Blending Hobbies – Stamping and Watercolor

Last weekend was spent at craft retreat in Batesville, Indiana, with some very creative ladies.  All weekend I worked on making card toppers with my Art Impression Watercolor stamps.  These stamps are colored with water soluble inks, stamped on watercolor paper, and then blended out with an aquabrush and water to give the project a painterly effect.  I had a little time this week to make some into sympathy cards, but I still have quite a few that will be used for other occasions.

Art Impression Watercolor stamps

Art Impression Watercolor stamps

 

Art Impression Watercolor stamps

Art Impression Watercolor stamps

Art Impression Watercolor stamps

Art Impression Watercolor stamps

 

I love the versatility of these stamps because all the plant containers, vines, flowers, windows, animals, etc., are individual stamps and can be placed however you like to make pleasing scenes.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Online Card Classes, Watercolor for Card Makers: Exploring Mediums

Recently I enrolled in the latest OCC which explored nontraditional ways to use watercolor mediums. I rarely have time to do the projects and participate in the classes while they are “live,” but this class was shorter and came at a time when my workload was lighter, so I lucked out.

Watercolor, heat embossing and Distress markers

Watercolor, heat embossing and Distress markers

The first card was made by stamping, masking, and heat embossing the flowers and sentiment in gold onto watercolor paper.   The flowers were colored with Distress markers and then softened with water.  The layering paper was plain white, coated with Versamark, and heat embossed as well.

No line watercoloring, blue bird

No-line watercolor, blue bird

The second technique was to use a stamp with Distress inks, and once stamped on the watercolor paper, water was brushed over the image to fill it in.  This makes a “no-line” image as opposed to stamping it with a black outline and then coloring it in.

No-line watercoloring, red bird

No-line watercolor, red bird

I also watercolored the bird with red, but didn’t quite think my color choices all the way through beforehand.  It ended up looking Christmasy, which was not my intention, but I was happy with the red bird anyhow.

Watercolor, free-hand, Derwent Inktense pencils

Watercolor, free-hand, Derwent Inktense pencils

Lastly, I drew this flower free-hand with Derwent Inktense pencils and softened with water and a few colorful splatters.  I really enjoyed this delicate watercolor effect and have been playing with it all weekend.  I wish I had discovered these pencils years ago because they are so much fun!  I was going through sparkle withdrawal so decided to add a few pretty sequins to set off the flower.

Happy Monday and I wish you a peaceful, productive week.  Get out and enjoy some of this fall-like weather!

 

Cards with a Religious Theme

My friends and I sometimes make cards for a local hospital’s chaplain who likes the cards to have a bit of a religious theme. Here is the latest batch I made for her, and I was excited to use some of my new stash of sequins to brighten them up. I didn’t use sequins on all of them because I was afraid they would make the cards look too feminine, and I enjoyed using some of my patterned papers and mixing and matching.

 

Dove Card Shades of Green

Dove Card
Shades of Green

 

Dove Card, Orange and Turquoise

Dove Card,
Orange and Turquoise

 

Dove Card Greens and Oranges

Dove Card
Greens and Oranges

 

Scrolled Cross Card

Scrolled Cross Card

 

Cross Card

Cross Card

 

God Bless You Card

God Bless You Card

 

Currently in the works are some special-request baby cards, and I am also enrolled in an online class called Watercolor for Card Makers. I am enjoying this class immensely and learning so much, but boy do I have a lot of practice ahead of me.  Also, Happy Mother’s Day to everyone out there, and especially to my Mom and Mother-In-Law who are some of my best encouragers ever.  Love you both!

Cricket

Cricket's card

Cricket’s card

Today’s card is in honor of a sweet, 4-pound teacup poodle named Cricket who recently went to Doggy Heaven.  We had the pleasure of being her stand-in family from time to time when her own family went on vacations, etc.  Even though she was small, she had the personality of a St. Bernard and ruled the roost over most other dogs, no matter their size.  Our own dog, Winji, definitely allowed Cricket to be the alpha dog, and I will miss their humorous interactions.  It is so difficult to lose a pet, especially one as special as Cricket; if you are a pet owner you realize that pets are very important family members.  I made this card for Judy and Dennis and hopefully it will bring them a little comfort.  I know they miss her very much.

Cricket

Cricket

The poodle image on the card was cut on the Create a Critter cartridge, and the hearts and lettering are from the George cartridge.