Jar of Love: How to fill with water

A while back I got a request from Elaine (Hi Elaine!) in my comments asking how I create a water look in my jars.  Since I had already pre-planned and prepped most of my April blog posts early and I needed ample time to create samples of various water-filled jars, take photos, then write up this blog…well, I’m finally getting around to posting the many ways that I have created water in the Jar of Love stamps.

By far the easiest way to create the water filled jar is to use the water stamp which comes in the Jar of Love bundle and your preferred blue ink.  Even if doing this, you still have the option to alter the stamped image as I have done in image 2 above.

It is important to note that when choosing how to color water in your jars, the paper you choose will dictate choices which you have to work your inked images.

Stampin’ UP! Whisper White cardstock will pill very easily if it gets too wet. This paper is best used with direct stamping, blender pen use, watercolor pencils without water or VERY light water blending.

Stampin’ UP! Whisper White Notecards & Whisper White Thick cardstock  will hold up slightly better than the regular Whisper White, but still can not tolerate much water.

Stampin’ UP! Shimmery cardstock will allow for moderate water, but many beginners will find this also is easily overworked and pills with a heavy hand.  Once you get more comfortable watercoloring, you should easily be able to use this as a paper source for watercolor pencils + Aqua painters or a brush. Plus, stamped images are crisper on a smooth surface.

I love the effects of traditional watercoloring techniques seen above on the Shimmery White cardstock.  Both Shimmery white cardstock and Watercolor paper can get the results seen above with these basic techniques.  As stated earlier, Whisper White will not hold up well to the water wash primer with additional water application without pilling.

Stampin’ UP! watercolor paper is a very heavy watercolor paper which will hold up well to water washes, ink washes, dripping water, and puddles of water.  I purposely overworked watercolor paper to show how, if working too quickly with an aqua painter or rough brush, pilling can still occur.

Not all watercolor paper is created like the Stampin’ UP! watercolor paper.  Yes, I own other brands and many are cheaper.  Yes, the quality & results are easily recognizable. I prefer the heavier SU! paper over the box-store versions hands down!  The old saying you get what you pay for holds true here. Generally speaking, a good heavy weight cold-press watercolor paper gives the best results.

Make the choices which work for you and allow you to get comfortable with the techniques. Many people tell me that it is impossible to watercolor on regular Whisper White cardstock.  Yet, once you learn how to control the water, that is only partially true.  You will never get the same results or be able to do all of the watercolor techniques because it won’t hold up to heavy water use, but you can use watercolor pencils and watercolor images on this paper–It just takes a lot of practice.

I prefer, when using Stampin’ UP! products alone, to go with the Shimmer White cardstock.  I like the shimmery appearance of the background and the smooth surface of this paper which takes stamps well.  The more water you wish to use and ink bleed you want from your watercoloring, the more need there is for a good watercolor paper. The results you see above in the Shimmer White could easily be achieved in the watercolor paper, but the wash on the last (overworked) image of the watercolor paper would have been a trashed sample on Shimmer White long before I got to this point. Just remember the rule of water: more water needs better, thicker paper.  Since some techniques require more water, you have to choose accordingly.

One last tip: Need a palette for your ink?  Tap your ink pad, scribble your marker, add reinker, or use your watercolor pencil & aqua painter to create a puddle of color on one of your acrylic stamp blocks.  Then you can grab color from the block and ‘paint’.  Clean up is simple-just wash & dry the block when you are done.

Of course there are a multitude of other ways to create the look of water in a jar.  This just touches on a few basic ink to paper techniques, with just one other medium thrown in a sample (the fine tip glue). I hope this gives you a starting point to getting inky.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

Falling In Love DSP Scrapbook Layout

The Falling In Love DSP which is available in the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions catalog has some great designs for cards and scrapbook pages alike.

Today, I’m sharing a simple scrapbook layout with the floral Rich Razzleberry pattern which comes in this 12″x12″ Falling In Love paper pack.

On the page above, I simply cut 5 Rich Razzleberry card stock pieces at 4.25″x4.25″ and spaced  4 of them 1/4″ from sides; centering the last as a center diamond.  This leaves space for 5 4″x4″ photos, or as I did here- an embellishment with the Jar of Love stamps & dies in the center.

Since you typically get 2 of each pattern in a pack of DSP (unless it is a specialty paper), it makes it easy to do double page layouts using the DSP as the background paper.

Using DSP as your background paper provides interest and can provide texture too, depending on the paper.

As you see in the second page of the layout, I continued with the Jar of Love products on a Stitched Shapes Framelits Oval to create the area which will hold a title/journal area.  The photo mats for this page are 4.25″x6.25″ and 3.25″x4.25″.  These mats are spaced 1/2″ from sides and each other.

These pages went together quickly for me.  It did help that I had previously stamped and cut the Jar of Love materials when I was working on another project.

The design for these pages creates easy layout template where many other patterned papers and stamp/die sets could be substituted to make another theme.  Try substituting the Falling In Love DSP for the Urban Underground DSP and the Jar of Love items for the Build It tools.  Do both layouts & add photos and check Mother’s Day and Father’s Day off your list!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

 

Hello Lovely Jar of Love Scrapbook Layout

This hello lovely Jar of Love (stamps & die bundle) layout  turned out better than I imagined it in my head.  

It took a considerable amount of time stamping and die-cutting all the flowers for this page, but I am very pleased with the end results.

I’ve always liked the combination of pink & green.  The Mint Macaron & Blushing Bride card stocks are great together for this combination.  Having not been a big fan of Mint Macaron when it debuted in 2015, I can now say that I will sorely miss this color as it leaves in May after it’s 2-year stint in the In-Color family line of 2015-2017.  But as it goes, I’m sure something wonderful will take the place it has now fondly filled in my heart. Perhaps I’ll need time warming up to those 2017-2019 In-Colors too, or I may love them instantly.  I can’t wait to find out in the next few months what they’ll be!  …And perhaps some time my day will be made and all my favorite colors will return to the line-up so that I can play with them again.  …Okay, I’ll stop dreaming now!

Speaking of dreaming though, this page really gave me that dreamy-girl feeling.  Perhaps it is the color combination: In addition to the colors already mentioned, there is the Black & White bold striped paper from the Pop of Pink DSP, Wisteria Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, and Flirty Flamingo Inks, & the added touch of Gold Foil paper for the leaves & heart.

I’ve been stingy  …frugal? … cheap? in the past and didn’t used much of this foil paper.  I’m a convert!  This page would not be the same without it!  Please don’t be like I was, waiting for the perfect moment to break out the foil paper.  It really is that little something that can take your projects from okay to WOW!

The Stitched Shapes Framelits also add that extra touch to the center embellishment.  The “hello lovely” is a stamp in the Hello Lovely Project Life accessories pack.  And that bow- LOVE that cute bow which is from the Holly Berry Happiness & matching Punch which carried over from the 2016 Holiday catalog.  I find myself putting that bow on quite a few things these days.

Yes, this page took a bit of time and a few more supplies than my usual designs. But I did it in steps; While I was double stamping the Jar of Love flowers, (All done with same color per flower, just by over-stamping same color for highlight color until shading was the darkness desired-A nice stamp positioner is helpful for this process!) I just made a whole pile of them for this project and future projects before even starting the layout.  Then I could just play around as I created.

As I mentioned, May will come around and some products will retire whether we like it or not.  If there is something in the Annual catalog you want, don’t wait for the retired list to come out and things to go away.  Stock up on any out-going 2015-2017 In-Color paper, Inks, & Ink Refills now while they are still in stock.

You can shop with me thru this LINK.  And remember, every $50.00 US still earns you a FREE SAB catalog product during Sale-A-Bration (ending March 31, 2017).

And if you really like getting a deal, you can become a demonstrator yourself.  For $99.00 USD you can get up to $125.00 in products which YOU choose!  Plus, sign up before March 31, 2017 and you will be able to select your choice of TWO extra stamp sets—any price, from any catalog (with the exception of Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles)-That’s up to $104.00 in FREE stamps if you choose the most expensive 2 stamp sets! There is never any obligation to continue purchasing the products after purchasing your personalized starter kit, unless you wish to continue maintaining demonstrator status.  You can read more and if you choose, sign up HERE. It is a great way to build your supply stash even if you choose only to join only for your own supplies!   If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

I think I’m going to go play some more with the extra bits I’ve stamped & punched from the Jar of Love stamp/die bundle.

Until next time…

-Joanne