have a more bright and colorful cards, this would also be perfect! Yes, I know that Father’s Day is down the road and we literally just celebrated Christmas….just throwing ideas out there! Lol Trust me, I’m still recovering from the Christmas rush to get everything made, out the door, and spending time with family. So, why not show you an easy card to make that requires NO stamping? That’s right, one of the designs from the DSP has a side that you can color (or not) and it cuts perfectly to make 12 smaller cuts at 3” x 4”. I thought this would be perfect to get out both sets of the Watercolor Pencils and the Aqua Painter for today’s card!

I cut one strip at 4” and then cut each scene at 3”, which there are 3 different scenes, and if you cut down a 12” x 12”, you will get 4 of each scene. For this card, I chose to color this scene:

The base layer is this DSP design, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. Enough Whisper White Baker’s Twine to tie around the DSP twice, to crisscross the front.

2. A 2 ½” x 4” piece of Vellum cardstock embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder (I put a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock behind it so you could see).
3. Color in the scenery with Watercolor Pencils using Garden Green for the trees, Early Espresso for the tree trunks, Balmy Blue for the water, Granny Apple Green for the grass, Crushed Curry for the shirt, Night of Navy for the pants, Basic Black for the hat and gloves, mix Balmy Blue and Whisper White for the sky, and mix Flirty Flamingo (very light) with Whisper White to color the arm. I used the small tipped aqua painter to blend (or color) the colors on the DSP. Tip-be very easy with the amount of water used, as you can see I used a bit too much for the sky and the paper will start to crinkle up.

To assemble, I first adhered the embossed Vellum cardstock in the middle of the DSP and then wrapped the baker’s twine around to crisscross the front:

I then adhered the scenery on top with dimensionals and adhered this completed piece to a Night of Navy cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and adhere a ¾” x 4” strip of DSP along the side:

Viola! Now you have a “no stamped card”! I know, that’s because technically I left the inside sentiment blank! Lol Think of it this way, you can now make some quick and easy “blank” cards to have on hand for any occasion! How many times have you needed a card at the last minute? For me, it’s usually because my husband asks me “Hey, can you make a card for…?” and I tell him I already have one, just need to stamp the inside sentiment! 

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog! 

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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Create your own watercolor background!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper! You may have noticed that among some of the product changes in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, there is new watercolor paper. While I do still have some of the previous watercolor paper, I purchased a pack of the new paper so I can see for myself and share it with you. For starters, the new paper is 5” x 7” and comes with 10 sheets and the old paper is 6” x 9” and comes with 5 sheets, so slightly smaller, but more paper. Texture and color-the old paper has a distinct texture, whereas the new is very subtle and a bit smoother, but the color is pretty much the same. The new paper doesn’t feel as “stiff” as the old paper, but definitely is easy to color with using an Aqua Painter and Stampin’ Blends, which I used for today’s card. 

The one difference with the new paper, is that in order to get a “crisp and clean” stamped image, I had to use my Stampin’ Pierce Mat under the paper. I do have a large mat under my grid paper when I stamp so I don’t always have to use my pierce mat for photopolymer stamps, but using the pierce mat definitely made a difference! 

The bottom two flowers are stamped with the Stampin’ Pierce Mat behind the watercolor paper, the top three are stamped with the craft mat that I have on my desk.

The base layer is the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I used the large flower from Floral Essence in Smoky Slate and cut two additional images to create a mask so that the stamped flowers did not overlap onto each other:

I then used the small leaf stamp to fill in some of the space around the flowers:

I found it easiest to use a drop of refill ink for coloring, you can either use a clear block or place a drop of ink in the lid of the stamp pad (of the same color of course!)

1. Use the medium tip brush to color in the lines of the petals with Flirty Flamingo and Blackberry Bliss inks and to color in the centers with Daffodil Delight ink,

2. Use the large tip brush to fill in the flowers with Flirty Flamingo lines with Petal Pink ink and fill in the flowers with Blackberry Bliss lines with Highland Heather ink.

3. Use the medium tip brush to color in the leaves with Granny Apple Green ink.

4. Color the background around the flowers and leaves in with Light Soft Sea Foam ink.

5. Use a Blender Pen with Craft White ink around the outline of the flowers. Tip-I have a pen that one side is designated just for craft ink.

I wanted to see if I could give the paper a little more texture, so I embossed it with the Subtle EF, but after the ink completely dried:

For the rest of the card front you will need:

1. Enough Silver Metal Thread to wrap around your hand five times, this will go behind the sentiment.

2. Stamp the sentiment in Smoky Slate ink on Whisper White cardstock, cut out with the Story Label Punch, and then punch out another piece in Silver Foil, cut in half, to layer behind the sentiment.

Adhere the Silver Foil layer behind the sentiment, place some additional adhesive on the back, and then wrap and twist the thread behind the sentiment:

The sentiment piece is adhered to the base layer with dimensionals and then this completed piece is adhered to a Smoky Slate cardstock card base cut at 4 ¼”x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The inside sentiment is stamped on Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, in Smoky Slate ink. The flowers are stamped in the corner with Smoky Slate ink and I used one of the masks to layer the flowers. I colored these in with Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Petal Pink, Dark Flirty Flamingo, Dark Blackberry Bliss, and Light Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends, to tie into the colors on the card front:

Isn’t this a fun way to create your own background?? I really enjoyed my first time using the new Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper and will definitely try another project using Watercolor Pencils to share with you all!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog! 

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products.

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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