Bright Wishes: 1 NEW Stamp Set, 2 Different Watercolor Techniques

We’re only TEN days away from the launch of the 2017-2018 catalog where you will see some gorgeous new products like the wishing well set called Bright Wishes which I am sharing a sneak peek of today.

Bright Wishes contains a beautiful large line-drawn well stamp which lends itself well to all types of coloring techniques.  For those who know me, they know I LOVE to color stamped images!

While my preference for coloring is using a great set of colored pencils (Yes, you can imagine my excitement when SU! brought back watercolor pencils!), the images from the Bright Wishes set above are both stamped onto watercolor paper and colored with markers and an Aqua Painter for a watercolor look.

One of the images took THREE TIMES longer than the other to color.  Can you guess which one?    Read on for the answer.

The card on the left was created by first stamping the Bright Wishes well in Sahara Sand.  This light color was chosen because it would essentially disappear and allow the image to take on a more free-handed watercolor appearance once the marker/aqua painter watercolor was added. Because it is necessary to color up to the lines and extra care added to adjusting/overlaying colors, there is a lot of moving to dry areas and waiting for the adjacent area to dry so that you can add more color. In other words- If you don’t wait for the well stones to dry and watercolor the greenery you’d have green bleed into the well’s stones.  It isn’t easy to remove watercolor bleed!  You must have dry surfaces when you watercolor in adjacent areas or add color over areas.  This is why the PINK card on the left took 3x longer than the BLUE one on the right.

The BLUE card on the right was inked by applying marker ink to each area using different colors. I colored the roses Real Red, the greenery Old Olive, the well stones Crumb Cake, the wood Sahara Sand, etc.  Once the whole stamp had ink, I huffed on it (adding moisture from my breath back to any area which may have dried) and stamped the image.  I then used an Aqua Painter where the brush was just damp enough to move the color around within the leaves, flowers, stones, wood, etc.  This creates a watercolor look, however it also takes all definition of the stamp away.  Once the image dries, ink the stamp with Chocolate Chip and using a Stamp positioner like the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, stamp the details over the image. Your watercolor blobs of color will have definition once again.

Did you know which one took longer?

Do you have a preference in the results?  Just because a technique takes longer doesn’t mean everyone would prefer the results over the less time consuming result.

However you decide to color the Bright Wishes stamp set, I believe if you like to color it is a great set to add to your collection. You can do that starting June 1, 2017 by shopping with me HERE.

Until next time…

-Joanne

How to watercolor with Stampin’ UP! markers

Watercolor.  You hear the word and you think, “I’m not sure I can do that”.  You see beautifully watercolor images on the internet and have convinced yourself you can not possibly recreate something like those samples.  I’m here to tell you that you can, BUT you must start trying!

Vincent Van Gogh believed this to be true as an artist; experimenting with art is the only way to learn how to do it.

I’m sitting down with my Stampin’ UP! downline this week for an introduction to watercolor.  While I am certainly no expert myself (far from it!), I offered to help her learn some basics.  We’ll be playing around with markers to make this:

It isn’t a completed card or project, just the stamp & watercolor image.  An image you can soon buy yourself, June 1, in the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ UP! Catalog.

Since I’m not hosting all of you for this in person one-on-one, I thought I’d give all of you the same instructions I’m giving her.

How to watercolor an image with Stampin’ UP! markers:

  • Start with an image which has been stamped onto watercolor cardstock.  Use Stazon Jet Black (retiring), Archival grey or black Inks (thoroughly dried) or inking and then clear embossing  images is best so the color does not run. * Note: It is necessary to stamp over the image multiple times to create a nice clean image (watercolor paper has a bumpy surface and it takes a bit more to get a cleanly stamped image.)  A stamp positioner is your best friend in this scenario.  Stampin’ UP! sells a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
  • Using a water-based markers, such as those Stampin’ UP! makes, draw around the inner edge of the outlined stamped image.
  • Press the sides of an Aqua Painter filled with water until it releases water, then wipe in a paper towel so it is not overly wet (I hold the paper towel in my opposite hand than the aqua painter through the whole process)
  • Once Aqua Painter is primed, brush over the area you markered, pulling color into the inside of the image, blending out your marker lines.
  • Wipe off color and drip Aqua Painter until clear when switching colors.
  • Do only one color at a time. Repeat until stamped image is colored in.
  • To add table: draw lines from side of pot and scribble a bit under pot.  Use Aqua Painter to blend out lines.

It really is that simple as following the steps above to watercolor in the pot. Stamping a few to play with is always suggested.  Remember, you may have to keep “doing” as Vincent Van Gogh said,  to get it the way you want.

In the sample above, the splatters & splotches are added when the image is done.  Scribble your marker on an acrylic block and use Aqua Painter to pick up color and the pen cap, with brush partially inserted to ‘flick’ color to paper. Be careful you or your surroundings don’t get inky.  Add puddles by dripping color straight from the Aqua Painter (takes a while to dry).

Be not afraid and buy that watercolor paper from Stampin’ UP! Get those watercolor pencils.  Get those markers.  Get the Aqua painters. Get a spritzer.  And give it a shot.

I wish I could do as this stamped image says, “Crafting Forever, Housework Never”, but my craft room is a mess and I’m having company.  So, I should do some housework…unless I just tell my downline I was too busy crafting…hmm…

Until next time…

-Joanne

Quick Cards with A Beautiful You

It is that time of year when a lot is happening and events are popping up and I need & want to make a quick card and get it in the mail to someone.

Does that sound familiar?

If so, you know that  you also do not want the recipient to think you spent very little time on their card. You want a great idea that makes that  card look good, but takes very little of your precious time.  This is where ink block spritzed backgrounds & blacking out stamps for silhouettes are perfect techniques-quick and simple, but someone who doesn’t craft won’t know that.

So, if you need a last minute Mother’s Day card, Graduation card, or an encouragement card for a friend who has had a bad time lately, try turning to one of these cards.

Today’s cards only take about 15 minutes each to make- much less, if you do a bunch of backgrounds all at one time.  Also, you can change your background color ink to your own preference. Pick your recipient’s favorite color to make it look more personalized.

You only need a few supplies in addition to your watercolor paper and stamps to get started. Add a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for the mother/daughter card.

To create the background:

  • Add ink to your clear block with a marker (just scribble across the block) or ink pad (stamp empty block into pad)
  • Spritz inked block with water. More water will give a different look than a light spritz.
  • Stamp block onto your watercolor paper.
  • Repeat as needed to cover your background. Add more ink or water as desired.
  • Combine colors (wash off stamp block in between) for a different two-tone look.

The image below shows less water on left and more on right.

After the background dries, Stamp your image.  I used Stazon Jet Black, but you could use another black. Make sure your background is dry or it might bleed. Heat set the background with the heat gun or a blow dryer if you wish to hurry the process along).

After stamping the image onto watercolor paper, use a black Sharpie to trace and color in your image.  If you wish to add items (like the graduation cap & diploma, draw and color them in.  If you wish to eliminate items from the stamp (the little girl’s umbrella), do not ink that portion of the image when stamping. (More details below)

To get the proper placement for the little girl, use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and do not ink the umbrella in your final stamping.

How to add girl:

  • After Stamping and coloring your woman black, you will need your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
  • Place the window sheet supplied with Stamp-A-Ma-Jig into corner of the Jig as shown in instructions.
  • Stamp umbrella girl image (with umbrella inked) onto window sheet making sure to place your acrylic block squarely into the corner of the Jig.  Do not remove from acrylic block until complete!
  • Remove image sheet from Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and place over card so that the girl image has the woman’s hand resting on her head. Do Not Move window sheet once you like the placement!
  • Bring Stamp-A-Ma-Jig back to window sheet so that it nestles into the corner once again, careful not to move the window sheet until placed.  Once the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig is in place, you carefully remove the window sheet, leaving the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig in place (Don’t move it!)
  • Stamp your umbrella girl, by placing in the corner of the Jig as you did previously, this time without inking the umbrella.
  • Use your black Sharpie to color in and make any hair adjustments needed. (You may need to draw in a bit of the top of her hair)

It sounds like a lot of steps, but it does go quickly if you are comfortable with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.  Practice does make this simple & quick.

 The graduate card was inspired by a fellow demonstrator, Sue Parker, who created a beautiful paper pieced version for her daughter’s graduation.  I couldn’t resist doing it in a silhouette version.

The cap is drawn over the hat and colored in so no one ever knows the hat was stamped.  I then free-handed a diploma-perhaps a little larger than i would on a second try.  You may wish to lightly pencil in before using your marker.

One last card to share-

I have a few friends going thru very difficult times right now.  So, having a quick card to send a caring thought is of great use.  As I stated at the beginning of this calendar year, sending encouragement is always appreciated by the recipient.

If you haven’t guessed by now, all the sentiments are in my handwriting.  Using my own handwriting on the front of a card is unusual for me, but it is quick and easy way to get exactly what I wanted to say to the recipient. It seemed to work with these cards due to the organic look of watercolor.  Although, I’m still not a huge fan of my own handwriting. (Is anyone?)  I didn’t have to spend time looking for the sentiments I wanted from other sets.  Of course, you can always do that.

Go on with your busy lives & send the handmade cards too!

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers seeing this.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2017 Preorder

My Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2017 Preorder has arrived!  Woo-hoo!

Now, if only I had the energy to do a lot of fun things with it.  I’m still not feeling well.  I’m happy to have all these pretty things arrive, but now I want to play and my current health status still isn’t being very cooperative.  Oh, readers…If you have good health, appreciate it!

Just bringing the box in the house required a little rest after. But a few hours later and I was able to check in my goodies and snap a photo: Look at those new products!

Just a few things you may see: Dragonfly Dreams bundle, High Tide stamps, Beautiful You stamps, watercolor pencils, and some Sale-a-Bration Items: Hey Chick stamps, Tasty Truck Stamps, and Carried Away Designer Series Paper.

Yes, I am very fond of the new Occasions catalog.  I hope once you see it and some of the products in person, that you too will find it to be a great little mini catalog which supplements the Spring season and Annual catalog nicely.

Look at these Sprinkles from the Occasions 2017 catalog:

I had to put some in the lid so that you could really see the pearls, colors, and shapes of these cute embellishments.  They are SO perfect for shaker cards.  And I am really excited to see the mini & super mini pearls (Did you notice them?) in the mix!

My absolute favorite thing in the 2017 Occasions catalog is the return of colored pencils to our product line.  Oh, how much fun these are and all the techniques which can be done with them.  At $16.00, I highly recommend you put these at the top of your wish list and request a watercolor pencil product based class from your demonstrator so that you learn how to use them with all the great sets in the Annual, Occasions, and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.  You’ll find how easy they are to use and I’d be surprised if you don’t fall in love with them too!

Since my health has kept me from visiting with many friends and customers over the past month, I’m hoping to get card samples which showcase the watercolor pencils and at least one of the bundled products (probably dragonfly dreams) in the mail  with the new catalogs to my current customers between now and the launch of the Occasions 2017 catalog, January 4, 2017.

Do you need a demonstrator?  It is always best to choose one near you so that you can attend events or hold workshops.  If you are near 15801 in Pennsylvania, I’m happy to help you with all your stamp & creativity needs. Contact me if you need a catalog or help with anything special.  You can always shop online with me by CLICKING HERE.

I am still holding my HAPPY HOLIDAYS Drawing!  Every $25.00 spent (before tax/shipping) with me as your demonstrator between November 20th & December 31st will earn a ticket/entry into a drawing for a basket (ok, it is really a cardboard box) of Stampin’ Up! items from my stash. All brand new products. *Note: This is my personal promotion/contest to celebrate the holidays. Someone is guaranteed to win a new Hostess set & Ink pad, and perhaps more if many orders are placed. Check out the original post on the Happy Holidays Drawing HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Joyful Christmas Card with Father Christmas Stamp Set

If you have a few more Christmas cards to make before you’re done, this Joyful Christmas card might be the card to finish off your list.

The focus of this Joyful Christmas card is the wreath made with the Father Christmas Stamp Set and the background embossed card stock with the Dynamic Cable Knit Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

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After some basic stamping and coloring with markers, the images are finished in no time. The Layering Ovals and Banners for Christmas and matching dies complete the card front by providing a focal point and even more dimension to please the eye.

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Add the bag of gifts from the Father Christmas stamp set if you have a little more time to color and then hand cut.  For an added touch, which unfortunately is hard to capture on camera without an extreme close-up, use Wink of Stella on the gift bag and berries of the wreath to add some sparkle.

Texture. Dimension. Sparkle.  And it won’t cost extra postage to mail!

Happy crafting!

Until next time…

-Joanne