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!

 

A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea

The Open Sea, Wainscoting

The Open Sea, Wainscoting

Here are 3 more cards that I made with The Open Sea set from Stampin Up. This is such a rugged nautical set and really helps my cards make a masculine statement. I was surprised how much I liked the first one when I finished it. I was afraid it might look too drab as I was making it, but using the Stampin Up Stripes embossing folder on the bottom reminds me of wainscoting which kind of adds to the masculine theme.

The Open Sea, Clean and Simple

The Open Sea, Clean and Simple

On the second card I used the globe stamp in VersaMark on the blue and the anchor stamp in VersaMark on the red to give a little more character to this clean and simple look. (Unfortunately it is difficult to see in the picture, but if you double-click the picture it shows up better.)

The Open Sea, Chevrons

The Open Sea, Chevrons

The chevron paper on the third card reminded me of a choppy sea and I think it goes well with the set. Which one is your favorite?

Three More Wedding Cards

Wedding Cake Card

Wedding Cake Card

Wedding Cake Card

Wedding Cake Card

The 2 wedding cake cards were based on a card I learned in a Stampin Up class. They were simple and quick to make yet have an elegant feel.   The cake layers were made with graduating sizes of rectangles embossed with the Devine Swirls embossing folder. Once stacked, the rectangle “layers” were offset by a strand of adhesive pearls. The 3 flowers and bows were just from odds and ends I had in my sticker stash. I tried to use background colors that coordinated with each individual wedding we attended (and we had quite a few in the last year).

Double Heart Love Card

Double Heart Love Card

The double-heart card can easily be an anniversary or any type of “love” card. Two hearts and their shadows were cut with the George Cricut cartridge. The hearts were stamped with a flourish design with VersaMark and heat embossed with gold powder. The Perfect Paisley embossing folder was used for the background which was layered on the same gold cardstock as the heart shadows. A pretty gold ribbon finishes the look.

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.

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