Thinking of You From Afar – JAI283

A work colleague asked me to make a card for her mother, who she is missing now that she lives in Australia.

I had free range to create a ‘thinking of you’ card featuring flowers.  The hydrangea in the Best Thoughts stamp sets is still one of my favourites from the 2015-2016 catalogue.

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It’s a dream to colour and looks fabulous embossed and watercoloured.

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The layout for today’s card was inspired by the Just Add Ink #283 sketch:

It’s lovely when people choose a handmade creation to share their love.  I also love ‘just because’ cards!  Kelly x

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Watercolour by Request – Three Ways

My class on the weekend had a watercolour theme by request.  I love designing classes that suit the stampers in attendance – it gives the project design a little something extra.

Watercolouring is lots of fun and has many different styles. Within the Stampin’ Up! range, you can use Watercolor Paper, Shimmery White cardstock & Whisper White cardstock as your base.  Then your tools of choice are blender pens or aqua painters.  And finally a choice of ink – Staz On, Archival Black/Grey, Craft White (for bokeh). Each combination gives its own result.  Changing one feature can change the project entirely.

Here’s what we made…

AQUA PAINTER COLOURING on WHISPER WHITE

Stamp Set: Best Thoughts (Hostess set from 2015 Annual Catalogue)

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BOKEH TECHNIQUE – AQUA PAINTERS with REINKERS on WATERCOLOR PAPER

Stamp Set: I Think You’re Great (2015 Annual Catalogue)

Colour Combination: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight & Tangelo Twist
Colour Combination: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight & Tangelo Twist
Colour Combination: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron & So Saffron
Colour Combination: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron & So Saffron

BLENDER PENS on SHIMMERY WHITE CARDSTOCK

Stamp Set: Christmas Cuties (featured in the 2015 Holiday Catalogue)

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As a technique, colouring can take a little bit of time to develop your skills.  Some people are drawn towards one method of watercolouring more than others – which is what art & expression is all about.  I always forget to take pictures of what the ladies made during the class, but their end products were so creative and it was a pleasure to watch their cards evolve as they added colour & played with their own style.

Thanks for the inspiration ladies, it’s always so delightful to spend time crafting with you.  Kelly x

Watercolor Card/Paper Options

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Blender Pens

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You’ve Got to Get This!

I needed a quick card this week, so I CASEd (copied) a card from a training email sent by Stampin’ Up! that featured the soon to be released Archival Basic Black ink.  I used the new archival grey last week and was super impressed.  After using the black, all I can say is WOW!  The finish is perfect, the colour amazing and they are permanent so you can use them for watercolouring!

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Linda Heller has a great video on the differences between the 3 blacks available from Stampin’ Up! – StazOn, Memento & the new archival.  The archival ink comes out on top for almost all your black stamping needs.

So when the Holiday Catalogue starts next Tuesday, you’ve got to get these inks – they are amazing!  And don’t forget to buy ink refills at the same time – you won’t need them at first, but you never know when they’ll come in handy!  Kelly x

PS, I’ve got copies of the Holiday Catalogue here looking for a change of scenery.  If you’d like one, let me know!

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The Grooviest Request

So, a couple of weeks ago I got a voicemail on my mobile (my phone is ALWAYS on silent {a habit I never dropped from the days of having newborns}) from a lovely man asking me to make a card for his wife’s birthday.  He wanted a card to suit an “ex-hippie grandmother who loves purple”.  I do love a challenge, so this was a perfect request.

We ended up with a purple heavy card featuring a Kombi van with personalised “Nanny” plates…

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I’ve heard from the “ex-hippie purple grandmother” herself and she loves it – phew!  Apparently she’s always wanted to jump in a Kombi and travel.

The background is my new favourite not-so-new product – Shimmery White cardstock with a kaleidescope of colour.  Until convention, I didn’t realise how good this was for everything – including watercolouring!  If you don’t have any, you’ll want to add this to your next order!!!

I used my Silhouettte Cameo for the Kombi and “happy birthday” (font: Keep on Truckin’).

And the purples?

Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum & Blackberry Bliss.

Yet another successful “not a Hallmark” creation – my favourite type of card.  Kelly x

Watercolour Butterflies – JAI258 & FMS181

Me oh my!!! – how glorious is the colour combination for this week’s Just Add Ink Colour Challenge – Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate & Melon Mambo.  They make such a pretty trio.

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And again I’ve matched up the JAI challenge with this week’s Freshly Made Sketch.

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With such lovely colours, I decided to showcase them using watercolour paper.   Using my aquapainter and reinkers, I made a swirly whirly wash adding more colour until I had a vibrant mix of Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo & Smoky Slate.  Once it was dry, I cut butterflies from my pretty paper and matched them up with the gorgeous patterns of Painted Blooms DSP.

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I love the marbled effect the three different ink colours give.

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After making my challenge entry, I still had lots of space to cut more butterflies, so I also made this version with the sketch rotated.

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I think I like the original better, but that’s one of the things I love the most about inspiration – you can make all sorts of cards!  Have a go at one or both challenges this week and share in the fun.  Kelly x

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My Bokeh Needs More Practice!

I’m slowly working my way through my L-O-N-G list of Pinterest ‘must try’ pins.  This is one of those – I wanted to try the Bokeh technique.

In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light” (trusty Wikipedia).

In stamping, bokeh is a patterned or watercolour type background with white highlights as the focus – attempting to reproduce the dappled light effect of the photographic bokeh.

Now, I’m pretty sure I haven’t nailed it first time around (though I love the final product) and am looking forward to trying again. It was a fun technique with a beautiful finish.

This will be my last post for a short while, while I have a break from stamping, blogging & the computer!  I will return re-energised, with more projects in a couple of weeks.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Chalk Talk, Ovals, Project Life Cards & Labels

Punch: Project Life Corner

Cardstock: Basic Grey, Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink: Crushed Curry, Hello Honey, Smoky Slate, Craft White

Embossing: Black Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, VersamarkHeat Tool

Stamp Sets: Chalk Talk, Making Spirits Bright, Express Yourself (retired)

Extras: Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Unconvention 2014 – Faux Watercolour Technique by Emily

I know the girls at Convention are having a great time, but I am loving making some new friends and trying some new things at Unconvention.  The next challenge was set by Emily and uses Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Spritzer & a clear block to create a faux  watercolour background.  For my card, I used Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry & Smoky Slate markers to create an Eastern Elegance splash of colour.  I then stamped over it with the Beautifully Baroque stamp, finishing it off with ‘happy birthday’ from the Express Yourself hostess stamp set.  This technique is so simple, yet so amazing.  I’m already planning a Wetlands card with it (no surprises there!), as it would make a great nature background!  Check out the youtube video on the Stampin’ Up! channel – here, then have a go at this technique at home.  Send me a photo of your finished product and I’ll add it to this blog post!  Kelly x

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Wetlands Watercolour

I’m thinking about renaming this blog to “The Wetlands”…  I once again have created a Wetlands card to share with you.  What can I say – I love this stamp set.  It’s so beautiful and goes so well with so many occasions.  It shows off techniques perfectly and most of the cards end up being gender neutral.  This card came out of a request for a birthday card for a female that wasn’t girly.  I used Watercolour paper, an Aqua Painter and squeezed ink pads to create the watercolour “wash” on the wading birds section.  I’m nowhere near being ‘artistic’, but this technique is soooooooooooo easy – even I can manage to create a watercolour painting.  You must use watercolour paper to achieve this effect and the birds must be stamped in Staz On.  Stamp the birds first, then wash your colour over to match their positioning.  Hopefully the non-girly recipient loves her card – I think it’s stunning, but best of all I had such fun making it!  Kelly x

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Supplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Embossing Folder: Stripes

Thinlit Die: Circle Card

Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso, Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla

Specialty Card: Watercolour Paper

Ink: Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, Marina Mist, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Jet Black Staz On

Stampin’ Write Marker: Early Espresso

Stamp Set: Wetlands

Accessories: Aqua Painter, Pool Party Button (retired), Linen Thread

Workshop Wonder – Project 5

Happy Congratulations is a beautiful stamp set that should be added to everyone’s collection.  Although it’s title suggests you might use it to offer your congratulations by papercraft, the very versatile phrase “May happiness be your destination” lends itself to birthdays and well wishes, as well as the usual host of congratulatory occasions such as weddings, engagements, graduations…

For this project, the ladies and I embarked upon some watercolouring using the Aqua Painter.  We used the bold & timeless yellow-blue-pink trio.

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How to:

Using Black StazOn ink, stamp the lantern outline in the middle of your card front.  We used Whisper White cardstock, but you could also use Watercolour Paper or Shimmery White.

Before opening, squeeze your Stampin’ Up! ink pad in the middle to release the ink onto the lid.  Open the ink pad and using the Aqua Painter, take some colour from the lid and transfer it to your cardstock using long sweeping strokes.  We used Daffodil Delight for the end two lanterns, Bermuda Bay for the middle lantern and Melon Mambo for the end two lanterns.  Once all the watercolouring was done, we stamped the lanterns in corresponding colours.

We lined up our sentiment (stamped in Bermuda Bay) with the Stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure perfect placement.  If haven’t heard of the SAMJ – book a demo now and see it in action.  Your card making will never be the same again.  If you haven’t bought it yet, add it to your March order with a few other products and choose one of the amazing free products from the SAB catalogue!

If you’ve had a good look at the Occasions catalogue, you’ll see all the wonderful watercolouring stamps & accessories.  It’s definitely ‘on trend’.  The Watercolour Wonder DSP is my all-time favourite DSP.  The Happy Watercolour Stamp Set is currently hitching a ride to my house with Australia Post.  I look forward to welcoming it to the family and creating beautiful cards with it.  I’ll be sure to show you some of them here.  Kelly x