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!


Love is in the air

Man and Wife

Newly Married

Wow, it has been a while since I posted but we have been rather busy because my son and new daughter-in-law were married last Saturday! In my opinion the wedding was beautiful and everything went perfectly. The rehearsal and rehearsal dinner went smoothly, the weather behaved while outdoor pictures were taken, the wedding was gorgeous, and the reception was so much fun! I love this picture of them when they were pronounced man and wife – such happiness!

In the next few posts I will show you some of the cards I have made over the last year in honor of the many weddings we have attended since last fall. I have known many of these couples since they were freshmen in high school and love seeing them get married and start their lives together.

Below is the bridal shower invitation I made for my daughter-in-law’s shower. I tried to keep the aqua color consistent throughout all the cards I made for her along the way. I saw a similar card on Pinterest but of course had to add a little sparkle to it (it is easier to see the sparkle if you click on the photo and enlarge it). I drew the dress silhouette by hand and when I was finally pleased with it, I cut out a template from heavy chipboard. I traced and cut out all the dresses by hand. Then I stamped a pretty swirl with VersaMark and heat embossed with a sparkly iridescent powder. A simple snip of ribbon was wrapped at the waist. The sentiment is from Stampin Up and I used background paper in their wedding color. The newlyweds arrive home tomorrow and I can’t wait to hear all about their adventures in Antigua.      

Bridal Shower Invitation

Bridal Shower Invitation

Lastly, while on the topic of love and weddings, yesterday was my parent’s 54th wedding anniversary.  Isn’t that incredible?   Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad.  I love you!

Love Ewe

Love Ewe, Unity Stamps

Love Ewe, Unity Stamps

How adorable that this mama ewe and baby lamb can be interpreted as giving kisses, rubbing noses, or just snuggling. I made a big batch of these cards to send to OWH and hope the children who received them can feel the love of the sender.

The stamp is called “Love Ewe” from Unity Stamps. I stamped the images with a clear VersaMark Dazzle Frost Shimmer ink pad and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. The background paper has printed barnyard sounds and sayings. I used a white grosgrain ribbon vertically on the card with a bow in between the picture and the saying. The “fluffy rectangle” on which the animals sit was cut with my Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge as was the Love Ewe sentiment.

I hope you are enjoying my blog posts and thank you for reading. Please feel free to comment or leave suggestions, questions, or requests. I want you to enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy making cards!