Watercolor Make a Wish

I wanted to create some birthday cards that could be used for the young women in my church.  I color the hair so it matches theirs, and the clothes are colored in their favorite color.  It gives a personal touch and lets them know they are special.

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I began this card by stamping Penny Black Make a Wish on Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossing the image with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  Whenever you are working with embossing powder be sure and prepare your paper prior to stamping with an embossing anti-static tool to remove any oils from the cardstock.  This will ensure the embossing powder only sticks to where the image has been stamped.

I colored the image using Winsor & Newton Watercolor Lightweight Sketchers’ Box Half Pan Set of 24.  Sometimes when I am watercoloring I mix my paints so that I have unique colors and get just the look I desire.  I encourage you to give this a try, it’s a fun creative process.  The sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn Party Animals stamp set.

Once the image was dry I used the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles to cut down the watercolor cardstock.  I then cut a 1/8” larger rectangle from Gold Glitter Cardstock and adhered the watercolor panel using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Because glitter cardstock has a rough texture using good liquid glue ensures that it will stay together.  I die cut a piece of Darice Adhesive Foam and applied it to the back of the glitter cardstock.  The background paper is from DCWV Glitter Basics 6 x 6 Stack of paper, which was adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue to a 120# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock cardbase cut to 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Penny Black Make a Wish Stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Party Animals Sentiment Stamp
  • DCWV Glitter Basics 6 x 6 Stack
  • Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Winsor & Newton Lightweight Sketchers’ Box Half Pan Set of 24
  • Darice Adhesive Foam Sheets

Garden Blooms

I originally made this card for a color challenge, but didn’t get it completed in time.  I like the bright and colorful flowers.

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For this card I decided to do some no line watercoloring.  I stamped the image on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with Distress Ink Antique Linen.  I watercolored the flowers with Winsor & Newton Watercolors: Permanent Rose, Olive Green / Permanent Sap Green, Winsor Violet, Winsor Orange/Permanent Rose, wetting the area I wanted to color first with clear water before dropping in the color.

The cardbase is Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″.  I cut a panel of pink Bo Bunny Passion Fruit Stripe Cardstock with the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Die and adhered it to the card base with the Scotch Advanced Tape Glider.

Once the watercolor was dry I ran it through by Big Shot with the Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials Die scalloped rectangle and applied some Michael Celebrate It pretty pink ribbon for a little added embellishment. For some added dimension I added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back of the focal image and applied it to the card base and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Bo Bunny Passion Fruit Stripe Cardstock
  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Penny Black Garden Blooms Stamp Set
  • Stampendous Agapanthus Thanks Stamp Set
  • Distress Ink Antique Linen
  • Winsor & Newton Watercolor: Permanent Rose, Olive Green / Permanent Sap Green, Winsor Violet, Winsor Orange/Permanent Rose
  • Michaels Celebrate It Ribbon
  • Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden Sequins
  • Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Die
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Hero Hues Black Ink

What a Wonderful Day

The third card I made with background stamps used Hero Arts Lotus stamp on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper, stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Stampin Stuff Clear Embossing Powder.  Distress inks used were Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, and Picked Raspberry and blended with Ranger’s round blending tool.  Using a spray bottle of water a fine mist of water was added to the watercolor paper to help the colors blend.

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This card was for my nephew Devin’s wedding to his fiancee Mandy. It turned out beautiful and elegant. Once the background was complete I used the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle to cut the watercolor background to a panel 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and adhered it with Be Creative 5/8″ tape to a 4 1/4″ x 11″ cardbase, scored at 5 1/2″.

I wanted the background to take center stage so I cut a label from a leftover piece of Strathmore Watercolor paper with My Favorite Things Well-Worn Greetings die and stamped the sentiment from Penny Black’s Special Wishes with Hero Hues Black ink using my MISTI. 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the label for dimension.

For embellishment I cut My Favorite Things Fancy Flourish die from heavy weight white vellum and curved it along the left edge of the label. Flowers were cut using My Favorite Things Flower and Leaf Trio die from Doodlebug Sprinkles White Vellum. The flowers were layered on top of each other and adhered with Micro Glue Dots. A pearl from Michaels Rhinestone Stickers was added to the center of the flower with Micro Glue Dot. To add dimension to the flower it was adhered to the label with a 3/8″ Zots Medium Glue Dot.

For the inside of the card I printed a quote from Elizabeth Browning; “Love doesn’t make the word go round, Love is what makes the ride worthwhile” on Gina K. Design 80# White Cardstock and cut it with the same My Favorite Things Well-Worn Greetings die as was used on the front. Another flourish and flower were added as well. A strip of the background was added to the bottom of the inside card and to the bottom of the envelope and the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Sprinkles White Vellum
  • Heavy Weight White Vellum
  • Hero Arts Lotus stamp
  • Penny Black Special Wishes stamp set
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Stampin Stuff Clear Embossing Powder
  • Distress Ink: Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, and Picked Raspberry
  • Lawn Fawn Largest Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles die
  • My Favorite Things Well-Worn Greetings die
  • My Favorite Things Fancy Flourish die
  • My Favorite Things Flower and Leaf Trio Die
  • Michaels Rhinestone Stickers Pearl
  • Micro Glue Dots
  • Zots 3/8″ Medium Glue Dot

A Warm Welcome

A couple of weeks ago we had three families move into our congregation at church. Our congregations are organized into wards, which are a geographic area that determines who attends at what times.  This ensures that the congregations don’t get so big people won’t be able to know one another and get lost in the crowd. But even with smaller congregations it’s hard to move and not know anyone.  I decided that since I love making cards I would start making welcome cards for the new families. Here are the three cards that I made. I must have been in a pink mood, because all of them have pink flowers.

CARD #1 was made with Altenew’s Peony Bouquet and stamped with Altenew Ink.  This image has multiple layers. I tried stamping the outline area first, but after some trial and error I found I got a better image when I started with the solid base.  For the flowers, layer 1 was stamped with Blush, layer 2 with Rouge, layer 3 with Crimson, and the outline with Hero Hues Black. The leaves were stamped with Frayed Leaf for layer 1 and Forest Glades for layer 2.

I die cut a panel of Gina K. Design 120# white cardstock  using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles and adhered one of the full blooms, the bud, and leaves with Elmer’s Dot Runner adhesive.  The final bloom was adhered with 3M 1/2″ foam tape to give added dimension.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Little One and was stamped with my MISTI in Hero Hues Black. This allowed me to stamp a few times to get a crisp black.  I adhered the panel to a 120# Gina K. Design white card base with 3M 1/2″ foam tape, scattered a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart collection, added a bloom to the inside left corner and the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Altenew Peony Bouquet Stamp and Die
  • Hero Arts Little One Stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles Die
  • Hero Arts Little One Stamp
  • Altenew Ink: Blush, Rouge, Crimson, Frayed Leaf, and Forest Glades
  • Hero Hues Black Ink
  • Elmer’s Dot Runner adhesive
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart Sequins
  • Sizzix Big Shot

CARD #2 was made with Penny Black’s Centerpiece and stamped in VersaMark ink on 140# Cold Press Strathmore Watercolor Paper.  Before stamping I prepped the area with my embossing buddy so the embossing powder would only cling to the stamped image.  I used Ranger’s Platinum Embossing Powder, which gives an elegant feel to the card.  I watercolored the image by wetting down individual flowers and dropping the color into the area, letting the color move on its own and concentrating the darker color where there would be shadows.  I used the following Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Picked Raspberry, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Antique Linen, and Tumbled Glass.

I die cut the watercolor image using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Little One and was stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Ranger Platinum embossing powder. I adhered the panel to a 120# Gina K. Design white card base with 3M 1/2″ foam tape.  You can see a hint of the inside of the card.  I always stamp the image in a light ink or add a small die cut image similar to what is on the front of the card.   Sometimes I add another sentiment, but not always.  I do something similar for the envelopes.  Once the inside was stamped the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Penny Black Centerpiece Stamp
  • Ranger’s Platinum Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark ink
  • Inkadinkado Embossing Buddy
  • Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Picked Raspberry, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Antique Linen, and Tumbled Glass
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles Die
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape

CARD #3 was made with Penny Black’s Blooming Garden. I used the poppy flower image, stamped it with VersaMark ink on 140# Cold Press Strathmore Watercolor Paper, after I prepped the area with my embossing buddy so the embossing powder would only cling to the stamped image.  I used Ranger’s Platinum embossing powder and set it with my heat tool.

I watercolored the image by wetting down individual flower petals and dropping the color into the water, letting it move on its own.  I used Winsor and Newton Permanent Rose and Sap Green.  The background was a blend of Cerulean Blue and Turquoise Light, watered down so that it was a very light wash.  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Beautiful Baby, stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger’s Platinum Embossing Powder.

I die cut the image using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles and adhered the panel to a 120# Gina K. Design white card base with 3M 1/2″ foam tape, stamped the image on the inside of the card with Altenew Rouge ink and the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Penny Black Blooming Garden Stamp
  • My Favorite Things Beautiful Baby Stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles Die
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Altenew Rouge Ink
  • Inkadinkado Embossing Buddy
  • Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Sizzix Big Shot

Happy Birthday Air Boy

My brother-in-law Dan has his birthday on the same day as my wedding anniversary, so it’s easy to remember.  He and my sister live in the San Diego area and a couple of years ago we visited the U.S.S. Midway with them.  Dan and my husband, Michael, had a great day looking at all the details of the ship, where they stored the airplanes when not in use, how precarious it was to take off and land on such a short runway, etc.  They had a grand time.  So, this year I decided to make a birthday card for Dan with Penny Black’s Air Boy.

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I wanted to try my hand at a little no line watercoloring.  I stamped the image on Strathmore 140 lb. Cold Press Watercolor paper with Distress Antique Linen ink and colored the image with the following Distress inks.

  • Cap and Bomber Jacket: Gathered Twigs and Ground Espresso / Collar: Walnut Stain and Gathered Twigs / Ear Flaps: Tea Dye
  • Goggles: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Tea Dye
  • Scarf: Faded Jeans
  • Shoes: Faded Jeans and Weathered Wood
  • Slacks: Brushed Corduroy
  • Airplane: Weathered Wood and Candied Apple
  • Face: Tea Dye and Abandoned Coral
  • Grass: Mowed Lawn
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass

I sized the image using the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle and stamped the greeting from C. C. Designs Amy R Winged Greetings Sentiments using my MISTI with Hero Hues India Black ink.  I adhered the watercolored panel to a top fold card base from blue cardstock I’ve had in my my stash using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for a little dimension and ensuring it would lay flat. On the inside of the card I stamped the image again on white cardstock with Antique Linen  and the “Happy Birthday to You” greeting from the same stamp set and the card was done.00133aw